15 Adirondack Chairs You Have to See to Believe
Nothing says easy outdoor living like the iconic Adirondack chair. With its wide arms, spacious low-slung seat, slanted back and flat-board construction, it’s comfortable and sturdy. When properly protected from the elements, a wooden Adirondack chair can last for decades.
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The Most Customizable Chair?
The Adirondack chair’s simple design is easy to adapt, lending itself to a variety of creative variations from classic to clever to quirky. Click through this slideshow to see what we mean.
Where It All Started
Americans’ love affair with Adirondack chairs began in the early 1900s, when Thomas Lee needed outdoor chairs for his summer home in Westport, New York. He gave his design to a carpenter friend, thinking he might turn out a few chairs for extra income. Instead, Harry Bunnell filed for and received a patent for the “Westport Chair,” and the rest, as they say, is history.
Sleek and Modern
The horizontal back slats and economical lines give this Adirondack chair a modern flair. If your taste in outdoor spaces runs toward contemporary style, see 10 Modern Fence Ideas for Your Backyard.
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State of the Art
The generous back of the Adirondack chair is like a blank canvas to those with an artistic eye. Here, it’s been cut into the “mitten” shape of the state of Michigan. Cutting curves like these is easy with a jigsaw.
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The Guestbook Chair
A bridal couple turned their Adirondack chairs into a guestbook by having friends and family write on them with a marking pen. Knowing the ink would eventually fade from the elements, they traced over the messages with a wood-burning pen, then sealed the chair with polyurethane.
Is there a sealing project in your future? Here’s how to get a silky smooth polyurethane finish.
Photo: Courtesy of Kristy Weldon Photography
The Pair Chair
Lazy days are twice the fun with a two-seater Adirondack chair. The chair’s wide arms do double duty by forming a café table between the two seats. Here’s how to create a backyard oasis that would be a great space for this chair.
The Iron Throne
Golf clubs form the back of this unique Adirondack chair—a perfect spot for relaxing after a day on the links.
Photo: Courtesy of Ski-Daddle
This fish-shaped Adirondack chair and ottoman would be right at home beside a lake, ocean or pool. Or put in a pond in your own backyard and stock it with koi and other beautiful fish. Here’s how to build a water garden with a waterfall.
Photo: Courtesy of WoodVisionsInc
The Repurposed Pallet
Wood shipping pallets are often discarded after use, so it’s easy to find free pallets for your DIY projects. (Hint: Check the Free area of your local Craigslist.) A blogger made these Adirondack chairs for $2.30, using pallets that someone gave her. Be sure to check out this information on how to prepare a pallet before you repurpose it.
Photo: Courtesy of Sherrana/Needles and Nails
It’s Miller Time
What better place to kick back and have cool one than in a custom-made, bottle-shaped Adirondack chair? You might also need this DIY beer caddy made from reclaimed barn wood.
Photo: Courtesy of Dawson Adirondacks
If winter is brutal where you live, you can prolong the life of your patio chairs by storing them out of the elements. These Adirondack chairs make it easier by folding into a more compact size. On a related note, here’s how to store your grill during the winter.
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Make Your Own
Now that you’ve seen the possibilities, why not build an Adirondack chair for yourself? Here’s where you can find step-by-step instructions, along with the required tools and materials.