Modern Outdoor Chair from 2x4s and 2x6s

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 04/30/2019 - 11:33
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Easy to build, sturdy modern outdoor chairs for deck or patio - free plans step by step plans with diagrams by  

Also check out our matching loveseat plans.

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!

Plans follow, enjoy and share!

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

Reader submitted photo by Joshh81

Thank you for submitting brag posts, it is helpful and encouraging!

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
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Wed, 05/27/2020 - 06:44

I’m so sorry if this is a stupid question! I’m in the UK so inches are like a foreign language to me (I love your plans Ana & have created a few pieces - just takes me longer as I always need to convert to cm & mm lol) Could I please check whether the shopping list is for 1 chair or for both?

Also, have any of you ever used a semi-transparent White stain that is suitable for sealing/protecting wood for outdoor use? I’d love an almost white washed look!


Sat, 05/30/2020 - 21:19

I have been looking the net for relax seat plans. I love the manner in which you don't go all msp download on us and bring it down to nuts and bolts. I want to do this. Much obliged! Love your blog.


Sun, 05/31/2020 - 04:48

"I recommend pefinishing boards before cutting." What does this mean?

These are my dimensions: Seat cushion dimensions: 24”L x 24”W x 5.5”H
Back cushion dimensions: 24”L x 23”W x 8”H

Do I need to adjust the cuts for these sizes?


Sat, 06/06/2020 - 09:02

Lovely plans Mrs. White, however I am curious how you were able to only pay 20$ for materials. 4 2x4s, 4 2x6s, a pack of screws and stain ran me close to 70$ at home depot. That is for 1 chair.
Thank you!


Sun, 06/28/2020 - 18:30

Amen. I just built a chair for $65 including tax. She said $40 for two chairs. So, I bought the wood in the shopping list and it came out to $65. Not bad, I thought, for two chairs... then I realized it was for one chair. This chair better last me the rest of my life.


Thu, 06/25/2020 - 07:03

It is really great that I have found this informative article. With your help I have found the problem, which has that application. Thanks a lot for sharing this great entry and I will be waiting for more great and useful information from you in the nearest future.


Sat, 06/27/2020 - 15:46

I just finished this chair and I love it!!! I did pocket holes to screw the piece all together...took me about 5 hours to complete after I figured out how to use the kreg jig for the pocket screws. Already planning on making the love seat for our back porch.


Thu, 07/02/2020 - 02:09

Wow, those chairs look amazing. Great job, do you think you could do a step by step detailed guide? (a more technical guide). Anyhow love your website design