How to Build a Deck Chair


A folding deck chair is a relaxing addition to any garden or deck. This chair folds up so that you can store it in bad weather or put it away if you are going to have a big party. You can also customize the fabric and easily change it so that you can match it to your current decorations.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy canvas
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • 6 heavy duty buttons
  • 1x1 inch wood (enough to complete project)
  • Wood saw
  • Electric drill/screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Wood nails
  • Sander
  • Paint or stain
  • Paintbrush
  • 6 Carriage bolts with slip washers and lock washers
  • Design the dimensions of your deck chair. It consists of a larger rectangle, and then a smaller rectangle that is about 2 1/12 inches narrower then the first. You should also have a U piece that is the width of the larger rectangle and about 14 inches in height.

  • Hem the sides of the canvas with a quarter inch hem around the edges. Add three button holes to each side along the edge. On each end sew three heavy duty large buttons about 2 1/2 inches in from the edge on the bottom side of the fabric. Set aside

  • Cut the pieces for the larger rectangle. Drill two holes in each of the longer pieces of wood. The holes should be a foot in from each edge. Nail the four pieces of wood together into a rectangle.

  • Saw the wood for the smaller rectangle. Drill holes in the longer boards about 12 inches in from the edge. 8 inches from the other edge drill holes from the top, instead of the side. Nail these pieces together to form a rectangle.

  • Trim the pieces for the U shape. Drill 2 holes 1 1/2 inches in from each end of the longer bottom piece. Nail these three pieces into a U shape.

  • Sand and paint or stain the wood.

  • Assemble the chair. Place the smaller rectangle within the larger one. Bolt together at the 12 inch drill holes. Attach the bottom U piece onto the top of the smaller rectangle piece. Bolt together. Bolt the ends of the U piece onto the edges of the larger rectangle. Button the fabric on the edge of the smaller rectangle. Button the other edge onto the larger rectangle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have the wood cut at the lumber store. Take in your measurements with you and they will cut the wood for you.
  • Always wear safety goggles when using power tools.

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