Patio Seating Inspiration: How to Build Paver Chairs

Patio Seating Inspiration: How to Build Paver Chairs

Having enough seating for your outdoor entertaining space is essential to ensure your guests are comfortable.

These chairs made from RumbleStone blocks make a great addition to any patio, particularly those made of pavers.

To create your own paver patio chair, first take small, medium, and large RumbleStone blocks and lay them out in a U shape. These are 24 1/2 inches deep, 35 inches wide.

Next, apply polyurethane construction adhesive before the next row of stones are applied on top of the other stones.

Be sure that the pattern of the stones varies for each new row. This way, no continuous seams will be seen from the bottom to the top of the chair. Also, this makes the chair stronger and visually appealing.

Use trapezoid blocks to fill in the back of the chair once it reaches 24 inches high. Apply construction adhesive to the bottoms and the sides of these blocks to form the back of your chair.

Inside the legs of the chair, glue four 45-millimeter-large blocks vertically to support the seat of the chair. For the seat, use four 2×4 wood planks and a couple of 2×2 pleats.

The result will give you complimentary paver chairs to go along with your paver patio!

Watch the video for step-by-step directions! 

Further Reading

High-End Patio Seating: How to Create Chairs with Pavers

High-End Patio Seating: How to Create Chairs with Pavers

Patio seating comes in many materials and price ranges — which can be good and bad.

For instance, ready-to-assemble outdoor furniture may be functional, but it also looks off-the-rack. And like everybody else’s outdoor furniture.

Whether you entertain a lot or just want a backyard paradise to personally enjoy, creating a set of paver chairs is a surefire way to do that.

Pavestone RumbleStone blocks, made of durable concrete, are engineered to mimic the appearance of weathered cut stone. They have a natural look and feel and give any outdoor living space texture and depth.

Best of all, they resist decaying and fading and don’t attract pests.

Patio seating made from these rustic building blocks is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and a conversation piece.

Follow this guide as inspiration to create your own paver chairs.


What You’ll Need


Man wearing a Quikrete shirt applies sealant to the base of a chair made of Pavestone pavers
Start your paver chair with a U formation of building blocks.

How to Build Paver Chairs

1. Create a ‘U.’ Lay small, medium and large RumbleStone blocks in a U shape. Choose the size that works for you and cut any of the blocks as needed with a circular saw. (Just wear protective eyewear before you do.) This chair’s U shape is 24 1/2 inches deep and 35 inches wide.​​

Closeup of applying Quikrete sealant to a paver chair
Apply Quikrete Advanced Polymer Construction Adhesive to secure each bottom row of pavers to the one above it.

2. Bond the blocks together. Apply construction adhesive on top of each row of stones before you add the next row of stones.

3. Mix it up. Vary the pattern of stones for each new row. This way, no continuous seams will be seen from the bottom to the top of the chair. Also, this makes the chair stronger and more visually appealing.

Man wearing Quikrete shirt and gloves applies sealant to a patio chair made of pavers
Cut RumbleStone blocks into trapezoids to fill in the back of the chair.

4. Fill it in. Use trapezoid blocks to fill in the back of the chair once it reaches 24 inches high. Apply construction adhesive to the bottoms and the sides of these blocks to form the back of your chair.

“Today’s Homeowner” co-host Chelsea Lipford Wolf drills decking screws into wood cleats
Secure two 2-by-2 cleats to four 2-by-4 planks with a power drill and deck screws.

5. Add the seat. Patio seating is nothing without the seat! So, inside the legs of the chair, glue four 45-millimeter-large blocks vertically to support the seat of the chair. Then, to create the seat, secure four 2-by-4 wood planks to a couple of 2-by-2 cleats with a power drill and deck screws.

Closeup of a Pavestone paver chair with a lumbar pillow
Buy a lumbar pillow or a full back cushion for each chair to soften its appearance and add comfort.

Make them Comfortable

These chairs add instant elegance to your outdoor living space, especially if you have a paver patio. Now there’s just one thing left to do: add cushions!

You can add a back cushion and leave the wooden seat as is, or you can add a matching seat cushion to soften the chair’s appearance and enhance your comfort.

Need shade? Add a matching patio umbrella or shade sail overhead to tie the look together, so your hardscape elements (the paver patio and paver chairs) match, and your cloth elements (the cushions and shade) complement each other, too!

The result is sure to rival your neighbors’ patio seating, and will make your outdoor living space the best-looking one on the block.

Watch the video for step-by-step directions! 


Further Reading

How to Build an Outdoor Countertop

How to Build an Outdoor Countertop

If your outdoor space needs a countertop, look no further than concrete mix to make one that’s stylish and will stand the test of time.

Concrete is durable and easy to clean, which makes it the perfect building material for a countertop, especially one that you will use outdoors.

So, whether you need a prep station for grilling or an outdoor table for eating, concrete is a great material.

Steps to Make the Countertop

Shape the forms. A sheet of melamine is perfect for the base because of its smooth surface. Screw strips of vinyl molding to the melamine for the edges, and then seal the seams with caulk. Also, coat the entire piece with lubricant so the concrete will release easily.

Add color. Stir in Quikrete Liquid Cement Color to a bucket of water before mixing in some Quikrete Countertop Mix, as directed. Next, mix all of this thoroughly and add steel reinforcement to the melamine mold before pouring.

Pour the concrete. Now for the fun part. Pour the concrete mix into the mold — the steel reinforcement will need to be lifted up from the bottom of the mold before smoothing the top off-level with the top of the mold. Tap around the edges with a rubber mallet or hammer to release air bubbles.

Let this dry for a few days and then you have a ready-to-install concrete countertop!


Further Reading

Concrete Molds: Buy or DIY?

Concrete Molds: Buy or DIY?

“Today’s Homeowner” host Chelsea Lipford Wolf mixes concrete on a table
Every concrete creation starts with a form. Before you begin a project, think carefully about the necessary materials.

Concrete creations enhance and add function to any indoor or outdoor living space. You don’t have to spend a bundle to enjoy its beauty, character and texture — you can tackle many do-it-yourself projects on a tight budget.

There’s nothing like the satisfaction of knowing you worked hard, did it well, and made something pretty from your own two hands, but any concrete project is only as good as its mold. So first, you have to decide whether to buy or DIY the concrete form.

And this guide will help you decide! 


Making concrete pathway with Quikrete WalkMaker
Any do-it-yourselfer can create a concrete path with Quikrete Walkmaker.

Concrete Walkway

My husband and I work hard to make our lawn look good, and we want it to stay that way! If you want to keep guests off your grass, stepping stones signal a clear path. (So, no excuses.)

You can easily create concrete stepping stones — or just make a continuous walkway — with Quikrete Walkmaker and several bags of concrete mix. Walkmaker’s concrete molds are available in a variety of brick or stone patterns sure to match any style of home!

Just mark the path, mix the concrete, and set the form! Then pour concrete mix into the form, lift the form and move on to the next stepping stone. Easy peasy!

Soon, you’ll have the custom look of brick or natural stone for the cost of poured concrete. (And who doesn’t love a good deal?)

Watch: Creating a Stepping Stone Path Using Concrete Forms 


Inserting Quik-Tube into the ground before creating wood deck footings
Decks require a strong foundation — and QUIK-TUBE makes setting one easy.

Concrete Deck Footings

Creating an outdoor living space naturally leads to enjoying meals, lounging and even napping out in the open air! And the perfect stage for all these things is a beautiful wood deck.

Building a deck starts with setting a strong foundation — one that can support deck materials and people using the deck. And when you need to tackle a project that’s built to last, there’s no substitute for concrete footings.

QUIK-TUBE ridged-fiber building forms remove the need to build wooden forms. Just dig the holes for footings, cut the forms to size and place them in the holes. Then pour 6 inches of gravel into each form, compact it, and pour in the concrete mix. 

This is just an overview, but once you’ve mastered the basics, you can apply these same skills to make columns and mailbox bases!

Read: How to Build Deck Footings


Make Your Own Mold

Want a customized creation? Make your own concrete molds! For smaller projects, you may even have the materials on hand. Just be sure to use non-porous materials like plastic, silicone and melamine to get the best results.

Here are some examples of projects that will completely transform your space.  

Man adds wire grid to reinforce the concrete in the form
Melamine forms — reinforced with rebar; always — are your best bet for making a concrete countertop. 

Concrete Countertop: If you’re creating a concrete countertop, build the mold from melamine sheets — which prevent concrete from sticking — and seal the joints with silicone sealant.

Then, add rebar and reinforcement wire before applying a thin coat of shoe polish inside the form. This makes the concrete easier to release from the form.

Concrete countertop in an outdoor kitchen
Want to set up an outdoor kitchen on a budget? Make these sleek concrete countertops and avoid custom options at premium prices! 

Watch How to Make a DIY Concrete Countertop for more about this project.