$35 Wood Chaise Lounges

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About Project

Make wood outdoor chaise lounge for $35. Free step by step DIY plans from Ana-White.com

For a couple years now, I've been wanting to build a simple wood chaise lounge made of inexpensive lumber and using a simple bolt pivot for the back.  But with a Momplex looming over our shoulders saying, get back to work on me!  Snow is going to fly before you know it!  This wasn't going to be the year of the inexpensive and super easy to make wood chaise lounges.

But then I thought, you maybe don't have a Momplex needing siding and decks put on, and maybe you would want to build and enjoy some chaise lounges this summer.

So I turned to my good friend Brook over at Being Brook - who's tagline is Create Awesome, but really should be I'M AWESOME - for some help.

And boy oh boy good golly did she every build a outdoor chaise lounge!

We really wanted to make these chaise lounges very affordable, so they are 24" wide to conserve wood - made of 1x3s which tend to be significantly cheaper than their slightly larger buddies, 1x4s.

The frame itself is made of sturdy 2x4s, and we used a simple bolt for the hinge.  Can you see it?

To get the back to rest at different angles, there is notch-outs that fit a 2x4.

And then you can go into full recline mode and the stop block fits under the back legs!!!  

Okee-dok!  Are you ready to build???  

Of course we have the plans right here for you - but please, take a second and stop over and read Brook's post on building these lounge chairs and her tips and tricks!  Thanks Brook!



Shopping List

5 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
8 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
2 – ¼” bolts 4” long with nuts and 6 washers
3” exterior screws
2” exterior screws or nails and glue to nail slats down with

Cut List

2 – 2x4 @ 85”
2 – 2x4 @ 21”
16 – 1x3 @ 24”
6 – 2x4 @ 14”
2 – 2x4 @ 7”

2 – 2x4 @ 32”
3 – 2x4 @ 17 ½”
7 – 1x3 @ 37 ½”
1 – 2x4 @ 24” (stop block)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Build your frames first. You can use 1 1/2" PHs and 2 1/2" PH screws OR 3" countersunk screws. I highly recommend the PHs because it will hide your screws holes, making it easier to paint the pieces, and then attach later through the PHs.

Step 2

Next add your slats. You can also attach slats from underneath with PHs if desired.

Step 3

Attach legs, and then to front, attach second row of legs. Use 2 1/2" screws and glue here.

Step 4

These legs are just long enough to provide you a spot to put the stop block when chaise is fully reclined.

Step 5

Step 6

Add the back slats.

Step 7

Now we attach back to chaise with the pivot bolt ....

Step 8

Brook is also sharing with us her step by step finishing tutorial here to get this amazing finish!

Step 9

And the missing diagram for the stop block - thanks Brook for the heads up and Mark.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.