Friday, May 12, 2017

Question: Does Anyone Find Adirondack Chairs Comfortable?


Many find Adirondack chairs iconic, beautiful, even welcoming.  But does anyone find Adirondack chairs comfortable?


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31 comments:

  1. Only for a couple of minutes. And the comfort does not improve with age...my age that is.

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  2. Adirondacks are my all-time favorite outdoor chairs, and yes, I think they are very comfortable. They're low enough, wide enough, deep enough, and they are perfect for resting an arm with a beverage. For me, they are eye-catchers, especially whenever I see a row of them lined up along a shoreline. There were some white ones by a red barn on one of the "Out and About" photos and it was memorable. As a matter of fact, I just replaced one of ours this season. L.L. Bean has carried the same design for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, they are not rot-proof and we don't keep ours under cover.

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    1. Concur re the LLBean Adirondack chairs. For what it's worth, after ~10 years, they cheerfully sent us a complete set of replacement hardware for ours (the pins had rotted), although the 6" of rot at the bottom of one rear leg was beyond their warranty provisions. Unless the chairs are kept indoors, the feet WILL rot out.

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    2. When we had our Adirondacks in the grass, the legs rotted much quicker. My husband has already replaced legs with cedar. I can't tell you how many of these chairs we have waiting to be repaired and for this reason, after losing patience, I just bought a new one. Bean has also "cheerfully" sent us replacement pins/pegs. I also love Bean's rockers, but we never had to replace them since they are under cover. (I haven't checked and have no idea if the product is the same.) This is the beauty of L.L.Bean that folks have been drawn to over the decades.

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  3. Unfortunately for me I've had the knees of a ninety year old woman since my early 20s, so getting up from them is rather painful for me because they are so low.

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  4. Yes, I love them! So cozy, I love sinking down into them and, no, I don't want to get up/out any time soon! My favorite summer night "activity" is lounging in my Adirondack with friends around, drinking our G&Ts. Looking forward to another outstanding season...

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  5. I am lucky to somehow "fit right" into Adirondack chairs, and like them even more with the occasional matching footrest. Even the sketchy resin-based copies from hardware stores are preferable to conventional seating placed outdoors.

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    1. Under the pressure of a too-many-people-coming emergency, I bought 2 of those resin copies in the darkest green. What the resin has, that wood does not, is "give" and I don't know how or why but the "give" makes for a more comfortable seating experience. I hope the purists will grant me a pardon, because I'm completely sold on the [stackable!] resin chair, blasphemy and all.

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    2. Me, too. I have some in our backyard. Oh the horror !

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  6. I find them to be very comfortable.

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  7. Yes, I love them - so comfortable and I love that the arms can hold a drink. The best ones are made by a shop in Brewster, Massachusetts.

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    1. slf, I agree. I find them comfortable and love that you can put a drink on the wide arm. Perfect place to spend a warm evening.

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  8. yes, we have a grouping of teak adirondacks around our cabin fit pit. We love them. Guests love them.

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  9. We've always had them at our cottage. I find them very comfortable, but each year my knees try to tell me it may be the last year I can get up and out! chhers

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  10. I truly love the look of them and I actually have one under my favorite maple tree in the back yard. However, I don't use it because my bloody knees cry out in pain whenever I try to pull myself out of it. Plus, emerging from one of those things is quite graceless, more's the pity. :-(

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  11. Most certainly not, but I also don't find thick Oxford cloth shirts or canvas-like chinos comfortable.

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  12. I like the look of them, but they are not at all comfortable

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  13. Nope! People buy them, then use them a decorations.

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  14. Comfortable or not they ARE beautiful. You should see the shedding offerings we have here in England. Reminiscent of the "comfort" of the strictest of boarding schools. It's probably why you'll find us drinking our weight in Pimms and Ale at the pub - numbs the pain of the pitiful seating.

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  15. If they were built with the right design they can be very comfortable. I found a design in an old woodworking book about 25 years ago and built two out of cedar. They are extremely comfortable with large arm rests to hold a book and a gin and tonic. They lasted 23 years and I finally built two to replace them out of cypress. I am hoping I get another 25 years out of them.

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  16. Had an aunt who had a pair on her back deck. We preferred sitting in the deck.

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  17. Muffy, I have a suggestion for a community question. Have you ever asked your readers where they are from? Not their addresses, of course, but their states or, if not from the U.S., then their countries. Seems as though you draw a geographically diverse group. Just curious here in Georgia.

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    1. Good idea. PA but not originally......

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  18. We have several Adirondack chairs at our lake house, and before my “chair hack”, I find them to be quite uncomfortable. Not because of the material (wood, sharp edges) but that awkward slope (I can’t precisely tell what degree angle is the slope). Anyway, engineering taught me to compromise, so the back legs of the chairs that we own have an insert that I made, which raises the back, and with that the angle of the chair is more sitting friendly. I wish I have a picture of the “contraption” so I can show you. Also, my Nana made quilted cushions for the chairs, which makes them even more comfortable.

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  19. Don't care for the traditional ones, comfort-wise. Too low. So we had Faircape build higher ones with rockers so we can see over the piazza railing at the harbor. I could sit in them all day. http://www.faircapewoodworks.com/

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  20. No. I will gladly sit on earth before one of those.

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  21. Love ours (all weather whatevertheyaremadeof)! I sit in them every chance I get. I have small (all weather Sunbrella) square pillows and those, combined with the wide arms, makes for a super comfy beer o'clock on summer evenings.

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  22. My wife doesn't like them, finds them to hard to get out of.

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  23. I find them quite comfortable as long at the ottoman is with them. Otherwise, stretching out my legs cuts into the back of my knees. However, getting out of them is quite a challenge.

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  24. I inherited two from my brother. One he built and the other, a regular sized chair. I love the standard chair. I sing it's praises all the time. However since the other one is a custom made larger version for my brother, who is 6'4"...it is not pleasant for me to sit in. My shorter stature makes the chair ill suited and unfortunately quite painful behind my knees. He finds the large chair quite comfortable.

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