Bristol Lounge Chairs

This is about to get embarrassing. So, remember when you were a teenager and you had a crazy fan crush? For me, it was Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet. While most of my friends were drooling over the middle brother from Hanson, I was the weird kid that watched R+J on VHS almost every single day. (For those of you born after 1995, a VHS tape was a bulky contraption that had tape in it that would play your movie. You had to rewind it. We also had to blow on the cartridges of our video games to get the dust out so we could play them. Ah, the early 90s.) Anyway, there is a reason why I'm mentioning my years of braces and pom poms. Even though I'm all grown up, I still have a fan crush. But now it's on Ana White. And everyone who knows me knows about it. The conversation usually starts with me talking to anyone who will listen about whatever she's posted that day, and then they say: "Who is Ana White?" and I go, "Only the BIGGEST building blogger EVER! She's amazing. She's building a duplex in Alaska right now. Like, with her own hands. Building it." and then I get a "Woa, that's crazy." to which I say: "No, that's AWESOME." You guys understand. So, when Ana contacted me about possibly collaborating on a few things, I was elated. Here was the lady who taught me how to build, now asking me if I maybe wanted to build with her. (Heck yes!) I had promised my mom that I would build her some outdoor chairs for her birthday... which was last June... oops. I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to make good on my promise and finally build them for her. The design is based on Restoration Hardware's Belvedere Lounge Chair. I got the cushions on final sale from Restoration ($100 off per cushion + free shipping) and the wood is cedar. In order to save some money, I purchased rough cedar from my local lumber yard and ran it through my planer at home. I've found that if you buy rough, it is half the price of milled cedar or redwood. Here's a quick look at the back to get the full view: Head on over to Ana White for the full project plans!

10 Replies to “Bristol Lounge Chairs”

  1. Wow! That is crazy awesome that Ana Freaking White contacted you about collaborating! You are clearly winning at the internet with your mad building skills 😀 Congratulations!

    This chair looks SO comfortable, I can just picture someone sitting, enjoying a late summer afternoon with a ice cold drink just relaxing and enjoying life.

    1. Thanks, Martina! I know, right? I was pretty excited, too. Ana is just so kind and talented. It was great working with her! I believe this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship :-).

      The chair IS pretty cozy! The cushions are just so thick and… cushy. This set is meant for my mom, but I may have to build a few more for me, too!

  2. I have been able to get wood from recyling some old shipping crates…I found your plans and I am in the process of making them for my front porch (which at this point in time is with out unheard of thing in my world.)…Thank you for the plans…it really helps. I am so glad to know that I am not the only person out their making my own furniture. My family thinks I am crazy!! Thanks again!!!

    1. Haha – my family thinks I’m crazy, too! Glad I’m in good company :-). There’s nothing better than building something that you love out of materials that you already have. Good luck with your chairs!

  3. Just finished making 2 chairs and a side table (in pine) I am officially SPENT! I don’t know how you and Ana do it!! I now have my wrist brace on from using the driver (I confess, it was sore before I started but I just had to have it) We plan to use the side table as an ottoman. I just don’t know about the cushions… I sewed I seat using some repurposed tablecloth fabric I bought at a thrift store and then thought, wait a minute, I don’t even know if I can get cushions in those weird sizes. I think if I buy a Queen size mattress topper I can cut it up to make two seats and backs and have some left for lumbar pillows… Anyhow, thank you for listing the directions, my husband loves them and is very impressed I made them myself 🙂 YOU ROCK!

    1. Thanks, Wendy! You just made my day!

      As far as the cushions go, you should be able to get larger foam at joanns if you’re DIYing them. (I cut my foam down using my table saw, haha.) In case you haven’t seen this, Ana has a pretty great tutorial for sewing box cushions:

      PS – definitely post pictures of your chairs and side table/ottoman on Ana’s brag blog! I’m sure they’re stunning!

  4. Thanks so much for this inspiering idea!! I bought outdoor cushions (@Walmart online) they have a really nice selection at very affordable prices!! Now….after having received the cushions..about a month ago…I have been looking at them and dreaming of the day we find the time to make these chairs!!!! Thanks again so much…and we will post when finilly done!!

  5. Hi Shane,

    You’re awesome. This is just what I’ve been looking for. The Belvedere’s gorgeous but seems way overpriced for something that’s relatively easy to build. Out of curiosity, how true did you stay to the dimensions of the Belvedere. For instance, the arms look wider on the the Restoration Hardware version. Thanks.


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