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How do I Choose the Best Wooden Lounge Chair?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

Comfort and materials are the two most important considerations, aside from cost, when choosing a wooden lounge chair. Aesthetics is also important, but keep in mind that an attractive chair may not always be comfortable, which will discourage people from using it. The wood used to construct a wooden lounge chair will have a significant impact on the durability and appearance of the chair, so be sure to consider different woods before settling on a final purchase. Different chair designs are available as well, and you will be able to choose among traditional styles such as an Adirondack chair, a chaise wooden lounge chair, and others; you may also consider custom designs.

Be sure to choose a wood that will be durable enough to stand up to regular exposure to the elements. A wooden lounge chair will often sit on a porch or deck through rain, direct sunlight, and even snow, and water damage can mean the wood will rot, crack, splinter, or otherwise break down. Cedar, teak, and pressure-treated lumber are the best choices for a wooden lounge chair; cedar and teak are naturally resistant to water damage as well as bug infestations, and they are naturally beautiful woods that will require little or no extra staining or painting. Pressure-treated lumber will also stand up to regular exposure to weather, but it is not the most attractive choice. The chair will need to be painted or otherwise decorated to improve the aesthetic of the chair.

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The designs for a wooden lounge chair are seemingly endless, so you will need to try out several chairs to find the right aesthetics and the most comfortable sitting experience. Some chairs allow you to recline; others feature foot rests or leg support features; still others feature scooped seat backs and seats for additional comfort. Look for the chair that is most comfortable, is made of the best materials, and that fits your budget. Some chairs can get quite expensive, especially if they are made from high quality woods such as teak or cedar.

Decide if you will want to put cushions on the chair for added comfort. Some designs lend themselves to cushions much better than other designs, and some wooden lounge chair designs will be comfortable enough that cushions will not be necessary. If the chair already includes cushions or is upholstered, be sure to check the upholstery for quality construction. If the chair will be used outside, be sure the cushion materials are water resistant and easily cleaned.

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