Modern outdoor chairs! These sturdy and heavy-duty chairs are great for a patio or deck!
I built my first chairs!! Modern outdoor chairs! I’ve built tables, desks, locker systems, tackled total room makeovers…but never have I ever, built a chair!! For some reason, those looked really hard to me. Not sure why, because it was the easiest thing EVER!! That’s why I’m sharing it with you today. This would make for a great “first time build.”
After giving our deck a total makeover, with fresh floor paint and sprucing up our farmhouse table and outdoor kitchen, we needed some cozy, pretty chairs to fill this space. It was time to retire these plastic adirondacks! And step it up a bit!
So, out to my shop (a.k.a. garage) I went to build a couple modern outdoor chairs….
HOW TO BUILD TWO MODERN OUTDOOR CHAIRS
These chairs fit 22×24 cushions. My cushions are no longer available, however, here is another similar option…
Seat of chair sits at 11.5″ tall WITHOUT the 6.5″ cushion added.
Materials Needed (to build two chairs):
4 – 2x4x10
2 – 2x4x8
6 – 2x6x8
1 – 2x2x8
Drill (Amazon Affiliate Link)
Wood Glue (Amazon Affiliate Link)
2 1/2″ Screws (Amazon Affiliate Link)
Important Note: Plans are based on TWO chairs being built
First, I made my cuts…
8 – 2×4’s @ 22 1/4″ (Legs)
12 – 2×6’s @ 25 1/2″ (Side Slats)
4 – 2×4’s @ 28 1/2″ (Arm Rests)
8 – 2×6’s @ 22″ (Front and Back Slats)
2 – 2×4’s @ 22″ (Top of Back)
4 – 2×2’s @ 22 1/2″ (Inside Cleats)
10 – 2×4’s @ 22″ (Seat Slats)
Step Two: Build legs
Using your drill and 2 1/2″ screws, attach 3 side slats into each leg (as shown below). I used a 3/4″ board in between each slat to keep them separated….
Side slats will be flush with back of 2×4 legs…
Repeat this 4 times for 2 chairs…
Step Three: Add armrest
Drill 2×4 armrest onto each leg….
Step Four: Build back of chair
Using a board to balance, attach each of your 2×6 back slats (3 of them) to each chair…
These should be flush to the end of the side slat boards (as shown below)….
Use a clamp to keep your boards tight. My clamps belonged to my grandfather back in the day, therefore, I was unable to link the exact same ones. However, here’s one very similar. And here’s one a little less expensive, but will still get the job done. (Amazon Affiliate Links)
Step Five: Add front slat
Flip chair over and use board to balance: attach front slat, flush with bottom side slat…
Your chair should now look like this…
Step Six: Add Supports
Attach 2×2’s (inside cleats) at the top of the bottom side slat 2×6 (as shown in the two pictures below). The easiest way to do this is to turn the chair over on its side and attach 2×2. Then flip to other side and attach other 2×2. This provides a support for your seat slats to sit on….
Step Seven: Add Seat Slats
Attach five 2×4 seat slats (evenly separate each one). AND add 2×4 (top of back). (See “Cuts Needed” list above for reference)….
There you have it! Two modern outdoor chairs…
Ready for paint and cushions….
These are the perfect chairs for enjoying the cooler fall temps before old man winter sets in…
And the best part–so affordable. Pottery Barn carries chairs very similar to these. The difference: mine were less than $60 for two; Pottery Barn on sale for $224 EACH (originally $562 EACH)!! I would say that’s a pretty good deal! Well worth the savings!
Until next time,
Happy Building, Friend!!
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