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Simple White Outdoor Chair

June 10, 2011 |
posted by Ana White
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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.

Simple White Outdoor Chair

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About Project

Author Notes: 

I know for some of you who aren't interested in the Simple White Outdoor Collection, it's been a blah week here at Ana-White.com, 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!


Simple White Outdoor Chair

Materials and Tools

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

2 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
circular saw
countersink drill bit

Cut List

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"

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

Simple White Outdoor Chair

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

Simple White Outdoor Chair

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

Simple White Outdoor Chair

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

Simple White Outdoor Chair

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

Step 5

Simple White Outdoor Chair

A little trim out goes a long way to making things pretty! I just nailed these down with my nailer and 2" finish nails - and glue of course!

Step 6

Simple White Outdoor Chair

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

Simple White Outdoor Chair

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

Simple White Outdoor Chair

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

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-06-10 14:03
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Great idea - no reason you

Great idea - no reason you couldn't.

posted by Ana White | on Fri, 2011-06-10 16:02
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There is never a blah week at

There is never a blah week at Ana-white.com. great job on this collection!

posted by ddietz12 | on Fri, 2011-06-10 16:00

Never, ever a blah week!

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!!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-06-10 18:37
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Definitely never a blah week

Definitely never a blah week here!

posted by emmarosemc | on Fri, 2011-06-10 19:53

After seeing this collection

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????

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-06-12 11:08

Kreg Jig

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. (-;

posted by deanna_g | on Tue, 2011-06-21 12:54

Is the supplies list wrong (or am I)?

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?


posted by Thomas (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-06-16 08:25


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.


posted by Thomas (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-06-17 09:15

Love you site. I was also

Love you site. I was also shocked to see that the cushions were sold out, but found these of a lesser quality for half the price http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004BVB11Q/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF...

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-06-17 09:55


Olá , adorei seu site , estava procurando muito algo assim , onde tivesse as medidas dos projetos , muito legal da sua parte dispor para nós , leigos em marcenaria .Comprei uma casa , onde terei que reforma-la , e mobilia-la,como aqi no Brasil , as casas não são tão grandes como as daí , tem muitas ideias que poderi aproveitar ....

Obrigada .


posted by Simone (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-08-24 11:27

Buy vs cut list

Am I crazy? The cut list has 1x2s but the buy list does not?

posted by Riley (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-04-19 22:48

Is there a SketchUp of this?

Is there a SketchUp of this chair or the other "Simple White" items? I've made some changes and would like to update the plans, and not start from scratch if possible.

posted by Peter Cwik | on Tue, 2012-06-12 18:27

Raising the seat height?

Love the plan but want to raise the seat height to about 20" total. Will adding another 8 3/4" in height require changing the legs from 2x2 to 2x4s?

posted by Sue_McL | on Sun, 2012-08-05 15:04

cushion size

What cushion size should I look for if I buy pre-made cushions ?

posted by mjc8870 | on Thu, 2012-12-27 10:45

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