If there’s one seat that should be exactly the way you want it, it’s a beach chair. Because unless you’re a lifeguard, beach seating is all about maximum leisure and comfort.
Types of Beach Chairs
Classic Beach Chairs
You can never go wrong with a classic beach chair. Classic, in this case, means colorful folding beach chairs with arms, and excellent weight capacities of 200 to 300 pounds or more. The other details are up to you – and we’ll get to all those in a second.
If your mission is a full body tan – or just the most napping you can fit into one gorgeously sunny afternoon – then a chaise lounge beach chair is what your are looking for. These long loungers offer several recline positions, and most designs are fully reclining, so you can kick off your flip flops and tan face up or down. The downside? Beach chaises are cumbersome to carry.
Zero Gravity Chairs
Zero gravity is a NASA-inspired technology that offers infinite recline positions (within the chair’s range of movement, of course – no hanging upside down like a bat). Because zero gravity chairs are designed to relieve pressure on the lower spine and back, they don’t recline flat. You’ll need a chaise for that little luxury.
Selecting Beach Chair Size
When determining beach chair height, you first need to ask yourself: how far off the sand do you want to be? The standard beach chair seat height is between 8 and 12 inches and while most people are comfortable with this height, taller and shorter designs have their advantages. Low beach chairs (8 inches and under) make it easier to stretch out and catch some rays, or let your feet play in the surf. Tall beach chairs (13 inches and up) are easier to get in and out of.
The width and depth of beach chair seats will vary from chair to chair. If you prefer a roomier seat, opt for an oversized beach chair.
Beach Chair Frame Materials
The durability of your beach chair depends on a lot of things, but frame material is definitely near the top. To get the most beach for your buck, keep these material pros and cons in mind.
- Wood – Strong, durable, and always stylish, wood’s a classic choice for beach seating. Many of our wooden beach chairs are made from solid oak or solid ash hardwood, with a protective oil finish or marine-grade varnish. For exceptional long-term performance, go with teak, a hardwood that’s legendary for its weather resistance and longevity.
- Aluminum – Aluminum is the most popular outdoor chair material. Aluminum beach chairs are strong and sturdy yet relatively lightweight. They offer outstanding resistance to weather and rust with virtually no maintenance. If you’re a value shopper, aluminum’s a smart buy.
- Steel – Steel frame beach chairs boast superb strength and elasticity. It’s more vulnerable than aluminum to the elements, but powder-coated finishes help give steel a long outdoor life.
- Recycled Plastic – Sounds cheap? Far from it. Recycled plastic beach chairs are top-ranked for its unmatched durability and resistance to weather, salt water, bacterial growth, and more. Plus POLYWOOD® beach chairs are made in the USA.
The Best Beach Chair Features:
- Backpack beach chairs feature straps for easy carrying, as well as plenty of back-of-the-seat storage space
- A folding beach chair with a shoulder strap is another easy-to-carry option
- Beach chairs with towel bars make hanging your towel after drying off easy and convenient
- For built-in shade, look for a beach chair with a canopy or umbrella
- A beach chair with multiple reclining positions will allow for comfortably laying back as well as sitting up
- Opt for a beach chair with cup holder, for obvious reasons