How to Make an Adirondack Chair Cushion


Adirondack chairs have been an outdoor seating staple for over a hundred years. Named after the Adirondack Mountains where the chairs were first designed, this iconic chair had stood the test of time. If you want to spruce up your Adirondack chairs and make them a little more comfy for those long summer days, why not add a cushion? Today we’ll show you how to make a hinged cushion to perfectly fit your Adirondack chair.

In the video, we will show you how to pattern your cushion foam based on measurements from your chair, so no matter what style of Adirondack chair you have you’ll have a perfectly fitted cushion. For the foam we used sheets of Polyfil Nu-Foam, which is compressed polyester batting. This foam is a great choice for this project because it’s easy to work with, inexpensive and mildew resistant. If you prefer more traditional foam, polyurethane foam is also a great choice.

Our cushion design features tiebacks on the seat and backrest portion of the cushion so you can tie it to the chair to keep it from sliding around or blowing away. We used pieces of Sunbrella’s soft acrylic binding to create the tiebacks, but you could easily sew ties out of your scrap fabric for a perfect match to the cushion.

Watch the full video and see what supplies you need for this project at

Do you have Adirondack chairs? Would you use a cushion like this? Share your opinions and ideas with us in the comments!

  1. B Chair said:

    All thanks to your post, now I know how I can enhance the seating arrangement of my outdoor space. The video is of great help showing the easy way of making the Adirondack Chair more comfortable by adding a cushion on it.

  2. Kris said:

    Do you have tutorials for making an Adirondack headrest??

    • Nikki said:

      We don’t have a tutorial for a headrest, but that’s a great idea! We’ll add it to our project list.

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