Denver Chair

I find a height-adjustable chair an essential accessory when observing. The longer you look through the eyepiece the more you see. This is especially the case for clusters and galaxies. I would also find sketching impossible without a chair.

The homemade Denver chair folds flat and doesn’t take up a lot of room when not in use. It is comfortable and sturdy but as a consequence quite heavy with the base being 9Kg and the seat 3Kg.

Dave Trott’s Instructions for making a Denver chair

Charles Carlson’s version

Another cost-effective option is to use an “ironing chair” or “ironing support”. These are available online for £35 to £50.




  1. Hi Brett!
    Great blog! You’re chair looks great, do you have any plans for it? I can’t seem to find plans for a Denver observing chair any where on the internet! Yours looks incredibly well built, well done!

    1. Thanks for the comments Ed. There are two links at the bottom of the page where you will find instructions for making the chair. Best of luck.

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