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Folding Adirondack Chairs

Hello lovelies!!

I am *thisclose* to finishing the latest DIY that has taken over my life, the patio/firepit project! I shared this photo on Istagram yesterday of the last piece of the puzzle…..figuring out angles to cut on these slabs of bluestone to create a top for the firepit. I’m beyond excited about this part!! I’ll post about finishing the fire pit and creating the pea stone patio soon but first, let’s talk about one of the plans for this space…..seating!

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I’ve been mulling over seating options the entire time I’ve been working out here. I really want the patio to be a social place that we linger at, where long conversations transpire, laughter abounds, music is enjoyed, and my teenagers don’t feel compelled to look at their phones every 30 seconds. That has been the driving force behind this project all along, to maximize the quality time we spend here as a family and with friends.

With all that in mind, when it came to seating I knew I could fairly easily and inexpensively build a few benches to go around the fire pit, but I really wanted seating that was comfy. I resisted the idea of adirondack chairs at first because it feels like EVERYONE has them, but in the end this style won out for lounge-ability. There is a reason they are so popular.

I went searching and it turns out this is actually an amazing time of year to buy outdoor furniture!  There are some crazy sales going on right now and free shipping here, there and everywhere. As far as cost, adirondacks range from super cheap (the stackable plastic version sold at the grocery store) to chairs that necessitate selling organs to afford. We’re in the market for six for the patio, so I’m looking for budget-friendly, as well as chairs that can fold for winter storage. I think I have read every review of every chair sold out there, and these are my top picks for decent quality, weight and affordability, with affiliate links for your convenience.  Read my full disclosure policy here. 

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1 | Wayfair Trex Cape Cod | Composite 

2 | Ace Hardware Folding Adirondack | Wood

3 | Hayneedle Cape Cod | Wood

4| Hayneedle Shine Company Marina | Wood

5 | Hayneedle Highwood Hamilton | Composite

6 | Overstock Villeret | Wood

7 | Joss & Main Winston | Wood

8 | Joss & Main Adirondack Chair | Cedar Wood

9 | Overstock Ivy Terrace | Composite

10 | Joss & Main Norris | Composite

 

A few quick things to consider –

1 | The material.  I was completely opposed to a synthetic material until I sat in an adirondack chair outside of a Cape restaurant, and was surprised that at close inspection it turned out to be some kind of heavy composite material like what is used on decks, and not wood. No painting or staining ever?? That is attractive, right?! On the other hand, some of the really good quality composites are exxxxxpensive ($400+ per chair. Times six for us? Ouch.)  If you are going the wood route, cedar is one of the most durable species, resistant to rotting, splitting and warping.

2 | The size and weight capacity.  I need chairs that will hold little munchkins all the way up to refrigerator-sized high school and college football players. 🙂  Some of the low-cost chairs are lightweight and can be on the smaller size, so keep an eye on the dimensions and weight cap before ordering.

3 | Your ability to assemble.  All the chairs I shared above need to be assembled so if that’s not your thing you may consider bribing a family member or neighborhood kid to do this for you.

 

I’ll be back soon with the final steps in the fire pit build and installing the pea stone patio.

Hope you are having a great week!


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Arielle

Friday 8th of July 2016

It's looking so good, Lisa! Can't wait to see it all finished. I'm hoping to get my act together and create a patio in our yard one of these days!

Lisa

Sunday 10th of July 2016

Thanks Arielle! We have used that space much since we finished it, it really is like an outdoor room!

cindy hattersley

Sunday 3rd of July 2016

My kids have the Ace Hardware version and they have had great luck with them! Enjoy your summer!!

Stephanie @ Casa Watkins Living

Friday 1st of July 2016

I'm completely missing out on these super cool chairs. I have to admit my outside yard has yet to be touched this season. But I'm really loving these chairs. They would look awesome around the pit.

Lisa

Friday 1st of July 2016

I think they would be comfy around the fire pit too Stephanie (the only part of my yard that has been touched this year so don't feel bad!) Hope you have a great 4th!

Shelley | Crazy Wonderful

Thursday 30th of June 2016

Ok, so we have the Highwood chairs on our back patio. LOVE. We just had family over and they totally thought they were real wood! They were easy to put together by myself (I remember timing myself to see how long it took, and I want to say it was 10 minutes per chair). Some of the reviews I read said that they felt flimsy, but I feel that's the nature of the beast when it comes to them being foldable. I certainly feel like they are sturdy, as does my husband who is well over 225 (don't tell him I said that!). Also, they had some muddy paws prints on them the other day and once I hosed them off looked like they were brand new chairs. Score!

Lisa

Friday 1st of July 2016

I was thinking about your new chairs after I posted on this subject. No maintenance sounds amazing to me right now, and I love the color of yours too Shelley! If your husband finds them comfortable then they sound like they'd be spacious enough for the football players that lurk around here on the weekends! Thank you for the scoop!

nancy

Thursday 30th of June 2016

I love your picks {as always} I have to throw this out there though...we have plastic stackable adirondack chairs from Lowes that were like $18. They come in various colors and besides the low price I love that they are absolutely maintenance free.

Lisa

Friday 1st of July 2016

The more I think about it the more the maintenance-free versions sound like the way to go! I'm not sure I can handle scraping and repainting chairs with all those parts! Thanks for sharing what works for you Nancy! Hope you have a great long weekend.

Stacey

Thursday 30th of June 2016

We purchased ours at Lowes a few years ago too and surprisingly they are still in great shape.... love that they stack and take up no room.....and if I had to replace them every year, for the cost I wouldn't mind! I can't wait to see your finished project!