Adirondack chairs have been around for over a century. This iconic piece of patio furniture is perfect for lounging around on breezy warm days at the beach, by the pool, or out on the deck or patio. The original version was made from a solid piece of wood cut into 12 pieces. Today Adirondack chairs are available in a wide variety of materials, including plastic as well as many types of wood. You can purchase one of these chairs, as you would any other patio furniture, and relax very comfortably in your decision. Or, you could easily build your own and experience the singular pleasure that comes from creating something with your own hands.
The choice is yours, of course. And if you’re up for building your own Adirondack chair, here’s a video featuring popular DIY blogger Ana White and Home Depot associate Wendy to show you how. This project has been featured as one of our free monthly Do-It-Herself Workshops held at Home Depot stores across the country.
Aside from a few tools you may already have around the house, for this project you’ll need:
- 3 — 2-in x 4-in @ 8 feet long
- 1 — 2-in x 2-in @ 6 feet long
- 4 — 1-in x 4-in @ 8 feet long
- 2 ½”, 2” and 1 ¼” wood screws
- Wood glue suitable for oily wood and exterior projects
- A compound miter saw for making angle cuts
- A jigsaw for cutting the arched back of the chair
If you don’t currently have those saws out in the garage, no problem. Your local Home Depot Tool Rental Center will be happy to set you up with what you need while you build your Adirondack chairs.
Download the printable instructions, complete with a detailed cut list for the wood for this Adirondack chair and a footstool when you’re ready to get started, and don’t be shy about emailing us photos of your awesome new patio chair when you’re done.
We also have a tutorial on a how to paint your new Adirondack chair with ideas on fun, eye-catching color patterns.
For more inspiration to help you transform the look of your deck, patio and other outdoor living spaces, check out our Style Challenge series, including the Patio Style Challenge, and the special Adirondack Challenge edition.