Summer season in countryside America is synonymous to Adirondack chairs. Why? Because during this time a lot of rural folks enjoy the comforts of sitting on these popular chairs outside their homes, while reading a book or just watching the view of their backyard.
Also called Muskoka in Canada, the very first Adirondack was designed by Thomas Lee in 1903. It was made up of eleven pieces of wood cut from a single board. His prime purpose of building the chair was to make it adaptable to the steep inclines of the Adirondack mountains where Thomas and his family were vacationing.
On first notice one would wonder why Adirondack chairs with their unusual back and seat almost touching the ground and wide armrests are so well liked by many Americans. The reason behind this is that sitting outdoors in one of these chairs is simply very relaxing. When sitting on this outdoor furniture, your legs will be higher than your hips which gives extra pleasure if you put it on a slope on long periods of sitting. Their broad flat arms may also serve as a mini table to put a glass of drink while you rest.
Since its inception, Adirondack chairs has evolved into several varieties. From single chairs made of wood, they are now made of plastic or engineered wood. But many people still prefer the Adirondack which is made of wood. The original design by Thomas Lee was made of hemlock. Some manufacturers of Adirondack chairs offer different types other than the single-seater. They now include folding, rocking, love seat, or ottoman. Others even have an extra matching table to go with the order.
Adirondacks can’t be stacked like other types of patio furniture chairs so someone came up with a folding one. Hinges are added in strategic parts to make for sturdy sitting and at the same time quick and easy folding during winter months.
This type has all the same features of the regular Adirondacks but with an added feature of a rocking chair.
What I love in these chairs is that you can choose the angle of sitting which you think most comforts you.
Adirondack Chair Ottoman
By including an ottoman, the Adirondack chair turns into a lounge chair, looking more like a part of it rather than a separate piece.
Build Your Own
If you happen to have some knowledge in woodworking you can build an Adirondack chair yourself. It doesn’t require a professional carpenter to construct the furniture. But you need to have some tools and a plan. You can find plans for Adirondack at any large bookstore, woodworkers store or you can download it online. Usually it includes diagrams which are scaled from the actual dimensions, the materials you will need and instructions on how to assemble the parts.
You can download a PDF f format of a woodworking plan for Adirondack chair here:
Finding A Store
If you would prefer to buy instead of making it, there are many furniture stores selling Adirondack chair. It would be best however that you purchase from a furniture store that specifically sell Adirondack chair where you could find and select multiple styles and designs.