Simple White Outdoor Chair

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 06/10/2011 - 10:40
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Free Do it yourself woodworking plans to build a Restoration Hardware inspired Outdoor Chair, from the Nantucket Collection. Features relaxed modern styling, comfy reclined seat, and solid wood construction. These free step by step plans use standard dimensional boards and are designed for the beginning woodworker.

I know for some of you who aren't interested in the Simple White Outdoor Collection, it's been a blah week here at, but for those of you who are, I really wanted to take the time to complete the entire collection of plans. We are so pleased with our Simple White Outdoor Sofa. So pleased.

And after posting the loveseat and coffee table, I wanted to follow up with the Chair, today's plan.  I also just finished the matching end table, and per your requests, will add the dining table and dining benches.
And as far as cushions go . . . in the Sofa plan I've given a ton of info on sewing your own.  Of course, mine are from Restoration Hardware, but they've since marked the price back up.  But I just found this from Amazon/Target

Same measurements, $69 for each seat/back pillow set!  Back cushion is not a box, but got all the piping details!  Would love to see a stained espresso frame with these cushions.  And here are a few more . . .

In red


For the Loveseat


 And Green

And stripes. All priced very reasonable!  You can click the image to buy from Amazon.

Anyway, good luck to you and you should always buy your cushions first, and build the frame to fit perfectly - I never trust online dimensions 100%.
Have a great weekend!


Shopping List

2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x6 @ 8 feet or stud length
1 - 2x4 @ 8 feet or stud length
1 - 1x4 @ 4 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 4 feet long
4 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long

Common Materials
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 - 2x2 @ 34" (Arm rests)
4 - 2x2 @ 22" (Legs)
2 - 2x6 @ 31" (Side Aprons)
2 - 2x6 @ 24" (Front/Back Aprons)
2 - 2x4 @ 24" (Back/Seat Supports)
1 - 2x2 @ 24" (Front Cleat)
2 - 1x2 @ 24" (Front/Back Trim)
2 - 1x2 @ 31" (Side Trim)
6 - 1x3 @ 25" (Seat Slats)
2 - 1x2 @ 16 1/4" (Back Slats - Ends)
4 - 1x3 @ 16 1/4" (Back Slats - Middle)
1 - 1x4 @ 24"
1 - 1x6 @ 24"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

You will need to build two arms. This is too easy, just build as shown above. Use the Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2" stock and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 2

With the two legs done, join with front and back aprons. You of course would want to place pocket holes to the insides.

Step 3

Now the 2x4s. The back goes in place flush to the top back outside corner and top. The bottom seat support is flush to the bottom of the side aprons, 23 1/2" from the inside of the front apron. I used pocket holes set for 1 1/2" stock, 2 1/2" screws and glue.

Step 4

This cleat holds the slats. Place down 1/4" from top, screw in place with 2 1/2" screws and wood glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Slats go down . . . I nailed mine, you can screw yours if that works better for you. Just leave a little gap on the ends for water drainage.

Step 7

Now the back. Set your pocket hole jig for 3/4" stock and drill the pocket holes in rails. Then mark top and bottom boards and attach. You can round the top corners if you so desire.

Step 8

Now the fun part! Position in chair as shown above and screw down.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Guest (not verified)

Fri, 06/10/2011 - 12:03

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to build one (actually) two and use them indoors...

Guest (not verified)

Fri, 06/10/2011 - 16:37

Never, ever a blah week! Thanks for posting. Just what I've been wanting to build. Thanks so much Ana. Can't wait to see how the momplex comes along! Thanks for including us in that venture!!

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 06/12/2011 - 09:08

After seeing this collection I am finally dedicated to making some great outdoor furniture for us to enjoy this summer! Seems like buying a Kreg will be necessary. It seems like there is a HUGE price difference $39-$140... any tips????


Tue, 06/21/2011 - 10:54

I highly recommend the $99 Kreg Jig system. I thought about buying the Jr. and seeing if I liked it first, but just decided to bite the bullet and do it the right way the first time. I LOVE my Kreg Jig. My husband is envious. (-;

Thomas (not verified)

Thu, 06/16/2011 - 06:25

I'm looking at the list of supplies and it says 4 - 1x3, but I only see the need for 3 boards based on the cuts.

Board 1: 25" + 16 1/4" + 16 1/4" + 16 1/4" + 16 1/4" = 90"
Board 2: 25" + 25" + 25" = 75"
Board 3: 25" + 25" = 50"

All are less than stud length. You end up with what the cuts list calls for: 6 - 25" sections and 4 - 16 1/4" sections.

What am I missing?


Thomas (not verified)

Fri, 06/17/2011 - 07:15

I just bought all the wood for 2 arm chairs and the sofa...came home to order the cushions from Target. They are NO LONGER on the Target website!! They were there yesterday. I CHECKED. They have none of them in any color. Now I have to find cushions.