Modern Adirondack Chair

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 06/07/2019 - 12:46
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This modern style Adirondack chair plan features clean lines and simple materials.  The base is sturdy and substantial 2x6s, so it will hold heavy weights and won't blow away in the wind. You'll love our step by step plans and diagrams.  

modern adirondack chairs painted green

Reader submitted photo by HARLEYANDCHRISTINA 


Modern Adirondack Chair Features

  • Modern Styling
  • Deep recline for enhanced relaxation
  • 2x6 base framing for increased strength, durability, and weight
  • 2x4 legs will last longer and hold more weight
  • Simple angle cut construction that is easy to build


Modern Adirondack Chair Plans

This is an updated plan.  If you need the old version of this plan, you can find it here.

dimensions diagram for modern outdoor chair
Dimensions are shown in the above diagram


Shopping List
  • Cedar wood or other exterior appropriate is recommended.  You can use whitewood or spruce - just make sure the wood is finished well.
  • 1 - 2x6 @ 9 feet long or 9 foot stud length
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 4 feet long
  • 1 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 8 - 2-1/2" pocket hole screws (recommended but can substitute for 2-3/4" self tapping wood screws)
  • 25 - 2-3/4" exterior self tapping wood screws
  • 70 - 2" exterior self tapping wood screws



Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List
  • 2 – 2×6 @ 29-1/2″ (Stringers, cut in step 1)
  • 1 – 2×6 @ 21″ (Front Apron)
  • 1 - 2x6 @ 18" - (Base Support)
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 18″ (Legs, ends cut at 20 degrees off square, ends ARE parallel, long point to short point measurement)
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 24-3/16" - (Arm Supports, both ends cut at 20 degrees off square, long point to short point measurement, ends ARE parallel)
  • 1 - 2x2 @ 24" - (Back Support)
  • 3 - 1x6 @ 32" - (Back Slats)
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 18" - (Seat Back Top)
  • 5 - 1x4 @ 21" (Seat Slats)
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 23-1/2" (Arm Rests)


Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Mark out the stringer pattern on 2x6 stringer boards.

Cut angles with a circular saw.

Cut two matching.

Step 2

Attach stringer to front apron.  Pocket holes would be hidden and recommended, but you can also use 2-3/4" self tapping wood screws.

Step 3

Add the back aprons support between the stringers.

Step 4

Cut legs on compound miter saw.

Attach to the base with 2-3/4" screws.

Step 5

Attach 2x2 side supports with 2-3/4" screws, making sure the 2x2s are level all the way back.

Step 6

Use 2-3/4" screws to attach the back support between the arm supports.

Step 7

Add the two outside back slats with 2" self tapping wood screws.

Step 8

Attach top with 2" self tapping wood screws.

Step 9

Center remaining back slat in between and attach with 2" self tapping wood screws.

Step 10

Lay seat slats and screw down with 2" self tapping wood screws.

TIP: Attach the front and back slats.  Then attach the center slat.  Then center the remaining two in between.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
We recommend pre-finishing boards.


Little Birdie … (not verified)

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 14:00

Love it!

Clear thinking (not verified)

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 14:26

My advice is to have wider boards on the arm rests!!! We live in these chairs all summer and I LOVE LOVE LOVE having the wide boards to put eveything on. Thus not having to have things sitting on the ground or be reaching for my purse or something all the time. With the wide boards I can have my drinks, cell all the goodies etc.

Laura PARING DOWN (not verified)

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 15:32

I heart Adirondack chairs...and that header!!!

:) Laura

Susan (Between… (not verified)

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 16:52

Ana, You're amazing! You design/build amazing furniture, playhouses, etc...AND you have a beautiful garden, too!

Lacking Productivity (not verified)

Tue, 05/25/2010 - 04:30

Yippee! My porch is in desperate need of one of those Adirondack benches!

MommyKate (not verified)

Tue, 05/25/2010 - 10:24

I am planning on doing this project on Saturday... two chairs and the bench... big goal but I am soooo excited! Thanks Ana!

Stephanie (not verified)

Sat, 10/16/2010 - 16:42

I have never built anything in my life but really want some Adirondack chairs for our porch. I've read through your directions and it seems very doable- thus making me very excited. However, I am wondering if you have made the child-size plans yet? I would want one of those too since we have a two year old who loves to have his own size item that looks like the adult version.

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