A few weeks ago my family and I visited our friends who live in Colorado and made a gorgeous pair of Adirondack Chairs. They had just purchased this beautiful picturesque home on the side of the mountain that has some incredible views. With a sprawling deck and some gorgeous landscape, they were lacking one simple thing to make it all perfect….seating!
How to Make an Adirondack Chair
We decided to make a couple of benches to add to my friend’s large deck. While those benches turned out amazing, we needed more. They had a pair of plastic Adirondack chairs that just were not fairing well with the windy Colorado weather.
That’s when we decided we needed to make a plan and build some Adirondack Chairs. These would be able to handle the wind better!
DIY Adirondack Chair
This deck has the absolute most beautiful views!
We decided to make a couple of benches to add seating on their large deck, and a couple of beautiful diy adirondack chairs for their deck off of their bedroom.
In order to build a nice pair of Adirondack chairs, we needed a good plan. Luckily with the internet, there is always a good plan to have. We chose this plan from Ana White, but we also made a few changes along the way.
This plan really was a great plan to use, and one I would highly recommend for anyone who is planning on building an adirondack chair in the future. There were just a few simple changes that we made along the way to make this chair unique for her patio.
Planning to build an Adirondack Chair
I found the best way to use this plan is to print everything out, read it over a couple of times, and then start cutting the pieces you will need for your chair. Once you have all of the pieces cut, it’s time to start putting things together. I began by building the base of the chair.
Believe it or not, this can go really fast. However, our legs were not siting perfectly flat. When you make the build you will probably find that you will need to cut an angle on feet of the front legs as we did. We did this to have the seat sit perfectly flat, and this was the first small change that we made with the cuts.
The second part that we changed was the back of the chair. While the plans call for a straight back, my friends opted for the look of a rounded back. That was the second change we made.
We kept the middle board 30 1/2″ in length, and then shortened the two boards next to it by 1.5″, and then the outside boards by another 1.5″. We used a compass to draw the round edges, and then used a jigsaw and a sander to smooth everything out.
After the back was made, we then attached it to the base of the chair. The last change we made to this plan was angling the arm boards. The arm boards are 25 1/2″ 1 x 4 boards and we angled then from gradually from 1 x 4 up front to 1 x 3 towards the back of the chair. See below.
Adirondack Chair Tutorial
After those few changes were made, we put a beautiful coat of paint on them and placed them on the deck. The color is called Whirld Peas and it is made by Valspar. I LOVE this color.
I also really love the way these Adirondack Chairs turned out.
I simply adored these Adirondack chairs. I even tried to bring them back with me! I guess I will have to make my very own DIY Adirondack chair for my own deck next.
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