Lounge Chair Plans

Julian September 8, 2012 Comments Off

 

This step by step diy woodworking project is about chaise lounge chair plans. If you want to add character to your patio or deck, a lounge chair is perfect, as it is a straight forward project that doesn’t require a large investment. Choose the chair design that fits your needs and tastes, before buying quality materials for the job. Cedar, redwood or pine are great choices, as these components would look great and be highly durable.

You should also remember that you could adjust the size of the wooden chaise lounge chair, in order to suit your needs and tastes. Nevertheless, you should still use the same woodworking techniques described in this project, even if the components would have other dimensions. Sand the edges of the components with a sand-block and 120-grit sandpaper, or round them with a router and a 1/4” bit. Pre-drill the wooden components before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Sand the lateral edges of the backrest or make it 1/4” narrower, in order to fit properly inside the frame.

  • A – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber 6” long, 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber 5 1/4” long LEGS
  • B – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber 76 1/2” long SIDES
  • C – 3 pieces of 1×2 lumber 22 1/2” long SUPPORTS
  • D – 2 pieces of 1×1 lumber 561/2” long SEAT CLEATS
  • E – 19 pieces of 1×3 lumber 22 1/2” long SEAT SLATS
  • - 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber 18 1/2”, 2 pieces of 1×1 lumber 21”, 8 pieces of 1×3 lumber 21” BACKREST
  • G – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber 14 1/2” long, 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber 2 1/2” long BACKREST CLEATS
  • H – 2 pieces of 1×1 lumber 6 1/2” long, 1 piece of lumber 19 1/2” PROP UP

 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

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Wooden chaise lounge chair plans

Wood chaise lounge chair plans

Wood chaise lounge chair plans

 

A wooden chaise lounge is a great example of a diy project that doesn’t require a large investment, but change dramatically the look of any patio or deck. There are many designs and shapes you could choose from,  but in this article we show you plans for a simple lounge chair, that can be built in just a weekend.

Top Tip: Adjust the size of the chair to your needs, but use the same carpentry techniques described in this guide. Add wood glue to the joint, in order to enhance the bond.

 

Outdoor lounge chair plans

Lounge chair frame plans

Lounge chair frame plans

First, build the frame of the chaise lounge chair. Therefore, build the sides from 1×4 lumber, the legs from 2×4 lumber and the supports from 1×2 lumber. In order to secure the legs to the frame, you should notch the top part with a circular saw.

Top Tip: Drill pilot holes trough the sides, countersink them and drive in 2” nail in the supports. Work on a level surface, making sure the corners are right-angled.

Installing the seat slats

Installing the seat slats

The next step of the project is to attach the seat slats. In order to install the 1×3 boards into place, we recommend you to fit the 1×1 cleat first. Level the cleats using a hand level, drill pilot holes and insert 1 1/4” wood screws.

Afterwards, you should cut the 1×3 slats at the right size and secure them into place with 1 1/4” screws. Place the slats equally spaced, leaving about 1/2” between them. Don’t forget to countersink the head of the screws.

Installing the cleats

Installing the cleats

Afterwards, you should install the cleats for the prop up, as in the free plans. First, install the bottom cleat, made of 1×2 lumber, using 2” screws. Secure the cleat to the frame of the lounge chair, as well as to front the legs.

Top Tip: Next, you should install the 1×2 pieces to the bottom cleat, as in the image. Place the pieces every 2”, using 1 1/4” screws and glue. Make sure the cleats are level, using a spirit level.

Backrest plans

Backrest plans

Continue the project by building the backrest, from 1×2 lumber and 1×3 slats. First of all, you should build the frame of the backrest, in the following manner: the sides of the frame should be made of 1×2 lumber, while the bottom and top components from 1×1 lumber.

Top Tip: Secure the slats with 1 1/4” pocket screws or drill pilot holes trough the frame and insert 2” in the 1×3 boards. Place the slats equally spaced, leaving between them about 1/2”.

Prop up plans

Prop up plans

Afterwards, build the prop up from 1×1 lumber. As you an see in the image, you should round the top ends of the side braces, in order to flip properly. Assemble the components together with 2” screws, after drilling pilot holes in the lumber.

Top Tip: Drill pilot holes in the frame of the backrest, as well in the prop up. Next, install the prop up into place with 2” carriage bolts. Place a washer between the frame and the prop-up.

Installing the backrest

Installing the backrest

After building the backrest, as well as the prop-up you should fit it into place and lock it with one carriage bolt on both sides. In order to get the job done in a professional manner, you should make sure the backrest is horizontal, when drilling the pilot holes.

Top Tip: Drill pilot holes both trough the frame of the lounge chair and trough the back rest. Insert the bolts and tighten the nuts properly, making sure you don’t damage the lumber.

Lounge chair plans

Lounge chair plans

After building the lounge chair, you should fill the heads of the screws with wood putty. Leave the compound to dry out for several hours, before sanding the wooden surface with a sander (use 120- sander), along the wood grain.

To Tip: If you will place the chair in the garden, you have to apply several coats of wood stain, in order to protect it from rot. Round the exposed edges with a router and a 1/4” bit.

 

This woodworking project was about lounge chair plans. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions, in order to obtain a professional result.

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