Modern Outdoor Chair from 2x4s and 2x6s

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About Project

Easy to build, sturdy modern outdoor chairs for deck or patio - free plans by

Are you looking for beautiful and sturdy seating for your outdoor space?  Have you considered building your own?  You can save a ton of money and get exactly what you want!  

For about $20 a piece, I built these outdoor chairs!


These chairs were so simple and easy to build!!!  All just 2x4 and 2x6 lumber, right off the shelf!

Here's how I built it -

I cut all my boards according to the cut list below using a compound miter saw.  You could also use a circular saw and a square, or even have your local home improvement store cut your boards for you.  Good straight end cuts are very important.

Then I attached the legs to the longer 2x6 boards, using 2-3/4” long deck screws.  Notice the spacer in between the slats – it’s a scrap 1x that measures ¾” thick.

Here’s how it will look with both legs.

Then add the top armrest piece, and repeat for two arms (for one chair).

It’s ideal to have two people to assemble, but if you don’t, I used a board threaded between the slats to support my back boards while I attached.  This is the most challenging step of the entire build.

Once the arms are attached to the back and front pieces, two cleats are screwed to the insides of the arms, and seat slats rest on top.  TIP: For added comfort, consider installing the seat at a slight downward angle.

Now for the finish!


Turned out really well!

Good luck, and if you build, do share pics (you can add a brag post or tag me on instagram @anawhitediy or #anawhite)  – can’t wait to see how your outdoor chairs turn out!

Plans follow, enjoy and share!

XO Ana

Outdoor Chair plans
Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long

4 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long

2-3/4" self tapping deck screws

25" x 25" seat cushion (if smaller cushion, adjust plans to fit)

Exterior Glue

BEHR PREMIUM(R) Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain & Sealer


I recommend pefinishing boards before cutting.

Cut List




4 - 2x4 @ 22-1/4" - Legs

6 - 2x6 @ 28-1/2" - Side Slats

2 - 2x4 @ 31-1/2" - Arm Rests

4 - 2x6 @ 25" - Front and Back Slats

2 - 2x4 @ 25" - Front Top Slat and Back Top

2 - 2x2 @ 25-1/2" - Inside Cleat

5 - 2x4 @ 25" - Seat Slats (can get away with just 4)

Cutting Instructions

This chair was designed to fit a 25" x 25" seat cushion.  If different sized cushions are used, adjust plans accordingly.

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


Step 1

Use 2- 2-3/4" or longer screws and exterior wood glue to attach legs to the longer 2x6 boards, with 3/4" spacing in between.  I used two screws per joint.

Step 2

Attach top with glue and 2-3/4" screws.

Step 3

Attach front and back slats to arms to create the frame of the chair.

Step 4

Attach back top piece with screws and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Lay seat slats on cleats and screw down.

Finishing Instructions
Finish Used
I used BEHR premium outdoor finish



Sat, 09/16/2017 - 07:23

I find that screws don't hold well when out into the end grain. I drilled and installed 1" dowel into those areas and then sanded flush once screwed. Gives the screw a much better bite as it is grabbing a cross grain. Great plans!!


Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:28

Excuse me, I'm from another country, and I do not understand well the measurements used in the tables, could you tell me if the thickness and height are expressed in inches? Thank you


Sun, 01/28/2018 - 10:07

Hi Ana,

Is the shopping list is for two chairs? Another question is can I just use a regular lumber or should I use treated lumber as we have snow every winter? 

Thank you and have a great day.


Sat, 07/07/2018 - 14:47

Where can one find four 2x6 and four 2X4 for $20? I can't even get four 2x6 for $20


Sat, 05/04/2019 - 09:49

I am planning on making these for my patio and wanted to ask you something. 

1. Based on my measurements the shopping list is only for one chair. It doesn't state about how many screws are needed per chair. I have only had luck finding a huge box of the 1/4 in. x 2-3/4 in. Steel Self-Tapping Timber Screws in a 600 count pail. Clearly, I do not need that many, so about how many do you think will be used PER chair?

2. Do you recommend just using an exterior wood glue or specifically what type do you feel is best?

3. Did you use cedar, pine, or redwood treated lumber? 

4. I am also interested in the plan for the small table in the photo.

Thanks for your help! Love projects and saving money!