10 Easy Steps On How To Make A Glider Chair Like A Pro

For those who want to know how to make a glider chair, you should check out this straightforward step-by-step guide. This article will also mention some things to remember before you can sit back and relax in your handmade glider chair.

When you have created a glider chair of your own, it will save you so much money, especially if you have the complete materials. Also, if you plan to have a family of your own, this furniture is an excellent way to make for your nursery since this gives you a similar movement from the traditional rocking chair.

how to make a glider chair

The good thing about creating your glider chair gives you the freedom to choose your very own design, materials, and finishes. You can create your old armchair style into a converted glider chair, and it can also let you save up money!


What Are The Materials Needed?

Before you proceed to create your glider chair, you need to complete the following materials. If you are all set and complete, you are good to go!

  • Safety goggles
  • Flat screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Drill gun
  • Assorted wrenches
  • Socket set
  • Old armchair style bench
  • Wood
  • Sandpaper
  • Eight pivot hinges
  • 20 dowels
  • Weather-resistant varnish or polyurethane
  • Wood saw


Making Your Glider Chair


Step #1. Choose an old armchair

Select your old armchair form for you to convert into a glider. We suggest that you choose a slim wooden seat with a backseat that is high open.


Step #2. Construct your base 

To construct your base, make sure to measure the distance between its hind legs and forelegs. Then cut the two planks of wood by measuring 2 inches wide and make sure that it is 2 inches larger in length than the distance of the front legs and hind legs.


Step #3. Make the first side of the glider stand

For the first side of the chair and make support stand for your glider. Use two dowels and cut them by the height of the chair’s armrest handles.


Step #4. Vertical dowels need to be 60-degrees angles 

Ensure that all of the vertical dowels are at a 60-degree angle at the end of the planks. Hammer down and then attach the dowels to the plank.


Step #5. Make the horizontal dowel

To make a horizontal dowel, cut the wood. Remember that it should have the same length as the bench’s armrest handle. Then you should hammer down, and you should attach the horizontal dowel on top of the vertical dowels.


Step #6. Construct opposite side glider support stand

For this step, you have to create the opposite-side glider stand. Then build the second vertical plank and dowel rhombus.

Remember that the second horizontal support should be 3 inches above the top dowel. After that, hammer it down and attach the second support dowel to the other stand.


Step #7. Build the central bench support

Create support for your central bench. Then lay down each of the supports that you made and nail it down. Then attach the center hardwood plank to lower horizontal dowels.


Step #8. Brace the center bench

Brace the center bench rest using your two dowels for about 90 degrees from the middle point of the bench from the rest of the planks of the seat.


Step #9. Attach the side stands to the chair legs

Attach the side stands to the chair’s legs using your four dowels. Make sure to measure and cut the dowels accordingly.


Step #10. Affix the hinges

Using your drill gun, drill some holes into the dowels and legs to make the affix of the hinges.


Things to remember after the process


Check and assess the function of the wooden glider chair

After the process, constantly assess and check out the functionality of your glider chair. If you think that there is a major or minimal problem with your furniture, it is a must to fix it right away to avoid accidents when you try to sit back and relax on your DIY glider chair.


Check loose screws and dowels

Do not forget to check any loose dowels and screws. If there are any loose parts, make sure to adjust them and replace them when it is needed.

Having a loose screw or dowel is already considered a significant problem since if you let it lay loose, you will put yourself in danger! At any time, your glider chair can collapse.


Sand the glider and coat

Using your sandpaper, scrub the wooden glider chair to achieve a smooth texture. Once you achieve the intended texture, you need to apply a glossy coat with polyurethane or weather-resistant varnish to finish up your DIY glider chair.



You have reached the last part of this article! We hope that you have learned how to make a glider chair for your room or nursery.

Do not worry about the expenses since compared to purchasing a glider chair from the mall, creating your own is more budget-friendly. The steps may be overwhelming to look at, but overall, it is effortless once you follow them correctly.

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