Modern Single Outdoor Chaise Lounge

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:51
Difficulty
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.

cushion sizes for modern outdoor chaise lounge plans

 

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

pocket hole assembly recommendations

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.

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.

Comments

wiscousonian (not verified)

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 07:58

Not sure about wheels, it might change how sturdy these are. The legs help ground the chair so that it doesn't flex much. With wheels id be afraid of the legs taking a lot of horizontal stress because the wheels will want to fold back, whereas with legs only they cant move so the weight is forced down...make any sense? Also they are not that heavy that they are not movable if you're following the sunny areas around your yard throughout the day.

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 11:10

What type of wood did you use on this Single Lounger for the Simple Modern Outdoor Collection? I love the lounger and will build this in the next couple of weeks.

Darb1001

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 06:51

Where did you find the materials for less than $50? Just the wood ran almost $70 and that was rough on one side so I had to run it through my planer a couple of times.

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 16:24

I really want to build on soon, I have been saving up some cedar for one of these. The photos are great and it is very helpful to see where the holes are put. Thanks again great photos. Love your pool too!

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 21:48

Wheels could be mounted on simple struts that would extend out the back of the legs, so they're off the ground when it's in the 'resting' position, but when you lift the opposite end the angle would put the wheels in contact with the ground. Just a thought.