Modern Single Outdoor Chaise Lounge

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:51
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Intermediate
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The outdoor chaise lounge gets a modern twist!  Build your own and save money, using off the shelf lumber and step by step plans from Ana-White.com

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Special thanks to Wiscousonian for reader submitted photos.

Fits Standard Cushion Size

This plan fits a cushion size with seat 48" x 30" and back 24" x 30". You can easily alter the dimensions to fit different sized cushions.

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Matching Double Chaise Lounge Plans Also Available

We have also created matching double width outdoor chaise lounges plans for your convenience.  You can find those plans here.

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Matching Leftovers Wood Side Table Plans

You will have some scrap wood 1x4s leftover when you are done.  We have created a plan to use the leftover 1x4s to create a side table.

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The side table plans are at the bottom of the double chaise lounge plans here (scroll to bottom).

Updated Plans

This plan has been updated to increase the strength of the base (2x4s instead of 1x4s).  The overall size changed as well. If you need the old plans, you can find them here.

Dimensions are shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 10 feet long
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 7 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 2 sets of 3" hinges suitable for exterior use
  • 2-1/2" exterior self tapping wood screws 
  • 2" exterior self tapping wood screws
  • Exterior wood glue
Common Materials
1 1/4 inch screws
2 inch screws
Cut List

Main Chair

  • 2 - 2x4 @ 75" - frame
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 24-1/2" - frame
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 11-1/4" - legs
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 27" - cleats
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 78" - side slats
  • 6 - 1x4 @ 48" - main slats
  • 6 - 2x2 @ 3" - stop blocks

Back

  • 6 - 1x4 @ 30" - back slats
  • 4 - 2x2 @ 23-1/2" - back supports
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 10" - prop supports

Cutting Instructions

Cut all boards using a compound miter saw or circular saw with guide.

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

Instructions

Step 1

To build this lounger, you can either use the Kreg Jig (pocket hole recommendations shown above) or self tapping wood screws.

 

Pocket Holes

The advantage of pocket holes is no visible fasteners.  If you are using a cushion, this will cover all the fasteners, so this may or may not be as important to you.

When joining 2x to 2x boards, the setting is 1-1/2" with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.  When joining 2x to 1x boards, use the 3/4" setting and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

 
Mark out and drill all pocket holes prior to assembly.  The assembly order may differ than shown in diagrams

Step 2

Build the frame, using either 2-1/2" screws or the Kreg Jig. Make sure that the frame is very square.

Step 3

Attach legs to the outside of the frame with 2-1/2" screws.

Step 4

Screw cleats inside the frame, four screws per cleat.  2-1/2" self tapping screws.

Step 5

Attach decking to the top of the chaise lounge with 2" self tapping screws.  

Step 6

Build the back piece with 2" screws into the backs of the 2x2s.

Step 7

Build the back support as shown.  Make sure the 2x4s are set in 2" from the ends of the 2x2s.

Hinge to the back rest.

Step 8

Hinge the entire back piece inside the chaise lounge opening.

Step 9

Install the stop blocks as shown.  

You can alter the locations, just make sure the stop blocks don't interfere with the back closing flat.

Step 10

Now take some of the 1x2 scraps and create stops as shown above to hold the prop up in place. You can space these at any desired location.

Comments

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 07/06/2011 - 05:31

rather than a strut at the end you could place the wheel axel towards the back of the leg for the same affect.

Geophyrd@hotmail.com (not verified)

Sun, 08/14/2011 - 07:25

I went to work on this lounger today. I altered a couple of things on the plan.

1). I rounded edges everywhere someone might grab the lounger as well as between the borders. I know part of the charm is the flatness but I was worried someone might cut themselves on the edges (yep, they were that sharp). I used a quarter bit rounder on my router table to do this.

2). I couldn't figure out where to put the Kreg jig digs on the joists, so I simply did 30 holes across the joist and, when I laid the planks, used some but not all of them. I spaced the digs using the B and C holes in the jig, used the long screw head in B, drilled C, moved over until I'd done all 30. It was approximately 45 mins per joist. NOT fun.

3). When I was cutting down the 2x4 to 1 1/8, I cut 1/4" off each deck plank. Then I cut those to 3/4" and used them as spacers between the planks.

4). I painted a 'Sea Mist' stain on the boards and frame before assembling. Just a first coat. I'll give another one once its fully assembled.

So there I am. The body is put together, the 5 body planks are on. Later, will put on the sides and assemble the top.

geophyrd

Fri, 09/02/2011 - 11:57

Almost done with the lounger...

A couple of questions:

The back is 25". If the supports are 2x2, separating them by 3.25, 5.25, 12 plus 2 plus 2 plus 2 = 26.5, not 25. Going to leave the bottom one off until I see how its fitting.

Also, because I cut the back support to size (1", I'm going to have to add back to its thickness. Anyone else have this problem?

geophyrd

Sat, 09/03/2011 - 14:49

Will have a brag blog along presently. For the next person building, consider the following:

The measurements on the back are not precise and following them will lead to trouble. They can work, but I was not able to follow the measurements and have the top close well. Instead, I opted for it to sit half an inch above the rest of the lounger.

Not happy about the hinge mechanism for the top, may have to look for more of a specialty item for that.

All in all, this project was much more challenging than I thought it would be. But it does look great.

Guest (not verified)

Thu, 02/16/2012 - 03:30

Why make the frame width little small (19")? Which make the deck board side sitting only on the frame very little. Can we just increase this to 23" and add the 4" to the Prop up base? This will make the chair extra rigid so that the leg can also screw into the frame.

For the wheel, just cut 2 45 degree angle pieces and screw it into the back so that the leg and the frame are join.

Great site and the chair plan.

kongk

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 07:44

I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?
Full CN Tanks Article

Nikohall

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 13:22

So I just put the base together, all boards cut exactly to size. I didn't double check the math since everyone seemed to build just fine with the above instructions. However, when I laid the deck boards down the over hang by 0.75".

According to Ana's plans, 51" + 24.25" = 74.5"
Obviously this is wrong, and I've already cut the back pieces to 25".
Would you suggest moving the 19" support back, making the distance 23.5" instead of 24.25"? How is this going to affect the back support?
Anyone else have these problems?
Thanks

Nikohall

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 13:22

So I just put the base together, all boards cut exactly to size. I didn't double check the math since everyone seemed to build just fine with the above instructions. However, when I laid the deck boards down the over hang by 0.75".

According to Ana's plans, 51" + 24.25" = 74.5"
Obviously this is wrong, and I've already cut the back pieces to 25".
Would you suggest moving the 19" support back, making the distance 23.5" instead of 24.25"? How is this going to affect the back support?
Anyone else have these problems?
Thanks

Nikohall

Sat, 06/01/2013 - 13:43

Guess its my fault for not checking the math, but now on the next step and more measurement problems. These plans are worthless, I wasted $100 on lumber and supplies and now have a bunch of expensive firewood.

The deck boards are 4" wide, giving a total width of 20". Add on the (6) 0.25" gaps give you a total width of 21.5". Ana expects this to fit in 19" of space.

As much as I was excited to tackle this project, I must say this was a complete waste of time, energy and money.

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