Modern Outdoor Chair from 2x4s and 2x6s
Disclosure: I have been a long time user and fan of BEHR PREMIUM (R) Waterproofing Stain & Sealer, and am delighted to formally partner with BEHR(R) on this post. All opinions expressed are my own.
This summer season, I took the #BEHRThinkOutside challenge – in the course of a weekend, create an outdoor project that rocks!
Not bad for $20 in lumber!
These chairs were so simple and easy to build!!! All just 2x lumber, right off the shelf!
I cut all my boards according to the cut list below using a compound miter saw. You could also use a circular saw and a square, or even have your local home improvement store cut your boards for you. Good straight end cuts are very important.
Then I attached the legs to the longer 2x6 boards, using 2-3/4” long deck screws. Notice the spacer in between the slats – it’s a scrap 1x that measures ¾” thick.
Here’s how it will look with both legs.
Then add the top armrest piece, and repeat for two arms (for one chair).
It’s ideal to have two people to assemble, but if you don’t, I used a board threaded between the slats to support my back boards while I attached. This is the most challenging step of the entire build.
Once the arms are attached to the back and front pieces, two cleats are screwed to the insides of the arms, and seat slats rest on top. TIP: For added comfort, consider installing the seat at a slight downward angle.
Now for the finish!
I’ve been using BEHR PREMIUM(R) Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain & Sealer for many years on many projects that you have seen on this blog.
It is my go-to exterior finish because it is easy to apply, easy to reapply, won’t crack or peel, and looks beautiful. It’s also reasonably priced, available at most Home Depots, comes in a variety of colors, with an easy soap and water cleanup. A no-brainer, really!
Turned out really well!
Before we get to the plans, I’m passing the #BEHRThinkOutside challenge on to you – over the course of a weekend, tackle a project (or two) and share it!
To help you out with that, I’m also giving away one $100 Home Depot Gift Card.
It's easy to enter -
Good luck, and if you build, do share pics – can’t wait to see how your outdoor chairs turn out!
Plans follow, enjoy and share!