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What are the Different Types of Wooden Outdoor Chair?

By Sheri Cyprus
Updated May 16, 2024
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Types of wooden outdoor chairs range from those with high backs to versions with low backrests. Some wood outside chair designs are bulky while others are streamlined. There are both dining and lounge styles of wooden outdoor chair. Some of the most popular wooden chairs made for outdoor use include deck, folding, and bench varieties.

Deck chairs are often sturdy furniture pieces made from slats of wood. The Adirondack is a classic wooden outdoor chair that features a high, vertical-slatted, almost fan-like, back and a seat that slopes downward toward the backrest. They may be stained in light or dark shades or be painted in a pastel or bright accent color. A matching footrest piece turns a regular Adirondack wooden chair into a lounger. Other, more modern, types of wooden deck chairs and loungers include wood slats inside a rectangular aluminum frame.

Some large, wooden slat lounge chairs fit two or more people. They may have a large wheel assembly on either side of the upper section to allow the heavy furniture piece to be more easily moved around a swimming pool deck or patio. Many large, wooden outdoor chair loungers also have an adjustable backrest.

Folding wooden chairs are much lighter in weight and sleeker in design than deck seating pieces. A folding wooden outdoor chair is designed to be easy to transport to the beach or set up quickly around an outside dining table. Folding dining chairs are often all wood, while the types made mostly for beach use usually have a wooden frame with cloth stretched across it on the seat and backrest. The cloth may be canvas or a softer type of thick fabric in bold stripes or solid colors.

Some folding beach chairs are designed to sit low on the ground, while others are regular height. A folding wooden outdoor chair that's low to the ground allows a person to stretch out his or legs at ground level on the sand or a towel. Wooden-framed beach chairs may be armless in design or have armrests.

While most wooden outdoor chairs are designed to handle moisture, teak furniture is especially good at handling rough weather conditions. Although it will change color from being in direct sunlight, some people like the transformation a caramel-toned teak wooden outdoor chair will go through as it changes to a silvery gray. If this look isn't desirable, a weathered teak chair can be restored. In addition to deck chairs, teak benches are other popular outdoor chair types commonly available.

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Discussion Comments
By Heavanet — On May 13, 2014

I think that outdoor chairs that are made of wood look great around a pool or on a deck. They have a more classy and expensive look that plastic outdoor chairs. Though they usually cost a little more than furniture that is made of other materials, wooden outdoor chairs are worth the investment.

By Talentryto — On May 13, 2014

Regardless of the types of wooden outdoor chairs you choose, you should make sure that you protect them from the elements so that your furniture will last for many seasons. If possible, put your wooden chairs indoors during the winter months to keep them out of the rain, wind, and snow. This will keep the wood from cracking and deteriorating.

If you have to leave your wooden chairs outside in bad weather, it is important that you treat them with paint, a wood stain, or sealant to lock out damaging water and dirt. You will need to reapply the protective covering every few years to keep your wooden outdoor chairs looking fresh and new.

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