12 outdoor chairs for summer social gatherings
Whether you're in the backyard or at the beach
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As we retreat from quarantine and enter sunny days again, the backyard remains a popular hangout spot for social gatherings that can still be distanced. Not to mention that beach days are on the horizon.
From stylish sling chairs, to foldable lounge chairs, to classic Adirondacks—we’ve got the outdoor seating solutions for you, whatever your warm-weather vibe.
1. A stylish beach chair for all seasons
The Lexus of beach chairs, the Sunflow hits all the marks if you want a super portable chair for beach, backyard and sidewalk hangouts. A double back strap allows for free arms, so you can carry your cooler. This versatile, lightweight chair comes in cute colors and patterns, and it's mesh so it withstands beach days. We also like that it sits just a bit higher than your normal beach chair, which makes it translate seamlessly from a sandy surfside hangout to a socially-distant sidewalk gathering. Get the Sunflow Sunrise chair at GetSunflow.com for $198
2. An artful sling chair
Thanks to Society6’s extensive outdoor collection, you can social distance in style. With dozens of bold prints to chose from these chairs easy to spot on a crowded beach. We also love that most of the outdoor collection has matching or complementing sunshades, towels, picnic blankets, and floor cushions to truly elevate your sidewalk hangouts however you want to. Get the Boca Introspect Sling Chair by Circa78Designs at Society6 for $119
3. A retro chair design born in the USA
Go retro with these old-school, aluminum frame foldable lawn chairs. You can find cheaper versions of this classic, but these are a true throw-back to the ones you remember as a kid, in that they are made to last at a family-run workshop here in the good ol’ US of A. Weighing in at just 4.2 pounds, this chair is a breeze to carry whenever and wherever the situation calls for nostalgic seating. Get the Classic Lawn Chair at Lawn Chair USA for $69.99
4. An ’80s favorite made new
Ever get nostalgic for your mom's comfortable, spaghetti-strap, outdoor lounge chair that was hot in the 1980s? Well, just as comfortable as you remember the style, MoMA's modern version of the classic reclines with five adjustable heights. Its footrest conveniently folds under the seat when you wake from your nap and want to sit for a conversation with fellow sunbathers. The frame is made from ultra-lightweight aluminum, making it sturdy and strong, and it doesn't weigh you down when it’s time to carry it home. Get the Spaghetti Outdoor Lounge Chair at the MoMA store for $200
5. A simple set of four
HDX simple set of four black plastic outdoor folding chairs are perfect for when you host your next small gathering. Lightweight, airy and with 155 positive reviews praising comfort and durability, these chairs can outlast any pandemic. Get the HDX black plastic outdoor folding chairs at The Home Depot for $99.71
6. A camp chair made for comfort
Cushions galore, yet made for the outdoors. This roomy camp chair is a great option for both day and night, but we’re particularly into it for star-gazing pursuits or fire pit gatherings—basically any time you want to curl up and get cozy. The super comfy, padded chair sports a soft neck support and is oversized, allowing for you to even snuggle a kid through cool evenings. Amazon reviews are glowing. Get the Alpha Camp Oversized Camping Chairs at Amazon for $109.99
7. A lounge chair with a Hamptons vibe
This backyard lounge chair just begs you to take a gin and tonic to your next outdoor hangout. With just a hint of preppy nostalgia—from the classic patterns to the solid teak frame—this foldable chair with a canvas seat keeps you comfortable. Its zippered pocket is the perfect size for summer reading material, and the backpack-style straps make for easy transport from lawn lounging to backyard croquet matches. Get the Teak Beach Chair at Serena and Lily for $268
8. A cozy, foldable loveseat
If you want to get cozy with your quarantine mate, we highly recommend the Sierra Designs double folding chair that has enough room for two people and a dog to cozy up between. The cup holders make for a particularly relaxing recline. Get the Sierra Designs Double Folding Chair at Target for $59.99
9. A light and durable chair
This chair packs down so small and light; at a scant 2 pounds that you can basically throw it into an oversized purse or toss it in your bike bag to meet a friend across town. There are other lightweight chairs on the market, but this one has a reputation for durability, longevity, and for being easy to assemble. Get the Helinox Chair Zero at REI for $119.95
10. A versatile chair with swivel tray
Sturdy and solid yet still comfortable, this chair folds completely flat, making it a cinch to move from your fire escape-patio to a neighbor’s yard. What really sets this foldable outdoor chair apart, though, is its swivel table. It easily holds a picnic plate, a card game, or a laptop, and the inset cup holder is bottomless, making it one of the few cup holders that can manage a stemmed wine glass without tipping it. Get the Coleman aluminum outdoor chair with swivel table at Amazon for $57.99
11. An outdoor classic that's built to last
If you’re going to splurge on an outdoor chair to take you through the season of social distancing and beyond, make it a classic. This timeless design from L.L. Bean comes in seven different colors, and the all-weather chair that stands up to the elements is partially made from recycled plastics. Get the All-Weather Waterfall Adirondack Chair at L.L. Bean for $249
12. A relaxing recliner that takes the pressure off
Whether you're spending time by the fire pit, sunbathing on the lawn, or napping in the shade, this anti-gravity chair from Kohl's Sonoma Goods line evenly distributes your weight across it and makes it very easy to fall into a natural slumber. It's also budget friendly. Get the Sonoma Goods For Life Anti-gravity Chair at Kohl's for $59.49
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