Bristol Outdoor Lounge Chair

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About Project

Free plans to build outdoor lounge chair inspired by Restoration Hardware Belvedere Chair.

Ringing in at no less than $1065 before cushions, how's a girl going to get the sleek style and contemporary comfort of wood outdoor lounge chairs like Restoration Hardware's Belevedere Chair? 

I see it two ways.
You can dream about it.
Or you can DIY it.
With the help of my friend Shane today, I am so excited to introduce plans for a more contemporary outdoor lounge chair.
This chair fits the Restoration Hardware Belvedere Cushions, some colors on sale right now.  
And Shane, who built and photographed this chair - thank you! - also has plans for a matching coffee table up at her site, Old Paint Design.  Make sure you stop over and say thanks and check out more plans.
And of course, the step by step plans to make this chair follow.  
Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

1 - 1x8 @ 10 feet long
6 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 2x2 @ 6 feet long

Common Materials
Cut List

2 - 1x8 @ 24 1/2"
2 - 1x4 @ 9 1/4"
2 - 1x4 @ 21"
2 - 1x8 @ 28 1/4"
4 - 1x3 @ 2" (You can use 1x4 scraps as well)
2 - 1x4 @ 22 3/4" (longest point, one end cut at 15 degree bevel - see diagram)
5 - 1x4 @ 24 1/2"
2 - 1x4 @ 32 3/8" (longest point, one end cut at 15 degree bevel - see diagram)
2 - 2x2 @ 28 1/4"
7 - 1x4 @ 30"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
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 the back as shown above. Clamp joints for the smoothest joint.

Step 2

Build front frame as you did the back.

Step 3

Now attach the front and back to create the seat box.

Step 4

Step 5

Step 6

Now build the back as shown in diagram. Remember the bottom is angled to create a back angle for the chair.

Step 7

Now attach the back. For sure, it's going to be flimsy at this point.

Step 8

The arms will support considerably.

Step 9

Attach cleats. You can also angle cleats downward and backward for an inclinded seat - some prefer for comfort.

Step 10

Finally, just add seat slats and cushions!

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.