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Custom Lounge Chair


Shanty 2 Chic
Shanty 2 Chic
Shanty 2 Chic
Shanty 2 Chic

Build your own custom lounge chairs with the easy-to-follow plans. This lounge chair has an expensive custom look a feel and can be built at a small fraction of the cost compared to similar retail loungers. This chair has been custom built to fit the Martha Stewart lounger cushions, from Home Decorators, that can be found HERE - http://www.homedecorators.com/p/martha-stewart-living-lake-adela-replacement-cushions/40/260/

Click here to download Shanty2Chic's project plans for this How-To!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      Make all of the cuts for step 1 and trace an image, according to the measurements in the plans, on a 1x6 board.

    2. Step: 2

      Cut out the design with a jigsaw.

    3. Step: 3

      Sand the rough edges.

    4. Step: 4

      Drill 3/4” pocket holes into the short 1x6 boards, according to the plans.

    5. Step: 5

      Build the frame with wood glue and 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

    6. Step: 6

      Attach the middle piece, according to the plans.

    7. Step: 7

      Cut slats and drill 3/4” pocket holes, according to plans.

    8. Step: 8

      Attach slats with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

    9. Step: 9

      Attach bottom support piece with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

    10. Step: 10

      Using a 2” Carbon Hole Saw bit, drill a hole into the center of the board (according to the plans) that will be the top of the backrest frame.

    11. Step: 11

      Drill 3/4” pocket holes into the short pieces (according to the plans) and build the backrest frame with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

    12. Step: 12

      Cut backrest slats, drill 3/4” pocket holes and attach them to the backrest frame with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

    13. Step: 13

      Build the backrest guide with wood glue and 1 1/4” brad nails. I used my 18V Airstrike Brad Nailer. You can also use 1 1/4” wood screws but make sure to predrill to avoid splitting the wood.

    14. Step: 14

      Now, attach the backrest guide to the center of the back of the backrest. I attached mine with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws on one end and then used my brad nailer to attach it to each slat. I used used about 2-3 brad nails per slat. Use wood glue here too.

    15. Step: 15

      Next, cut the blocks to fit the guide and attach them with 1 1/4” wood screws and wood glue. Make sure to predrill to avoid splitting the wood. Refer to the plans for proper placement.

    16. Step: 16

      Build the arm assembly with brad nails and wood glue. You can also use 1 1/4” wood screws here but make sure to predrill.

    17. Step: 17

      Attach the 2x4, for the arm assembly, to the main frame with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue. Refer to the plans for proper placement.

    18. Step: 18

      Before I attached the hinges, I decided to stain the lounger. I applied 1 coat of Varathane Dark Walnut all over (make sure to do the underside as well since it will show). When it dried, I applied 2 coats of Varathane Spar Varnish all over the piece, as well.

    19. Step: 19

      When the varnish dried, I attached a piano hinge to the backrest and main frame, then I attached a 2 1/2” hinge to the arm assembly and the 2x4 piece. Make sure to predrill for all of these screws to prevent splitting.

    20. Step: 20

      Add the cushion and an outdoor pillow, kick back, relax and enjoy your hard work! Happy Building!

Comments (2)


  • I absolutely love these and I like that they don't have legs..great build Shanty Sisters :)
    By SoCraftySewCreative, on June 7, 2015

  • Love these! Guess they can go on my to do list.
    By bknurs32, on June 11, 2015

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Custom Lounge Chair

by Shanty 2 Chic
Jun 05, 2015

Build your own custom lounge chairs with the easy-to-follow plans. This lounge chair has an expensive custom look a feel and can be built at a small fraction of the cost compared to similar retail loungers. This chair has been custom built to fit the Martha Stewart lounger cushions, from Home Decorators, that can be found HERE - http://www.homedecorators.com/p/martha-stewart-living-lake-adela-replacement-cushions/40/260/ <a href="http://eff5c75290b0e498bfcc-cdb2fd2cc8e016557784fa363a2704b5.r93.cf1.rackcdn.com/pdf/Lounge%20Chair%20Plans.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download Shanty2Chic's project plans for this How-To!</a>

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    Make all of the cuts for step 1 and trace an image, according to the measurements in the plans, on a 1x6 board.

  2. Step: 2

    Cut out the design with a jigsaw.

  3. Step: 3

    Sand the rough edges.

  4. Step: 4

    Drill 3/4” pocket holes into the short 1x6 boards, according to the plans.

  5. Step: 5

    Build the frame with wood glue and 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

  6. Step: 6

    Attach the middle piece, according to the plans.

  7. Step: 7

    Cut slats and drill 3/4” pocket holes, according to plans.

  8. Step: 8

    Attach slats with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

  9. Step: 9

    Attach bottom support piece with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

  10. Step: 10

    Using a 2” Carbon Hole Saw bit, drill a hole into the center of the board (according to the plans) that will be the top of the backrest frame.

  11. Step: 11

    Drill 3/4” pocket holes into the short pieces (according to the plans) and build the backrest frame with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

  12. Step: 12

    Cut backrest slats, drill 3/4” pocket holes and attach them to the backrest frame with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

  13. Step: 13

    Build the backrest guide with wood glue and 1 1/4” brad nails. I used my 18V Airstrike Brad Nailer. You can also use 1 1/4” wood screws but make sure to predrill to avoid splitting the wood.

  14. Step: 14

    Now, attach the backrest guide to the center of the back of the backrest. I attached mine with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws on one end and then used my brad nailer to attach it to each slat. I used used about 2-3 brad nails per slat. Use wood glue here too.

  15. Step: 15

    Next, cut the blocks to fit the guide and attach them with 1 1/4” wood screws and wood glue. Make sure to predrill to avoid splitting the wood. Refer to the plans for proper placement.

  16. Step: 16

    Build the arm assembly with brad nails and wood glue. You can also use 1 1/4” wood screws here but make sure to predrill.

  17. Step: 17

    Attach the 2x4, for the arm assembly, to the main frame with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue. Refer to the plans for proper placement.

  18. Step: 18

    Before I attached the hinges, I decided to stain the lounger. I applied 1 coat of Varathane Dark Walnut all over (make sure to do the underside as well since it will show). When it dried, I applied 2 coats of Varathane Spar Varnish all over the piece, as well.

  19. Step: 19

    When the varnish dried, I attached a piano hinge to the backrest and main frame, then I attached a 2 1/2” hinge to the arm assembly and the 2x4 piece. Make sure to predrill for all of these screws to prevent splitting.

  20. Step: 20

    Add the cushion and an outdoor pillow, kick back, relax and enjoy your hard work! Happy Building!