As a homeowner, you know that your living space does not end at your patio doors. Outdoor spaces can expand your living space and enable you to enjoy all the benefits of being outdoors. Fresh air, the wind in the trees, and observing animal and birdlife are all assets of spending time outdoors, so if you have an outdoor area, why not make it as livable as possible?
Maybe you’re planning a vacation with your family to the seaside. No trip to the beach is complete without bringing along a comfortable beach chair so you can sit and watch the tide.
If you’re looking to outfit your backyard with some new lawn chairs or you’re taking a trip and want the most comfortable seat on the shore, here are some great tips to choosing beach & lawn chairs for your lifestyle and budget.
What’s the Difference Between Beach & Lawn Chairs?
Both of these pieces of furniture are made for the same thing – sitting outdoors. This, however, is where their similarities end.
Lawn chairs generally stay in one spot or, if they do move, they’re not moving too far. They also can tie into the rest of the décor in your house in a way that beach chairs don’t. If you’re creating an extension of your living space, you want your décor to create a flow, and that’s including outdoor space.
What are the best lawn chair materials?
To buy the best-fitting lawn chair, in both the literal and figurative sense, you have to consider its use. Yes, you’ll be sitting in the lawn chair, but is it a space you’ll use for outdoor dining? Or is it for reading underneath your favorite tree?
What you determine can help you decide which kind of lawn chair you need most. Once you’ve figured out if you will frequent the space for evening cocktails or sit by a fire pit, then you can move on to what material to choose.
By far the easiest to take care of and the cheapest, plastic lawn chairs are superb in a pinch when you have a kid’s birthday party coming up but not enough chairs. They are easy to clean and are weather-resistant.
A lot of people assume that a plastic chair is a plastic chair, but the more modern offerings prove that all plastic lawn chairs are not created equally. The newer lawn chairs can be rugged, sturdy, and come in a range of colors that blend in with the natural surroundings or make a statement in garish aqua or pink.
If you’re looking for chairs to use in a dining set-up, you may want to look at options other than plastic as, to maintain a balanced décor, you would have to opt for a plastic table as well.
Wooden lawn chairs are a great idea for outside dining areas as you can usually find a handsome wooden dining table to go along with it.
Check to make sure the wood you choose is weather-resistant and can deal with moisture. Teak is an excellent choice for furniture that will live outside as it won’t swell or rot in wet weather.
The main strength of a lawn chair made of metal is its durability. If you opt for a lawn chair made of aluminum or wrought iron, you can be confident in your investment. These types of metal won’t rust in the weather, and it will take a lot to twist them out of shape. The dowside is they can get hot when left in the sun.
This material is fast approaching peak popularity on patios. It has a pleasing neutral aesthetic that is easy to tailor with the right set of outdoor throw pillows. It has more give than other materials on this list, like plastic or metal, making wicker an excellent choice for a lounging area or poolside.
You should be careful about what kind of wicker you buy. Some wicker is relatively flimsy, and the weave can be punctured easily. Look for thickly woven furniture as they are usually made for durability.