2 wooden adirondack chairs

It’s not always easy finding the right garden furniture. It can be tricky when you have an awkward space or a space that doesn’t get much light. However, there is always one chair style that fits in well with any garden landscape. Classic Adirondack chairs can often be found in backyards, providing a comfortable seat to perch on. They’re beautiful and simple and an Adirondack chair is fairly easy to build too.

You won’t need to be a professional carpenter for most plans and you’ll need just a few tools to get started.

The best part is that these chairs are aesthetically pleasing and there are a lot of design options.

You can even make them into a loveseat or a double! So, if you have a weekend, you can make yours without an issue.


[one_half_last]Versions you will find in this post:

  1. Simple adirondack chair instructions by This Sorta Old Life
  2. Double design by Yella Wood
  3. Loveseat by My Outdoor Plans
  4. Folding adirondack by Lee Valley & Veritas
  5. Chair made from pallets by Home Stratosphere
  6. Bar height model by Ryobi Nation
  7. Stylish & comfortable version by Ana White
  8. Rocking design by Woodcraft Plans

[/one_half_last]But, if you have no experience, you’ll need a few plans to get started. We have done the hard work and have come up with 8 instructions and designs that will guide you through building your very own chair.

1. Simple Instructions by This Sorta Old Life (Free)

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This Sorta Old Life provides a free plan that takes just 8 easy steps to complete. For this plan, you’ll need just the following:

  • Cedar fence boards.
  • Wood-grade screws.
  • Waterproof glue.

The best part is that you’ll only require 8 boards, and they cost just $1.30 each or less. In total, your materials will cost you just under $20.

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You can also use a drill to make holes for your screw, a tape measure and a hand saw will suffice. If you have a lawn, you’ll be able to place your chair in your yard and kick back with a cup of tea!

Keep in mind: This is a simple design and you can go further by adding cushions if you see fit.

2. Double Version by Yella Wood (Free)

Yella Wood chair design

This website provides plans for a double chair that is so simple to make, but it does take some time to make. In total, the instructions state that you’ll spend about 14 hours making this model, but it’s well worth the effort. You’ll need:

  • Deck screws.
  • Carriage bolts.
  • Waterproof wood glue.
  • Pressure treated pine.

You’ll require a variety of different pine lengths and bolt lengths, but this is all explained on the bottom of the page in the materials list. You can also download the list if you like.

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There are a total of 14 steps to complete this double chair. There’s even a large armrest in the middle so that both people can fit on it with ease.

Keep in mind: You’ll need a variety of saws for this option, so if all you have is a hand saw, you’ll want to choose another plan, or it will take well beyond the 15 hour mark.

3. Adirondack Loveseat Chair by My Outdoor Plans (Free)

adirondack by My Outdoor Plans

Do you want a beautiful loveseat design? If so, this website has a great design ready for you. The one thing I don’t like about these is that there’s no final picture presented that isn’t a graphic mockup.

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With that said, this is still a stunning chair. This is a project that will take a day to complete, and you’ll require the following tools:

  • Hammer.
  • Framing square.
  • Miter saw.
  • Drill.
  • Screw driver.
  • Sander.
  • Safety gloves.

Keep in mind: You’ll also need lumber. The site does not include the types of bolts or fasteners that will be needed in the material list, but you’ll be using wood glue and screws.

4. Folding Version by Lee Valley & Veritas ($15.95)

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Lee Valley and Veritas provide something that all other instructions so far have failed to do – a folding option. When storage is a concern, this is the chair you’ll want to be building. It is 12″ deep when folded, which is exceptionally small!

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Keep in mind: Fully threaded bolts are used to create the folding functionality. You can even buy the custom-made bolts from the site to make building even easier.

5. Adirondack Chair from Pallets by Home Stratosphere (Free)

Home Stratosphere plan for Adirondack

On a budget but still, want to build a beautiful chair? Home Stratosphere has a great plan that’s completely free. This version is made out of wood pallets. Before we discuss materials, you’ll want to know that you can find pallets at many construction sites or outside of industrial areas.

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Oftentimes, these pallets are thrown into the garbage and free for the taking. You’ll need:

  • 4 pallets.
  • Wood glue & putty.
  • Screws.
  • Hand saw.
  • Drill.
  • Hammer.

You’ll need to dismantle the pallets which will take some time, but afterwards, you’re ready to start building. The final picture shows a beautiful chair where you’ll sit on a decline. Comfort meets affordability with this option.

6. Bar Height Model by Ryobi Nation (Free)

Ryobi Nation bar height model

Don’t want to sit so low to the ground? Ryobi Nation has a version just for you. The Bar Height chair is just that – bar height. This option is great for older folks or those that have difficulty standing from a lower seat. However, this model will require larger wood planks to be created.

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The only downside to these plans is that you must sign into the site to be able to view them. Since the site is free, it’s not much of an issue. For this project, you’ll need:

  • Pine or whitewood board in a variety of sizes.
  • Brad nails.
  • Screws.
  • Pocket hole screws.
  • Wood glue & filler.

Costs and time to finish will vary. If you have a weekend to spare, you can definitely have this model completed.

7. Stylish & Comfortable Adirondack Chair by Ana White (Free)

lovely design by Ana White

Ana White provides amazing, free instructions for so many different chair types. When it comes to great designs and being thorough, Ana is the queen. This is an 8-step project, and the total cost will be $20 – $50 to create.

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Ana also recommends staining the wood or painting it prior to actual assembly, which is something our other plans did not include. Once you’re ready, you can download the shopping list on the site and start your project. You’ll need the following tools:

  • Measuring tape.
  • Square.
  • Hammer.
  • Safety glasses.
  • Drill.
  • Circular & miter saw.
  • Level.

A list of all wood cuts and sizes is available. Then, it’s as simple as following the diagrams and pictures through each step.

Keep in mind: Each chair takes about a day to complete.

8. Adirondack Rocking Chair by Woodcraft Plans ($13.99)

Woodcraft Plans for Adirondack chair

This company provides something all of the others don’t – a rocking version of this chair. It stands 35″ tall and has a width of 27″. Provided in blueprint style, you’ll be able to use these instructions to trace your exact cuts and begin making your next beautiful piece of furniture.

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With tips provided, this is an extremely easy piece of furniture to assemble once you download instructions and start looking them over. Exploded diagrams are provided to give you an even more detailed view of what’s occurring with it.

Keep in mind: If you’re building a chair for an older person, this is your best bet. After all, who doesn’t like a beautiful rocking one?

My Conclusion

Adirondack chairs are classics that never go out of style. These are very simple to create no matter your carpentry skill level. If you’re a beginner and have never built anything before, you’ll find that these often take less than a day to complete and will last for years outside if properly stained and treated.

From rocking to fold up and traditional styles, you’ll find an amazing chair that’s easy to build in our list of top 8 free plans to use for your project!

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Published by Bill Cookeres

Hey, my name is Bill and I am author of the website LazyHandyman.com. I am middle aged man in my late 40s working as a full time mechanic. What is more, I have a wife and a family of three kids and a dog.

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