Simple Modern Outdoor Chair

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 05/21/2020 - 11:03
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Stylish modern wood outdoor chairs in a compact footprint!  Reclined seat and back for comfort, wide armrests.  Fits a standard size chair pad.  These chairs are smaller in size, more of the size of a dining chair, not oversized like a living room chair.

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Wood chair outdoor dimensions
Lounge chair size, seat height is 13" when finished (good for a cushion on top). NOT suitable as shown for a dining room chair, seat height needs to be increased by increasing leg length by 2" and moving seat supports upward by 2".


Shopping List
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 10 feet long
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 10 feet long
  • 36 - 2-1/2" pocket hole screws for exterior use (can be used as the "longer screws" in this plan)
  • 40 - self tapping (star bit) exterior screws, length at least 1-1/2" long (used for attaching the back and seat slats to the frame, referred to as shorter screws in plans)
Cut List
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 20-1/2" (for use with a dining table, cut at 24") - legs
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 27-3/4" - arm rests
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 24-3/4" - side supports
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 20-1/2" - front/back aprons
  • 3 - 2x2 @ 20-1/2" - seat supports
  • 5 - 1x4 @ 25-1/2" - back slats
  • 5 - 1x4 @ 20" - seat slats

Cut the longest boards first to make sure you get all your cuts out of the boards called for in the shopping list

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Build the arms using the longer screws (or Kreg Jig on the 1-1/2" setting with 2-1/2" exterior pocket hole screws).  The two legs are built identical.

Step 2

Drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes on each end of all the boards in this step, and attach with 2-1/2" exterior pocket hole screws.

Step 3

Attach the 2x2 seat cleat with pocket hole screws inside the chair frame, place screws on bottom or sides (NOT top to prevent water pooling inside the pocket hole)

Step 4

Lay out the chair back and attach to the chair back base with the shorter screws.

Step 5

Set the chair back inside the chair, leaving a small gap for water drainage from the seat base 2x2.  Attach with the longer screws to the arms.

Step 6

Lay the seat slats inside the chair and attach with the shorter screws, two screws per joint, with 1/2" spacing in between.

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Angelfacebaby (not verified)

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 04:25

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!

Amber (not verified)

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 04:37

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

me35 (not verified)

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 04:47

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 !!

Susie (not verified)

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 05:37

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!

Cristy (not verified)

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 05:47

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!

Heather (not verified)

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 05:58

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?

Jessica (not verified)

Mon, 05/03/2010 - 06:45

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!

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