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

Setting Posts in Concrete the Easy Way

Setting Posts in Concrete the Easy Way

No deck, fence or mailbox would last very long without a strong foundation, and that starts with setting the posts in concrete. 

Posts, which support the rest of a structure, must be perfectly plumb (that is, vertical), sturdy and securely anchored. 

Unfortunately, since posts go in before everything else, they can hold up progress. So, for some jobs, it’s good to consider an alternative to traditional concrete mix. 


“Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford pours Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix into a post hole.
Major construction work is unnecessary for minor projects. Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix is the efficient choice for small jobs. 

About Fast-Setting Concrete

Using Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete, in the red bag, simplifies and speeds up the process of setting posts in concrete. 

Application is easy — just dig a hole, pour in the concrete and add water. Then mix the concrete and water by agitating them with a stick until the components are thoroughly combined.

Fast-setting concrete mix sets hard in 20 to 40 minutes, so you can quickly level things and move on with the project. You can even use the post after four hours. 

Best of all, this concrete mix is versatile and can be used for a variety of general-purpose applications, whether you’re installing a mailbox post, basketball goal or a small slab. 


Closeup of Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix poured into a post hole
No mixing is necessary when you use Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix. But you can agitate the water and concrete mix with a stick. 

How to Set a Post in Concrete

Ready to set a post in concrete? Follow these directions: 

1. Dig the hole. Make it three times the width of the post and one-third to a half the length of the post. Then pour 6 inches of Quikrete All-Purpose Gravel into the bottom of the hole. 

2. Put the post in the hole. Level the post and fill the hole with Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix within 3 to 4 inches from the top of the hole.

3. Pour water in the hole. Add up to 1 gallon of water in the hole until it soaks into the concrete mix. Then agitate with a stick.

4. Wait. Allow 20 to 40 minutes for the concrete to set. You can place any heavy objects on the concrete, or allow traffic to pass over it, after four hours.

Setting a wooden post in concrete is the best way to keep it stable and secure for many years, but seasonal changes can cause the wood to shrink and loosen the post. 

To prevent this, drive several large, rust-resistant nails into all four sides of the post at different angles. 

Why nails? Think of the steel bars or wires that reinforce concrete slabs. For this project, we also need something to keep the post and the concrete together.

The nails will further tie the post to the concrete, and hold it firmly in place even if the wood shrinks. 

For more information, watch: How to Reinforce a Wooden Post Set in Concrete


“Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford pours concrete mix into a fence post hole

A sagging post isn’t a death sentence for the structure — fix it with Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix. 

Fixing a Leaning Post

Fast-setting concrete mix doesn’t just come in handy for new projects — it also saves the day for fast fixes — like fences that lean or sag. 

When you look at a leaning post, the problem often appears much worse than it really is; the cause could be incorrect anchoring or insufficient structural support.

Either way, you just need some Fast-Setting Concrete, construction screws and basic tools to straighten it out.

For more information, read: How to Fix a Leaning Fence

Whether you’re setting a post or fixing one, the next time you face a concrete project that needs to be done quickly, but without compromising strength or quality, call on Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix to do the job right.