Redwood Recliner Plans Redwood Recliner Plans

A Redwood Recliner is a great outdoor project.  In fact, during the winter months, you could build a couple so that you are ready to lie out on your patio or deck when summer comes.

This recliner might also be referred to as a lounger or a chaise.

Chaise recliner plans

Chaise recliner plans

This plan comes from  The original post contained a plan for a chaise from Popular Mechanics, but they took down their free recliner plan some time ago. We retain the image below since it can help foster ideas for your own chaise.

chaise woodworking plans

Redwood is probably the ideal wood to use for this outdoor project, but there are other products that would make a fine alternative.

Choosing the proper lumber is important to be sure that you outdoor furniture project lasts for years.  There isn’t a perfect answer for the type of wood to use.  Your choice should be determined based upon the local lumber supply and cost of material.  In some areas, redwood is common and reasonably priced.  In others, it needs to be a special order.  You will probably need to source your material from a lumber yard rather than a store like Home Depot or Lowe’s.  Check your yellow pages under ‘Lumber’.

If I was building this project I would consider the following material.

  • Redwood
  • Western Red Cedar
  • White Cedar
  • Mahogany
  • Ipe or Teak

Note: I would not use pressure treated lumber for this type of project. There are some harsh chemicals used to treat the lumber and aren’t always safe to have direct contact with.

  • John Schmidt

    July 19, 2011 #1 Author

    Hello, I would like to see the plans on how to build the Redwood Recliner, however when I click on the image as instructed I DO NOT see any plans. Please help. Thanks.


    • admin

      July 20, 2011 #2 Author


      I have been ranting about this a bit lately. The large magazine publishers seem to make such changes on their sites that they tend to blow out major sections of content. It is unbelievable that the web is built on content, they pay for content, and then they simply let it go when they move to a new web platform.

      Unfortunately, I was unable to locate this plan. I searched high and low. Many other sites that appeared to have it had the same issue as we do. Linking to nothing.

      GOOD NEWS. I found a VERY similar lounge elsewhere. I have now linked the plan to the image in this post.

      Good luck. Hope this helps.


  • neville woodley

    August 5, 2009 #3 Author

    i would like a set of plans in metric for the redwood recliner please


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