Easy DIY Kids Patio Chairs

If you have a patio and kids in the house, adding kids chairs on it will be delightful. Meanwhile, it is hard enough to find out there. If so, why don’t you make it yourself? The plan below will help you out.


The overall dimensions for Kids patio chairs are shown in the picture.

Cutting list:

  • 1 – 1×2 @ 16 ½” (back support)
  • 1 – 1×4 @ 13 ½” (back apron)
  • 1 – 1×2 @ 13 ½” (back trim)
  • 5 – 1×3 @ 20 ¾” (back slats)
  • 2 – 1×3 @ 14 ½” (arm rests)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 14 ½” (arm supports)
  • 2 – 1×3 @ 13” (front legs)
  • 1 – 1×3 @ 15” (seat slat, front)
  • 5 – 1×2 @ 15” (seat slat, main)
  • 1 – 1×4 @ 15” (front apron)
  • 2 – 1×4 @ 25 ½” (stringers)

Step 1. Modify the chair into the bench

If you want to build kid’s bench from this chair, just double the back slat numbers and increase the seat width. For an adult bench, you have to add some supports in parallel with the stringers. However, the bench for kids doesn’t need these kinds of supports.

Step 2. Start building the stringers.

Mark the stringers’ front frame as shown in the picture.

Step 3. Attach the back stringers

After marking the front of the stringers, mark the back side of the stringers. Then, cut the stringers. You can make any necessary adjustment on the stringers until you get the perfect size. Make this one size as the pattern for the remaining stringers.

Step 4. Build the front apron.

After the stringers are set, mount the front apron as shown in the picture. Secure the joint using glue and 2” screws. Make sure that the top edge of the front apron is leveled.

Step 5. Build the seat slats.

Line up all the seat slat pieces onto the chair frame. Attach each slat using glue and 1 ¼” screws. Make sure that the front seat slat should have at least ¼” overhanging. Leave ¼” gap between each slat board. Check that all slat edges are leveled.

Step 6. Attach the chair front legs.

As shown in the picture, attach the front legs using glue and 1 ¼” screws. Make sure that the front legs are in line with the front apron. Don’t forget to make ¼” inset. Check to see if the top board for the front seat will be at 10” height.

Step 7. Attach the chair arms.

First, attach the arm supports onto the leg tops as shown from 1x2s yellow color. Glue and screw the arm supports with 1 ¼” screws. After the arm supports are set, mount the arm rests.

Step 8. Build the back.

The design can be seen from the picture. Attach all back pieces using glue and 1 ¼” screws. Don’t forget to leave ¼” gap between the slats. The blue color indicates the middle support board and it is supposed to have 1 ½” overhang at each side.

Step 9. Assemble the back chair

Attach the back chair as shown in the picture. You can ask some help when assembling this part. Then, secure all joint using 2” screws.