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A sun lounger, from the sound of it, is a very comfortable chair-like furniture item. Perfect for use in households, gardens, swimming pools and patios and the good things is thig short guide will help you to learn how to make a sun lounger.
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Most of the sun loungers available in the market are made up of wood, plastic, metal and outdoor fabrics. Some of them even have adjustable backrests, for added comfort as the main utility of a sun lounger is to relax in a reclining position. So, you can use it for several purposes ranging from book reading, sunbathing to sleeping.
To buy it from the market restricts your creativity and is also slightly costly, as is every item placed in a furniture store. However, luckily this can be easily made at home. From a couple of hundred pounds, this can be drastically be brought down within a range of around 30-60 GBP only.
YES! Think of it as your DIY (do it yourself) project for your vacations or just to brush up your woodworking skills.
How to Make A Sun Lounger
There are some tools required to build your very own sun lounger. Here you have a choice of opting for two methods of making one. Either you could use power tools which not only saves you a lot of time but can also result in a better build. However, you must consider that using a power tool safely needs expertise and a little more money than the alternate I.e. building the sun lounger using manual tools.
Both ways are just as good, it boils down to personal preference and your skillset. For this tutorial we will be using the following tools that are a must:
- Square Bolts
- Dowel Sticks
- Jig Saw
- Electric Drill
- Drill bits (4 6 8 9 mm)
- Electric Sander
- Tape Measure
- Paint Brush/Sponge Roller
- All-Purpose Super Grip Primer
- 4 – Wooden Leg pieces
- 2 – Long Support beams
- 2 – End beams
- 2 – Back Support Beams
- 2 – Sub-Beams
- 1 – Adjusting Sub-Beam
- 3 – Fixing Blocks
- 2 – Support Struts
- 12 – Slats
Length 2042mm (80.38”) x Width 700mm (27.56”) x Height 571mm (22.48”) Variable
The dimensions can be altered accordingly to the same scale, considering the available resources. All alterations to the size must be done in accordance with dimensions.
- Using the Long Support beams construct the frame of the sun lounger
Firstly, round the ends of the legs and long support beams as shown using a jig saw.
Next, find the center of the rounded ends where the legs join the long support beams and drill a 6mm hole through both to accommodate the bolt. Place a washer between the two pieces before securing the together. This will allow free movement.
- Filling out the frame of the sun lounger
Starting at the foot of the bench, attach 6 slats to the frame with a 5mm gap between slats finishing at a point 640mm from the foot of the long support beam.
- Attaching sub beams at the head of the bench
Attach the 2 sub beams to the bottom of the framework at the head of the bench in the open space. Secure the adjusting sub beam to the top of the sub beams and then attach the 3 fixing blocks to the adjusting beam with a 60mm gap between them.
- Making a secure back-rest using slats
Construct the back rest by securing 6 slats to the back-rest support beams starting 80mm from the bottom of the back-rest support beams. Make sure that the backrest support beams are no more then 470mm apart.
- Make the back-rest movable
Find the centre of the curve at the bottom of the backrest support beams and drill a 6mm hole. Secure the backrest to the base using the bolts with a washer between the two beams to allow free movement.
- Make the support bracket to fix the back-rest position
Construct the support bracket using the two 280mm support struts (rounded on one end) and the 430mm support strut as illustrated. Secure the support bracket 370mm from the top of the backrest using the bolts through the backrest support beams. Be sure to countersink the bolt so the backrest can lie flat.
- Make locking pins for the whole sun-lounger
To create the locking pins, drill an 8mm hole in the base of the handles, 10mm deep, and secure the cut dowel sticks into them with wood glue. To accommodate the locking pins, square all the legs to 90 degrees to the bench and table and drill a 9mm hole through both the leg and the support beams for all 8 legs.
- Finishing touches
Fill all the screw holes with wood filler then round and sand all edges with a sanding machine. Once the timber has been primed with the primer, apply 2-3 coats of paint allowing sufficient drying time between coats.
Here you can choose your paint type and number of coats according to desire. However, you must make sure that you do not mix two colors in the sprayer to avoid inconsistency.
By the time you reach here, you will have made yourself a very decent sun lounger, way cheaper comparatively from the market rates. Now comes the part where you can unleash your creativity and modify this basic sun lounger however you may wish to.
From choosing your color themes according to what you want, you can get artwork done on the sides, on the backside and much more. For major modifications possible we have listed down a few options down below:
You can get the whole sun lounger stuffed with old unused cushions. And don’t worry about them getting wet, as now there are many solutions available for them. For instance, the ‘Rust-Oleum NeverWet’ Outdoor Fabric Spray makes sure that you can use your cushioned sun lounger as a piece of outdoor furniture.
Another amazing modification possible is that you could join a nifty little table built on the same theme to make it a very aesthetically combination to sit and enjoy during your summers.