Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair

Feb 27, 2015 4:17pm

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Oh adorable little (not that little) director's chair, I have my eye on you for some bonafide fabulous outdoor seating. Perfect for indoor use or the great outdoors if you use an appropriate specie of wood; I love that this plan can be made to suit your own personal decor.

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

$25-$50 Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

  • 3 - 2x2 at 8'
  • 2 - 1x2 at 8'
  • 1-1/4" Pocket Screws
  • 1-1/4" Wood Screws
  • Safety Gear
  • Wood Filler
  • Wood Glue
  • Sanding Supplies
  • Finishing Supplies
  • Canvas or other durable cloth material at 11" x 39" - Fabric Backrest
  • Canvas or other durable cloth material at 19" x 34-1/2" - Fabric Seat
  • Thread, iron-on fabric adhesive, or fabric glue
  • Staples
  • 2 - 2x2 at 22-1/2" - Fronts
  • 2 - 2x2 at 34-1/2" -Backs
  • 2 - 2x2 at 18-1/2" -Arm Rests
  • 2 - 2x2 at 17" - Outer Seat
  • 2 - 2x2 at 17" - Bottoms
  • 2 - 1x2 at 17" - Inner Seat
  • 4 - 1x2 at 26-11/16" - Cross Supports

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Note: *If you plan to paint or stain the wood pieces, please do so before attaching the fabric.

Backrest for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Cut the pieces for the Backs. Next, cut the Fabric Backrest.

Backrest for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Turn under long edges of the Backrest 1/2", iron, and then turn them under another 1/2" and iron again. There will be no need to do this to the short edges of the Backrest, since they will not be visible.

To secure the edges of the fabric, you can use iron-on adhesive, fabric glue, or sew the edges.

Backrest for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Place the Backs on the Fabric Backrest as shown and secure into place with staples. "Roll" the fabric onto each Back. To do this, you can roll the Backs toward the center of the fabric so that a total of 9" of fabric is rolled onto each Back. For extra strength, you can staple the fabric-covered Backs, or use decorative upholstery nails.

Backrest for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

You should be left with approximately 21" of fabric between the two Backs after "rolling." When assembled, the Backs will be 20" from each other, with 1" of "slack" in the Fabric Backrest.

Chair Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Cut the pieces for the Fronts, Arm Rests, Outer Seat Pieces, and Bottoms. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2" material, drill pocket holes in the top ends of the Fronts, the back ends of the Arm Rests, and both ends of the Outer Seat Pieces and Bottoms. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2" pocket screws. You may want to set up some type of support on the sides of the Chair since it may be floppy until the Cross Supports are assembled.

Chair Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Next, cut the piece for the Fabric Seat.

Seat for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Turn under long edges of the Seat 1/2", iron, and then turn them under another 1/2" and iron again. There will be no need to do this to the short edges of the Seat, since they will not be visible.

To secure the edges of the fabric, you can use iron-on adhesive, fabric glue, or sew the edges.

Seat for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Cross Supports for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Next, cut the pieces for the Inner Seat Pieces and Cross Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4", drill pocket holes in both ends of the Cross Supports. Refer to graphics to see which direction your pocket holes should face. Don't attach anything just yet!

Seat for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Place the Inner Seat Pieces on the Fabric Seat as shown and secure into place with staples. "Roll" the fabric onto each Inner Seat piece. To do this, you can roll the Inner Seat Pieces toward the center of the fabric so that a total of 6-3/4" of fabric is rolled onto each Inner Seat Piece. For extra strength, you can staple the fabric-covered Inner Seat Pieces, or use decorative upholstery nails.

Seat for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

You should be left with approximately 21" of fabric between the two Inner Seat Pieces, with 1" of "slack" in the Fabric Seat.

Inner Seat Pieces for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Attach the Inner Seat Pieces to the Outer Seat Pieces as shown with 1-1/4" wood screws.

Cross Supports for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Next, attach the Cross Supports as shown with 1-1/4" pocket screws. You may have to play a little with the exact position of the Cross Supports (use the graphic as a starting point). Use 1-1/4" wood screws at the point where the Cross Supports cross one another.

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

The Design Confidential Build  Build Plans Type Outdoor Furniture Seating Chairs Retailer Other Skill Level Intermediate Cost $25-$50 Room Outside Dining Style Vintage Coastal Global Modern Tools Drill Kreg Jig Miter Saw

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