Cable spool chairs for garden or patio

I love the idea of using a plywood or pine cable spool and turning this into furniture for a deck, garden or patio. At a cost of around R350, it's an affordable and fun way to make your own outdoor furniture.


Pop onto Gumtree or other online classifieds and you can pick up cable spools from around R350 each. Not a bad price for a comfortable and sturdy outdoor chair.

Making your own outdoor furniture with cable spools is easy and you only need to add a few threaded rods and nuts for added support. Your local Builders store stocks everything you need to turn a spool cable into a chair or seat for two.

Add a couple of colourful cushions and a throw for cooler evenings and you have the perfect seat for outdoors.

DO sand and treat the wood with a good quality exterior primer.

You will find plenty more ideas for furniture, both indoors and outdoors, in our Recycled Section.

And cable spool chairs are not just for outdoors! There are some contemporary-rustic designs that use cable spools to make indoor chairs as well.