[Updated on 1 December 2020] 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.
Benefits of an Economic Chair
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.
- Budget Saving – Obviously if you are spending less on a chair, you have more money to spend on other parts of your patio set, or life in general.
- No Buyers Remorse – If you buy the chair and then realize that it is not exactly what you wanted you won’t feel as stuck with it. It is also great for renters who may have to leave their chairs behind if they move to a place that can’t accommodate them.
- Still Sturdy – Even the least expensive Adirondack chair is sturdier than a camping chair or even a zero-gravity patio chair. Their wood design makes them weather resistant and able to hold more weight than synthetic fabric and wicker furniture.
- More Seating – Less expensive chairs mean that you can buy more of them as long as you have space.
Benefits of a Luxury Adirondack 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.
- Quality Design – A quality Adirondack chair is just as much a decoration as it is a place to sit. When you spend more, you get more when it comes to material, craftsmanship and design that will set your patio set apart.
- One Time Buy – When you buy a quality chair you know that the extra money you spend will translate into years with the chair. These chairs can last a lifetime if made from of a quality, durable, weatherproof woods like teak, polywood, and cedar.
- Comfort – More expensive chairs are likely to be bigger which gives you more room for maximum comfort.
What Makes a Good Wood Adirondack Chair?
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 woods, the weight of the chair, colors of the chair, how wide the arms are, the material, the slope of the chair, and if it comes with any other accessories.
What Types of Wood Should I Look For?
This boils down to personal preference for the most part. You will find these chairs offered in aspen, cedar, pine, cypress, teak, oak, polywood, 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 natural wood 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.
What Accessories Would Come with an Adirondack Chair?
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.
Are These Chairs One Size Fits All?
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.
What is the Cost of Ownership and Care of These Chairs?
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.
- Refinishing – There is no definitive answer to when you should refinish a chair. A lot of it depends on the type of wood used and the weather in your region. If you live in an area that gets a lot of sun year-round the finish will begin to look dull and weathered if you don’t redo it often.
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.
- Cleaning Your Chair – The best way to clean a wood Adirondack chair is with a pressure washer, but not everyone has one of those available. If you don’t have access to a pressure washer, a soft brush, and some wood cleaner work as well; even soap and water work in a pinch.
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.
- Storage – If you live in a region where it gets cold and snowy during the winter months it is best that you store your chair in a shed to shield them from the elements. If that isn’t an option, do your best to cover them.
Why Not Buy a Plastic Chair?
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.
Foldable or Solid Construction?
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.
What is the Difference Between Adirondack and Muskoka?
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.