Your Essential Guide to Adirondack Furniture

Adirondack furniture has been around for more than a century. First invented by East coast native Thomas Lee in 1903, the Adirondack chair has gone through a few transformations over the years, but the style remains one of the most popular all over the United States when it comes to outdoor living.

What is Adirondack Furniture?

Adirondack is a specific style of furniture marked by a rounded back made of slats and a seat designed the same way with wide armrests. The seat will also recline so that you can sit comfortably no matter the incline or slope you may be sitting on. Adirondack furniture was first created to ensure that no matter where you are, you have a chair that can adjust to fit the terrain.

How to Use Adirondack Furniture

You can use Adirondack furniture on your patio or deck, porch, or in your backyard because the chairs don’t require a certain flooring to remain comfortable. Using Adirondack chairs on your porch, facing the yard for people watching, or set several around a fire pit in the yard for cozy smores roast.

Most people think of Adirondack chairs when they think of the term, but Adirondack style can also be incorporated into outdoor rocking chairs, gliders, and swings among other types of outdoor furniture. You can find Adirondack benches that are perfect for a casual corner or your screen in porch with a coffee table. Many people also love to install an Adirondack style porch swing or day bed to hang from a pergola or arbor.

While Adirondack has been equated with casual and beachy, many people don’t think about incorporating the style in their more formal outdoor furniture such as their patio dining set. Adirondack furniture is continually evolving and blends the lines between traditional and modern especially when carpenters are finding innovative ways to incorporate the style. You can upgrade your patio table to a long dining table with Adirondack style chairs to make a stylish impression on guests.

No matter which Adirondack style you choose you is sure to find something functional and comfortable for outdoor living that reflects your personality.

Styling Adirondack Furniture

Adirondack furniture is usually made from solid wood but can also be made from plastic. Adirondack style is minimalism without embellishments or upholstery. One way to make Adirondack furniture look more elegant, stylish, and comfortable is to make sure you have cushions and pillows for outdoor furniture that are durable and easy to clean. Your guests will appreciate the extra touch of style and pop of personality that decorative outdoor pillows offer.

Taking Care of Adirondack Furniture

Most people have Adirondack furniture that is either plastic or wood. Plastic furniture is easy to clean with a power washer and soapy water. You should take care to spray down your furniture and use a rag or soft brush to clean plastic Adirondack furniture.

When you have wooden Adirondack furniture, there is a bit more maintenance required to take care of the wood including sealing the furniture with weather protectant and fade resistant sealer every two years. You may also need to stain or repaint as the color fades if you don’t want to leave the wood natural. If you do paint, make sure to choose high-quality paint designed for outdoor use.

We also recommend bringing your outdoor furniture indoors to avoid weather damage when you aren’t using them so that they last longer. If you need more tips on taking care of wooden furniture, check out our guide for caring for your outdoor wooden benches.






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