What better way to soak up the sun than by treating yourself to a traditional wooden deck chair with a canvas seat? Just right for the garden, patio, beach or post barbecue nap, these folding loungers come in gorgeous designs, sometimes with cushions, sometimes with striped material, often cheap and always the perfect place to relax, read or soak up some rays.
From John Lewis to Argos, Amazon and even eBay, there are plenty of great places to find a stylish deck chair, many of which branch away from the classic design and feature a canopy cover, cup holder or even a footrest! We've searched for the ten best deck chairs in the UK (including a personalised option!) and ranked them according to beauty, practicality, price and comfort. It's time to buy your very own piece of fabulous summer furniture!
To get the right deck chair, it's best to consider the many options available. Is a classic chair with nautical stripes what you dream of, or could a fancy sun lounger be the perfect patio addition? Let's consider the features that can take a deck chair from kind of comfy to absolute class.
You probably clicked on this article expecting a rundown of the classic, foldable, wooden-framed deck chairs you see beside piers and on pebbled beaches up and down the UK. But we've snuck a few relaxing sun loungers into the mix! This section will help you decide what kind of sun-bathing chair suits you best.
The traditional wooden deck chair not only gets you straight into the seaside spirit with its nautical sailor stripes and its rustic varnished frame, but they're also lightweight (usually around 5 or 6 kg) and easy to fold up, making it a brilliant choice if you're off to the coast.
Classic deck chairs are the perfect partner to a picnic blanket, allowing you to lie back and soak up the sun or sit up straight to read your favourite novel or devour a Mr Whippy cone with a chocolate flake.
A possible downside of the old fashioned deck chair is that it has no armrests and is not the most comfortable choice of seat. They can also be quite difficult to get up from, especially if you're a little older.
If you plan on using your chair mainly for absorbing that precious vitamin D in your own space, such as a conservatory, garden or patio, a classic deck chair could be just fine. But, a metal-framed sun lounger with a comfy seat could be a better option. The heavier material means these chairs can become a permanent feature in the garden as they can withstand high winds or the trademark British rainfall.
Sun loungers mimic the shape of a traditional beach deck chair, however, some designs include arm rests and other features, which we'll explore more below. This type of chair is definitely not as easy to transport, as the hefty metal frame can weigh 8kg or more. This lounger-style beach seat will likely appeal to older daytrippers or sun-aholics who value comfort above all.
Deck chairs are outside furniture, and whether you'll be hauling them to the beach or keeping them in the garden, you'll want to ensure that they're waterproof. A standard deck chair will likely be made of wood, while a more advanced sun lounger often uses metal.
If you're shopping for wooden deck chairs, it's worth looking out for wood that's been treated with waterproof and weatherproof varnish. This will guarantee a durable chair that stands up to seawater and the good old British rain!
We also recommend buying a product that uses FSC certified timber which stands for The Forest Stewardship Council. They're a non-profit body promoting responsible, sustainable forestry in the UK.
While wooden deck chairs are excellent for their portability, metal sun loungers are the best for creating a permanent comfy garden spot. However, unless you fancy moving it inside every time the heavens open, your chair will need to withstand all weather conditions.
If you are buying a metallic sun lounger, consider one crafted with a powder coating. This waterproofs it and prevents rusting, which allows you to get more use out of your sun chair and means you can keep it outside when, no doubt, it will start to rain!
Another popular material for deck chairs is thick, soft canvas, which is used in the main deck chair seat. Polyester is a cheaper option, however, canvas is much more durable and less flimsy.
If your deck chair is designed with a canvas seat, make sure the material has been treated with a waterproofing spray. This will protect your chair for years, preventing any mould or mildew from soaking into the fabric.
Even classic deck chairs have a few nifty features that help them stand out from the pack. Below we'll point out some nifty additions to look for to make your sunbathing experience the deep exhale it really should be!
Most traditional deck chairs will have rungs carved into the wooden frame at the back, although some metal sun loungers can also be adjusted to different heights. Check before you buy if you want to ensure that you have the option of either a straight-backed session, staring out to sea or a lazy horizontal hour with the sun on your face.
Whether metal or wooden, the average deck chair will have three height options, but you should also check how secure these are. The best quality deck chairs will use large, secure screws so the joints on your seat can be worked regularly without risking the chair's stability or your family's safety.
One of the main benefits of sun loungers vs deck chairs is that they often come with several clever features to make your 'Me Time' as chilled out as possible. These additional comforts aren't always restricted to metal-framed sun seats, though, but you might have to look a bit harder.
Some fancy patio loungers have a slot to keep your smartphone safe, which is very convenient if you've got hours of sunbathing in mind! Or, look out for a cup holder as the perfect place to rest your tea, beer or fizz!
A comfortable cushion or pillow for your head also improves your resting experience, and many sun chairs can be lifted at the bottom so you can easily put your feet up. Lastly, if you love the sun's warmth but are sensitive to the effects of its rays, try a sun lounger with a protective shade to keep you cool.
Adults can't have all the fun! Little ones also deserve a laid-back spot on your family beach bonanza. A prettily patterned chair in a slightly smaller size stops youngsters from getting lost in the chasm of a grown up deck chair.
A mini deck chair would serve as a thoughtful gift for your beach-loving child or just a great way to help your offspring feel more grown-up. Just remember to give them a hat, shades and plenty of sunblock!
It's the moment you've all been waiting for! Now, we can unveil our top ten favourite deck chairs. We've found classic wooden foldable options, new-fangled loungers with all manner of fancy features, cheap deck chairs, luxury versions and everything in between. Sitting never felt so good.
|Dimensions||78 x 56cm x 102 cm|
|Extra Features||Adjustable height|
|Dimensions||7 x 57 x 131 cm|
|Extra Features||Cushion, waterproof washable fabric|
|Dimensions||107 x 61 x 104 cm|
|Extra Features||Foot rest and head cushion|
|Dimensions||96 x 23.9 x 74.9 cm|
|Extra Features||Mini kids' size|
|Dimensions||77.8 x 48.4 x 70.4 cm|
|Dimensions||60 x 75 x 102 cm|
|Dimensions||92 x 59 x 110 cm|
|Extra Features||Sun shade, adjustable head and foot rest, tray with phone and cup holder|
|Dimensions||95.5 x 25 x 65.5 cm|
|Extra Features||Personalised with your own text, cup holder, adjustable|
|Dimensions||142 x 73 x 4.5 cm|
|Dimensions||92 x 59 x 110 cm|
Geo Orange Wooden Deck Chair
Personalised Folding Wooden Deck Chair
Set of 2 Garden Sun Lounger Deck Chairs
Ipanema Fruit Deck Chair
Set of 2 Patio Recliners with Cushions
Wooden Kids' Deck Chair
Padded Zero Gravity Chair
Navy Outdoor Soft Arm Chair
Traditional Folding Wooden Beach Deck Chair
Traditional Folding Beach Chair
Zingy Orange Chair With Deep Varnished Finish
Personalised, Waterproof and in a Range of Colours
The Ultimate Chair to Relax in Comfort
Weather-Resistant, Adjustable Fruity Fun
Cushioned Comfort With Armrests and Nautical Stripes
A Fun, Portable Jungle Chair for Juniors
Cushioned Pillows and Footrest for Ultimate Relaxation
A Cosy Cushioned Chair to Sink Deep In To
A Cheap, Cheerful and Adjustable Yellow Deck Chair
Classic Seaside Stripes With Tasteful, Varnished Wood
|Weight||4.8 kg||6 kg||8 kg||4.8 kg||6 kg||2 kg||9.81 kg||5.5 kg||5 kg||-|
|Extra Features||Adjustable||Personalised with your own text, cup holder, adjustable||Sun shade, adjustable head and foot rest, tray with phone and cup holder||Adjustable||Cushioned||Mini kids' size||Foot rest and head cushion||Cushion, waterproof washable fabric||Adjustable height||Adjustable|
|Dimensions||92 x 59 x 110 cm||142 x 73 x 4.5 cm||95.5 x 25 x 65.5 cm||92 x 59 x 110 cm||60 x 75 x 102 cm||77.8 x 48.4 x 70.4 cm||96 x 23.9 x 74.9 cm||107 x 61 x 104 cm||7 x 57 x 131 cm||78 x 56cm x 102 cm|
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Well, if that wasn't the most helpful article on buying a deck chair you've ever read, we'll eat our (sun) hat! Now you've seen what's out there, you know how to compare and the products and make the most sensible spending decision for you. We think our top ten picks are just deck-licious, and we hope you agree. Just don't forget your sunscreen!
Author: Annie Hopkins
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