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.
Projects made from these plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber 6” 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 56 1/2” long SEAT CLEATS
- E – 19 pieces of 1×3 lumber 22 1/2” long SEAT SLATS
- F – 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
Wooden 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
Build the legs for the lounge chair from 2×4 lumber. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to make a 3/4″ deep notch to the top of the legs. Make multiple parallel cuts and remove the excess with a chisel. Smooth the recess with sandpaper.
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 1/2” screws in the supports. Work on a level surface, making sure the corners are right-angled.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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. Fit a washer between the frame and the backrest.
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.
I personally love this design, as it is both simple and elegant. The straight lines create harmony and enhance the look of any deck or patio.
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.