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Adirondack Chairs

May 5, 2015

When I picture the perfect outdoor entertaining and relaxation furniture, one style keeps popping into my mind. It's one of the most popular outdoor patio furniture pieces. It's the Adirondack Chair. Ideal for any outdoor setting from casual to formal the Adirondack chair is perfect lakeside, fireside, or on the front porch. This chair has really come a long way in terms of options, comfort, and durabiliy. Take a look at some good to know tips and some interesting facts before you buy.




Many Options:

  • Adirondack chairs were traditionally made from knot-free wood, but now come in a variety of different materials. Here are some possible materials you can find: recycled plastic and high density polymer, non-recycled plastic, teak, pine, and other woods.

  • Originally available in forest freen and brown, Adirondack chairs are now available in many colors. White has been the most popular color option for many years, but they also come in many neutral shades such as tans and greys, primary colors like red and blue, and brights such as citrus and lime.


  • Adirondack accessories and companion pieces are now available in the plenty. End tables in a variety of shapes and sizes, ottomans, dining chairs, dining tables, pub tables, barstools, rockers, gliders, and the list goes on!



  • The original chair didn't have contouring. The back and seat were pretty straight. todays chairs have become more comfortable with features such as a curved back to hug your body, curved front edge of your seat that contours to your legs, and smooth edges and corners for better comfort on your hands, arms, and legs.


  • Cushions are now available too and many manufacturers even have cushions tailored to the frame for a precise and snug fit. There are so many varieties of patterns and colors that your decor options are endless.


Durability and Sustainability:

  • Not all chairs are created equal. Look for long lasting materials such as recycled HDPE polyemer. This material is non-porous and resistant to moisture, fading, insects, splintering, and warping. It gives off no harmful fumes and is made in the USA.

  • Consider the structure of the chair. For example thicker chair legs means it won't penetrate through the grass or bend under pressure. Also stainless steel hardware that won't rust when left out in the rain or snow. All of these details and more will keep your chairs lasting for many years.






  • The first Adirondack Chair was created by Thomas Lee around 1903. He wanted a chair for his country cottage located near the Adirondack mountain region in upstate New York. He made several prototypes made from 11 pieces of knot-free wood. The final product had a gentle recline and wide armrest he called the Westport chair.


  • Thomas Lee gave the design to his carpenter friend Harry Bunnell who, without Lee’s permission, had the design patented in 1905. He manufactured them for 20 years under the name Westport chairs.

(Original drawing submitted for patent by Lee’s carpenter friend Harry Bunnell.)


  • Over time carpenters, artists, designers, and craftsmen have produced this chair each with their own unqiue designs while keeping the main characteristics of a gentle sloping seat, slatted backrest and wide plank arm. Eventually this style became simply the Adirondack chair.


  • In Canada they don't call it an Adirondack chair. Instead it's known as the Muskoka Chair for the Muskoka Lakes region of Ontario.


  • Peters Billiards stocks on hand Adirondack chairs and accessories in a variety of colors which are ready for pick up the same day or have delivered with in the week.



Thanks for visiting Entertaining Design. To see more patio furniture styles view more on the blog or on Peters Billiards Website.

Thanks to Wikipedia for additional information to aid in this posting.

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