In this article, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite Adirondack chairs to help you find the best fit for your outdoor living needs. From wood to plastic (and even rocking), these beauties have everything you need for a chilled-out summer. Explore our top picks to help find the best seating for your outdoor comfort.
What is an Adirondack Chair?
The modern Adirondack chair has been around since the early 1900s, and it isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The classic Adirondack chair is traditionally made from wood with a slanted seat and wide armrests, based on Irving Wolpin's design.
“Adirondack chairs are long-lasting and weather-resistant, and they come in a variety of shapes,” explains interior designer KD Reid. “The many reasons behind this, including the chairs' unusual design, their durability, and the comfort they provide."
"Adirondack chairs have substantially wider armrests than other seats, allowing you lots of elbow room," continues Reid. "While the traditional Adirondack chair is made of wood and has a gently rounded back, there are now colored Adirondack chairs, plastic Adirondack chairs, rocking Adirondack chairs, and other adaptations of the infamous chair.”
In short, the Adirondack chair is designed to relax into. It supports your back and bottom while you’re sitting, and it has wide arms that you can grip to make getting out of the chair easier.
10 Adirondack Chairs for Your Outdoor Space
1. Natural Wood Adirondack Chair
Brand: World Market
This World Market Exclusive Natural Wood Adirondack Chair is crafted from 100% solid acacia wood with a gently reclined seat. This timeless chair features a UV-protected finish to help prevent fading, chips, and scratches while creating a smooth and comfortable surface. In addition, each inviting chair is meticulously sanded between each coat of finish to ensure an eye-catching high-gloss sheen that’ll last you for years to come.
If you’d like to invite your guests to sit and enjoy the company for a while, this chair is an excellent option. It fits the World Market Adirondack Chair Cushions (sold separately) for maximum comfort.
2. Portside Outdoor Adirondack Chair
Brand: West Elm
The West Elm Portside Outdoor Adirondack Chair feels rustic and refined. It boasts a coastal-inspired wire-brushed frame and unique finish options in both driftwood and weathered grey. In addition, each chair is crafted from moisture-resistant solid mahogany and eucalyptus wood for lasting beauty. The Portside Adirondack also features a modest footprint that’s perfect for small patios and backyard spaces.
All wood used to make this beautiful chair is FSC®-certified, so you can rest assured knowing your purchase helps support ecosystems and forests worldwide.
3. Lollygagger Lounge Chair
Brand: Loll Designs
Recommended by designer KD Reid, this Lollygagger Lounge Chair is built for worry-free living. It’s crafted using recycled and recyclable, so it's good for the environment. The Lollygagger Lounge chair is also maintenance-free, thanks to the fade-resistant, waterproof materials. And it’s available in a range of colors, so there’s something for everyone.
It’s easy to see why Reid recommends this chair. Apart from a wide range of options and stylish, updated design, it’s made for convenience. One armrest features a hidden bottle opener on the bottom side, perfect for cracking open a cold one with friends on hot summer evenings.
4. Byrnes Plastic/Resin Adirondack Chair
This Byrnes Plastic/Resin Adirondack Chair from AllModern is attractive and eco-friendly, making it a win-win for today’s green homes. The classic Adirondack look gets an update with this eye-catching design. It keeps the deep lounge seat and wide arms but adds a clean-lined appeal with a squared top edge. Plus, it’s made from 100% recycled materials and available in several versatile colors.
Our favorite part about the Byrnes faux wood Adirondack Chair is that you can rinse it with a hose whenever it needs a quick clean. In addition, it's water-, mildew-, and rust-resistant and is guaranteed to last for years to come. This piece is also super sturdy with a weight capacity of 500lbs.
5. Classic Plastic Folding Adirondack Chair
Create a refuge for your friends and family with this Classic Plastic Folding Adirondack Chair from POLYWOOD®. A few of these on the patio, deck, or lakeside beach will transform it into a welcoming and attractive space to spend summer days. This chair folds flat, which is excellent for transportation and storage, and it’s built to withstand the elements.
The Classic Plastic Folding Adirondack Chair is a modern option for today’s lifestyles. It’s made from genuine POLYWOOD® lumber, which is constructed using a proprietary blend of recycled plastics to make an HDPE material. As a result, these sturdy chairs will not crack, chip, splinter, peel, or rot, and they’re available in a range of colors to suit everyone's tastes.
6. Imane Wood Folding Adirondack Chair
Brand: Birch Lane
This Imane Wood Folding Adirondack Chair from Birch Lane cuts an iconic profile that’s a must for pool sides, front porches, and patios. It has a traditional appeal with a natural woodgrain finish and solid wood construction. The finish is available in dark brown and brown, both of which can go with a wide range of styles. And the waterfall edge on the seat makes it comfortable on the backs of your leg, perfect for talking the evenings away with friends.
We love that this is a classic folding Adirondack for more accessible storage and transportation. Additionally, it’s designed to that’s designed to resist the elements and stand up to harsh UV rays. Maintain your chair’s beauty by applying teak oil as necessary.
7. Eucalyptus Adirondack Chair with Built-in Ottoman
Brand: Outdoor Interiors
Another recommendation from designer KD Reid, this Eucalyptus Adirondack Chair with Built-in Ottoman from Outdoor Interiors is a gem. It provides solid, extra-wide comfort and features a built-in sliding ottoman that can be used in many positions or stowed away for later. The chair is made from plantation-grown Brazilian Eucalyptus wood and finished with a lovely brown umber stain to providing long-lasting outdoor use.
This curvy chair offers incredible comfort in any of the multiple positions with or without the ottoman. And your guests are sure to love the option to pick their chair position for their unique comfort requirements.
8. Nautical Curveback Adirondack Chair
This POLYWOOD® Nautical Curveback Adirondack Chair, recommended by designer Andra DelMonico, continues the eco-friendly theme. It is made from genuine POLYWOOD® lumber, a proprietary material that includes ocean-bound and land-bound recycled plastics. This chair features a waterfall front, curved back slats, and an oversized seat. In addition, it is built to withstand the elements and features a UV protectant throughout the HDPE material (high-density polyethylene).
“Enjoy the classic comfort of an Adirondack chair with modern looks when you choose this sleek and angular chair,” said Andra DelMonico, Lead Interior Designer for Trendey and home design writer at Next Luxury. “It comes in a brown or grey shade to match your patio design. The seat has a gentle curve that balances the straight lines of the armrests and back.”
9. All-Natural Teak Adirondack Chair
Brand: Grandin Road
This All-Natural Teak Adirondack Chair from Grandin Road is handmade with mortise and tenon joinery for long-lasting performance. It’s made from first-quality solid teak wood with a sturdy slatted back and seat. Teak is the first choice for the world’s most coveted yachts and, if left untreated, it will turn a silvery patina over time. In addition, this durable hardwood performs well in all climates without splintering or rotting.
Aside from the beautiful, aged patina, our favorite part about this chair is that it doesn’t need to be stored or covered! Its fittings are made from corrosion-resistant stainless steel to ensure years of lasting comfort.
10. Malibu Outdoor Adirondack Rocking Chair
Brand: Christopher Knight Home
This Malibu Outdoor Adirondack Rocking Chair from Christopher Knight Home combines timeless style with ultimate comfort. This rocking chair is made from the highest quality acacia wood, making it a perfect addition to your patio, garden, or front porch. It’s designed to stand up to the elements while looking great, and it comes in grey and natural wood stain colors.
We love that this handmade Adirondack chair sits on rockers to provide a comforting, relaxing experience. From the high, rounded back to the curved seat and wide arms, it’ll make your space look and feel more inviting.
3 Things to Consider When Buying an Adirondack Chair
There’s no perfect material for patio furniture—it all comes down to what you want and need. Adirondack chairs tend to be made from outdoor-friendly woods like acacia and teak, as well as aluminum, weather-resistant HDPE lumber, plastics, and acrylics. When picking materials, you’ll want to consider the following factors:
- Durability and Maintenance: How well will this material hold up when exposed to the elements year-round? Does it need a cover or to be stored during extreme weather? Are there any maintenance requirements, such as applying oil or stain?
- Appearance and Style: How well will this material age? Does the design of the chair fit your outdoor seating area? Are you looking for a specific color, or would you a wood grain that goes with multiple aesthetics?
- Comfort and Ease of Use: How luxurious and comfortable is the material? Do you plan to add outdoor cushions? How much does it weigh, and will it be easy to move around, if necessary?
There are no wrong answers here. The right choice depends on you!
One of the best things about decorating an outdoor space is picking fun colors to define your seating area. When you’re decorating outdoors, you can use brighter, bolder colors with more confidence, but you’ll still want to follow a palette. A color palette usually consists of four to six colors, including earthy neutrals and neutrals.
Match the colors to suit your outdoor decor, or opt for a neutral color that will go with almost anything. Neutrals include white, black, and grey. Earthy neutrals include brown and tan. Stained wood is an example of an earthy neutral choice that can look beautiful alongside a range of other colors.
The basic wooden Adirondack chair has a straightforward style that hasn’t changed much and has remained a best seller since the 1930s, but modern twists have added variety. From the shape of the top of the chair—which can be straight, curved, or even feature artistic shapes—to design features like being foldable, you have several options to choose from.
Drink holders, bottle openers, rockers, contoured seats and ottomans are examples of other style variations to look for. Much like material and color, it all depends on what you want and need — you can even pair a patio chair with a side table. For instance, foldable plastic chairs with cup holders might be perfect for the beach, but a solid wood chair with an ottoman or footrest is an excellent fit for an outdoor patio seating area by a table or poolside.
Adirondack Chair FAQs
What is the standard size of an Adirondack chair?
Most Adirondack chairs follow standard sizing. They’re usually 36 to 42 inches tall, 30 to 34 inches wide, and 35 to 38 inches deep. And the weight may vary from 15 to 45 pounds, depending on the material.
Why are Adirondack chairs so expensive?
We asked Andra DelMonico, Lead Interior Designer for Trendey and home design writer at Next Luxury, to elaborate on this important topic. Here’s what she had to say:
“Adirondack chairs require more materials to build, which increases their cost. They also typically use high-quality materials, which also adds to the price. The extra cost is well worth their low maintenance and longevity.”
What is the difference between a Muskoka chair and an Adirondack chair?
This is an easy one to mix up. The Muskoka chair and the Adirondack chair both feature wide armrests, a high back, a reclined seat, and short legs. However, an Adirondack chair built to the standard design will always sit around 2 inches higher and measure 2 inches wider than its Muskoka equivalent.
“Traditionally, the chairs are made from pine and other coniferous, inexpensive woods,” said Julie Muñiz, trend forecasting consultant. “Today, you can find the style in all price points. Inexpensive plastic chairs can be found for $20 in hardware stores like Home Depot [or Amazon]. Higher-end pieces made from real wood can run up to several hundred. Design Within Reach sells a designer version by Loll for $525. For those who like to DIY, plans and kits are readily available. Because the chair does not have any complicated joinery, they are fairly easy to assemble.”
Caring For Your Chair
“If your chairs are made with wood, make sure they are sealed with a weather-resistant finish,” recommended Muñiz. “Even with the finish, it’s best to cover or bring them in over the winter months to prolong their life. A good carpenter can easily repair broken slats (or you can DIY!). With proper care, these chairs will last a lifetime.”
What do Adirondack chairs add to an outdoor space?
“The relaxed stance of these chairs gives you and your guests a comfortable place to sit back and relax,” explained Andra DelMonico. “They typically have a solid and quality construction, which makes them durable and weather resistant. The wider stance, slanted back, and prominent armrests make them more comfortable than other outdoor furniture.”
Why Trust Living Cozy?
At Living Cozy, we work closely with furniture brands and industry professionals to create comprehensive guides to help you find the perfect pieces for your home or outdoor space. This article was written by Shelby Golding, a writer/editor with over a decade of experience in the home industry and a college education in interior design. We also spoke with a some interior design and furniture experts including:
- Julie Muñiz, an international trend forecasting consultant and curator with more than 15 years of expertise in the direct-to-consumer home design industry.
- KD Reid, an emerging interior designer whose detail-oriented approach and keen understanding of the shifting design landscape make him one of the industry’s most sought-after creative minds.
- Andra DelMonico, Lead Interior Designer at Trendey. With over ten years of experience, she understands the unique challenges that come with home improvement projects and interior design.