First seen in the early 1900's at summer homes around Westport, New York, the adirondack chair is traditionally made of a series of wood planks and feature a seat that leans back almost to the ground and wide armrests perfect for resting a drink or a book.
Adirondack chairs are available in natural wood finishes as well as many bright summer colors. Many retailers offer low-maintenance recycled polywood adirondack chairs in addition to the traditional stained or painted wood plank chair.
These deep red adirondack chairs provide a lovely pop of color to a natural wood deck while also maintaining a classic American look.
Chaise lounge adirondack chairs and matching side tables are just a few of the other outdoor furniture options available in adirondack style. Adirondack chairs are available at most outdoor furniture retailers, including the Amish retailer Pinecraft.com.
Sling Chairs and Deck Chairs
The sling chair, also known as the deck chair, consists of a wood frame from which a piece of fabric, often canvas, is loosely slung. Because the fabric is connected to the frame at just two ends, it hangs in a relaxed style similar to a hammock.
Sling chairs are available from retailers such as Serena & Lily (pictured above), Quel Object, Hayneedle and Pottery Barn. The light weight of sling chairs makes them easy to fold up and take to the beach. A folded sling chair hung on the exterior of the house shown below adds character to the deck even when the chair is not in use.
One thing I love about sling chairs is that you can swap out the fabric that is used for the sling. In fact, WorldMarket sells a five-position sling chair frame separately from the sling chair canvas so you can swap, mix and match the canvas whenever you want
Sling chairs can also be a fun do-it-yourself project. Like the adirondack chair, the frame can be made by skilled woodworking craftsmen, but it is also relatively easy for crafty amateurs to make using DIY instructions available online. A smaller do-it-yourself project is to take an existing sling chair with tired fabric and revive it with a more interesting fabric like the vintage french grain sack picture shown above, courtesy of Sweet Young Journey.
Handmade sling chairs like the one shown above are available at the Etsy shop Gallant & Jones. In addition to the chairs pictured on Etsy (including the one above), Gallant & Jones can accommodate custom requests. Best of all, for each chair you purchase, Gallant and Jones will plant a tree!
This post was written by Katie.
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