How To Build A Lifeguard Chair From Scratch In 7 Easy Steps

Using 2×4 and 2×6 wooden planks is the best way how to build a lifeguard chair. It will be an excellent choice if you use recycled wood to help you save money and resources.

A lifeguard chair is an excellent addition to any pool. It will give you a sense of security or just be a comfortable place to chill.


What Is A Lifeguard Chair?

You see them all the time when you head to the pool. These tall chairs have the function of their name; they are where a lifeguard sits to patrol the pool. It comes with stairs and occasionally an umbrella.

These chairs are usually six feet tall to get a good view of the pool area. They have various colors, but they are primarily white to deflect heat.

Lifeguard chairs are most useful in public pools, but you can have your own in a private pool too! You will be able to monitor your kids’ swimming, and it’s also a nice place to relax under the shade.


Types Of Lifeguard Chairs

When you think of lifeguard chairs, you imagine they are all the same, but there are two different types.



This type of chair is welded in place. It has a wide platform and high railings. This chair is best for public pools because it can also support swimmers when they get out.



This chair is convenient because you can move it around different parts of your pool. Wooden chairs are usually movable, just like your D.I.Y. project.


What Tools And Materials Do You Need For Your Chair?

Now it’s time to start on your project. Get everything you need ready to have a good quality output.



The most essential materials you will need are wood and screws. You can use 2×4 and 2×6 planks of recycled timber.

For the screws, you will need one hundred fifty (150) 2.5” deck screws and eighteen 2” deck screws. Also, remember to have your wood glue ready!



This project needs several tools with different functions. It may seem like tons of work, but it will all be worth it when you have your lifeguard chair.

  • Table saw, hand saw, and band saw – A table saw is best for cutting hardwood, while the hand saw will be handy for more fine woodwork. The band saw is used for rounding the arms of your chair.
  • Drill and drill press – The drill will be an effective way to put the numerous screws. The drill press isn’t required, but it will help align the pilot holes easily.
  • Belt sander – This tool will help smoothen your wood, especially if you use reclaimed timber.
  • Clamps – Clamps will hold your chair legs in place when you are assembling the other parts. You will need four large pieces.
  • Pencil – This tool will help you when you need to mark measurements and areas for cutting.


Step-By-Step Process On Building A Lifeguard Chair

Now that you have all your materials ready, it’s time to start your project! Make sure your wood and tools are in good condition.


Step #1. Prep and sand the lumber

Remove all the dirt, debris, and rough edges so your wood will be easy to work with. Next, trim the sides with your table saw so they will be smooth.


Step #2. Make the backrest

Prepare about nine planks of 2×4  wood and line them up side by side. Keep them together with a clamp while you screw and glue the top piece.

Make a 15-degree angle at the lower back. This will be used for attaching it to the main seat.


Step #3. Assemble the seat

Prepare six planks and drill some pilot holes for your screws. Make 18 to fit your backrest.

Keep the wood in place and attach them. Remember to screw and glue the front, sides, and back. When you are finished, you can attach the backrest.


Step #4. Prepare the footrest

Get your wood ready and drill 16 pilot holes on the side. Stick your pieces together and leave a little room between them for expansion.


Step #5. Make the armrests

Prepare two pieces of 2×6 wood, make a semicircle on one end and cut it with the band saw.


Step #6. Assemble all the parts together

Lay all your pieces on a flat surface and start putting them together in the place where you made the pilot holes. Start with the footrest, legs, and seat. Next, the backrest, and finally, the arms.


Step #7. Make some cross members 

Cross members can make your lifeguard chair secure. Cut your wood at a 32-degree angle and make sure it fits perfectly under your seat. When you are finished measuring, screw and glue the pieces into place.

Now enjoy your handiwork and relax by the pool!


How To Keep Safe While Constructing Your Lifeguard Chair

You may be excited about starting your new project, but remember to keep safe! Wear a mask, eye shield, and earplugs when you are working. This will protect you from flying particles and the loud sound of the drill.

Use gloves to protect yourself from splinters and have some Epsom salt handy just in case you need to do some first aid work.



Your pool wouldn’t be complete without the extra-tall seat looking over everyone. Learning how to build a lifeguard chair is an essential skill to keep your swimming loved ones safe while maintaining your budget. It’s an innovative D.I.Y. project!

Leave a Comment