It’s the season for roasting hot dog and s’mores around the fire! We didn’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy some outdoor living this year so we made it a priority to create a fire pit area!
But what’s a fire pit area without chairs to sit around it right? 😉 So we built some DIY adirondack chairs!
Adirondack Chair Plans
Well technically Ed built them! He built these while I worked on the fire pit 🙂 It was a divide and conquer kind of a weekend! We’ve built adirondack chairs before out of left over fence panels. They were super inexpensive and to our surprise they did last a couple of years haha! But our goal was for these to be heavy duty enough to hold up to our countryside wind and weather, and to hopefully stand the test of time!
There are lots of free plans for building these chairs online but we chose to follow Home Depots instructions, which you can find HERE!
How to Build Adirondack Chairs
Ed chose to build them assembly line style. He made all of his board cuts for each chair and laid them out in piles. Then he started assembling each chair according to the Home Depot instructions.
One thing that really helped speed up the process is that Ed built a jig. This was he didn’t have to measure each piece for every chair.
He would cut the first piece of wood and then adjust the jig accordingly to the right length. Then he could cut all of those same pieces for all four chairs at the same time. After they were cut he’d move on to the next part that needed cut and adjust the jig for that measurement and so on.
Then when all the pieces for each chair were cut he started building each chair.
Building Your Own Adirondack Chairs
One of the cool things about building your own chairs is that you can make modifications to your liking. We chose to keep the backs of the chairs square. Just a personal preference and I love how they turned out!
DIY Adirondack Chairs
Ed said the Home Depot instructions were very easy to follow 🙂 And we’re so happy with the results! These chairs cost about $50 each which is a major win in our book! They’re heavy and extremely durable! He built 4 because we weren’t sure how big the fire pit would be but we’ll be adding 2 more to the area soon!
While we have a million other projects and renovations to tackle I’m glad we made time for this one! We definitely missed having an outdoor space like this last Fall. And we’ve learned that creating spaces like this are important because it gives us a place to relax, and make memories with friends and family. I can’t wait to enjoy our first bonfire at the farm this weekend!
I hope you’re finding ways to enjoy your home this season! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!