The wide armrests. The long, angled back with slatted seat. Sound familiar? Youre looking at a classic piece of American designed furniture, the Adirondack. Even better, the reclining Adirondack chair adds an extra level of comfort and convenience to the already nearly flawless design. The different types of materials that go into making these chairs exhibit their various pros and cons.
A wooden reclining Adirondack chair is a classic move. When you think of the first chairs, conjured up in the Adirondack mountains back in the 1800s, they were made of wood. The iconic Appalachian “settin” chair is originally also wood. There are different kinds of wood that work, some better suited than others for outdoor use. In general, wood requires yearly maintenance. If you choose to paint it, you may need to reapply every few years, as over time the paint will chip and blister in the sun. This is a somewhat lengthy process that involves stripping the wood down to its surface before repainting. Finished wood requires only the occasional application of oils and stains to keep it looking shiny, as well as waterproof and protected from weather conditions that will cause cracking, rotting, splitting, and warping of the wood, along with an increased chance of infestation and mildew. Teak is one of the best woods on the market because it produces its own resinous oils which do the exact same thing, so they require little upkeep and are much sturdier than some other woods.