Here we are presenting a DIY project that will allow you to quickly create a practical and beautiful portable folding beach chair.

In the picture you can see what the beach chair looks like when in both folded and unfolded position. To be portable, the chair should be as light as possible, but also strong enough to bear a person’s body weight. In order to meet these criteria, choose hardwood, just make sure it is not a species characterized by great weight. Total chair weight is 4-5kg, depending on the chosen type of wood. The beach chair made according to this plan is not meant for big and heavy people, although it can be easily adjusted to suit them, too, by slightly increasing the dimensions of the chair (its parts), using high quality hardwood and additional strengthening.


Portable folding beach chair plan
Project type
Project difficulty
Simple, requires precision
Skill level
for advanced beginners
for DIY enthusiasts
Level of workshop equipment
Hobby – Hand tools, power tools and machines
Applied woodworking joints
Round mortise and tenon joint

Dimensions of the completed chair according to our plan are as follows: Height 506mm (19 29/32in), width 381mm (15in), length 586mm (23 3/32in)


This chair is not strictly a beach chair - it can also be used in the yard, at the poolside, on a picnic ... It is easy to move and fits into any car as it does not require too much space. If you study closer the plan drawings, you will see that the chair construction can be easily changed to make a settee.  Most probably a settee will not fit in your car, but will surely prove useful at the poolside or in the garden. 

In the following pictures you can find all the dimensions needed for the making of the beach chair. You are given a parts list, parts & assembly drawings and an exploded view.  


Assembly drawing
Portable folding beach chair - Parts list and assembly drawing
Part drawings
Portable folding beach chair - Parts drawings

Rail parts for the construction of the chair can be fixed with dowels or wood screws. 

Since the beach chair is designed for outdoor use, which means that it will be exposed to weathering, it is important to choose and apply a high-quality finish. At the end of the season, fold it up and put it away somewhere dry.


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Submitted by Ceh Jan