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.

modern wood outdoor chair


This plan has been updated, the original plans are still available here.

diy wood slat chair plans

Wood chair outdoor dimensions
Sized more like a dining room chair than a living room chair, fits standard chair cushion pads (NOT deep seat)


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.

Project Type


manielynn (not verified)

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 13:48

This was my first knock-off project. I built it today with help from my brother and SIL. LOVE IT!!!! When it was finished, I told my SIL that I need a shirt that says "Ana is my hero"

wells angel momma (not verified)

Mon, 08/16/2010 - 13:34

I have been waiting for something like this on here but I need it in more of a sofa size for a porch swing that would hang from the roof of our porch! Please, please, please post some of the other ideas for a love seat or a sofa I would love you forever!!! Looking forward to more! I love your site!

Bradford (not verified)

Fri, 12/31/2010 - 05:01

I'd like to use a Kreg jig for the face screws on the arms and legs. Would two 1-1/4" screws be sufficient for the arm to leg joint? How about three 1-1/4" ones for the front leg to chair bottom joint?

Ben Tanner (not verified)

Wed, 01/05/2011 - 11:08

Hi, I'm new to this site, and was considering building these chairs. I was wondering how comfortable these chairs would be without the cushion. Can anyone comment on that? I just wasnt sure if they were designed specifically with the cushion in mind. Also, I saw several comments about the love seat, but could not find the plans. Will there be any? Thanks so much.

Guest (not verified)

Sat, 04/30/2011 - 07:27

Thank you for posting this! IT is so awesome, we can't wait to build these today. We'll post pics when we're done!!! THank you, thank you!

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 12/18/2011 - 11:03

I am interested to know if these chairs can support someone over 200 pounds or should I modify wood to accomodate more weight?