The Adirondack Chair originated right here in the USA in Westport, NY. Thomas Lee designed it while on vacation. Originally called the Westport Plank Chair Mr. Lee was looking for a comfortable chair that would be appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use.
Originally, the first Adirondack chair was made from eleven pieces of wood, cut from a single board. The straight seat and back were set at a slant to provide a better “sit” on the steep mountain inclines indicative of the area. A hallmark feature of the Adirondack is the wide armrests which will easily hold food or drinks.
Hands down friends and family of Thomas Lee agreed that despite the appearance of the Adirondack Chair it was extremely comfortable. Thomas secured a patent in 1904 for his invention and for nearly 20 years variations of the original Adirondack chair were popping up everywhere based on Thomas’ design.
The trend for these comfortable chairs has continued ever since that first Adirondack sat under the bottom of Thomas Lee. Today’s number one choice for outdoor furniture is the Adirondack style. Modern day carpenters have stretched the Adirondack style to rockers, benches, gliders, settees and dining chairs just to name a few. Often associated with beachfront property, lake side relaxing, swimming pools comfort, decks and green sprawling lawns regardless of your outdoor environment you will be happy with your choice to decorate with the Adirondack chair.
In the beginning Adirondack chairs were built out of natural wood (Thomas Lee used hemlock) and where then painted green or medium dark brown. Those chair variations created near the seashore went for wood painted white. In today’s world your choices for Adirondack chairs are endless. You can choose from the virtually indestructible poly-lumber (available in a wide array of colors that require very little maintenance), or teak, cypress, plastic and of course you can still find the Adirondack chairs made out of natural wood.
Enjoy spending time outdoors? Entertaining friends could not be more inviting than with comfortable Adirondack furniture whether it is love seat for cuddling, chairs, a bench, lounge chairs or gliders you will rest assured that you’re providing the best for your guests with the comfort of the timeless Adirondack chair. The curved back, contoured seat and wide arm rest make it a favorite spot for relaxing with friends and family.