Crate Chair

Gerrit Rietveld

Crate Chair DIY by Gerrit Rietveld
Crate Chair DIY by Gerrit Rietveld
Crate Chair

Designed by Gerrit Rietveld
Published in Fall 2019

Rietveld’s Crate Chair (1934) was designed with a particular interest in using recycled materials. Building instructions for most of Rietveld’s designs have since been published in the 1986 book How to Construct Rietveld Furniture. Because this chair was originally produced, and it was not designed specifically as a DIY chair, it does require quite a lot of wood and more time spent with a saw. Assembly time is about 3 hours and the average cost is under 50 USD.

Crate Chair DIY by Gerrit Rietveld
Crate Chair DIY by Gerrit Rietveld
Smooth Planed Pine Wood, 1in x 6in (20.5mm x 144mm)
*Any popular softwood can also be used, like Redwood. Metric measurements above are actual, not nominal, and availability may vary by location. 18mm x 144mm wood can also be used, though arm and back rest measurements will need to be adjusted.
Quantity required: 3 pieces 19.75in (500mm) long, 6 pieces 15.75in (400mm) long, 4 pieces 24.25in (620mm) long, 1 piece 17in (430mm) long, 1 piece 18.5in (468mm) long
Flat Head Wood Screws, #6 x 1-1/2in (4 x 35mm)
Quantity required: 64
Hand Saw
Power Drill
Drill Bits
Ruler or Tape Measure
Square (or flat object with 90 degree angle)
Sandpaper, 180 Grit
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3 thoughts on “Crate Chair”

  1. I have a question for you if you don’t mind. Is there a particular brand of drill driver you prefer? Dewalt seems pretty good. Or would I do just as well saving some money on a Ryobi? I’m planning on buying a kit and I want to make sure I’m investing in the right system. I really appreciate it!

    1. I use a Ryobi, which works great, but I don’t think you can go wrong with Black + Decker or DeWalt. You’ll find a cordless drill with torque control is probably easiest to use. I hope that helps.

  2. Hi, I have made several of Gerrit Reitveld’s chairs. I mainly use recycled pallets… as originally intended. I did not have plans so used pictures and estimated the proportions. I also made crate dining chairs… using what ever is available.. so most do not have three broad slats… but more narrower ones. Both are very comfortable and favourites in the garden.

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