Favorite Wood Chaise Lounges

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 06/02/2019 - 15:39
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Make your own wood outdoor chaise lounge for a fraction of the cost to buy! Free step by step DIY plans from Ana-White.com

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These beautiful and inexpensive outdoor lounge chairs were designed by Ana White and built by Brook over at Being Brook 

We really wanted to make these chaise lounges very affordable, so they are 24" wide to conserve wood - made of 1x3s which tend to be significantly cheaper than their slightly larger buddies, 1x4s.

The frame itself is made of sturdy 2x6s, and we used a simple bolt for the hinge.  Can you see it?

To get the back to rest at different angles, there is notch-outs that fit a 2x4.

And then you can go into full recline mode and the stop block fits under the back legs!!!  

Of course we have the plans right here for you - but please, take a second and stop over and read Brook's post on building these lounge chairs and her tips and tricks!  Thanks Brook!

dimensional diagram for wood chaise lounge
Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

2 - 2x6 @ 9 feet long (can be 9 foot studs)

3 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long

8 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long

2 – ¼” bolts 4” long with nuts and 6 washers

2-3/4” self tapping exterior wood screws

2” exterior screws or galvanized brad nails and glue to nail slats down with

Cut List


2 – 2x6 @ 85” - main frame sides

2 – 2x6 @ 21” - main frame front/back

16 – 1x3 @ 24” - seat slats

6 – 2x4 @ 14” - legs

2 – 2x4 @ 7” - legs



2 – 2x4 @ 32” - back frame

3 – 2x4 @ 17 ½” - back frame

7 – 1x3 @ 37 ½” - back slats

1 – 2x4 @ 24” (stop block)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Build your frames first. You can use 1 1/2" PHs and 2 1/2" PH screws OR 2-3/4" countersunk screws.

I do recommend the PHs because it will hide your screws holes, making it easier to paint the pieces, and then attach later through the PHs.

NOTE: The diagrams show 2x4s.  We have updated this plan per user recommendations to use 2x6s for the frame.  

Notch out for the back support with a jigsaw.

Step 2

Next add your slats. You can also attach slats from underneath with PHs if desired.

Step 3

Attach legs, and then to front, attach second row of legs. Use 2 3/4" self tapping screws and glue here.

Multiple screws are recommended to keep the leg joints solid.

Step 4

These legs are just long enough to provide you a spot to put the stop block when chaise is fully reclined.

Step 5

Build the frame for the seat back as you did the main frame.

Step 6

Attach back slats to the frame.

TIP: Users have commented that it is easier to install the seat frame on the pivot bolt first, then add the slats later.

Step 7

Now we attach back to chaise with the pivot bolt.  The easiest way to do this for me was to clamp the pieces in place and drill through both the main frame and the seat frame.


NOTE: The diagram shows a 2x4 - we have upgraded this plan to recommend using a 2x6 instead. 

Step 8

Brook is also sharing with us her step by step finishing tutorial here to get this amazing finish!

Step 9

Here is the diagram for the stop block.


Tami220 (not verified)

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 10:16

These are great questions...were they aver answered? I would love to know myself...thanks :)


EleyAnn (not verified)

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 11:17

I am probably going to make this my winter project with my husband so that we have a lovely set come Spring/Summer out here in California.

If I get to it first, I will let you know Tami!

Eley :)

Elliott Strom

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 15:21

Hi Ana,
I just began working on this project for this week. And one thing I came up with that might be very helpful to anyone tackling this project is a detailed cutting diagram. Is there a way for me to post an image file or PDF file? This diagram helps to make sure all the pieces can be cut from the amount of lumber in the shopping list.


Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:54

I'm wondering what tool to cut the notches with? Specifically speaking, I don't have a jig saw, unfortunately. All I have is a circular saw and a sawz-all (sp?). I'm hoping that doesn't put this project on a "can't do" list for me. But I can't imagine how in the world to cut those notches with what I have.


Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:07

all you need is a circular saw, a chissle, and a hammer.
Using circular saw cut through the wood in straight lines about a 1/4 to a 1/2 inches wide. next use hammer to knock out the wood t obe removed . finally use hammer and chissle to remove the rest of the wood in the notch and smooth it out with chssle for a good fit. i hope i have been of somehelp.



Mon, 06/23/2014 - 16:12

hello can someone please help me I am stuck. I have the chaise lounge built, I'm having a hard time understanding how the stop block and notches work. Do you attach the block to the legs? The back of the chair? I'm really confused with the step.


Sun, 05/17/2020 - 14:56

How do you get the stop block to fit when the chair is fully reclined with the new plans?