A little bit of silliness here perhaps. Not the sort of thing someone might want in their lounge but something quirky for the den or shed "pub". Having broken up my daughters car for spares after someone ran into the back of it we were left with the seats and what to do with them. Wanting some comfortable seating in her workplace staff room she asked if I could convert them.  The following is based on the seats of a Peugeot 306 hatch back other makes/models will vary


      The front seats were easy as with most cars these were bolted to a level surface and have the backs integral, so only needed a framework to bring them to a comfortable height. As shown this was a simple box shape with two boards across to bolt the seats to. Cut the cross pieces first and drill holes for the bolts (allow for the sides of the frame). Cut and make up the base frame and fit the front cross piece. Bolt the seat to this and to the rear cross piece. The rear cross piece can now be screwed to the frame, if the seat is in the way then clamp the cross piece and remove the seat. Add four feet or even four castors to the corners and it's done. Either paint the frame to match the upholstery or cover with some of the carpet..
      The back seats are rather more involved as these are usually in two pieces, or four in the case of some hatch backs or estates. First was remove the seats noting how they are fitted and supported. In the 306 the seat bases are slotted into 4 brackets at the front with the rear of the seat resting on the floorpan. and at the sides. The fixing point positions and the relative heights of  fixings and supports were then measured.
        The brackets for the seat bases were fixed to a piece of timber which was left longer than required and another piece fitted to the top forming an L section. The seat bases were attached and blocks place under them to obtain the required seat cushion angle. 
     The side pieces, which were also left longer than required, were then positioned to support the ends of the seat bases and screwed to the front L piece.       The front L piece was cut flush to the sides and a board fitted between the sides to a height taken from the blocks used earlier. Screw a piece at right angles to this forming a "T" for added support.
      Another board was cut to length and holes drilled to take bolts to hold the seat backs. Hole positions were to measurements taken from the car. The seat backs were bolted to this and another board fixed to the top of the seat backs with self-tapping screws. The seat backs were un-bolted and the board lightly screwed to the sides on blocks to match the measurements taken from the car. The seat backs were then offered up to check alignment before finally screwing the board in place. 
       Two legs were fashioned and fitted to the front of the base frame, then the frame set level on blocks and the seat back propped at a comfortable angle. With this set, a piece of wood was aligned against the back and one end marked parallel to the ground and cut. A cutaway was made for the board across the back and a second piece cut identically. these were then clamped to the sides and two holes drilled through both for bolts. With both of these then bolted to the frame and back of the seat the side pieces were then cut to suit. Some boot (trunk) carpet was then used to cover the exposed parts of the frame.
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