We’re always looking for something unique to set us apart from other people. Whether it’s a funky piece of jewelry, a stand-out haircut, or a meaningful tattoo, we live in a day and age where being quirky and different is a very good thing. And this applies to our houses, too! In a row of cookie cutter houses, we want to be the stand-out house on the block. A fun way to do that is by buying some one-of-a-kind patio furniture – or better yet, making your own one-of-a-kind patio furniture! This DIY chair is a simple, inexpensive project that adds function and flare to your front porch. Watch the video below to see how you can make this floating patio piece yourself.

The best thing about this chair isn’t just how cool it looks, but how comfortable it is! It almost reminds us of a more stable hammock for one. Which can only mean one thing – backyard relaxation.

In total, to build and hang this floating chair from the porch, the project costs $50 and took two hours to complete. Compared to spending hundreds on a unique piece of furniture from a specialty shop, that is a seriously smart save.

To get started on your hanging plank chair, you’ll need a few simple things, all of which you can pick up at your local hardware store in any color you’d like!


  • Wood planks
  • Paint (optional)
  • Drill
  • Seven 25 ft. ropes

Step 1: Lay out your planks. If you’d like them to be a different color than how you purchased them, paint the planks and let dry before drilling.
Step 2: Drill holes along the sides of each plank, 14 in total, with seven on each side.

Lay out your planks for floating chairOWN

Step 3: Start to weave your rope through the holes. Through the first hole, make sure to knot the rope off to keep it in place.
Step 4: Crisscross the ropes through the holes so that you get an ‘X’ shape along the two long ends of the chair.
Crisscross the ropes in between the planks' holes to create your chairOWN

Step 5: Chose the spot to hang your chair and drill two sets of hooks above, four hooks in total. You’ll want to hang the chair from the top on one side (for your head) and a few planks from the end on the other side. This way, there will be a natural shape for your legs to hang over the chair.
Hang your finished floating chairOWN

Pro Tip: To make the weaving of the rope even easier, wrap the ends with tape to make threading effortless and prevent fraying.

And just like that, you’ll have an amazing piece of outdoor furniture that looks like it was custom-made! (Well…it was. Only by you rather than an expensive design house!)

What do you think of this DIY patio furniture? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!