Outdoor DIY Lounge Chair with Storage

Get ready to relax with a DIY lounge chair, with storage for cushions or other pool items. Build your own reclining deck lounger for under $100 each with these woodworking plans. 

Complete your outdoor oasis with a patio table with drink coolers, outdoor farmhouse coffee table, or built-in deck benches

Enjoy the weather outdoor in style. Build a DIY lounge chair with these deck lounger woodworking plans.

DIY Outdoor Chaise Lounge with Storage

Hi it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back with another build plan.  The weather is getting warm again and it’ll be nice to spend time outside in the sun.  I have been swooning over these outdoor lounge chairs with storage, shared by a European magazine.  The magazine shares a rough sketch and tutorial in metric measurements to build this reclining deck lounger.

Build an awesome outdoor lounge chair or reclining deck lounger
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For those of us in the good ol’ USA, I changed the dimensions to fit common outdoor cushions and readily available lumber.  Besides looking cool, these reclining DIY lounge chairs are nice because you can store the cushions in the compartment when not in use.

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How to Build an Outdoor Lounge Chair

Get the printable DIY lounge chair plans hereEnjoy the weather outdoor in style. Build a DIY outdoor lounge chair with storage following these deck lounger woodworking plans.

Materials & Tools

Get the full materials list and cut list in the printable woodworking plan. 

  • 2″ x 6″ x 8′ boards (actual 1 ½” x 5 ½”)
  • 2″ x 2″ x 8′ boards (actual 1 ½” x 1 ½”)
  • 1″ x 6″ x 8′ boards (actual ¾” x 5 ½”)
  • 4″ heavy strap hinges
  • 2 1/2″ screws – self tapping preferred
  • 2″ screws – self tapping preferred
  • sandpaper
  • sealer
  • miter saw
  • drill/driver
DIY Lounge Chair Built By Maud, Deck Lounger Plans By Remodelaholic
DIY Lounge Chair, built by reader Maud 34 Creations

What does it cost to build a DIY lounge chair?

You can build this reclining lounge chair for under $100! Estimated lumber and hardware cost: $88.

I used 2″ x 6″ boards for the bulk of the build because 2″ x 6″ are cheaper here than 1″ x 6″ boards.

Your costs will vary by the wood type you choose. Redwood (like used for this bench) will cost more but also has some natural resistance to water, so it will last longer, too.

What size is a lounge chair?

The finished reclining lounge chair measures 78″ L x 30″ W x 18″ H.

Enjoy the weather outdoor in style. Build a DIY outdoor lounge chair with these free plans.What size cushion fits the lounger?

The seat of the lounger measures 78″ x 30″, so we recommend a wide 27-28″ cushion like this set. Any cushion narrower than 30″ will fit; you could also adjust the width of the DIY lounge chair to fit specific cushions, if you choose. Some of our lounge cushion picks:

DIY Lounge Chair Built By Maud, Deck Lounger Plans By Remodelaholic
DIY Lounge Chair, built by reader Maud 34 Creations

How to Finish an Outdoor Wood Lounge Chair

Lightly sand the wood, then seal the wood for outdoor use. There are a variety of wood finishes for outdoor furniture, such as:

After finishing and allowing time to dry, just add outdoor chaise cushions and enjoy!

Purchase DIY lounge chair woodworking plans HERE.

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Diy Lounge Chair Recliner With Storage, Easy Outdoor Woodworking Plans Remodelaholic

First published 05 May 2015 // Updated 05 May 2020

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Amy is the tool lover at Hertoolbelt. On Hertoolbelt, Amy shares DIY furniture plans, handyman tutorials, and craft patterns. She has three pint sized 'helpers' that help fix things around the house and build fun projects.

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  1. I’m so thrilled that you posted this! I just came across those plans last week and was going to do all of the conversion from metric so I could figure out how to make them. You’ve done all of that work for me — and more! Hooray! I hope to be able to make one of these for my deck and maybe put it on some locking casters. (Probably will use 4 locking ones and then 2 non-locking in the middle for extra support since it’s so long.) Thanks for doing this, and thanks to Remodelaholic for posting it!

  2. I love these. Where are you all finding the perfect cushions for them though? And do they skip around? I was wondering if there should be a little lip on the edge to hold them securely?