I like for my home décor to be stylish and the same goes for my outdoor setup since I spend a lot of time outside during the summer. I knew I wanted some Adirondack chairs for the deck, but I asked myself how much do wood Adirondack chair cost? After a little research, I found that the answer was not as simple as I would like it to be.
This post is a quick cost comparison and a little information, so you know what you’re in for when you buy your Adirondack chairs.
Though they are simple in design there are a lot of intricacies that go into what makes an Adirondack chair; a few which I have organized below.
There are plenty of reasons why you would not want to spend a ton of money on your outdoor living set. Just because you are not breaking the bank on seating doesn’t mean that you are not still getting a great place to take a load off. Here are a few of the benefits of a less expensive chair.
If you are certain that this is the route you want to take and you know exactly what color scheme you are looking for there is no shame in buying a higher priced chair. There are many benefits to laying down a little more cash for your outdoor seating.
Like any product, you could catch a great deal on one of these chairs and only pay less than $100, but you could also overspend on a chair that isn’t worth it. So, the question becomes; what makes a good chair? Factors that you want to consider before buying include, the type of wood, the weight, of the chair, how wide the arms are, the slope of the chair, and if it comes with any other accessories.
This boils down to personal preference for the most part. You will find these chairs offered in aspen, cedar, pine, cypress, teak, oak, and mahogany among others. While the number one factor is going to be the natural coloring of the wood that you enjoy the most, there are a few other factors to consider.
Cedar, for example, is mostly rot and insect resistant which makes it a popular wood for outdoor use. Teak is more expensive, but also widely sought after wood because it releases oils even after being cut which make it durable and water resistant.
Relaxation is the number one thought in Adirondack construction, but it doesn’t hurt to add cushions and a headrest to the chair for more comfort. Another great addition to these chairs is a footrest which pairs perfectly with these chairs that naturally put you in a reclined position. Though it is not an accessory per se, another consideration when it comes to purchasing the right chair for your comfort and needs is the width of the chair arms.
A wide arm in a chair allows for a place to balance food and drink as well as providing maximum comfort for your arms in a reclined position. If resting your drink on the arm of the chair doesn’t sound good to you, some chair manufacturers make matching side tables for separate purchase.
The simple answer is, not even close. It is important to know the dimensions you are looking for before you buy. Chairs meant for shorter adults and kids are going to want to keep the seat height at 14 inches or below, otherwise getting out of the chair will be a hassle.
You want to make sure that the seat width is wide enough for wider bodied individuals to sit comfortably in the seat. The last dimension you want to check – which is probably best measured with a sit test – is the height of the seat back. If the seat back is too high, it won’t be as comfortable as allowing your head to lean back freely, but if it is too low, you will feel like you are falling off the back of the chair.
Like any long-term investment, you have to factor in the cost of care for these chairs. Even the sturdiest of Adirondack chairs can use some TLC every once in a while, to look its best.
When refinishing your chair, it is important that you use the right finishing material. If you are choosing paint, I would suggest water-based paint because it is better for the environment and is easier to clean. On the other hand, oil-based paints last longer.
Weather is another important factor when choosing a finish. If you live in a wet climate, you should use a finish with a mold inhibitor like spar varnish. If your chairs are in constant sunlight, you want a finish that offers UV protection, and you will need to refinish your chairs once a year.
Mop up any spills quickly as drinks like carbonated beverages are hard on any finish. Always wash your chair and allow it to dry completely before applying any type of finish.
Plastic chairs have a few benefits over wood chairs, but their drawbacks are greater than the advantages. They are not as environmentally friendly as their wood counterparts, and they are not as stylish either. Unlike wood chairs that expand and contract, plastic chairs run the risk of cracking if they are left out in the winter.
They both have their advantages, but it depends on your space and needs. If you are planning to leave your chairs out in the same place year-round, the more stylish solid construction is a better idea. If you plan on moving your chairs around a lot or storing them in the winter, a more convenient folding option is probably best.
Though they look incredibly similar, there are a few slight differences to these chairs. Most notably, Adirondack chairs are generally higher from the ground and wider than Muskokas. Muskoka chairs have a curved yolk on the back versus the flat yolk that is standard with Adirondacks.Follow Us