DIY Seat For a Walker
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DIY Seat for a Walker is designed for use by individuals who have walking disabilities and use a walker for mobility. It is designed to provide a seat to rest during ambulation.
- Step 1: Gather tools and materials Sewing machine Scissors Seam ripper (not pictured) Lighter Materials Length of car seat harness webbing 1-inch flat nylon webbing Heavy duty upholstry thread 4-1 inch welded steel D rings 8-1 inch welded steel O rings 4 -3/4 inch electrical conduit claps (dipped in plastic dip prior to use) To attach to walker I used Pliers flat headed screwdriver
- Step 2: Decisions of size Decide how large you want the seat portion.
- Step 3: Cutting side lengths Cut 2 lengths of the wider webbing into 13.5 inches pieces. Flash in a lighter flame to melt ends to prevent fraying. Fold over ends and make the loops a tiny bit wider then the webbing itself. You will need to pass the O rings through the loops. Stitch back and forth 4-5 times. Repeat on each end. You should end up with 2 straps with loops on each end.
- Step 4: More cutting Cut another 2 lengths of the wider webbing. Melt ends to prevent fraying. I chose 16 inches lengths. Insert the lengths into the looped ends and sew together using a straight stitch with machine. Sew only on outside edge and go forward and reverse 4-5 times.
- Step 5: Cutting supports Cut 3 lengths of wider webbing into desired sizes. I chose 15.75 inches. Melt ends to prevent fraying. Attach each piece to the underside of the frame, spacing each evenly. Use a straight stitch and go forward and reverse 4-5 times. Repeat on the other side.
- Step 6: Cutting more supports Cut 7 lengths from the wider webbing in 8.5 inches lengths. Melt ends to prevent fraying. Attach onto frame underside on the longer side using straight stitch and going forward and reverse 4-5 times.
- Step 7: Weaving Weave the webbing through the longer supports alternating each. Sew using a straight stitch on opposite side. Repeat with all straps. Be sure to stitch forward and reverse 4-5 times.
- Step 8: Reinforcement Reinforce all intersections using a straight stitch. Take care to not stitch the looped ends closed. The seat is mostly completed. Set aside.
- Step 9: Cutting thinner webbing Measure and cut 4 lengths of the 1-inch nylon webbing into desired lengths. Be generous with the lengths. The author measured and cut their pieces into 4 feet pieces. Next, melt ends to prevent fraying. Sew 2 lengths together and fold over ends.
- Step 10: Cutting more thinner webbing Cut 2 lengths of 1inch nylon webbing into desired lengths. I cut mine at 24 inch. Melt ends to prevent fraying. These will be the straps that will have the O-rings attached.
- Step 11: Sewing O rings Thread a shorter length of 1 inch webbing through 2 O-rings. Fold webbing over about 6 inches and sew together using a straight stitch. Try to sew as close to the O-ring as possible. Reinforce stitching by sewing webbing forward and reverse 4-5 times. Reinforce webbing a few inches down as well. Repeat on other 3 ends.
- Step 12: Threading O ring straps Thread your O-ring straps through the looped ends of your seat. The author alternated the straps through the supports.
- Step 13: Threading longer straps Thread you longer double strap through the looped ends. Repeat with other strap.
- Step 14: Reinforce ends and close loops Reinforce the ends and close the loops using a straight stitch. Be sure to ensure that you have an equal amount of strapping on each side.
- Step 15: Attaching to walker Slide D-ring onto electrical clamp. Attach the plastic coated clamps and D-ring to the walker using a pair of pliers and a flat headed screwdriver. Be sure to tighten it so that it will not slip or slide. Thread double straps through D ring. Loop around and come back to O-rings. Thread strap through O-rings. Loop back around and thread through 1 O-ring. This should lock straps in place. Adjust as needed. Author: by nneul