Asked on Oct 7, 2019

How can I make new seats and coverings for outdoor chairs?

Sheila ShafferDeb KDee


I have a wrought round table with glass top that has 4 chairs missing the seats. How can I make best seats and coverings appropriate for outdoors.

4 answers
  • Lifestyles Homes
    Lifestyles Homes
    on Oct 7, 2019

    I would buy CDX 3/4” exterior grade plywood, maybe 5/8” if the spans are short.

    I’d create a template from cardboard and play with the shape and how much it overhangs the frame.

    I’d plan on how to attach tie-on chair cushions- maybe drill holes in the back of the new seat pan

    Then I’d cut the plywood, drill the holes, sand the edges, Prime & paint two full coats of exterior paint.

    Then from the bottom, with coated or stainless deck screws, screw through the holes in the frames into the plywood seat pan. Use matching washers if needed.

    The color of paint I’d choose would be complimentary to the new seat cushions.

    This time of year in the US, all patio chair cushions are on Clearance.

    I would not leave the cushions on in the rain.

    • Lifestyles Homes
      Lifestyles Homes
      on Oct 8, 2019

      By having the foam cushions removable, then they don’t get ruined in the rain & the UV.

      I would not staple foam to them, if they’re not going to be inside a totally covered screen porch.

  • Dee
    on Oct 7, 2019

    I would make a template from cardboard, then cut the plywood. I would get some thick outdoor foam, and purchase outdoor fabric and staple that to the plywood.

  • Deb K
    Deb K
    on Oct 9, 2019

    Hi Sheila, trace the inside shape of the seat then cut plywood to fit, you can use foam and outdoor material to make them, hope this helps

  • Sheila Shaffer
    Sheila Shaffer
    on Oct 29, 2019

    Thank y'all. I look forward to completing this project.

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