How to make a DIY log lounger

Sebastian von Holstein
Wednesday, 12th June 2013

Spend some time in the sun this summer on a home made and highly sustainable log lounger

Being permaculturists, we already think of resources as having multiple uses. We know that so called 'waste' logs can be used for a host of different things but have you ever been brave enough to attempt building a super sleek log lounger? You might be familiar with the now well-known pallet chair designs but here is something a little different, and perhaps even a little easier to make.

Ben Uyeda has designed an ultra sustainable lounger that he describes as "a great way to turn yard waste that would end up in landfills or a fireplace, into sturdy outdoor furniture".


1. Ben recommends cutting the logs into 18" sections. Of course, if you have enough material, you might even consider making a double log lounger...

2. Draw an outline of your log lounge design on the floor, enabling you to place the logs in the correct position for drilling and screwing.

3. Using a 1 1/4" bit , drill 1-2 inches into the log. Then use the shorter lag screws and drill through the second log, attaching both logs. Attempt to get the lag screw at least 2.5 inches deep into the second log. Each attachment should consist of between 3-4 screws (see diagram).

4. Turn the chair over. If it wobbles in a specific place, you can use steel brackets to strengthen the design. 

Further Information

For more of Ben's great DIY design projects, visit

More things to do and make with logs:

Cooking on a log: Making a DIY stove

How to make a bowl and spoon using a sycamore log

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