Adirondack Chairs

Written by Serena Berger
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Adirondack chairs are part of a long tradition of fine American furniture. The Adirondack chair was created in the early 1900s, built from a single pine board by Thomas Lee, who wanted nothing more than the prefect outdoor chair for himself and his family.

What they found was that the gentle slope of the back and seat and the wide arm rests (wide enough to be used as a personal table) did truly make a chair which would never become uncomfortable. Today, we can assess the ergonomic properties of the chair and prove with science what people a century ago knew from feeling. If you were always told not to tilt back on your chair, then Adirondack chairs are the chairs for you--the angle is different from a recliner, which forms an increasingly obtuse angle. Adirondack chairs preserve the angle of an upright chair, and simply tilt it back, redistributing weight.

What to Look for in Adirondack Chairs

A century removed from the originally-patented Adirondack chair, you will find variations in Adirondack chairs. Primarily, some are folding chairs and some are not, which can have an effect if you want more versatility to change your outdoor space. The presence or absence of a folding mechanism should not, however, affect the comfort of the chair.

Other variables include the depth of the curvature of the seat, the length and width of the seat, and the degree of curvature of the back. Some chairs have cushions, which are both attractive and comfortable. But to take maximum advantage of the curved back and rolled knee's ability to relieve pressure points in the back and legs, you will have to find the chair which is the perfect size for you.

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