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How to Make a Bean Bag with Handles

Do you like low seats? We show you how to transform a used car tire into the new beanbag that your living room needs, with a pair of leather handles so you can take it from one place to another. Be careful step by step!



  •  Brush
  •  Screwdriver
  •  Stapler
  •  Pencil
  •  Awl
  •  keyhole saw
  •  Sandpaper block
  •  Drill


  •  Mounting adhesive
  •  Washers
  •  Leather or leather handles
  •  Foam
  •  Wadding
  •  Wood
  •  Tire
  •  Cloth
  •  Screws
  •  Nuts


1. Thoroughly clean the tire surface

The recycled tires typically be dusty or stained with grease, so it’s important that you clean well provided the use in your DIY projects. Go over the surface first with a stiff bristle brush to remove any surface dirt and then use a scouring pad with soap and water. If the rubber is very greasy, you can use a specific product to clean it thoroughly. Don’t forget to clean the grooves!

2. Cut a circular piece of wood for the seat

With the help of a tape measure, measure the diameter of one of the faces of the tire – from the central part of the rubber band that surrounds the gap to the central part of the opposite side – and trace a circular piece of the same size on a board of wood. Glued on the top of the wheel, it will be the base of the seat, on which you will have to fix the foam.

To draw the circle on the wood, use a ribbon as a compass. Screw it lightly to the center of the board and make a hole through which you can put a pencil at a distance from the screw that matches the radius of the circle you are looking for. Pass the pencil through the hole, turn the ribbon on itself and… voila! You already have a perfect girth.

Cut the piece of wood with a jigsaw and sand the edges well.

3. Glue the piece of wood to the tire with mounting adhesive

Glue the circular piece to the top face of the tire with some mounting adhesive. Apply a bead of product around the perimeter of the circumference and place it on the wheel, moving the piece slightly so that the adhesive acts correctly. Then let it dry.

If you prefer, you can use a multi-material sealant instead of mounting adhesive, or fix the piece of wood to the tire rubber with a few metric screws.

4. Make the holes for the bean bag handles

Place the leather handles on the rubber – one on the front and one on the opposite side – and mark their position with an awl, piercing the material and making a small hole in the rubber. Then, open the holes with the help of a drill and a bit according to the size of the screws you use to fix the handles.

5. Glue the foam and staple a piece of wadding

Time to shape the seat! Cut a piece of foam the same diameter as the circular piece of wood and glue it on it with a little white glue, hot glue or some other suitable adhesive.

Then, remove the tire from the table and spread out a piece of wadding large enough to cover it completely. It will serve to soften the shape of the foam and improve the result of the bean bag.

Place the tire, foam side down, on the wadding and staple the fabric to the inside of the wheel, making sure it is stretched.

6. Staple the fabric

Repeat the same operation with the fabric. Spread a large piece on your work table and place the tire on top, centered on the fabric. Start by stapling the long sides of the fabric to the inside of the rubber band, stretching hard, and then pin the remaining four corners. When you have it, distribute the pleats evenly.

In this case, we have used a gray cotton fabric, similar to that used to make sportswear, to give the beanbag a cozy and warm touch, but you can upholster with many other fabrics: canvas fabric, a leather one with a daring animal print …

7. Attach the handles

When you’re done with the fabric, screw the handles onto the seat. Take the awl again and pass it through the holes in the rubber, from the inside to the outside, through the wadding and the fabric. Then, enlarge the holes if you need it with scissors and attach the handles with screws and washers, securing with a nut on the inside of the wheel.

To finish, cut a piece of circular fabric large enough to cover the hole in the tire and staple it at the bottom. Ready!

It’s over! What do you think of the result? Let us know in the comments! And ask us what you want if you have doubts.