How to Build a Deck Chair

Making your own deck chair is easy if the right methods are used. Develop insights on how to build a deck chair and save money in the process.

You may not know a lot about assembling things, but that’s okay. In order to build a deck chair, only the right equipment is necessary.

Materials Needed

  • Wood (most common choices are “1 x 2” teak or stock pine)
  • Several screwdrivers (galvanized)
  • Furniture stock (planed)
  • Several nails (tack)
  • Fabric
  • An ordinary hammer
  • A router
  • A driller (the one with the bits)
  • A coping saw
  • Glue
  • A palm sander
  • A measuring tape
  • A pencil
  • Dowel
  • Some papers for sketching

Choosing the Fabric

The type you select is up to you. Some base their choices on the chair type they are making. Whichever variant you choose trim them to fit your project (if necessary). If you don’t know which best fits your design, check the local store to see what they use.

Measuring and Drilling

The initial steps to help you build a deck chair are the measurements. Make sure to get the proper height right now. Thin rails are the norm, but get as many as possible for stronger weight support. Slice the corners of a couple of side rails. Round them out. Next, use the driller to make a hole (1”) at the side rail’s upper part. Repeat this at the lower portion (5/8 from where you made the first hole).

On two smaller rails (about ¾ less in size) repeat the above procedure. The lower hole should be nearer to the surface grounds. This allows all the pieces to be joined together. Use the glue and tack nails to unite the outside rails.

In order to build a deck chair correctly the shorter rails must be nestled in the larger ones. After drilling and gluing, add dowels to the shorter rails.

Creating the Supports

They can be made from strapping sized timber. Sticking them with glue is the easiest option but making joints is also possible. When using glue add nails for extra firmness. The nails should be in the middle portion of the rails.

Creating the Back and Seat

Get some stock (1 x 3). Use the drill to make holes and mortise them. Mortising involves making square holes. When they are made, put in the tenon. This will create a joint. Place these at the top and middle sections of the side rails. This should be repeated for the seat. By taking these steps you avoid the necessity of making a lateral support for the upper parts.


The final step to build a deck chair will be painting. If you used teak, it’s best to utilize a poly finish to add luster. For other types of wood, use ordinary paint. Be sure that they don’t contain lead.

When applying paint do so in continuous and smooth strokes. Run the brushes on the surface in a consistent manner. Avoid overlapping the strokes. If you do, the finished paint job will appear uneven. Allow it sufficient time to dry. Painting by the way, does not just add color and style. It can also protect the wood from decay. It makes them last longer too.

Learning how to build a deck chair requires some work but it offers benefits. Not only do you get to save some cash, but you add to your skill level too.