Outdoor Chaise Lounges Buying Tips

Outdoor Chaise Lounges Buying Tips

You have finally decided that you want chaise lounges on your outdoor area whether it's poolside or your patio or your terrace. There are a few pointers you would like to know to make an educated purchase.

Make sure you have enough space. Chaise lounges tend to be long and bulky. So before purchasing anything take the measuring tape and measure the area you will use for these chaise lounges.

Think about off season and winter months. Once summer sun shows it's face we think it will stay forever. But if you purchase an outdoor chaise lounge in the summer, you must think about your storage options in the winter unless you want to leave them outside. So look for stacking options, weight, wheels or collapsibility while shopping around.

Asses your color scheme. Chaise lounges are usually purchased separate from patio furniture so you usually don't think about matching colors too much but unless you have a huge patio you should. Also don't forget that materials with darker colors get hotter under sun. Opting for a lighter color will be best.

Decide if you want cushions. This one is very important. You need to decide if you want cushions, slings or nothing on your chaises. Depending on what kind of a chaise it is the decision is crucial. If you don't like maintaining cushions, periodically washing them then you should look for sling chaises or chaises that can be used with neither. If comfort is the most important thing than you have only one option cushion chaise lounges.

Ask for type of delivery. Chaise lounges are usually big and bulky so the delivery can be a problem depending on your area and depending on the chaise you bought. It would be wise to call and ask exactly how the chaises will be delivered. It can be with a freight carrier which will be a curbside delivery. In this case you need to have help at home to carry the chaise from curbside to your home. Just call your shop and ask before you order.

Choose a material. Choosing a material isn't that easy because at the most part we think about design, looks and comfort of furniture pieces. But for chaise lounges material needs to be assessed and a decision must be made. Below are pros and cons of each material.

Outdoor Wicker Chaise Lounge: These are usually aluminum frame chaise lounges with synthetic woven wicker wrapped around the frames.

  • Pros:
    • Aluminum frames are durable and rust free.
    • Woven materials make wide variety of designs.
    • Synthetic materials won't fade.
    • Light in weight.
    • Minimal maintenance.
    • Easy to clean.
  • Cons:
    • Require cushions for better comfort.
    • Woven material might break and unravel.
    • Aluminum frames might break from joints.
    • High pricing.

Resin Chaise Lounge: These are usually white plastic chaise lounges that are widely available.

  • Pros:
    • Resin plastic is ultra-durable.
    • Resin stays cool to the touch under hot sun.
    • Can be used with or without cushions.
    • Light in Weight. Easy to carry.
    • Inexpensive.
    • No Maintenance.
    • Easy to clean.
  • Cons:
    • Require cushions for better comfort.
    • Usually offered in white color.
    • Wind might knock them down.
    • Impossible to fix if broken.

Teak Chaise Lounge: Teak or Shorea wood chaise lounges bring an earthy look for all wood lovers.

  • Pros:
    • Teak wood is strong and durable for outdoors.
    • Doesn't get too hot under sun.
    • Beautiful earthy looks.
  • Cons:
    • Requires periodic maintenance such as oiling.
    • Requires cushions.
    • Heavy.
    • Hard to fix if broken.

Recycled Plastic Chaise Lounge: These are POLYWOOD® recycled plastic chaise lounges.

  • Pros:
    • Ultra strong and durable.
    • Wide variety of designs.
    • No maintenance.
    • Easy to clean.
  • Cons:
    • Very Heavy.
    • Bulky.
    • Requires cushions.
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