Adirondack Chairs

Written by Sierra Rein
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Picture a classic set of lawn and beach furniture, and in that image there will no doubt appear a pair of Adirondack chairs. The Adirondack chair has been in existence since the early 1900s. Originally called the Westport chair, it finally derived its name from a small town near Lake Champlain close to the Adirondack Mountains.

There, Thomas Lee perfected and built a set of personalized chairs for himself and his family while on vacation. His friend, Harry Bunnell, took the design to his local carpentry shop and began selling them to residents of Westport, NY, without Lee's permission. Their simple beauty and comfortable feel became extremely popular in the area, and the style remains a symbol of Americana to this day.

The style of Adirondack chairs is unmistakable, with their long sloping seat and back and wide armrests. They are traditionally made of white cedar, but can be stained and painted in an unlimited variety of colors. Some Adirondack chairs have single-seats that feature removable footrests, while others are double-wide loveseats.

Adirondack Chairs Today

Adirondack chairs are incredibly popular amongst homeowners who wish to add a classic touch of traditional comfort and style. The Adirondack name and look is now associated with a number of different outdoor furniture options, including garden benches, swings, rocking chairs, trellis and arbors. These can be mixed and matched with other types of deck and garden furniture, or painted for a more personalized decor choice.


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