Simple Outdoor Lounge Chair

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:18
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A stylish lounge chair for your outdoor space! Just needs bold paint and classic stain, and a comfy pillow. Large armrests, easy to build. Special thanks to Dowlerg for reader submitted photo.

red outdoor lounge chair


west elm knock off outdoor chair
Overall Dimensions are shown above. Composition is wood boards.


Shopping List

6- 1×4 8′ Length

2- 1×2, 8′ Length

1 – 2×2, 8′ Length or scrap 24″ long

1 1/4"  Screws

2″ Screws

2 1/2″ Screws

Wood Glue

Paintable Silicone or wood filler Finishing Supplies

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

4 – 1×4 @ 22 1/2″ (Legs)

2 – 1×4 @ 27″ (Arm Rests)

1 – 1×2 @ 27 1/2″ (Back Tie In, for a stronger chair, you could use a 1×4 here)

3- 1×4 @ 22″ (Seat Frame Supports)

2 – 1×4 @ 24 3/4″ (Seat Frame Sides)

2- 1×4 @ 20 1/2″ (Front and Back Seat Aprons)

2 – 1×2 @ 24 3/4″ (Seat Side Trim Pieces)

5 – 1×4 @ 20″ (Seat Boards)

2- 1×2 @ 19 1/2″ (Seat Back Back Supports)

1 – 2×2 @ 22″ (Seat Back Bottom Support)

5 – 1×4 @ 21 1/2″ (Seat Back Boards)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
General Instructions

Make sure you are working on a clean level surface with straight boards. Predrill and countersink all of your screws. Use glue. Check for square after each step. Use proper safety equipment and techniques.


Step 1

Legs and Arm Rests Screw the arm rests to the legs using 2″ screws and wood glue. Leave a 3/4″ gap on the backs of the arm rests as shown above.

Step 2

Back Tie In Remember the overhang from step 1? Well, your back tie in should fit nicely in the space. Make sure you screw the arm rest to the back tie in and the tie in to the back legs (you will need to use 1 1/4″ screws). Glue. UPDATED: For lesser of an incline, place this back support to the inside of the legs instead of to the outside. Some of our readers have said that this makes the chair more comfortable.

Step 3

Step 4

Seat Frame and Sides Mark all of the legs 12 1/4″ from up from the bottom of the legs. This will be the mark where you seat frame sits on the legs. Then screw your seat frame to the legs, as shown above. Use a level to make sure your seat frame is screwed on level to the legs. Use 3 screws per leg.

Step 5

Step 6

eat Top, Sides Fasten the seat top, sides, to the tops as shown above. Make sure you fasten to the seat supports and the sides as shown above. This will stiffen up the chair considerably.

Step 7

Seat Boards Fasten the seat boards to the supports, leaving a 1/2″ gap between the boards, as shown above. Screw down. Front is flush with the front apron.

Step 8

Build the back, as shown above.

Step 9

Putting the Back in Place Place the back into the back of the seat, as shown above. Start by screwing the 2×2 to the aprons, as shown above. The fasten the seat back boards to the 1×2 seat back support, as shown above.

Step 10

Finishing Fill holes with water resistant filler (I like to use paintable silicone) and finish as desired. The chair will fit a standard 20×20 cushion, or similar sized cushion. Depending on the response to this plan, I will post loveseat and couch plans as well.

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senovia (not verified)

Sun, 05/02/2010 - 20:56

This is a fabulous chair! I just recently found your site and can't wait to make so many things! I would love to see it in a loveseat size!


Tue, 01/06/2015 - 09:10

does anybody know what the "1 1" is on the line after 1 – 2×2, 8′ Length or scrap 24″ long on the material list?

Betsy (not verified)

Sun, 05/02/2010 - 21:01

This is so perfect! The style, the size (love that it uses standard cushions)... Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Looking forward to the couch and loveseat sizes, as well.

Erin (not verified)

Sun, 05/02/2010 - 21:36

One loveseat and two chairs...yes please!! I told myself I was going to build things in the order that I find them and I am on item #1 of a 10 item list, but these just may have to cut in line :-)

James (not verified)

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 00:57

What fantastic chairs! I had been planning to modify the Simple Stackable Chair into a bench, but this will be a lot easier. It will also fit beautifully with the Hamptons Outdoor Coffee Table I'm planning to build. Can't wait to see the loveseat and bench plans.

Leslie (not verified)

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 02:39

You know what, Ana? The best part of this whole plan is the fact that you really, REALLY consider US when you create. I mean, we can all actually go to Target and buy a cushion that FITS! Holy crap! That is HUGE, and you know that!

I'm just about packed up and will be heading up to RI for the big move tomorrow. My sister and I have great plans for your plans and we can't wait to get started.

Many thanks!