This easy beginner DIY Adirondack chair plan let you build your own outdoor lounge chair in just a couple of hours. This classic wooden chair features a tall reclined back, wide seat for comfort, and not one but TWO cupholders.
DIY Adirondack Chair Plans
One of the most common questions we’ve gotten since we teamed up with Lauren and Brett for these fire pit pergola plans is — but do you have plans for the chairs and the swings?
The answer is finally YES! (and swings are coming very soon!)
This DIY Adirondack chair features a tall comfortable back and a nice wide comfortable seat for lounging around a fire in the backyard or on the front porch.
Not only did we put together printable plans to build an easy Adirondack chair…
…but we also have a matching double chair Adirondack bench plan, too!
And wait, there’s more… CUPHOLDERS!
Both the Adirondack chair and the Adirondack bench feature 2 wide arm rests with easy DIY cupholders in each arm support so you can keep your favorite cold beverage close.
(Or, use it as a holder for your phone. We know how it goes.)
You can also build a patio table with drink coolers and an outdoor coffee table with drink trough.
Get the printable Adirondack chair woodworking plans
The printable plan includes
- step-by-step detailed instructions
- a full material shopping list
- lumber cut list
- comprehensive diagrams for those angle cuts that look tricky (but aren’t) such as the back legs, front legs, back support, seat slats, and curved back slats
- printable template to trace for the classic Adirondack chair back curve
Materials and Tools
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This easy beginner woodworking project uses just cedar 2×4, 1×6, and 1×4 lumber (full materials list included in the plans).
We recommend cedar or redwood boards for outdoor furniture due to their natural weather resistant properties. You can use less expensive pine or what’s commonly called “whitewood” – it just won’t last as long and has to be painted or treated with an outdoor finish.
Note that cedar lumber can vary in thickness, but the variation won’t impact the dimensions as you build your Adirondack chair.
When choosing your lumber, watch for boards with knots or other imperfections that might not look as good or be as easy to sand smooth.
This classic Adirondack chair is held together using wood glue and exterior wood screws (or deck screws) — easy to build with materials you can purchase at any lumber yard or hardware store. No need for lag bolts or washers or anything more complicated than glue and screws here.
You’ll need just a few common tools to build your own Adirondack chair:
- Circular Saw
- Drill/Driver (to pre-drill pilot holes and drive screws)
- Jigsaw/3 ½” Hole Saw
- Countersink drill bits
- Miter Saw/Table Saw (optional)
Get the plans here in the Remodelaholic Shop and get building!
More outdoor furniture tutorials to build:
- DIY Outdoor Lounge Chair with Storage
- DIY Outdoor Sectional Sofa
- Built-in Deck Bench Woodworking Plans
Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.