Can I Make Two Outdoor Chaise Loungers for Under $100?


So we lived in a small town home with three little rooms (my son's room was a closet!) and I began dreaming of space. Space for the kids. Space for their toys. Space outside. Space to breath and grow and be a family. In the midst of these growing feelings, we looked at this large home that I immediately fell in love with (more on that later) but decided it wasn't the right time.

I don't know if you are like me at all, but when I fall in love with the potential of an idea, it is hard to let go of that.

All that to say, I needed a project to help me fall in love with our town home again. We had this cute (tiny!) outdoor space and I wanted it to feel more luxurious going into the summer. And since I wasn't going to get that dream house (or so I thought!) I decided to make two chaise loungers.

First, I wanted to check the Internets to make sure there wasn't a good deal out there on some chaise loungers on Craigslist or LetGo that may just need a little love. But all the options I saw looked something like this...

So, my biggest problem with these options were not the state of the chairs (although, they seem to all need work!) but it was the price. All of these were around or over $100 per chair. And none of these screamed luxury to me.

So I tried out my trusted Amazon creeping. I am a devoted Prime Member, but sometimes you can get an even better deal if you look outside of the 2-day free delivery option. And this is what I found...

Photo 1: $140 per chair | Photo 2: $160 for both | Photo 3: $235 for both | Photo 4: $87 per chair 

Not too bad! But I thought I could do better and I really wanted natural wood. This was my inspiration...

Pottery Barn's
Chatham Wheeled Single Chaise 

And it is on sale right now for only $611 per chair.
And don't forget the cushions. Only around $240!
Plus those cute striped pillows, only $50 each.

So in total: $1,800 !!!

So as you can imagine, this is the point I ask myself, "Can I just do this myself?" 

Have y'all heard of Ana White? While everyone is obsessed with Joanna Gaines (which of course I am as well - what do you think I am? AN ANIMAL?!) I however am equally obsessed with Ana White. She is a serious badass lady who lives in Alaska and creates unending beautiful creations out of 1x4s and it is amazing. She has a bunch of kids. And she has great hair. She inspires me in every way. 

I turned to Ana White in my moment of need and I found new project.

Single Lounger for the Simple Modern Outdoor Collection

Total Cost: $98! FOR BOTH!!!

So if you do wood working projects, you may know this. But there is a section of Home Depot Lumber department in the far-left-corner of their giant warehouse where there is a pile of CHEAP-ASS WOOD that you can use for both indoor and outdoor projects.

Untreated | Outdoor | White Lumber | 1 x 4 | 14 Ft Long | $3

THREE DOLLARS PEOPLE! So many of Ana's projects are simply 1x4s and here you have an unlimited supply for pennies!

This is the list needed for this project. THIS IS FOR ONLY ONE LOUNGER! Multiply by 2 if you want to be crazy like me...

Shopping List: 
9 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - set of hinges less than 1 1/2" wide
1 - set of 3" hinges
1 1/4 inch screws
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails

And if you go with my 14 ft white lumber option (which why wouldn't you?!) and you want to create two loungers, here is your shopping list:

Shopping List for Two: 
10 - 1x4 @ 14 feet long
2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long (I went with 1x3s because they are cheap-hah!)
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
2 - set of hinges less than 1 1/2" wide
2 - set of 3" hinges
1 1/4 inch screws
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails

Some kind of saw (if you only have a hand saw, I would get the Home Depot peeps to cut this all for you)
Nail Gun or Hammer (more on hammering later...)
Outdoor stain or paint

Wood Cuts (Multiply by 2 for 2 loungers.)
2 - 1x4 @ 74 1/2" (Frame Sides)
5 - 1x4 @ 19" (Frame Joists)
5 - 1x4 @ 51" (Deck Boards)
2 - 1x4 @ 76" (Deck Boards - Sides)
4 - 1x4 @ 11 1/4" (Legs)
2 - 1x2 @ 23 1/2" (Cleats)
5 - 1x4 @ 25" (Deck Boards - Back - Cut from main deck boards to match patterns)
3 - 2x2 @ 17 1/2" (Back Supports)
2 - 2x2 @ 9 1/4" (Prop Up Supports)
1 - 1x2 @ 18 3/4" (Prop Up Base)
1x2 Scraps for the Stops

I think this was the point where I wondered if I was over my head. Because I was doing 2 loungers, I had to multiply every piece twice. That was a lot of wood pieces. I put in piles just for my own sanity.

You will want to follow my spirit animal, Ana White, for a step by step. But here are photos of my progress (and you will notice I worked through naps and didn't even stop when they woke up!)

And this is where I will give a small PSA on why you should invest in a nail gun instead of hammering a million nails into wood in one weekend. (Or at least, if you are a klutz like me...)

Public Service Announcement:


Thankfully I did not lose my thumbnail. It was just gross and very painful. Not cool.

But after all of the cutting, sanding, nailing, thumb soothing, and staining, this is the finished product:

Almost done.

Almost done.

The cushions were only $50 each (but now are a whopping  $92 on Amazon .) So if you like these, wait for the off seasons. The price will go down.

The cushions were only $50 each (but now are a whopping $92 on Amazon.) So if you like these, wait for the off seasons. The price will go down.