Do you still have an old Lazy Boy chair and don't know what to do with it? You've wondered perhaps about dumping it or even giving it away, but did you know that you can also re purpose these into nice outdoor seating.
I remember visiting my grandparents house when I was a child and just how fun it was to fully recline in the Lazy Boy. These chairs were iconic in their own time. Today, there are many other recliner types available including and not limited to electric versions.
When my family visited a furniture store recently we discovered how cool the electronically powered recliners were. They made it easy to enjoy tv with a friend or family in comfort and using the latest in technical innovation.
Even though these new products exist, a Lazy Boy is still classic and can be repurposed making a fun project for the family to be involved in.
The frame and mechanisms are what make this project worthwhile as they are usually the hardest to reproduce.
Credit for this home improvement project goes to BUCK2217
BUCK2217 got the idea from seeing an old dirty Lazy Boy chair on the side of the road and he wondered what he could make with that.
Step By Step Guide
Step 1 - If any of the mechanisms are rusted or not working, you'll have to use something like WD40 to free it up.
Step 2 - Get rid of all the leather, fabric and cushions. This can take a while since the fabric has been stapled a lot during the manufacturing process.
Step 3 - Use some good oil stain to help protect the chair from outdoor weather wear and tear.
Step 4 - Cut some 2 inch wide from 1/2 inch thick marine grade plywood. Attach them to the back of the chair.
Step 5 - Use 3/4 inch thick plywood for this section. Since it is the seat, it should be a little thicker to withstand the weight of the person.
Step 6 - For the footrest use more of the 1/2 inch thick plywood (same as you used for the back of the chair).
Step 7 - Add more stain. If you want to beef up the arm rests you could take some thicker wood and use that (not really necessary but adds a nice touch).
And there you have it, a great and functional outdoor wooden chair that you made from a indoor recliner. Hopefully, you can get many more great years with this chair.