DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Plans

Ready to build a children’s lounge chair? These easy DIY kids Adirondack chair plans show you how to build a small outdoor chair for toddlers and little kids. Just 4 boards to build, or use free reclaimed pallet wood boards like I did. 

You can also build a full-size DIY Adirondack chair with cupholders, and the matching Adirondack bench

DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Woodworking Plan With Star Cutout, Remodelaholic

Get the Kids Adirondack Chair Plans Here

DIY Kids Adirondack Chair from Pallet Wood

Last week, I shared our original adult Adirondack chair and matching Adirondack bench woodworking plans. They are a great size for us grown-ups, teens, youth, and tweens.

But I’ve also got a mini-me toddler who wants her own Adirondack chair. And a stack of wood planks I’ve reclaimed from pallets.

Read our tips for picking good pallets and the fastest, easiest way to break down a pallet.

Put those all together and —  I’m proud to introduce our new addition, a DIY kids Adirondack chair plan!

Adirondack style furniture is a simple project that is attractive and comfortable with the slanted seat and reclined back. Great for building your own outdoor furniture for the porch, patio, or deck.

That’s why we’re so excited about the adult version of the chair and double chair bench plans!

I took the idea a little smaller and designed a simple and easy kids version of the classic Adirondack chair that I want to share with you today.

DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Woodworking Plan With Flower Cutout, Remodelaholic

Our toddler loves to play outside. This children’s outdoor lounge chair is just the right size and will be perfect for her comfort to sit on and relax during her play time on our covered back patio.

And building it from pallets means spending $0 on lumber! Talk about budget friendly – a free project!

More reclaimed wood pallet projects: Outdoor Coffee Table with Drink Trough

Even if you need to buy new cedar lumber, you’ll need only (4) 1×4 boards, so this is a very affordable way to build outdoor furniture for your kids or grandkids.

The children’s Adirondack chair plans feature a traditional curved top with an optional shape cutout detail.

DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Woodworking Plan With Moon Cutout, Remodelaholic

The woodworking plans include templates for the curved back as well as back cutout shape templates for star, moon, flower, and heart shapes.

Build your own family outdoor sitting area for your porch or patio! See all Adirondack furniture available sizes here.
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DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Plans

Purchase the printable PDF file plans to build this kid-sized Adirondack chair here or by using the button below to add to your cart.

The printable PDF beginner woodworking plan for this small kids Adirondack chair includes

  • Detailed materials list and cut diagrams
  • Step by step assembly instructions and diagrams
  • Cut templates for the curved chair back
  • Cut templates for the cutout back designs: heart, flower, star, and moon

DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Woodworking Plan With Heart Cutout, Remodelaholic

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To build a toddler child size Adirondack chair, you’ll need

We recommend weather-resistant wood like cedar or redwood lumber for outdoor furniture projects, but it’s hard to beat the cost of using reclaimed lumber and building from pallet wood!

If you choose to use cedar fence boards (like you’d use for a picket fence), be sure to choose the best boards from the pile. You’ll also likely need to do some extra work sanding to get a smooth finish.

When using pallet boards, cedar fence pickets, or pine lumber for outdoor projects, be sure to give the finished piece a coat of paint (exterior formula) and/or a coat of sealer meant for outdoor use.

Even using the higher grade cedar boards, you can still build a wood Adirondack chair for your child cheaper than buying one! Plus you get a fun weekend project you can do together.

Buy or DIY? See our favorite DIY plans and premade furniture choices for outdoor lounge chairs, indoor/outdoor hanging chairs, and outdoor rocking chairs.

Recommended Tools

The straight cuts for this woodworking project can be cut on any type of saw — a miter saw is the easiest.

The angled cuts needed to build the kids’ Adirondack chair can be cut on a table saw or with a circular saw, miter saw, or jigsaw.

The detailed woodworking plans show all the dimensions and angles to make this an easy weekend project for you.

DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Plan, Finished Dimensions Child Outdoor Lounge Chair, Remodelaholic

How to Build a Child’s Adirondack Chair

The printable premium woodworking plan includes the full cut list for all pieces and angled leg and arm pieces, plus detailed assembly instructions. 

Add the woodworking plans to your cart

Step 1: Assemble Legs

Attach the angled back legs to the front legs. (Cut lengths and angle details in the printable plans here.)

DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Plans, Assemble Legs, Remodelaholic

Step 2: Attach Armrests

Attach the angled armrest pieces to the tops of the legs.

DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Plan, Attach Armrest Chair Arm Support, Remodelaholic

Step 3: Attach Armrest Supports

Attach the armrest supports through the leg pieces and through the armrest pieces.

DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Plan, Attach Armrest Support, Remodelaholic

Step 4: Attach Front Support Trim

The front support trim fits right in front of the angled back leg piece.

DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Plans, Attach Front Trim Support, Remodelaholic

Step 5: Attach Bottom Frame Support

The bottom frame support is angled to provide the correct angle for the Adirondack chair reclined back and sloped seat.

DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Plan, Attach Back Seat Support, Remodelaholic

Step 6: Attach Middle Back Support

This will support the back rest, so be sure it’s secure.


DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Plan, Attach Back Support, Remodelaholic

Step 7: Attach Back Slats

Be sure these back support pieces are sanded very smooth.

DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Plans, Attach Back Slats, Remodelaholic

Step 8: Attach Seat Slats

The front slat is level with the front of the legs and the other 2 seat slats are spaced evenly between the front seat slat and the backrest slats.

DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Plans, Attach Bottom Seat Slats, Remodelaholic

Step 9: Cut Back Curve

A printable chair back curve template is included in the plans.

DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Plans, Cut Curved Back, Remodelaholic

Step 10: Cut Seat Back Detail Cutout

Printable templates for heart, star, moon, and flower cutouts are included in the plans.

Easy DIY Kids Adirondack Chair Woodworking Plans With 4 Seat Back Cutout Templates, Remodelaholic


Click here to purchase the detailed printable woodworking plans

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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.

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