Looking for Adirondack chairs? These beautiful wooden pieces of outdoor furniture are only growing in popularity and are becoming more available throughout the US today. However, and if you’re not located on the east coast, finding these chairs locally may be a bit difficult. Luckily, there are plenty of places online you can find quality, durable and beautiful looking Adirondack chairs at a decent price. Here are a few tips to help you pin down the perfect Adirondack chair, or set of chairs, for your home and/or patio.
Simplicity = Beauty
One thing most people love about the Adirondack chair is its simplicity. Its basic slats of wood form both the back rest and chair, and rests very near to the ground. You often find these chairs resting on patios overlooking yards, on beaches overlooking the ocean, or even on docks overlooking lakes and ponds. No matter where you want yours to rest, one thing is for sure, they not only are great to help you enjoy the beauty around you, but they also add to that beauty.
The simplicity of the Adirondack chair also makes it easy to shop for. While there are plenty of different colors and different ways that they look or feel, the basic design remains the same. The main thing you want to pay attention to is the quality of the woodworking that went into creating the chair. Always, always, always read through the reviews of the chairs before you buy. Public perception and feedback will speak volume.
The Name Adirondack
Although these chairs are gaining in popularity, many people are still unfamiliar with the name or where it comes from. The name originates from the Adirondack Mountain range in upstate New York. And so the chair takes on and symbolizes this sort of majestic, cathartic feeling that comes with enjoying the fresh air and scenery of this beautiful mountain range.
But the chair didn’t necessarily originate in New York and is only called different names depending on where it’s selling. As an example, in Canada, it’s known as the Muskoka chair or Laurentian chair. But here in the states, the chair will always be known as the Adirondack which originated in Westport, NY.
As mentioned above, all Adirondack chairs are basic and made from planks of wood formed to make a chair. However, you will find different styles created by different makers.
- Some chairs will have a single plank of wood that makes the back rest, while others have several, smaller planks of wood formed to make the back rest.
- Some chairs have short leg rests that allow you to touch your feet on the ground, while others look more like sun tanning, lounge chairs and allow you to lay down and bask in the sun.
- Some chairs are thin and narrow while others are very thick and wide.
- Some chairs come in sets of 2, 3 or 4 and even come together with matching end tables.
You will also find Adirondack chairs made from different kinds of wood, other than the standard Hemlock or Basswood. You may even want to save some money and buy Adirondack styles made out of plastic!
Be prepared to spend some good money to get a quality Adirondack chair. And if you are looking for a set of matching chairs, you’ll have to spend a lot more.
On Amazon you’ll find a wide range of pricing on these chairs. Generally they run around $60-$150 for a single chair, but you can spend more than $1k for specialty bar swivel chairs. Sets of chairs run from about $100 to over $600 for the better built versions.