How To Build Outdoor Chaise Lounge Chairs

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You are so into how things are made that it has become a passion. From your point of view, trying to build something from scratch is a worthwhile project, especially after seeing the finished product. When it comes to making your home beautiful, you stop at nothing even if you have to resort to building things yourself.

One day while standing outside surveying your lawn by the pool, you notice you could use new outdoor chaise lounge chairs. You have time enough on your hands to build a couple and then quite possibly buy designer chairs as accent pieces for this project, maybe a pool or a deck chair or a lounge sofa to complete the set.

Here’s how you begin by building your outdoor chaise lounge chair:

  1. Look at and choosing designs that are to your liking. This also includes figuring out the simplicity or complexity of the design for when you start building it. To simplify the process, an instruction manual with pictures is a great idea.
  2. Decide on your material. Will you be using metal, wood or plastic? The material you choose will have to be ideal for outdoor use even if it is a covered lawn or patio, more so if you plan to place this by the pool.
  3. Take the correct measurements. Better if you draw up a plan on paper as a visual representation of how you see the finished product arranged in your lawn or pool area.
  4. Prepare your materials and your workroom. You will need measuring tape, drill, pencil, dowels, saw, screws, nails, and a preparation board.
  5. Start building. If you’re working on wood as your material, cut the wood into equal portions for the frame and the base of the chair. The thickness of the back portion of your chair should be a minimum of six inches. On the other hand, you can assemble plastic and metal materials by following the instructional manual.
  6. Now it’s time to cut structural reinforcements using a dowel. Think of the dowel as cylindrical cords securing your chair so this should be sturdy and thick. The dowel’s length should match that of the chair’s back and should be four inches thick.
  7. Let’s go to the column that runs the length of your chair—the backrest. The support for your backrest should be the same length from base to top. Incorporate holes into the base of your chair if you want it to be an adjustable recliner.
  8. Determine the length of your chair’s armrest and legs and cut the wood based on these measurements. Shape the legs of the chair and determine how high you want the legs of your chair to be. If you have an artistic streak, carve your monogram or add intricate designs into your chair.
  9. Assemble the parts together using nails.
  10. You may use traditional paint colors or wood stain on your chair if preferred.
  11. Finish it off with nice, colorful, and fluffy cushions.

Now there’s a look for your home that carries your own signature style. Congratulations, you just completed another home improvement project. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruit of your labor!


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