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How do I Choose the Best Lawn Chair?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

Choosing the best lawn chair starts with determining what your needs will be. If you need a strong chair that will withstand constant exposure to sunlight and rain, you will probably want to choose a chair made from certain types of woods or metals. If you are looking for a lawn chair that can be stored easily and is lightweight enough to be moved regularly, you may want to consider a synthetic fabric lawn chair with a light aluminum frame. Determine what style of chair you want first: some chairs are upright chairs, while others are designed for reclining and lounging.

Once you have determined what your needs are, it is time to research materials. Wood is a good choice for a visually appealing lawn chair, but keep in mind that wood chairs will be more expensive than other types of chairs and may rot or incur other types of damage when exposed to the elements regularly. If you are considering wood furniture, think about cedar and teak. These two types of woods, while more expensive than others, are naturally beautiful and, more importantly, naturally resistant to water damage such as mold, mildew, rot, splitting, and cracking. These chairs will last a long time while adding an aesthetically pleasing complement to your yard.

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If low maintenance and cost are your main concerns when choosing a lawn chair, consider plastic or resin chairs. These types of lawn chair designs come in a variety of colors and styles, and they require little to no maintenance. They can be cleaned quickly and easily with a garden hose, and they are light enough to move around the yard easily. They can be stacked easily as well for storage, though they can take up a fair amount of space when stored.

Storage can be made much more efficient by choosing a folding lawn chair. Such chairs may simply fold so the seat tilts upward, though other compact chairs fold up small enough to fit into a small bag that can be stored on a shelf or in a corner. These chairs often feature lightweight aluminum frames with nylon or some other synthetic material affixed to the frame. The synthetic material folds easily, is lightweight, and is strong enough to support the weight of the person sitting in the chair. The material is also water resistant or waterproof, so it will stand up well to regular exposure to the elements. These chairs do tend to be extremely lightweight, so they are susceptible to blowing over in moderate or strong winds.

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