DIY Modern Patio Chair

These plans are from the great Ana White. While I cannot compete with her amazing directions and drawings and cut list, I will give some pointers we learned along the way. When I make the next chair I’ll do what I mention below.


Use a square to make sure all parts line up. This is critical to make sure the whole thing sits without wobbling.


I used little 1×2 scraps I had as my spacers.




I should have marked consistent holes on each board. In the end it would have looked much better and appeased my slight OCD.


One side done!


And see the manufacturer stamp?  I should have sanded those all off. Do that before you build.



We altered Ana White’s plans by angling the back a bit. We started by attaching the top board and angled it out half an inch on the bottom. The next board followed that same line.


I used Behr Semi-Transparent Stain and Seal in “Chocolate.”

Wishing I would have examined the boards much closer – those stripey looking things are dents in the boards I couldn’t sand out.


One thing the hubster and I are going to do it add a back higher than what the plan has. Our cushion bends because the back of this plan hits right in the middle of your back. For now, I’m just uber pleased to have this beauty sitting in my back yard and can’t wait to make a friend for it.