Adirondack chairs are wonderful. They are a style that never seems to go wrong and will last for years if built properly. The biggest negative that I hear about the function of an Adirondack chair is that it is difficult for seniors (or those with back issues) to get out of. You will literally have to assist a senior citizen in and out of many ‘low slung’ Adirondack chairs.
Because of that issue, many people prefer a chair that is a standard chair height but that will also provide the look of a traditional Adirondack.
The following free plans are for an Adirondack “Chair”. I would call it a deck style chair. The plan is simple and well laid out. There are photos of each step of the construction process and there is a well laid out material list. This free plan comes to us from “Family Handyman Magazine” (one of my favorite magazines ever). The writer/builder gives three options for the back. He provides detail for stepped back, gable back, and round back. To be frank, I haven’t seen a gable back chair in the past. I am not a big fan of the style, but if it suits your needs… The step back chair is a nice look. All of my Adirondack chairs are traditional round backs. I like the “camp” look of the step back chair.
Enjoy the chair images below and click on the color photo at the bottom to view the full set of plans at Family Handyman. Good luck building.