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Stylish Chaise Lounge: Comfortable Sofa in 5 Steps

Last Updated on July 19, 2024 by teamobn

DIY Chaise Lounge with Storage
Lounge with Storage

A chaise is a lovely place to sit and relax, but they do take up a lot of floor area. Adding hidden storage, however,  offsets the loss of space — and makes it a great piece of furniture to add to your home! How about creating a lounge with storage? Make it beautiful and space-savvy.

A beautiful and comfy lounge with storage is best added to the living room (or entertainment room), where you could comfortably lie on it while watching your favourite TV show or reading a book.

This chaise lounge with storage will definitely be occupied by your family members. The best part is, you can hide here some sofa covers, pillowcases or other excess pillows not being used, and can easily be accessed once needed.

DIY Chaise Lounge with Storage - Adding optional decorative
Lounge with Storage

Building a Chaise Lounge

What’s great about doing it yourself — aside from spending less as compared to buying a commercial one — is that you can customize the dimensions to suit your space.


  • 6 yards Patterned Fabric
  • 2 yards Non-Patterned Basic Fabric (for the bottom and inside seat box cover)
  • 1 1/2 pcs. 24 X 72 X 3or4 in. good quality Foam
  • Staple Wire
  • 4 box Furniture Tacks
  • Paint
  • 2 Hinges
  • Pocket Hole Screws
  • Corner Braces
  • Mending Plates
  • S-spring or No-Sag Spring or Webbing
  • Batting
  • Wood Glue


  • Jigsaw
  • Hand Saw or Table Saw
  • Drill
  • Sander
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood Clamps
  • Pliers
  • Measuring Tape
  • Glue Gun

Cutting List

  • (2) 26 X 7 X 3/4” backrest side parts, cut as shown below
  • (16) 22 ½ X 2 X 3/4” backrest horizontal supports and box lower support
  • (2) 21 ½ X 8 ½ X ½” plywood, box shorter side cover
  • (4) 57 X 2 ½ X ¾” box long side support
  • (6) 5 X 4 X ¾” box vertical long side support
  • (2) 24 X 3 X ¾” box horizontal short side support
  • (2) 59 1/4 X 9 3/4 X ½” plywood, box longer side cover
  • (1) 59 ½ X 21 ½ X ½” plywood, box bottom cover
  • (2) 57 3/4 X 1 1/2 X 1” seat part long side support (I used red oak)
  • (4) 21 X 1 1/2 X 1” seat part short support
  • (1) 57 ¾ X 23 ½ plywood (if using plywood for the seat support cover instead of S-spring or webbing)
  • (1) any size for arm support
  • (8) 4 X 3 X 3/4″ legs, tapered or (4) store-bought legs


Whether you have a small or large lounge area, there are plenty of ways to add storage and style. If you’re short on space, try incorporating built-in shelves or cabinets into your design.

Making your own lounge with storage can be a fun and rewarding experience. By following these simple steps, you can transform any room in your home into a cozy and stylish lounge area.

1. First, consider what kind of furniture you will need to create your lounge. A comfortable couch or armchair will do, as well as a coffee table or ottoman for resting your feet.

2. Next, think about what kind of storage you will need to keep your lounge tidy. A bookshelf or media console can be a great place to store books, magazines, and other items. If you plan on using your lounge for entertaining

3. Start building the structure that you want as your lounge with storage.

If you have no existing furniture to convert, you can create your own. You’ll just need to make a few measurements to build the structure, then follow the steps on the link below.

4. Next, you’ll need to add some cushions or pillows to make it extra cozy. You can either make your own covers using fabric scraps or simply use some old blankets or towels.

5. Finally, you can add some small box organizers in the storage area.

Thanks to Lazy Liz on Less for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here

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Design Customization Ideas

Designing a custom DIY chaise lounge allows for personal expression and tailoring to specific preferences and interior decor. Below, explore various ways to customize your chaise lounge, ensuring it is not only functional but also a perfect fit for your style.

Choose Your Wood

The type of wood you select for your chaise lounge can drastically affect both the look and durability of the finished piece. Options range from rich, dark woods like walnut for a sophisticated feel to light, airy birch or pine for a more casual, breezy aesthetic. Consider the wood’s stain and finish as well; a glossy finish can bring out the natural grain, while a matte finish might better suit a modern decor style.

Fabric Selection

The fabric you choose for your chaise lounge is crucial in setting its vibe. Velvets and silks add a touch of luxury and are perfect for a more formal room, while cotton and linen are great for a casual, easy-to-clean surface ideal for frequent use. Think about texture, color, and pattern. A bold, bright color or vivid pattern can turn the chaise lounge into a focal point of the room.

Personal Touches

Adding personal touches to your chaise lounge can make it uniquely yours. Consider incorporating elements like tufting for a classic look or sleek, minimalist cushions for a modern approach. Custom embroidery, such as a monogram or a graphic motif, can add a level of sophistication or personal significance to the chaise lounge.

Adjustable Features

Consider adding adjustable features to your chaise lounge to enhance its functionality and comfort. Incorporate elements like an adjustable backrest or extendable footrest, which allows users to customize their seating position according to their comfort needs. This adaptability makes the chaise lounge perfect for various activities, from reading to resting.

Decorative Hardware

Enhancing your chaise lounge with decorative hardware can elevate its elegance. Choose from ornate metal hinges, handles, or leg caps in finishes like brass, chrome, or antique bronze. These small details can significantly impact the overall aesthetic and feel of the piece, adding a hint of luxury or a dash of rustic charm.

Contrast Stitching

For a subtle yet striking customization, add contrast stitching to the upholstery of your chaise lounge. This detail works especially well with leather or faux leather fabrics, offering a contemporary look that emphasizes clean lines and shapes. Choose a thread color that stands out against the fabric for a bold effect or a complementary shade for a more understated style.

Integrated Side Tables

Include a little side table or shelf into the chaise lounge’s framework. Apart from being useful since it gives room to arrange books, beverages, or ornamental objects, this inclusion accentuates the design’s originality. Whether you choose a fixed shelf or a swivel table, this function improves the utility of your chaise lounge by allowing everything you need within arm’s reach.

Considering these design customizing concepts will help you construct a chaise lounge that not only fits your living area but also captures your own personality. Every choice, from the fabrics to the specific finishing details, shapes a piece so distinctly yours.

Incorporating Technology

Including contemporary technology in your do-it-yourself chaise lounge will turn a classic piece of furniture into a multifunctional center ideal for convenience and leisure. These creative ideas will help you to include technology into your chaise lounge construction.

Built-In Charging Stations

Put power outlets and USB charging ports right inside the chaise lounge’s frame. Those who enjoy using their electronic gadgets while relaxing will find this function especially helpful since it guarantees that everything from laptops to cell phones will remain charged without the mess of cord running across the room.

Sound Systems

Install a sound system inside the chaise lounge to create immersive audio experiences free from outside speaker requirements. Think about putting little Bluetooth speakers in the rearrest or sides. Perfect for listening to music or audiobooks, you can create the speaker compartments to be covert, preserving the looks while providing utility.

LED Lighting

Under the armrests or in the base of the chaise lounge, include LED lights strips for ambiance and functionality. Using a remote or a smartphone app, one can adjust this lights to vary in color and brightness. It’s perfect for mild illumination for reading in the dark or mood lighting creation.

Smart Fabric Technology

Think about using responsive to environmental conditions or user interactions smart textiles. These can include materials that fight bacteria or even those that regulate temperature—that which keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter. Smart materials modernize your chaise lounge and improve its comfort and hygienic qualities, therefore transforming your house.

Including these technological improvements will not only make your chaise couch more comfortable and stylish but also give a variety of features suited for the needs of the contemporary tech-savvy person.


Creating your own chaise lounge lets you customize its features and design to exactly complement your living area and own style. The options are unlimited with choices to include unique materials, high-tech integrations, and movable pieces. This project improves your home décor and adds a distinctive, useful item loved for years to come.

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