Benefits of getting an Adirondack chair
Adirondack chairs are one of the most popular outdoor chairs available, with a unique design and a high comfort level that is nearly unmatched by competing chair types. These chairs have several benefits as well, which helps them stand out among competing models.
The first benefit is related to the chair’s design. They were created in 1903 by an amateur woodworker named Thomas Lee to remedy a lack of seating during vacations in the Adirondack Mountains. Traditional chairs, with even legs and straight seats, couldn’t be used on the hilly terrain of the area, so Lee designed his chair to match the terrain. This new design allowed these chairs to be placed on hilly areas while still providing comfort and relaxation to those sitting in them. Even with modern updates in materials, this design has remained the same, so these chairs can be used almost anywhere.
Another benefit of the Adirondack angled design is that it can reduce pressure on your spine. This means that it can reduce back pain or other related issues while you’re sitting. Most people with back pain don’t even need a lumbar pillow or any type of cushioning to be comfortable.
Features to consider when choosing an Adirondack chair
When choosing a new Adirondack chair, there are a few features you may want to check out before you pick a few for your pool area or patio.
The original Adirondack chairs were made of hardwood, but the ones in our reviews are all constructed using some type of all-weather plastic. There are a few reasons for this, the first of which is that these materials are a bit cheaper than wood. They are also more durable since they won’t rot, split, or crack the way wood will if left unprotected from the elements. This means there is little maintenance needed to keep them looking great. Another positive feature of these chairs is that they are made of recycled plastics, so they are more eco-friendly for the environmentally-conscious members of society.
All of the chairs in our reviews come in at least a few color options. For instance, the Signature Design by Ashley Sundown Treasure Adirondack Chair has four colors to choose from, which is fine if one of those colors fits your other backyard décor. If you want more options, the ECCB Outdoor Outer Banks Deluxe Oversized Adirondack Chair has 21 different colors to choose from, which makes it easier to choose the perfect model.
The overall dimensions of the Adirondack chair will tell you how much space the chair will take up on your deck or porch. These dimensions will also help you determine if the chair is the right size for you. Shorter chairs may be better for shorter people, while higher chairs may be best for those tall people who need a higher back and armrests to be comfortable. You should also look at the width to be sure it will fit your size. The Polywood AD5030GY has an overall width of 29 inches, including the arms, so it may not fit the larger members of your family or group. If you need more room, try out a chair with larger dimensions for a more comfortable fit.
The seat height is another important feature to look at in terms of comfort level. This height should be high enough to support your legs and knees while still allowing your feet to touch the ground. If it is too high, your legs will dangle, putting too much pressure on the backs of your knees, which can get uncomfortable after a while. If it is too short, your legs won’t be touching the chair with your knees bent, losing that support. Of course, in this situation, you can extend your legs to get more comfortable, but this may make it harder to get up since you’ll need to use the arms for leverage instead of the seat to get yourself out of the chair.
Dimensions when folded
A few of the chairs in our reviews, like the Polywood AD5030GY, can be folded down to make them easier to move, travel with, or store away when not in use. The size of the folded down chair will tell you just how portable it is since these dimensions show how much space it takes up in the trunk of a car, a truck box, a storage shed, or anywhere else you need the folded chair to fit. The smaller it is when folded, the more portable it will be.
The capacity of the chair refers to the maximum amount of weight the chair is built to hold. This can vary from chair to chair. For instance, the Signature Design by Ashley Sundown Treasure Adirondack Chair has the lowest capacity at 300 pounds. This is a decent amount, but for the larger members of the group or those with small children sitting in their laps regularly, a higher capacity may be needed. The Elk Outdoors EO-CLAS1-ABY has a capacity of 500 pounds, the largest of all the chairs in our reviews, so it should be able to accommodate everyone.
Most of these chairs are meant to be placed on your deck, by your pool, or around your fire pit, and left there all year long. They are built to handle all types of weather conditions, including those high winds. For this reason, these chairs are built a bit heavier than regular patio chairs. Even the portable ones can weigh over 35 pounds, so they aren’t chairs you’d likely take with you on your regular outings unless the special design for uneven terrain is needed.
Though the features described above are the main ones to look for, there are a few extras you may want to keep an eye out for. One is the design of the chair. There should be some contouring in the back and seat to increase your comfort level. There may also be some special additions to the design, like the pull-out ottoman on the Polywood HNA15TA or the cup holders on the ECCB Outdoor Outer Banks Deluxe Oversized Adirondack Chair.
You may also want to look for a coating to prevent any UV damage like fading or deterioration of the materials. A textured finish gives the chair a wood-like texture, making it look more authentic.
The assembly should be easy, with minimal tools required to put the chair together on your own. There should also be a decent warranty to cover any issues like missing or damaged pieces.