All of my builds are made from 100% reclaimed material. Why? Because it's fun, inexpensive, challenging, and I'm a tree-hugger. It just takes a little imagination and some reverse engineering. The traditional build has plans and calls for materials. My builds have materials and call for a plan.

This lounge chair is one of those backward builds. I found the chaise cover in my local IKEA's salvage department a few years ago. It took a fair bit of bin digging for compatible pieces, but I found the three that make up my upholstery at a total cost of $3. Nice score, even for a black belt cheapskate like myself. I chose it from the materials stockpile recently and this chaise is what I built to fit it.

This is a nice and easy one you should be able to whip up in an afternoon. Negligible finishing is involved. Let's face it: finish work can get a little tedious and sometimes you just need an instant gratification build (or at least I do). On that same vein, as long as it's square, the frame can be ugly under all that nice fabric, so the project gets high marks for scrap-busting. My legs all match, but the rest is a jumble of leftovers.

Note: in this Instructable, I'll be sharing the materials/tools I used, and steps I followed. This project, like most, can be customized to fit your set of circumstances. There's more than one way to do everything. My way is right. So is yours.

Another note: in case you are curious, my IKEA heaven is no longer. The last few times I've hit the "as-is" room, there were items still in their original packages. Nothing was severely damaged or strewn about. Gallon bags of hardware for a dollar are nowhere to be seen. I saw a chair cover similar to the one I used. Priced $75. I'm glad I stocked up while the gettin' was good.

Step 1: Gather Tools & Materials

saw(s): compound miter saw, table saw
drill, driving bit, countersink bit
staple gun 
tape measure
speed square

(mixed species) 2x4, 2x2, 1x4, 1x2
1/2" plywood

Other Materials
Wood glue
Screws (various lengths)
chair cover
fabric in coordinating color (for better coverage of the plywood seat platform, optional)
4" (for the seat) and 3" (for the back cushion) firm foam pad or other semi-dense "stuffing" plus enough thin flexible foam to provide some roundness under the upholstery around frame corners

You could rent a cheap storage unit. Build your furniture, take pics then store them till they sell xD. This actually inspired me to build a couch. I've wanted to for while but was unsure if it would turn out looking good. But yours does look amazing so I'm more excited now to try!
It looks amazing, like you just went to a furniture store and spend $500 on it! You should sell furniture you make!
Thanks. I do usually have a piece or two for sale over in my etsy shop eastforkspring. I'd gladly build & sell furniture most waking moments, but I haven't figured out a space to store it or venue to sell it. If anybody around has any advise (or extra space) I'm all ears!
Too many gaps. You didn't go over the cushion making visually.:(
Next cushion I make, I'll take some more photos and go into detail a little further. Stay tuned.
I must say that I like the results of your project. It is a very nice complement for a family room or even a bedroom.
Thank you very much :)

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