Kid's Adirondack Chair

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Build your own kids Adirondack chairs!  Builders spend about $15 a chair.  Step by step plans with diagrams, and dozens of reader submitted photos.

Also check out our adult sized Adirondack Chair plans too.

Reader submitted photo by TLCBBP

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Kid's Adirondack Chair

kids adirondack chair
For the Kid Sized Chair, overall dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

1 – 1×4, 8′ Length

2 – 1×2, 8′ Length

2 – 1×3, 8′ Length

Wood Glue

Wood Filler

1 1/4″ Screws

2″ Screws

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 – 1×4 @ 25 1/2″ (Stringers)

1 – 1×4 @ 15″ (Front Apron)

5 – 1×2 @ 15″ (Seat Slat, Main)

1 – 1×3 @ 15″ (Seat Slat, Front)

2 – 1×3 @ 13″ (Front Legs)

2 – 1×2 @ 14 1/2″ (Arm Supports)

2 – 1×3 @ 14 1/2″ (Arm Rests)

5 – 1×3 @ 20 3/4″ (Back Slats)

1 – 1×2 @ 13 1/2″ (Back Trim)

1 – 1×4 @ 13 1/2″ (Back Apron)

1 – 1×2 @ 16 1/2″ (Back Support)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw


Step 1

By simply doubling the number of back slats and increasing the seat width, you can get a bench. On the adult version, you can also create a bench, but you should add a couple of supports that run parallel to the stringers. The kids version won’t need these supports.

Step 2

Mark the front of your stringers as shown in the diagram.

Step 3

Mark the back of your stringers as shown here. Cut the stringers. Once you get a stringer that you are happy with, use it as a pattern for the rest of your stringers.

Step 4

After you cut your stringers, attach the front apron as shown above with 2″ screws and glue. Keep the top edges flush

Step 5

Step 6

Attach the front legs as shown above with 1 1/4″ screws and glue. The front seat board top will be at a height of 10″.

Step 7

First attach your arm supports (the 1x2s in yellow above) to the leg tops using a level and 1 1/4″ screws. Then attach the arm rests as shown above.

Step 8

Build the back as shown above, using 1 1/4″ screws and glue. Leave a 1/4″ gap between the back slats. The middle support board (shown in blue above) will overhang the sides by 1 1/2″ on each side.

Step 9

Position your back into the chair, as shown above. An extra hand would be super helpful at this point. When you are happy with the back’s position, screw with 2″ screws as shown above.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
You may wish to add wood filler to screw holes and apply a touch up coat of paint to you chair. Also, spraying with an exterior varnish or polyurethane will help protect the chair from the elements and would just cost a few dollars and take a few min


The {G} Family (not verified)

Wed, 05/19/2010 - 14:06

How adorable! The chair on the patio of the playhouse was the killer for me. Looks amazing! Thank you so much!

Rachel@MyPinkF… (not verified)

Wed, 05/19/2010 - 17:16

Oh gosh! I just LOVE seeing how you make mini versions of your other plans. It might be a while before I ever make something (I live in an apartment), but by golly I know that I CAN make something someday! Thanks for the inspiration! I love looking at your blog everyday!

marcie (not verified)

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 21:52

I was just talking to my mom about wanting to make some off these. now I will since you made some easy to follow plans. Thank you love the kid size I will have to make 2 kid size and 2 Adult size. My list is getting way too long!

Greeneydmama (not verified)

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 08:08

I don't know when you changed the site look to these chairs, but I love love love it! The flowery one is gorgeous but a little busy for me to concentrate on your plans....this I LOVE! : )

michaelsuitt (not verified)

Tue, 08/24/2010 - 09:59


Your website is fantastic!!! I was wondering if you have posted the plans for the adirondack coffee table yet. Please forgive me if I have overlooked it. Best of luck in your continued success!



Thu, 07/02/2020 - 14:23

I built this today from some cedar I had laying around. Now my daughter can have her own outdoor chair! I used 15 gauge finish nails instead of screws and it is plenty sturdy. I'm deciding if I want to paint or stain now. Thank you so much for sharing these plans!

Art Lake

Wed, 01/19/2022 - 19:53

I built one of the kid's chairs yesterday in a few hours. The sharp edges make it appear a bit amateur is so I hit the exposed edges with a router and round over bit. Lacking a router one could do this with a simple wood rasp which would be about $5.00.