[Updated on 1 December 2020] Adirondack chairs are the perfect furniture for spending the summer on the patio or enjoying the sun on a grassy hill. Some situations may only call for one or two chairs, but other times, you will find that you need a lot of these chairs to accommodate your family and your guests. If you are anything like me, you want your outdoor patio set to be just as uniform as your indoor furniture, and the best way to go about that is to buy your Adirondack chair as a set. There are plenty of options out there, but some are definitely better than others. These sets are the best you can find and have everything you are looking for in an outdoor chair set.
What is an Adirondack Chair?
Named after the region where they were allegedly invented, these chairs are instantly recognizable by their tall slated backs and sloped seats. While they all have similarities, there are plenty of differences that set each chair apart. Most have wide arms that are perfect for relaxing or resting a drink, but arm sizes vary, and some chairs don’t have arms at all. Some chairs also come with different accessories like cushions and footrests. They can be manufactured using several materials, but most are meant to be outdoor proof because no matter what your chair looks like, these chairs are designed for hours of lounging in the sun.
Hardwood is the epitome of luxury for Adirondack chairs. Woods like Teak and Shorea cost a little more, but they are well worth the investment. These hardwoods will last generations and don’t need treatment from the elements as they will continue to treat themselves with oils even after they have been cut. They are resistant to the bugs and rot, but the one thing they can’t stop is discoloring from UV rays over time.
Softwoods like Pine are popular because they have the look and feel of natural wood, but they cost a lot less. A lot of softwood is resistant to bugs and rot, but not all of it is, and these chairs should be treated once or twice every season with a finish that protects them from the elements along with UV rays.
Often called Polywood, plastic Adirondack chairs continue to grow in popularity. There are several reasons for their reputation, but mostly it is because they are durable with little to no maintenance needed. They also come in a variety of colors to match your outdoor décor, which is not something you can say about natural wood chairs. Though they are not natural, these chairs are textured to look like real wood, which is a nice touch.
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Some higher-end manufacturers produce other furniture to be sold with their Adirondack chairs in sets. Pieces like side tables are an excellent addition and add a stable place to rest a drink, book, or anything else you may have on hand. If you are buying a chair set, make sure to get the table at the same time, otherwise, that particular selection may go out of production, and your side table won’t match.
Footrests are the most common accessory that is sold with an Adirondack chair; some chairs even have footrests built into them. Just like with side tables, when it is time to buy, make sure that you pick up your foot rests on the same day, so you don’t run the risk of having mismatched furniture.
Few Adirondack chairs have cup holders built into the arms, but many manufacturers sell a clip-on cup holder that attaches to the arm. These are nice because it is the perfect place to rest a glass of wine when you want it, but you can also remove them when you don’t need them.
Size and Support
Adirondack chairs all have the same general shape, but there is no exact requirement for size. In fact, there are many reasons to have an oversized Adirondack chair. Some people are physically larger than others, and they need a wider seat to feel comfortable, others like to sit in their chair with another family member or even a pet curled up next to them.
For the reasons mentioned above, some people will also want a chair that supports more weight than a standard chair. The best option, in this case, is a well-built hardwood chair that will support more weight than you will ever need it too.
Most Adirondack chairs are built to last a long time, so the style is essential. There are a few style aspects to keep in mind when purchasing your Adirondack chairs. Polywood chairs come in a myriad of colors that are fun and will add a pop of color to your outdoor scene, but they will always be that color, so as trends and taste change, they may go out of style long before they stop being functional.
It is possible to paint a hardwood chair, but it is not a good idea as it has the potential to ruin an expensive chair that is meant to have a natural look. The best option is a softer wood or even plywood chair that looks great with a natural finish but can also be painted for color. These chairs can be sanded and stripped to reveal their natural look or be repainted another color.
There is nothing more critical to style than symmetry, which is often attained through matching pieces. The best way to have matching Adirondack chairs is to buy them in a set. There are plenty of companies that offer Adirondack chair sets, but these are a curated list of the best you can find.
This pair of chairs marks most of the boxes you would want. They come in a matching pair that look elegant without costing a fortune. One downside to their look and material is that they need some maintenance. These chairs are average size measuring 29.5” L X 35.75” W X 34.25” H and supporting up to 250 pounds.
What sets these Adirondack chairs apart from others is that they fold up for easy storage or transportation. The only other downside to this gorgeous pair of chairs is that Christopher Knight does not offer matching accessories with their chairs. There are more than a couple of suitable options out there if you are looking for a matching side table or footrest.
There is a lot to love about this set. POLLYWOOD is so durable that it can withstand pretty much anything nature has to throw at it. The chairs are a pretty standard size at 29.25″ W x 32.81″ D x 36.25″ H but can support weight up to 400 pounds which is fantastic. They don’t need much maintenance thanks to the material they are constructed with, but the downside is that they don’t have that natural look.
This set only comes with two chairs, but it also has a matching side table, which is a wonderful addition to a chair set and offers symmetry and style. One other feature that makes this one of the best Adirondack chairs sets available is that it comes in an array of colors from more outlandish bright colors to more natural subdued tints.
Four chairs make this is the perfect set for big families and those who entertain often. They are made from high quality recycled plastic, which makes them low maintenance and durable. The chairs measure 29″W x 35.75″D x 35.75″H, and thanks to their durable material, they can support weights up to 400 pounds. Since they are made of plastic, they don’t have the same natural look as a wooden chair.
This set does not come with any accessories, but the fact that it comes with four identical chairs is a plus. There are a few color options to choose from, so you are likely to find one that fits your décor vision as long as you are not looking for something too bright. These chairs also fold for easy storage, which is a benefit not all Adirondack chairs provide.
There is a lot of potential held in these chairs. They are made from fir, which is a softer wood, but that makes them more affordable. The chairs in this set measure slightly smaller than average at 19.7″ W x 18.9″ D x 37.8″ H. Their smaller size and the type of material they are constructed only allow a weight capacity of 225 pounds per chair.
This set comes unfinished, which means that it is a blank slate for your vision. You can simply seal them for a natural look or paint them for whatever look you want. No matter what you choose to do, these chairs will need regular maintenance. There are no accessories to be had with this set, but their ability to be customized means you can match them with just about anything. The biggest downside to these chairs is that there is some assembly required.
You will be hard-pressed to find a better Adirondack chair set than this one. The chairs are made of eucalyptus wood, which makes them low maintenance and environmentally resistant, not to mention good-looking. They measure 34.3 W ” X 34.3″ D X 33.8″ H, which is an acceptable size, but they still only recommend a maximum weight capacity of 275 pounds.
You can get these chairs in a teak or grey finish, which are both elegant but don’t leave much room to play with in terms of décor. While there are no tables or footrests with this set, there is a convenient feature. The armrests have a built-in drink holder, which is the perfect addition to any Adirondack chair.
This set pretty much has it all. It is made from recycled plastic material, which makes it both durable and environmentally resistant. The chairs are an average size at 29″ W X 32″ D X 37″ H and hold a max weight of 350 pounds. The plastic material doesn’t look very natural, but the bright side of that is that there are many color options available.
It may sound like a standard Adirondack chair set, but Outer Banks goes above and beyond with accessories. The footrest is built into the chair so it can be slid out when needed and hidden away when not in use. Each chair also comes with a detachable cup holder that can be used to keep a cup in a safe place but not take up room on your armrest. As if that wasn’t enough, this set also comes with a side table. The only real downside to these chairs is that they require assembly.
No matter what you decide, you can’t go wrong with any of these options. They all look great and will suit your family well. The only warning you need is to order them now before the season rolls around, and these chairs sell out.