Modern Outdoor Chair from 2x4s and 2x6s

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 04/30/2019 - 11:33
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Ana White Modern Wood Outdoor Chair Plans

Are you looking for beautiful and sturdy seating for your outdoor space?  Have you considered building your own?  You can save a ton of money and get exactly what you want!  

For about $20 a piece, I built these outdoor chairs!

We love they way they look.  We love the sturdiness.  We love how heavy they are - no one likes to chase outdoor furniture down in the wind.  And we love how easy they are to build!

Building the Modern Outdoor Chairs

These chairs were so simple and easy to build!!!  All just 2x4 and 2x6 lumber, right off the shelf!

Here's how I built it -

I cut all my boards according to the cut list below using a compound miter saw.  You could also use a circular saw and a square, or even have your local home improvement store cut your boards for you.  Good straight end cuts are very important.

building the modern outdoor chair

Then I attached the legs to the longer 2x6 boards, using 2-3/4” long deck screws.  Notice the spacer in between the slats – it’s a scrap 1x that measures ¾” thick.

Here’s how it will look with both legs.

arms for the modern outdoor chair

Then add the top armrest piece, and repeat for two arms (for one chair).

simple modern outdoor chair assembly

It’s ideal to have two people to assemble, but if you don’t, I used a board threaded between the slats to support my back boards while I attached.  This is the most challenging step of the entire build.

seat slats, unfinished simple modern outdoor chair

Once the arms are attached to the back and front pieces, two cleats are screwed to the insides of the arms, and seat slats rest on top.  TIP: For added comfort, consider installing the seat at a slight downward angle.

Turned out really well!

simple modern outdoor chair plans

Good luck, and if you build, do share pics (you can add a brag post or tag me on instagram @anawhitediy or #anawhite)  – can’t wait to see how your outdoor chairs turn out!

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three steps to building your own simple modern outdoor chair

Loveseat Version

After many requests, we have created a loveseat plan version for your convenience.

loveseat version of modern outdoor chair

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Modern Outdoor Chair from 2x4s

Outdoor Chair plans
Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long

4 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long

2-3/4" self tapping deck screws

25" x 25" seat cushion (if smaller cushion, adjust plans to fit)

Exterior Glue

BEHR PREMIUM(R) Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain & Sealer

I recommend pefinishing boards before cutting.

Cut List



4 - 2x4 @ 22-1/4" - Legs

6 - 2x6 @ 28-1/2" - Side Slats

2 - 2x4 @ 31-1/2" - Arm Rests

4 - 2x6 @ 25" - Front and Back Slats

2 - 2x4 @ 25" - Front Top Slat and Back Top

2 - 2x2 @ 25-1/2" - Inside Cleat

5 - 2x4 @ 25" - Seat Slats (can get away with just 4)

Cutting Instructions

This chair was designed to fit a 25" x 25" seat cushion.  If different sized cushions are used, adjust plans accordingly.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Use 2- 2-3/4" or longer screws and exterior wood glue to attach legs to the longer 2x6 boards, with 3/4" spacing in between.  I used two screws per joint.

Step 2

Attach top with glue and 2-3/4" screws.

Step 3

Attach front and back slats to arms to create the frame of the chair.

Step 4

Attach back top piece with screws and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Lay seat slats on cleats and screw down.

Finishing Instructions
Finish Used
I used BEHR premium outdoor finish


Bryan G Price

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 05:33

Hello Ana,

First I want to say that I am so glad to have stumbled onto your site.  You've done an amazing job.

Also, I really like the detail of your plans. This project in particular is amazing.  I think I'll be building a number of these for the backyard firepit this summer.

Just lovely!




Thu, 03/19/2020 - 22:45

Great designs. Really helpful DIY tips for outdoor chairs. I will definitely share those techniques with my clients those who have shited their home recently. These techniques may be helpful to them. We are from AssureShift, a verified moving company. We provide moving services from reliable companies. Recently we have started our services in Thane India. Now our clients can hire professional packers and movers Thane for their entire house shifting.


Sun, 03/29/2020 - 08:00

I made a couple of these chairs, but think I may have made a mistake of using pressure treated lumber (I bought PT bc of someone's suggestion since these will be outdoors) based on some reading I did after the fact.  For future outdoor furniture projects, what's the best type of wood to buy?  Thanks!

P.S.  The chairs did turn out great and we love them!  Very sturdy and comfortable.


Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:03

Hi Ana,

Is there a way or a plan to use Kreg pocket holes so the exterior screws don't show?


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