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Patio Chairs

4 Tips for Choosing Patio Chairs

1. Know What You Need.

Begin by thinking about how you will use your outdoor chair and where you will put it. If you are in need of an outdoor chair for your front porch, outdoor rocking chairs are a popular option that offer an inviting element to any front porch. If you are looking for a chair to place under a shady tree in your yard, consider a classic Adirondack chair. No matter what you are looking for, Hayneedle has an outdoor chair to fit your needs.

2. Material Matters.

Determining the weather exposure will be important in deciding what outdoor chair material to buy. If you plan to leave the chair outdoors for all seasons, recycled plastic, aluminum, or resin wicker are your best options since they are all-weather and require little to no maintenance.

If you plan on using your chair outdoors only seasonally, there are many great woods – cedar, teak, cypress & more – that are perfect for outdoors. That said, it's also best to treat wood items each year with linseed oil or other sealants.

For more information on outdoor-rated materials and how to care for them, check out our Outdoor Furniture Material and Care Guide.

3. Comfort vs. Style.

The good news is it doesn’t have to be a trade-off! Nowadays, outdoor chairs are designed to incorporate both comfort and style. For optimal comfort, many chairs now offer a contoured back, while other chairs come in straight back designs for those with back pain issues. Some chairs also feature materials like sling or other fabrics that conform to your body. Updated reclining styles with two or three position options are also popular for comfort.

Quick tip: To add your own personal style to your outdoor chair and increase its comfort, layer on some colorful outdoor cushions and pillows!

4. Make it last.

There are steps you can take to help your patio furniture go the distance.

First, follow the recommended care directions that correspond to each outdoor chair’s material type. For example, all wood furniture should be treated annually to protect the wood. This means oiling the wood with linseed oil, easily found at any hardware store.

Second, consider storing your outdoor furniture in a storage shed, garage, or basement during winter months to best protect it from the elements. If extra storage space isn’t readily available, we recommend using furniture covers to protect outdoor furniture from the effects of weather.