What better way to soak up the sun than by treating yourself to a traditional wooden deck chair with a fabric 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 vintage style material, often cheap and always the perfect place to relax, read or soak up some rays.
From John Lewis to Argos to Amazon, there are plenty of great places to find a stylish deck chair, many of which branch away from the classic recliner with stripes, 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!
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of deck chairs available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
Geo Orange Wooden Deck Chair
Personalised Folding Wooden Deck Chair
Set of 2 Garden Sun Lounger Deck Chairs
Wooden Deck Chair - Global Market
Set of 2 Patio Recliners with Cushions
Wooden Folding Decking Chair for Kids
Padded Zero Gravity Chair
Garden Recliner With Cushion
Traditional Folding Wooden Beach Deck Chair
Traditional Folding Beach Chair
A Lightweight Zingy Orange Chair With Deep Varnished Finish
Personalised and Waterproof With an Adjustable Back and a Range of Colours
The Ultimate Relaxing Chair Featuring Sun Shades, Phone Holders and Comfy Cushions
A Jungle Printed Chair That’s Both Weather-Resistant and Adjustable
A Pair of Cushioned, Striped Deck Chairs With Armrests and a Comfortable Seat
A Fun, Portable Shark Chair for Juniors Made From Hardwearing Materials
Comfortable Deck Chair Featuring Cushioned Pillows and a Footrest
A Cosy Cushioned Chair Made With a Brightly Patterned Fabric and Armrests
A Cheap, Cheerful and Adjustable Foldable Yellow Deck Chair
Classic Seaside Stripes With Tasteful, Darkly Varnished Wood
|Weight||4.8 kg||6 kg||8 kg||4.8 kg||6 kg||1.5 kg||9.81 kg||8.05 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||Armrests, adjustable, cushion,||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||71 x 50 x 72.5 cm||96 x 23.9 x 74.9 cm||-||7 x 57 x 131 cm||78 x 56cm x 102 cm|
The traditional wooden deck chair not only gets you straight into the seaside spirit with its nautical sailor stripes and 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 tricky to get up from, especially if you're a little older.
Need a changing robe to manoeuvre into your cossie at the beach?
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 would be fine, but, a metal-framed sun lounger with a comfy seat could be even better! The heavier material means these chairs can become a permanent feature in the garden as they can withstand high winds and the trademark British rainfall.
Sun loungers mimic the shape of a traditional beach deck chair, however, some designs include armrests 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.
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 a few additions to look for to make your sunbathing experience the deep exhale it really should be!
Cup holder: Provides the perfect place to rest your tea, beer or fizz!
Phone holder: Some fancy patio loungers have a slot to keep your smartphone safe.
Cushion or pillow: For your head to improve your resting experience.
Footrest: Many sun chairs can be lifted at the bottom so you can easily put your feet up.
Protective shade: Perfect 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.
If your lounger doesn't have a protective shade, sun hats can work just as well!
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|Dimensions||92 x 59 x 110 cm|
|Extra Features||Personalised with your own text, cup holder, adjustable|
|Dimensions||142 x 73 x 4.5 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|
|Dimensions||92 x 59 x 110 cm|
|Dimensions||60 x 75 x 102 cm|
|Extra Features||Mini kids' size|
|Dimensions||71 x 50 x 72.5 cm|
|Extra Features||Foot rest and head cushion|
|Dimensions||96 x 23.9 x 74.9 cm|
|Extra Features||Armrests, adjustable, cushion,|
|Extra Features||Adjustable height|
|Dimensions||7 x 57 x 131 cm|
|Dimensions||78 x 56cm x 102 cm|
One of the best ways to wash the canvas on deck chairs is with a good old fashioned scrubbing!
Written and researched by Annie Hopkins
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