DIY Adirondack Chairs

Create Your Own Outdoor Summer Seating with These Easy-to-Follow Steps

Enjoy warm summer nights by relaxing with a cool beverage in a comfortable Adirondack chair. A great alternative to buying a new chair is to build one yourself. These Adirondack chairs can easily be built in a couple hours with a just a few tools and some wood. So, if you’re looking for an easy DIY project that can make your summers more enjoyable, head to the hardware store and give it a try. Most of the tools needed for this project can be found at any local hardware store or even be borrowed from a neighbor. 


Safety glasses

Miter saw


Kreg Jig

Tape measure



Outdoor paint or wood stain 

3 – 2x4 boards, 104⅝ inches long 

1 – 1x10 board, 10 feet long

4 – Kreg pocket hole screws, 2½ inches long

24 – Self-tapping exterior screws, 2½ inches long

30 –Self-tapping exterior screws, 1½ inches long

Cut List

5 – 2x4 @ 19½ inches long 

2 – 2x4 @ 31¾ inches long (arms)

2 – 2x4 @ 33¼ inches long; on these ends, cut at 20-degrees, off square, as seen in photo 

2 – 2x4 @ 32¾ inches 

2 – 1x10 @ 22½ inches for the seat  

3 – 1x10 @ 19½ inches for the back 


Step 1: Cut the chair stringers at a 90-degree angle at the foot. Attach the 31¾ inch arms with 2½ inch screws to one of the 19½ inch 2x4 boards. Build the arms the same way.

Step 2: Drill pocket holes on both ends of two of the 19½ inch 2x4s. Attach with the 2½ inch screws to the frame of the chair.

Step 3: Lay the seat boards that are 22½ inches to the frame of the chair with 1½ inch screws. Screw three per side and leave ¼ inch gap in between for water drainage.

Step 4: Place one of the 19½ inch boards behind the chair back for support and attach the 32¾ boards flush to the bottom of the stringer and attach through the legs of the chair with 2½ inch screws. Repeat with the other side then remove the support board.

Step 5: Attach a 19½ inch 2x4 to base of the chair in the back with 2½ inch screws and then attach the seat back 19½ inch 1x10s to the chair back using 1½ inch screws and leaving a gap for drainage. Sand and stain with a good exterior stain.

When complete, sand and finish with an appropriate exterior finish or paint.

For more in-depth step-by-step plans, message @uncommon.jane on Instagram. 

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