Folding chairs make for great outdoor seating because they can be set up instantly and stored between uses. Many models are made from lightweight steel frames that can be carried around to events and gatherings. Not everyone likes to clutter up their backyard with a bunch of furniture which can rot in the sun. Outdoor folding chairs can be stored safely within a garage or storage shed to prevent decay. Storing extra chairs for unexpected visitors becomes a breeze with a chair that can fold up to a couple of inches thick. Folding chairs can be just as comfortable as their indoor counterparts depending on the included features. Many outdoor folding chairs offer extra comfort features like "zero gravity" suspension and soft padding. Additional extras include cup holders, arm rests and carry bags. Let's look at some of the key features of folding chairs intended for outdoor use.
Outdoor Folding Chairs
Folding chairs come in many varieties, ranging from lightweight portable models with fabric backing to beautiful hardwood reclining chairs. Portability is a key factor in determining which chair is best for you. For instance, if you plan on needing seating on the go, a lightweight chair such as the one in the picture may be best. Chairs that will never be taken from the yard don't need to be so portable, making a heavier hardwood folding chair a viable choice.
A common outdoor folding chair, such as the orange one seen in the picture above, features a jointed steel frame that can expand or retract in an instant. Instead of folding up like a sandwich, these chairs collapse into a tubular shape. Multiple chairs can be stacked into the trunk of a car or placed within a storage shed with ease. On each leg is a rubber pad that keeps the chair in place while in use. They can be used on multiple surfaces including grass, concrete and sand. The seat and back are crafted from synthetic materials such as polyester and are stretched over the metal frame. The fabric conforms to the user's curves, creating exceptional comfort wherever it's needed. This concept can be adapted to chairs of all types, ranging from lounges to folding lawn chairs.
Some folding outdoor chairs offer protection from the sun with an overhead canopy or umbrella. If you plan on enjoying the outdoors in direct sun, the addition of a canopy can help prevent sunburn. You will find that many children chairs feature a canopy to protect their delicate skin. One chair from Strathwood features a canopy that becomes a carry case.
Designed specifically to be used near on the beach, sand chairs sit low to the ground so users can play in the sand and splash their feet in the water. They fold up just like the previous examples and have durable fabric as the backing and seat. You will often find these chairs features in bright colors and designs. Sand chairs have a more prominent incline in the back portion so users can experience a reclining sensation and perhaps do some sun tanning. Because they are so low to the ground, the user's legs lie flat or slightly bent directly on the sand. The lack of hardware makes these outdoor folding chairs exceptionally lightweight and easy to transport.
Companies like Strathwood and Lafuma make a different type of outdoor folding chair that acts as a portable recliner. If you want to reach a pinnacle in outdoor comfort, a folding lounge chair is the way to go. Most of them can be adjusted at the back and leg sections to customize the experience. Outdoor grade fabric supports the body from head to toe. The jointed metal frames allow the chairs to fold up. While they might not fold as flat as the standard chairs, they are still remarkable portable. If traveling is your goal, a carry case is recommended. The higher end folding recliners have a "zero gravity" feature. In these versions, the fabric backing is suspended with flexible cord to provide a "floating on air" experience.
For a more permanent reclining solution, consider a teak chaise lounge. Made of durable teak wood, these chairs are not portable but look great in any yard.
Taking a trip to the beach? Bring along a folding beach chair.