By Meghan Banke, WIR Contributor
Chairs are a necessary accessory to backyards and outdoor spaces. We take them for granted since they are needed for practical reasons. We’ve all enjoyed nights around a dining table in the backyard, eating an al fresco meal under the stars. Or lounging around with friends on the weekend on the back deck. Scattering chairs around the lawn or pool deck for people to sit and gather adds so much personality and intimacy to an outdoor setting. Yes, chairs can go overlooked when decorating your deck or picking out lawn adornments, but are a necessity to making an outdoor space comfortable and inviting.
We are here to inspire you to make your outdoor space not only beautiful but practical. Skip the trip to the store to buy those generic (and can we say ugly and boring?) plastic chairs that so many people have. Yes, they are easy and cheap, but that’s not the look you are going for, is it?
Building your own chairs will allow you to have exactly what you want and will be more unique and authentic, inviting and even a conversation piece. Custom means you can make the perfect chair to match exactly the decor you have.
The Chattahoochee Chair is a great style for a backyard. They are similar looking to Adirondack chairs, but where the back of the Chattahoochee Chair sits more upright. This makes the chair more usable and comfortable. They’re also more unique, an understated style that looks good along any grassy lawn or outdoor space.
Once you’ve made this project, let us know how it went. We’d love to see it and brag on you, OK?
Check out the step-by-step instructions below, or you can print out a cut list and overview of the build here: Chattahoochee Chair Building Plans.
As you get started, here’s a handy video that takes you through all the steps to make your Chattahoochee Chair.
We recommend getting the following supplies:
OVERALL DIMENSIONS OF THE CHATTAHOOCHEE CHAIR
Note: If you don’t own a saw or don’t feel comfortable with cutting the wood yourself, your local hardware store can help. Just check first with the store’s guidelines to make sure they can cut to the dimensions you need.
It can be a good idea to cut off the factory edges of your lumber by running it through a table saw for a super smooth edge, just be careful not to take off too much. See the how-to video to see what we mean.
STEP 1: Build the Bottom Frame
Step 2: Cut Seat Boards
Step 3: Place and Attach Seat Boards
Step 4: Making the Seat Back
Step 5: Brace the Seat Back and Attach to Seat Bottom
Step 6: Build Seat Legs
Step 7: Cut and Attach Armrests
Step 8: Assemble Legs, Back, and Seat
Take a bow. Now take a seat. That’s all there is to it.
Next: stain it. Paint it. Customize it.
Did you build it? What did you think? Let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Plan courtesy of Wolmanized Residential Outdoor Wood)