Outdoor Arm Chair




With temperatures on the rise it’s time to get outside and enjoy the day. Or maybe relax outside after a long day. Either way, you’ll be very relaxed in these outdoor arm chairs. Also referred to as deep seating, these chairs are very comfortable and will fit most standard outdoor deep seating cushions you find in the big box stores or online.

We were able to build these outdoor arm chairs out of cedar for under $150 each (cushions included). If you wanted to save even more you could go with pressure treated lumber in which case you could build one for under $100 (cushions included).

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DIY Outdoor Lounge Chair Plans - Dimensions

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How to build an Outdoor Arm Chair

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DIY Outdoor Lounge Chair Plans - Step 1

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DIY Outdoor Lounge Chair Plans - Step 2

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DIY Outdoor Lounge Chair Plans - Step 3

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DIY Outdoor Lounge Chair Plans - Step 4

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Questions? Comments?

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  • Ben

    Looks like an update to the Belvedere Lounge Chair, and it looks good. Much sturdier. Quick question, what is the angle for the seat supports in Step 1? It’s not in the plans.

    • busbus

      Ben, the ends are cut at a 5-degree angle. The plans show it in the cut list. I was looking for this, too.

      • Ben

        Roger that! Thanks!

    • Thanks Ben! And he’s right, the seat is angled 5 degrees and the back is another 10 degrees. Those cuts are shown in the cut list.

  • Mary Stewart

    LOL I hate adirondack chairs – the angle of the back seat just does not work for me. But I like these. Thanks for a well written and detailed tutorial !

  • John Webb Shaddix

    Thanks for the design @RogueEngineer:disqus. I’m gonna make two when I am done with the garden planter table I’ve got in my driveway. Two questions for the group:
    – Anyone have issues with the strength of the connection of the back slats to the base slats at the back/bottom? I’m thinking of sneaking another 2×2 cross beam at the bottom to connect the back slates
    – Advice tips on stain/sealant for maximum weather proofing? Would some of my leftover BEHR all-weather, all-in-one, semi-transparent stain, and sealant work well? Or should I use a non-color sealant?

    Thanks, John

    • No problem! Be sure to share some pictures when you are done. As for your questions, the connection at the bottom of the back slats is plenty strong, there isn’t much stress at the point. And for mine I just danish oil since I built them from cedar, however I would recommend a spar urethane, such as Varathane crystal clear. I used this product on my front door. It has UV protection and holds up great to the weather.

  • Kris Dysert

    Loved these plans! I modified them to be taller for people with bad knees, and added an extra brace at the back.

    I also used 2x4s for the arm & back on the second one.

    • Kris these turned out great! I like the modification. Great job!

  • Lisa Loveday Heath

    I am in the process of building two of these awesome chairs.
    Just double-checking: the 1” x 4” x 29 1/2” cut is actually 1” x 4” x 25” for the back support?

    • That is correct Lisa, and I have updated the post and the printable PDF to reflect that now. Happy building! Post a picture when you are done!

  • Lisa Loveday Heath

    Project complete! Thanks for the great plans. I decided to purchase the smaller cushions for now since cushions are pretty expensive. I’ll keep my eyes on good sales! These work great, though. I really like how the chairs have slight angles (5 and 10 degrees). To me, these are more comfortable than adirondack chairs.

    • These turned out awesome! Great color choice on the chairs. The cushions are pricey, but if you wait until the end of summer you can find some good sales. But I think the smaller ones work and look just as good!

  • Carlos José Ruiz

    The set came out really nice. I’m thinking of building the chairs sofa and table. Between the wood and the cushions the $ add up fast.

    Did you go with cedar over pine because of strength or finish?

    Any hints on howto save some more $?

  • Tyler VanDoeselaar