How to Build a Chaise Lounge

Lounging on a deck is a great summer activity. What can be even more enjoyable is lying out and soaking up the sun. A chaise lounger is great for such things. You can stretch out and relax. Since there are moving parts to this chair, this project is a little more difficult than others, but it can be more rewarding! Go on line and look up various Chaise lounges to see a style that speaks to you. Even if you do not have the designs, print out the picture. We can use this as a reference and just eyeball what we need to do.

Required Materials/Tools

  • Wood stock (any kind — 2×4’s 1×3’s and 1×2’s)
  • Tack nails
  • Wood screws
  • Carpentry glue
  • Dowels
  • A hammer
  • A drill with multiple drill heads
  • Table saw or a circular saw
  • Router
  • Measuring tape
  • Paper and pencils


  1. Look up the design or create the design you want.
  2. Start by cutting out the pieces for the back and seat portion of the chair.
  3. We will need 2 2X4’s about 6 ft long for the base frame.
  4. We then need 2 2×4’s about 4’ft long for the back frame.
  5. Now cut out the cross pieces from the 1×2’s they can be made 2 — 6ft long depending on the design.
  6. We now need to cut the dowels to match the cross pieces. Don’t forget to add 4″ to compensate for the 2×4’s.
  7. Then cut the 1×3’s the same way as the 1×2’s, they can be made 2 — 6ft long depending on the design.
  8. Cut 2 1×3’s to the length of the chair from the top right to the bottom left of the back. These are your back rest supporter.
  9. Router half circles into these boards at spacing that is preferable to your reclining needs.
  10. Get 4 2×4 boards cut to the optimum height.
  11. Cut out the arm rests to desired style.
  12. Do the same for the legs.
  13. Sand the pieces down to a smooth finish.
  14. Paint or stain them as you see fit. They need to be dry before we continue.
  15. Now assemble the chair!
  16. Use the 2 frame sections and screw the end cap pieces to the side frame pieces.
  17. Screw in the legs to the seat frame.
  18. Screw in the seat and backrest slats to frame to allow for movement.
  19. Nail in the horizontal support piece to the side of the seat frame.
  20. Attack the backseat support to the backrest using the dowels.

Now it’s time to sit back and relax in your new chaise lounge! Use your imagination and make them fun and functional. You can add some cushions to the chairs, an arm rest to hold your drinks, even create an umbrella holder to shade you from the sun!

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