Simple Outdoor Lounge Chair

A stylish lounge chair for your patio! Just needs bold paint and a comfy pillow. Large armrests, loungy recline, easy to build. Special thanks to Dowlerg for sharing their beautiful chair with us!


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!


One of the driving factors in how I design a furniture plan is I imagine myself building it. It's not about just throwing up a plan.  I actually think, if I were building this, how can I make it cheaper, easier, how can you be more successful?  You would be surprised at how many plans don't make it to Knock-Off Wood because I don't feel "good" about posting it.

Take three, I think I've finally got it.

And when you redo a plan three times because you are not completely satisfied with it, well, you end up organizing your sketchup file better, and that ends up with an easy to do video.  Make sure you watch the video, it'll all make sense!

If you can't get the video to load, you can click here to see it.  I promise, it's worth your time if you are curious how this chair goes together!

A couple of other items I wanted to be sure I covered when this chair was built:  I wanted you to be able to go to Target and buy cushions that fit, if you wanted to.  This chair will fit a standard cushion sized at 20" x 20".  I wanted you to be able to build this in a loveseat size.  And a couch size.  Expect these plans soon (if I get good response to this plan).

For inspiration, I looked to the West Elm Wood Slat Armchair and the Nantucket Collection from Restoration hardware, but as you may have noticed, Knock-Off Wood is becoming much less of a knock-off and more of a inspired handmade site, so this chair is not an exact replica.   Because to replicate either of those chairs, I would be forcing you to buy very expensive cushions, and my intention is to keep your options open, not limit them.

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

120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
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.

Overall Dimensions are shown above. Composition is wood boards.
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)

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 Instructions: 

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 4 Instructions: 

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 Instructions: 

Front and Back Aprons Using 1 1/4″ screws and glue, from the inside, fasten the front and back apron to the seat frame, as shown above.

Step 6 Instructions: 

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 Instructions: 

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 Instructions: 

Build the back, as shown above.

Step 9 Instructions: 

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 Instructions: 

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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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!

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.

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 :-)

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.

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!

You are a mind reader Ana! I was looking at the Sunday ads yesterday and I saw some outdoor furniture, and I seriously thought to myself... I wonder if the outdoor furniture on knock-off wood is sized right for cushions? Thanks for everything you do. I have not started a project yet, but hope to soon. Love your site!

I love this chair and can't wait for the loveseat plans too!! I have been wanting new patio furniture, but they are so expensive, especially those made of wood. I was introduced to your site by my husband because I've always wanted to make my own furniture and now have a list started of all the pieces I want to make. Thank you!!!

Looks Great!! Can't wait to see the loveseat plans! Hope you do those next! And THANK YOU for thinking about the cushions!! That will make life MUCH easier. I would hate to make the chair to save $ only to find out later that you woud have to spend more $$ to buy cushions. What were those designers thinking?? Ana, you ROCK!!

The first things I thought when I saw this was: "I wonder if I can hack this to loveseat size?" I've wanted an outdoor loveseat for a while now, but it's never made it into the budget...

I love your site. We move into our new home in about a month and I am SO excited to start building things. This will more than likely be my first project as well as some beds for my girls. Can't wait.

Thank you for all the hard work you put into this and for giving them away free!! LOVE IT - I check your site at least 3x a day.

Yes! Please do a loveseat! I have been eying patio furniture for my new covered patio, but haven't found anything as lovely as this. Maybe I should get out my saw and hammer!

I love that you know your readers so well to realize that we would want to buy a standard size cushion. Can't wait to see the complete plans for all the outdoor things so I can plan my 'room.' We also need Rayan to do a guest post on finishing our outdoor items. Thanks so much.

Perfect! I'm gonna get right to work on two of these! I would LOVE a loveseat to match. Thanks so much for thinking about cushions! Any plans for a coffee table? I might give it a shot! You are AWESOME!

I'm hoping for the couch and loveseat plans too. When you posed the stack-able chairs, table and benches I was hoping for these chairs too. My husband didn't like the stack-able chairs. So I thought we could get these and 2 benches it would make for a multi-use seating. I love the coordinating pieces, it makes it more easy to create an outdoor living area that is broken up into dinning and lounging. We built a huge deck last fall and I've been waiting all winter to be able to outfit

I WANT THE LOVESEAT ! I WANT THE LOVESEAT !!! Okay, I realise that I'm shouting this and not only that, but I'm not clear what a loveseat is... Is that the kind where you have 2 seats joined with a table between them ?? I have been loving for that without a silly pricetag for a couple of years now (even better if they are angled towards each other...)
I am going to end this post with what I should have started with (eh??) Ana, you are a GENIUS. The plans and the work you put into this site are AMAZING. I wish I had a big enough house to fit all of the designs that I like into (and that I'd found you before the last ikea trip...!) Thank you !!

Thank you Ana! What a beautiful chair! I can't wait to get started! I would definitely be interested in a loveseat plan as well. This lounge set would go so well with the outdoor table and stackable chairs that are at the top of my build list!
Thanks so much for being the inspiration behind my desire to build my own furniture! You truly are amazing!

This is exactly what I have been waiting for! Would love plans for a loveseat! You are the best, I love your site. I am so glad it uses standard cushions. Thank you!

This is darling. I love it. Would love the loveseat size. Would love to omit the legs and use it as a porch swing. Wonder if this could be done?

Ana, you are amazing! You are so inspiring. These chairs are perfect, can't wait to build! I'm also looking forward to the love seat & couch versions, what an awesome set it would be!

Thanks for continuing to hack more outdoor furtniture...I look forward to seeing the larger couch-sizes, too! On Saturday my hubby and I built the Modern Bookcase...I will make sure to post a pic in the Flickr group when I get it all painted!

We live in a condo and only have a patio as our outdoor space. For the 8 years I have lived here I have wanted to have furniture outside that we could use to expand our living space. But it’s always been way out of my budget. These plans show the possibility that exists in just a little time and energy. I hope to be sitting in this chair (and snuggling on an outdoor love seat!) real soon.

I love this chair! and the idea to tile the top of a table, SO EXCITED. I can't wait to start these projects to finish making our new back porch beautiful!

Thank you SOO incredibly much!

I'm trying to open the plans as a .pdf file (through the PRINT/PDF link at very end of the post), but none of the diagrams show up when I do that. The text comes through fine, but I don't think I can use the plans without the diagrams as I am far from a professional and I need the visual aids. Has anyone else had this problem? How did you fix it? Thanks! :)

This one's going in my to do. Question for you, I love that you put everything in price categories, but when it's new like this I don't see the price or what category it belongs to. Is it possible to list the aprox. price with the materials list like you do with the kid's picnic table (even if you don't break it down by board like you did there). I saw the table and built it that weekend because it specifically said $15 and I said I can do $15! If I know something is affordable I make it a lot faster. I have no clue what these chairs would cost to build.

BTW- built your pallet shelves today! They are hung and awaiting a photo shoot. Will send pics.

I love this chair and would love to build it in a loveseat and couch size also. And thanks for taking the time to fit the standard cushion.
It's beautiful!

MaryJanes - For an estimate, the lumber for this project is $24 in Kentucky. (Not sure how much prices vary by location)

I've been wanting 2 chairs to go by my grape arbor, and I think these may be the ones! Now I just need a little table to hold the wine glasses...

I can't WAIT for the loveseat version! I've been scouring the web for a suitable outdoor bench to put under the pergola I made, and the pickings are slim. Pretty please? :)

Yeah!!! I won't have a naked country porch anymore, especially when the loveseat/ couch goes up!!!! Thank you a million times, Ana :O)

I cannot wait to make this. I'm currently away from home finishing a fellowship. When I get back in a few more weeks I'll have such a backlog of things to try!

I love this chair. I told my husband I wanted to build some Adirondack chairs and he grimaced & grumbled - guess he's not a fan of that style. LOL. But this one I know he'll like.

I think they'll be great to have around our fire pit.

Can't wait for the sofa and loveseat plans! :)

Thanks for all the sharing you do. I still think you need your own HGTV show. THAT would be AWESOME! :)

I've found a usable Adirondack chair plan - love that style - but I've put off using it for two years as it's not an easy project. Guess what? I'm scrapping that idea and am going to build your chair instead! Read through the plans and can tell it's going to be simple! Thank Ana. Know what would look good with two chairs on my deck? A love seat! Thanks for all you do for us readers!

Tackling this one tomorrow, and I'm already thinking I need a small table to go with. I'd like to build 2 chairs and have a place to set the wine glasses between us. :)

I want to make this collection as my first projects, but have no idea where to start on picking my wood? Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

I love this chair! I want to build it this weekend, but in looking at the supplies, I want to make sure to get everything i need... what is the 4th item supposed to be?

6- 1x4 8' Length
2- 1x2, 8' Length
1 - 2x2, 8' Length or scrap 24" long
1 1
2" Screws


looks like the cut list is covered and there is no fourth item, just a typo. I will update.

Another note, one reader built this chair and thought that the chair back recline was too steep. I followed the dimensions for the West Elm Chair, and I think the idea is to have a loungy chair, but if you find your chair back is reclined more than you would like, simply place your 1x2 back suppport to the insides of the chair back legs instead on the back side.

Ana! Just wanted to let you know i finished construction of chair #1! First off, I've never built anything like this in my life and let me tell you .... Its fabulous! Super comfy, cute and incredibly sturdy. I'm going to build a second one and (hopefully) the love seat (post plans, pretty please!) Once i get my chairs stained and buy cushions, I'll send a picture your way! Thanks for all your plans - everything fit perfectly and I love this crazy feeling of accomplishment :)

Ana, could this chair plan (loveseat size) be used to do a porch swing? I'm about to build a small arbor and am dying to hang a porch swing underneath. It seems like this loveseat sized plan would be "almost" perfect for that... Right?

Jennifer, I don't see why it wouldn't work, just make sure you reinforce where you choose to hang the loveseat. Let me know how it turns out!

I can't wait to see a loveseat size!

I love your plans and can't wait to get started building these chairs and the simple modern table/benches for my backyard area!


I am making two of these chairs this weekend! I am so excited! This will be my first project - I can't wait to post pictures!

Great chair. Done with the single but would like to do a sectional in this style. Any chance we can see some plans, specifically on how to construct the corner (or L) piece?
Great site.

I made this chair over the past few days. I absolutely love it. The only issue that I had was laying the slats for the seat and the back. I started screwing down the seat and realized that I had too much space for only 1/2" in between. My upper and lower slats don't quite match up. But a cushion on the chair, and no one will ever know! Just make sure you lay them out first and measure. I haven't built anything from scratch since I was 15, I forgot how much I loved it. Thank you Anna! I posted a picture in the brag section under hilarychad. Would love comments and suggestions!

My son and husband are making this chair for his 4-H project this year. It is perfect for them! :) We are using pressure treated wood and am wondering what kind of sealant or stain we should use on the pressure treated wood? Thank you so much for the awesome plans! Maybe they will add to the collection next year! :)

This was my first knock-off project. I built it today with help from my brother and SIL. LOVE IT!!!! When it was finished, I told my SIL that I need a shirt that says "Ana is my hero"

I have been waiting for something like this on here but I need it in more of a sofa size for a porch swing that would hang from the roof of our porch! Please, please, please post some of the other ideas for a love seat or a sofa I would love you forever!!! Looking forward to more! I love your site!

I'd like to use a Kreg jig for the face screws on the arms and legs. Would two 1-1/4" screws be sufficient for the arm to leg joint? How about three 1-1/4" ones for the front leg to chair bottom joint?

Hi, I'm new to this site, and was considering building these chairs. I was wondering how comfortable these chairs would be without the cushion. Can anyone comment on that? I just wasnt sure if they were designed specifically with the cushion in mind. Also, I saw several comments about the love seat, but could not find the plans. Will there be any? Thanks so much.

Thank you for posting this! IT is so awesome, we can't wait to build these today. We'll post pics when we're done!!! THank you, thank you!

I am interested to know if these chairs can support someone over 200 pounds or should I modify wood to accomodate more weight?

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So, we did something wrong but I can't figure out what! On step 6 where you assemble the "seat supports" it says that the right has to be flush with the inside of the leg and the left flush with the outside of the leg. I can't imagine it would be one on one side and one on the other. But the "seat supports" seem too thick to match the width of the frame. The back doesn't fit now (We'll just trim it) but would like to fix it for the next one.


What do you think? Our new house (new to us) has some beautiful porches, but a standard height chair puts our eyes inline with the railing not out at the landscape/chickens/ etc. I was thinking of just extending the legs on these 11". What do you think?

Could you please put the wood measurements in cm or mm or are they in inches? Not sure but I need to know soon because it's for my project :) please

I only have the bare essentials, a saw, tape measure, sander, drill, couple of clamps, and the wonder tool, a Kreg Jig. Without the jig there would be no woodworking here. It makes it easy to assemble almost anything. That's why I'm asking to have this chair redesigned so it can be assembled using the Kreg Jig method. Not only would make it easier for beginners to build but it would be better looking too without all the screws visible everywhere.

I've never built anything and I came across your site, fell in love with these chairs and spent a long weekend building two. They are the most comfortable chairs ever. It took my partner and I 4 hours to make two, we love them. I dusted off my sewing machine and made cushion covers, not perfectly but that makes them more ours!!! Thank you it was wonderful fun.