Build your own wood sling chairs, also known as deck chairs or wood beach chairs, in a child size. Featuring removable slings for easy washing, simple styling, and easy instructions, this foldable wood beach chair is affordable and cute, perfect for a perfect day at the beach.
2 - 1/4" bolts, 2" long
2 - 1/4" nuts
6 - washers for bolts
1 - 36" long 1/2" dowel
2 - 1x2s, 8 feet long
1 yard outdoor fabric
thread and sewing notions
2 - 1x2 @ 32"
1 - 1x2 @ 19"
2 - 1x2 @ 17 1/2"
3 - 1x2 @ 15 3/4"
2 - 1x2 @ 22 1/2"
1 - 1/2" Dowel @ 15 3/4"
1 - 1/2" Dowel @ 17 1/2"
2 - Outdoor Fabric @ 17" x 34"
For light colored fabrics, consider lining the sling with Muslim cut to the same size.
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!
Backrest Frame. Build the backrest frame as shown above. We used glue and 2" finish nails to assemble, but you can also use the Kreg Jig, or countersunk screws. I found pocket hole screws on the tops slats was a little much for the wood and caused the wood to split, so we went the nails route. Just don't forget the glue.
Use a 1/4" drill bit to drill holes.
Now build the second frame as shown above. Drill holes as shown with a 1/4" drill bit.
Line the smaller sling up with the larger, as shown above, so holes are aligned. Slide bolt through, with a washer on each end of the bolt, and one in between the two wood frames (to protect your paint job). Tighten washers.
And let'er fold open!
Now it's time to do a little bit of sewing.
Using a larger stitch length, topstitch edges along both (long) sides only. A decorative stitch is optional. Finish edges by tucking thread into project.
Fold bottom and top over 1 1/2” to create “sleeves.”
Topstitch using same seam allowance as on the sides.
Finish edges by tucking thread into project.
Weave sling into chair and insert dowels into sleeves.
One more photo so you can see how the sling attaches.
Enjoy your day at the beach.
And for those of you with a Kreg Jig :)
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.