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DIY Adirondack Chairs

Create your own stylish outdoor seating for fall bonfires with easy-to-follow steps.

Article by Amanda Stout & Janie Jones

Photography by Janie Jones

Originally published in Centerville Lifestyle

As you dream about cooler temps and magical fall nights around the fire pit, you may need a few more seats to set out in the backyard. These DIY Adirondack Chairs are an easy project, and with just a few tools and wood from your local hardware store, you can finish your chairs in just a few hours. There are only a handful of tools you will need to complete this project: a miter saw, drill and a Kreg jig which you can all find at a hardware store, as well as a few things you most likely have in your own home workshop, such as a tape measure and safety glasses. Janie Jones of @uncommon.jane shares all of the steps you need to create your own stylish chairs for your next fall backyard gathering.  

For more in-depth plans, visit and message Janie on Instagram @uncommon.jane.


Safety Glasses

Miter Saw


Kreg Jig

Tape Measure




Exterior Finish or Paint, of your choosing 

3 – 2x4 boards, 104 5/8 inches long 

1 – 1x10 board, 10 feet long

4 – Kreg Pocket hole screws, 2 1/2 inches long 

24 – Self-tapping exterior screws, 2 1/2 inches long 

30 – Self-tapping exterior screws, 1 1/2 inches long

Cut list 

5 – 2x4, 19 1/2 inches long 

2 – 2x4, 31 3/4  inches long 

2 – 2x4,  33 1/4 inches long – on these ends, cut at 20 degrees off square, as seen in photo 

2 – 2x4, 32 3/4 inches 

2 – 1x10,  22 1/2 inches for the seat  

3 – 1x10, 19 1/2 inches for the back 

Step One: 

Cut the chair stringers at a 90-degree angle at the foot. Attach the 31 3/4 arms with 2 1/2 inch screws to one of the 19 1/2 inch 2x4 boards. Build the arms the same way.

Step Two: 

Drill pocket holes on both ends of two of the 19 1/2 inch 2x4s. Attach the 2 1/2 inch screws to the frame of the chair.

Step Three: 

Lay the 22 1/2 inch seat boards to the frame of the chair with 1 1/2 inch screws. Screw three per side and leave 1/4 inch gap in between for water drainage.

Step Four: 

Place one of the 19 1/2 inch boards behind the chair back for support and attach the 32 3/4 boards flush to the bottom of the stringer and attach through the legs of the chair with 2 /12 inch screws. Repeat with the other side then remove the support board.

Step Five: 

Attach a 19 1/2 inch 2x4 to the base of the chair in the back with 2 1/2 inch screws and then attach the 19 1/2 inch 1x10s seat backs to the chair back using 1 1/2 inch screws and leaving a gap for drainage. 

Step Six

Sand and finish with a good exterior stain or paint of your choice.