Adirondack Chairs: An Ole' Time Becon for Rest


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The Adirondack chair is the classic mainstay chair of the cottage and patio. Although the name may be new to you, it prabably wasn't to your grandparents. For it was in the early 1900's that what was originally called the “Westport chair" became popular. West port is a small town in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Within a few years, the Westport chair was renamed the Adirondack chair.

Its popularity is due to the ingenious design that makes it so comfortable. It's noted for several features that mark it as unique. The chair's back is slanted at the perfect angle for dozing off for an outdoor nap. The wide side arms is ample room for a newspaper, book, and a cool summer drink. As a snooze tempter, time seems to disappear when things are so nice.

The Adirondack chair is a very rustic design that easily fits into any traditional decor. Its the perfect type of chair for the patio, deck, or porch. Some folks like to place one or two on a back lawn under a large tree where it becomes like a welcoming becon for a nice rest.


Everyone wants their chairs to look good. Today there are many more finish options available than the original dark green or brown paint offerred on the original chairs.

Today, these wooden chairs come in a variety of finishes. They are available:

1. Painted with an ultra-sheek latex enamel that is non-toxic and mixed with SPF agents to resist fading.

2. Finished with a clear poly to allow the chairs to show its grain.

3. Finished with a UV protected stain to allow the chairs to age a bit more slowly. Or

4. En naturale, meaning no finish treatment is applied. This option works with teck which contains natural oils that resists the elements very well.

If you select to have Adirondack chairs painted, there are several techniques to consider:
1. A pristine finish is the usual technique, meaning they are painted in a solid color.

2. A distressed finish means that after the paint dries, the chair is slightly sanded in selected areas to enhance the grain and give it an antique look.

3. A washed finish means the entire chair is sanded to give a more weathered or antique look.

Remember that painted and stained chairs will need periodic maintenance. If that is a problem then you may wish to consider plastic. Then all you'll need to do a little cleaning.

Adirondack chairs are handsome, durable and they are built to last. Like a becon, they're immediately identified by those passing by as an always-ready invitation to relaxation.

Sebastian Van Deyck is a successful writer and a noted authority that writes for Better Patio Furniture providing helpful tips and practical advice for the online shopping of outdoor furniture including Adirondack Chairs . His articles offer moneysaving tips and valuable insight.


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