Chaise lounge chairs provide ultimate relaxation. Everyone wants one in their home, children love it and some may term it as the best chair for the elderly, but the cost of buying one overpowers our desire to buy one. If you are good at wood work, then you can easily fulfill your wish to have your own chaise lounge chair. You will just need a few materials and some effort, and the expense to make one at your home is comparatively lower than buying one.
How to Build a Chaise Lounge Chair
I will be telling you how to make a chaise lounge chair with a simple design, you can obviously customize this design depending on your taste and needs. First I will tell you what are materials that you are going to need.
- Wooden planks
- 1 1/4" and 2" nails
- Wooden Pipe
|Measurement (l X b X h)||Quantity||Designation|
|80" X 1" X 4"||2||sides|
|72" X 1" X 2"||2||side stringers|
|14" X 1" X 4"||4||inner legs|
|12" X 1" X 4"||4||outer legs|
|12" X 1" X 2"||2||legs-support|
|25" X 1" X 2"||34||slats|
|25" X 1" X 4"||1||back rest|
|30" X 2" X 3"||4||back support|
|26" X 1" X 4"||2||front and back|
|24" X 2" X 2"||1||middle|
|24" X 2" X 4"||2||incline support|
Steps to Build a Chaise Lounge Chair
- Take the wooden planks designated to be the side stringers, make notches in it at one end. Each notch should be 2" apart, and there should be 15 notches on each stringer.
- Join the side stringers together by attaching the plank designated as middle to the mid point of the stringers. Use 1 1/4" nails to attach. The stringer sides with the notches should be in the same direction. You can use the pencil to do the markings.
- Glue the sides to the side stringers and fix them using the 1 1/4" nails. Do leave a gap of 4 inches at both the ends of each side. Make sure that the stringers are flush with the lower part of the sides.
- Attach 22 slats on the stringer, on the same surface as that of the notches. Start placing the slats from the side opposite to the side with the notches. Leave 1" gap between each slat. Now, hammer the 2" nails from the sides into the slats. This forms your main frame.
- Fix the inner legs at the 4" inch gaps provided at the end of the each side. Glue the outer legs to the inner legs from outside. Make sure that the side edges of the inner legs coincide with the edges of the outer legs respectively.
- Attach the planks designated as front and back, to the respective ends of sides, with 2" nails.
- Glue the legs-support at the join of the inner leg and outer leg. Do this for each leg.
- Attach the back rest to the middle of the back support planks. After this is done, glue the remaining slats at equal intervals on the back support planks. See that the back support planks are at an equal distance from each other. This forms your incline.
- Fix a hinge at the middle of the last slat on the incline, and attach it to the first slat on the main frame, that is, the slat right after the notches. Now fix a hinge at the center of the back rest, and connect the hinge to the mid point of the incline support.
- Join the wooden pipe to the incline support, such that the incline support plank is at the middle of the pipe.
- Put the pipe in a notch to get the inclination. You can adjust the inclination by the placing the pipe in different notches. The frame of your chaise lounge chair is ready.
- Sand the frame of chair, fill in any undesired holes that you see, apply primer and desired paint, add cushions corresponding to the dimensions of the chair. Your chair is now ready!
The chair which I have suggested in this article is comfortable for one person. Increase the dimensions, depending on your requirement. There are various designs that can be implemented. Do not forget to wear safety gear while working. So, go on, make a chaise lounge chair of your own!