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10 Easy Wooden Lawn Chairs & Benches to Build

These amazing wooden lawn chairs and benches may look difficult to build, but they're actually really easy—even for a beginner! We've got the step-by-step plans for each DIY wooden chair or bench, so all you need to do is decide which one(s) will look best in your backyard; then get started!

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Simple Folding ChairFamily Handyman

Simple Folding Chair

These folding wooden lawn chairs are the perfect project for a complete beginner. And it boasts a very simple design, with a carrying handle cutout in the back for easy portability. Also it has an interlocking design where the seat fits into the back. This DIY wooden chair requires mainly basic woodwork tools, although you'll need a table saw and a belt sander for best results. It costs $20 to $100 to make, depending on the wood you choose. The chair shown is made from cedar, but you could also use Cypress fir or pressure-treated wood. You can build a chair like this in a day, easily.

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classic adirondack chair

Classic Adirondack Chair

Plop down on this DIY Adirondack chair, and you’ll appreciate the comfort of the classic design. You don’t have to be an expert to build a chair like this either. All the parts of this solid, great-looking Adirondack chair can be cut with a circular saw and jigsaw, then assembled with a drill, a few clamps and glue.

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Garden BenchFamily Handyman

Garden Bench

With simple design and elegant lines, this beautiful garden bench is the perfect place to sit and enjoy your backyard. And the design is strong and stable, and the curved seat adds a touch of originality to the look. This DIY outdoor furniture project requires moderate skills, for example making biscuit joints with a biscuit joiner, although a router makes a good alternative if you don't have a biscuit joiner. This bench can be completed in a weekend, and costs between $100 and $500 to build, depending on your choice of wood.

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Wooden Bench for LessFamily Handyman

Wooden Bench for Less

Need some extra seating for an upcoming outdoor get-together? You can build this super-simple DIY outdoor bench in just a few hours!

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Perfect Patio Chairs

Perfect Patio Chairs

If you're looking for how to make a chair that's lightweight and can be moved around easily, then look no further than these DIY patio chairs. These smartly cushioned chairs are extremely comfortable, and the arms are designed to be wide enough to rest your drink or a small snack plate. And if you choose pine, this project will cost around $60, while cedar will increase the cost to $90. Suitable for a beginner, this DIY outdoor furniture project only requires a little experience and basic tools. The instructions are detailed and include skills such as how to use a speed square to ensure that the legs are plumb.

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Trail Bench

Trail Bench

Chances are that your cabin has its own set of trails and walkways surrounding it, either public or of your own making. And building a bench as a rest spot or at a particularly nice lookout spot can give hikers on the trails a chance to catch their breath and enjoy the view. A bench can be pre-assembled or be built in sections, ready to be secured on-site. And the bench featured here is portable and can be easily relocated, but if you want a more solid, permanent solution, check out these plans for a campfire bench.

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Adirondack Chair and Love Seat

Adirondack Chair and Love Seat

With its classic design and sleek lines, this Adirondack chair and love seat project not only looks gorgeous but is completely customizable to your own dimensions. And the curves are designed to cradle your back. But because the slope is gentler than the traditional Adirondack style, you won't have to struggle to get up out of this chair. This chair and love seat set is made from pressure-treated pine, and you can paint or stain it afterwards to customize this DIY outdoor furniture even further. Also, you can vary the back design, choosing from curved, gable or round styling.You'll need basic tools and it only costs around $20 to $100 to make these stunning outside wooden chairs!

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Patio Combo With Built-In End TableFamily Handyman

Patio Combo With Built-In End Table

Relax and enjoy your outdoor space with this DIY patio furniture consisting of a sofa and chair. You can adjust the size completely to make it fit perfectly onto your patio or deck, and both the sofa and chair have arms that double as trays for al fresco dining. And you can make your own cushions to fit. Or you can buy store-bought ones and learn how to add ties to outdoor cushions here! Deceptively simple to build, this DIY furniture project is made from pressure-treated wood, so remember to lay your timber flat while it dries thoroughly, to avoid warping. This project can be completed over a weekend and will cost between $100 and $500.

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easy timber bench

Easy Timber Bench

If you have some experience with power tools, you’ll have this timber bench built in just a few hours, though staining it may add a couple hours more. All materials are readily available at home centers.

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Arbor With Built-In Benches and PlantersFamily Handyman

Arbor With Built-In Benches and Planters

Combining comfort, privacy and practicality, this arbor with built-in benches is small enough to fit onto almost any deck or patio. And the corner design features integral seating, built-in planters so you can enjoy your fragrant blooms. Also a trellis screening is there to protect you from prying eyes or the sun's rays. This arbor is built from pressure-treated wood, and you can customize it with your choice of paint or stain to finish it off. It's a multi-day process, but can be done over one weekend if you decide not to stain it. This DIY outdoor furniture project is simple to build, (although you will need to know how to drive toe screws perfectly), and will cost around $250 to make.