How to Build a Chaise Lounge

Why not build a chaise lounge instead of buying one? It’s fun and cheaper. The materials you’ll need are obtainable in hardware stores. Most of them you probably already have in your toolbox.

Tools and Equipment

Tape measure
Paint or stain
Wood (2 x 4)

You can use any type of wood but oak is the sturdiest. This can withstand various types of weathering. Teak is also nice but not as resistant. Cherry is also a popular choice.

Cutting the Wood

Use the measuring tape to gauge the size of the base. Saw the pieces as marked by your pencil or tape. To build a chaise lounge base, two 2 x 4 boards need to be cut. Make each one at least six inches long.

To create the back frame cut a couple of 2 x 4s. Each has to be four inches in length. The components in the back area need to be sawed at least six inches long. You can make them longer if you wish. The longer this section, the wider the seat will be.

Shaping the Dowel

Get the dowel and cut them equal to the pieces in the back chair. Make the dowel four inches wider so it is the same as the 2 x 4. Use 1 x 2 boards for the parts you will lean onto. To build a chaise lounge seat, use four boards measuring 1 x 3.

Creating the Supports

The backrest support must commence from the backrest’s foundation. Get a couple of the 1 x 2 boards. Cut it four inches from the backseat rear. This is at the end of the seat frame. Slice some half circles on the boards. The gap between these half circles should be a couple of inches. Use this as a guide for the recline angles.

Creating the Legs and Armrests

Use the remaining 2 x 4 to construct the legs. Their height and design is up to you. Just be sure they are thick and sturdy enough to support your weight. To make the armrests saw some wood. Make two pieces each 18 inches long. Cut four pieces to serve as the vertical support of the arm rests. The height depends on the preference of the person trying to build a chaise lounge. Drill some holes to connect these to the rest of the structure.

Take the two frame sections and fasten them to the 2 x 4 pieces. Use the drill and screw to insert the legs to the backrest. Make a hole at the back intersection. This will be for the dowel. Utilize some nails to connect them to the seat. Use the dowels to connect the supports of the backseat.

Finishing Touches

Sand everything to eliminate rough edges and splinters. Apply some paint or stain. It’s up to you. Clean up afterwards, and you’re done.

It takes some time to build a chaise lounge, but it’s not that difficult. As long as you get the right materials, you’ll be able to make one or even several.

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