Handmade Chaise Lounge From Recycled Materials

5 Materials
$100
3 Days
Medium

This is not the usual step by step instructions because I did not record this project because it was a test run. By like all test runs things can go wrong, and for me it was, there were not enough support straps under the cushion. I have had to take it apart to fix this and took new photos along the way. So this will be a reverse tutorial.
handmade chaise lounge from recycled materials
The base box was made from recycled wood that was glued together and supported with cross beams and corner supports.  I also added  support hinges to hold the 2 pieces of wood together as an extra precaution.  The legs were off an old table I repurposed, I just cut them shorter with a handsaw and sanded them down and stained and varnished them. 
handmade chaise lounge from recycled materials
It did not matter about all the damage to the legs because it would not be visible when put together.  The legs were glued as well as screwed into the base.
How legs are attached
How legs are attached
I built my arch next, I used this image as a guide.  It is not my image just one found on Google. But that is what my arch looks like under the fabric.  I just drew the arch on paper and transfer it over to the wood and cut around with a jigsaw.  My supports between the arches were 20mm thick, cut from scrap wood.  These are not visible so no need to waste good wood.  I attached the supports to the arch using pocket hole screws.
handmade chaise lounge from recycled materials
I built my arch next, I used this image as a guide.  It is not my image just one found on Google. But that is what my arch looks like under the fabric.  I just drew the arch on paper and transfer it over to the wood and cut around with a jigsaw.  My supports between the arches were 20mm thick, cut from scrap wood.  These are not visible so no need to waste good wood.  I attached the supports to the arch using pocket hole screws.
handmade chaise lounge from recycled materials
To attach my arch to the base.  My arch was made out of 10mm plywood so I used my router to remove a 10mm section from the top outside of the base so that the arch could be screwed into the base. In the image above the arch support is level with the base now.  This image already has the thin layer of foam under then white sheet.  I cover it with a white sheet just to keep all the foam in place for when I cover it with the final fabric.
handmade chaise lounge from recycled materials
I used a recycled foam mattress to cover the arch (minus the cat) and added a layer of wadding to smooth it out. And again used a piece of sheet to hold it all in place.
handmade chaise lounge from recycled materials
I used strapping and weaved the base to support the mattress. This is where I made my mistake which led to me having to strip it down and add more support.  It has been 2 years since I made this and I noticed that the underneath of the cushion was starting to push through the holes in the strapping, making the couch uncomfortable. I added lots more strapping to the base, and had no holes between the strapping this time.  Before I added my final fabric I added a foam roll to the top front edges of the base.  It came off another couch that I stripped down and it is attached to the edges to soften the corners of the wood. (I think)

Chaise Lounge
Chaise Lounge
Once the base and arch were covered I added the back support which was an old computer desk top.  I drew the arch I wanted on the top and used a jig saw to cut out my shape.   I sewed my front and back fabrics together and fitted it around the back.  The back was not sewed all the way down the top side, because I still had to attach it to the arch.  Once it was screwed into the arch the fabric was stapled underneath and around the arches.  And tidied up the base with a sheet to hide all the staples.
handmade chaise lounge from recycled materials
The final piece of fabric to go on was the piece under the arch.  I stapled it to the top and used upholstery tacks to attach the sides.  To hide the staples from the front section of the arch and the back of the arch.  I made an arch out of very thin MDF and covered it with foam and fabric and this was attached with hidden tacks.
The couch cushion was an old foam mattress, which was a little bit soft, so I added a couple of layers of wadding, covered it in a sheet and finally in the fabric.
handmade chaise lounge from recycled materials
I used a piece of weed mat to seal the bottom and added a piece of felt to the bottom of the legs to prevent them from scratching the floor
 At the end of the day the only real cost to me was the fabric, which I saw on eBay and loved it and though it would go great with the Chaise. I know it will not be easy for everyone to make this, I just wanted to show that it could be done with basic woodworking skills.
Chaise lounge
Chaise lounge
I had to move it for this photo, because of the light coming through the window, I am not very good at photography. But wanted a close up so you could see the great detail on the fabric. I am very proud of this creation. For extra details, I was unable to post on here due to photo limitations visit http://uniquecreationsbyanita.com/how-to-make-a-chaise-lounge-from-recycled-materials/
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  • Nadine Hartman Bourne
    on Mar 16, 2018

    I am going to make over my couch sometime in the near future. the support "springs" in it are broken and I was thinking of doing something like the weaving you did do you think just staples are enough to hold up to every day use?

    • La streight
      on Apr 28, 2018

      Te best way to attach webbing is upholstery tacks. Staples will work ifbu have an air stapler but they need to be longer staples. Staple once or nail, then turn back raw edges and restaple or nail. A magnetic hammer is wonderful to have when using the tacks.

  • Alice Bumpas
    on Jul 2, 2018

    First, You Rock! Beautiful job! If I tried that it would look like a pile of wadded up material! But may be doable with your help! How much material did it take?? Again good job!

    • Thank you, I can not say for sure. About 8 metres. It was a wide fabric and I used more matching up the design. So if you used a plain fabric I would think you would use less.

  • Alv33085585
    on Sep 22, 2018

    I have a double bed in two pieces and the frame has drawers the top base has broken springs and the mattress is worn Can I make a chaise lounge out of it and how Oiive

    • Anita Moulpied Holland
      on Sep 23, 2018

      If you send me a picture of what you have I can try and make some sugestions. All my projects are made from recycled materials you just need some ideas to start.

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