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
- 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
- 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
- 6 - 1x4 @ 30" - back slats
- 4 - 2x2 @ 23-1/2" - back supports
- 2 - 2x4 @ 10" - prop supports
Cut all boards using a compound miter saw or circular saw with guide.
To build this lounger, you can either use the Kreg Jig (pocket hole recommendations shown above) or self tapping wood screws.
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.
Build the frame, using either 2-1/2" screws or the Kreg Jig. Make sure that the frame is very square.
Attach legs to the outside of the frame with 2-1/2" screws.
Screw cleats inside the frame, four screws per cleat. 2-1/2" self tapping screws.
Attach decking to the top of the chaise lounge with 2" self tapping screws.
Build the back piece with 2" screws into the backs of the 2x2s.
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.
Hinge the entire back piece inside the chaise lounge opening.
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.
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.
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.