Simple DIY Outdoor Chair for a Small Balcony or Patio

2 Materials
$28
6 Hours
Easy

I have a very narrow balcony that's also not that big and I find it's very difficult to find furniture, that will fit and be comfortable, especially a chair. I had some wood I could recycle for this project so I set out to design a simple chair that I could build using that wood.
simple diy outdoor chair for a small balcony
I used 2"x3" and 1"x6" and since I don't have a workshop to build, I designed the chair so it would be easy to put together in my dining room using just a drill and a few other hand tools.
simple diy outdoor chair for a small balcony
I started by assembling the legs, using a speed square to make sure everything is square. I also used SPAX exterior screws to save time - they are self-drilling so no need for pilot holes!

simple diy outdoor chair for a small balcony
The next part of the project is putting together the back. I could have used screws but for this chair, I thought it would be fun to try using wood dowels instead.
simple diy outdoor chair for a small balcony
It can be tricky to line up the holes so I ordered this doweling jig kit from amazon. It works with a regular drill do no need for special tools.
simple diy outdoor chair for a small balcony
I had never used this before so I tested it out on some scrap wood first and it worked like a charm.
simple diy outdoor chair for a small balcony
It was a bit time consuming to do but it was also a lot of fun and very easy, and all the holes lines up perfectly!
simple diy outdoor chair for a small balcony
The next thing I did was lay out the boards for the seat and attach the legs to the seat boards.
simple diy outdoor chair for a small balcony
Once that was done came the most satisfying part of the project, attaching the back to the seat to finally make this a chair! As a finishing touch, I added some pieces to the front of the chair to make it match the sides and the back.
simple diy outdoor chair for a small balcony
I used a solid weatherproofing stain from BEHR in a color called pewter and last but not least, I added cushions that a friend made to make the chair more comfy. I'm so happy with how it turned out and I especially love that this chair is simple to make and also easy to customize to fit any space.
I have lots more details and helpful hints on the building process on my blog and in the video. Enjoy!

Suggested materials:

  • 2"x3"  (recycled)
  • 1"x6"  (recycled)
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  • Carol
    on Sep 4, 2018

    Wow! Now that's a beautiful job!!! Fantastic chair and it looks very sturdy too. You should be very proud of yourself. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Debra McMenamin
    on Sep 4, 2018

    Looks professional. Job well done!

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