Folding Adirondack Chair Plans Folding Adirondack Chair Plans



Over the past 15 years I have personally built over 100 Adirondack chairs.  I don’t want to look back and count, but the number might exceed 200 chairs.  During that time, even with that large number of Adirondack chairs, I haven’t built a single folding Adirondack chair.  Looking back, that seems silly.  A folding chair isn’t much more difficult to build and the process is just about the same.  In addition to that, I can put a folding chair away rather than leaving it exposed to the elements.  A folding chair is great since it takes up a small amount of space for storage and is an item that can be moved around by just about anyone.  You can’t say that about all of the Adirondack chairs out there.

Back in the late 1990’s I even resold a folding Adirondack Chair plan that was produced by a couple of guys out of Michigan named Jerry and Rod. The company was called Jer’s Patterns.  They had a patent on the cardboard template system that they used.  The company disappeared in the early 2000’s and my assumption has always been that it was likely due to the death of Jerry or Rod.  I even tried reaching out toward the end to see if I could buy up any remaining inventory from them.  No answer.

In any event, while I resold their simple folding Adirondack chair plan, I never built a single chair based on their design.  I suppose that it didn’t fit my aesthetic.  When I saw this folding chair plan at Lowe’s I realized that a simple change to the design of the back created a dramatic difference in the look of the chair.  It went from what I considered plain and boring to a custom looking Adirondack chair.  If you read this site, you will understand that I am more technical than creative and a technical person doesn’t often consider a simple change to create a new look.  Everything is by the book.  I have got to do more experimenting with design and I would encourage all of you to do the same.

This folding Adirondack chair plan is terrific.  It is well laid out, comes with a complete material list and cutting diagram.  They layout is a graphic to ensure optimal material yield.

Enjoy building this chair on your own.  Get creative with the design.

folding Adirondack chair plans

folding Adirondack chair diagram

Folding Adirondack Chair Plans (poorly formatted, but the Creative Ideas site no longer has the plan)

Folding Adirondack drawing

If you ever find that Lowe’s Creative Ideas has moved this plan, please contact us.  We have a local copy that we would be able to share with you.  Use the comment form below to notify us.

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This is a great Adirondack style. that has some nice design elements and a folding feature that makes storage easy.
  • Folds for storage
  • Beautiful design but still simple
  • Folding mechanism likely to break and need replacement in a couple of years

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  • Robert Devore

    January 16, 2017 #1 Author

    I would real!y !ike to build this chair. I just can’t figure out how to create templates for the stretcher and arm rest. Do I take a huge piece of paper and draw them out using the measurements in the Parts Diagram? I see in the Lowe’s plan something that says stretcher, arm and leg templates. They are very small. Don’t see how to print them into templates either. Any help would be apprenticed. Thanks


    • WoodworkCity

      January 17, 2017 #2 Author


      Transferring the pattern is just a matter of taking the points that are measured in the drawing and then transferring those to the piece from the “cut list”. I did a video to demonstrate. It is a little rough but you should get the idea.


  • irene

    January 15, 2017 #3 Author

    Can you please send me a copy of the folding Adirondack chair plans. Thank you.


  • Garry

    August 14, 2016 #5 Author

    a 4 inch pivot doesn’t seem to work in this plan, all other dimensions are accurate though…
    (6 inch pivot block with holes 1″ from ends)
    increasing the pivot causes issues with the front of the legs


  • Huey

    May 30, 2013 #6 Author

    There is also this list for materials that I had.

    This will help with all other links added 🙂


  • admin

    March 28, 2013 #7 Author


    Glad we could help with the pdf link. Please sign up for our weekly mailing (top right).


  • David

    March 27, 2013 #8 Author

    Thanks for putting in the time to find that! The diagram pdf is the one i could not find anywhere online.


  • David

    March 27, 2013 #9 Author

    The link to lowes is no longer valid and im looking to build this chair, Can you help with the rest of the details?


    • admin

      March 27, 2013 #10 Author


      Lowe’s just killed the link structure of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas site this week. Links are just redirecting to their home page. Their web developer should be fired. Such a horrible plan, or lack of!

      Let me see if I can locate the updated link for you. This is a great chair so I hope that they didn’t completely delete the plan (they did with some).


    • admin

      March 27, 2013 #11 Author

      I noticed that some of the links to LCI (on other items) are redirecting to the new site. Perhaps the didn’t delete everything.

      Unfortunately, they don’t appear to have the Folding Adirondack Chair Plans available yet. I found an old development server on the creative ideas site. Hopefully this won’t go down. I printed the plans from their dev site and linked them in the post (

      At the top of the page, I included 2 PDF’s. These are for the material / cut list and the measured diagram. This should help a LOT.

      Good luck. Please subscribe to our newsletter (top right of every page).


  • admin

    December 28, 2012 #12 Author

    The plans are located on the Lowe’s creative ideas site.

    You will find the full PDF’s in the right hand column. Let me know if you have any trouble.


  • Jack Masewic

    December 28, 2012 #13 Author

    Could you please send me a copy of the folding chair.

    Thank You


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