How to pick the right outdoor armchair for your space
Whether it’s a complementary piece in a larger outdoor setting or a design element in its own right, outdoor armchairs are your chance to add a creative, playful touch to your deck, patio or garden. Here’s how to find your new all-weather armchair.
Step outside and take a seat in your very own stylishly curated outdoor room. Outdoor armchairs are a versatile addition to any space, offering both a comfortable spot to entertain guests or laze away the afternoon with a book, while providing interest within both large and small outdoor areas. Depending on the style you choose, they can set the tone for your space - are you creating a rustic country retreat, a family-ready zone or a sleek, contemporary space? Find your look with these five on-trend seating solutions.
Create a tropical vibe with lightweight Acapulco-style chairs. Woven wicker and cane or long-lasting polywicker in a natural finish will inspire visions of swaying palm trees and a beachside resort. Dress them up with a textural block-colour cushion for softness or drape a colourful Turkish towel over the back. The breezy design and see-through frame make this style ideal for smaller spaces, such as poolside decks and compact balconies.
Choose a broad, armless design for a versatile option. Able to be pushed up to a larger sofa to become part of a modular piece or be used on its own, the wider seat provides a generous spot for kicking back outside, while the lack of arms ensures easy traffic flow throughout the space. A chunky timber frame makes it a sturdy option when exposed to the elements, while removable cushions are a practical addition. Choose neutral, organic tones and finishes to keep the look relaxed and allow it to fit in with the natural surroundings.
Long-lasting and lightweight aluminium is the perfect choice in smaller spaces. A narrow frame and easy-to-manoeuvre form ensure this is a practical seating solution. Choose from either decorative metalwork or sharp, square lines to set the tone in your space. A matching side table will complete the look, while removable cushions in muted, neutral tones keep the look versatile.
Beach-ready looks combine with timeless forms in this classic style of outdoor armchair. Rope accents and weather-resistant acacia timber in a naturally sun-bleached finish creates a relaxed, family-friendly look, while a woven wicker armchair or durable polywicker finish in a traditional armchair shape will create that laid-back, beachy vibe.
Go retro with cane chairs or suspended hammocks, or even old-school rattan seats, carried home from your local garage sale. This look is ideal for creating rustic aesthetics and a country-style look. Combine vintage pieces with new cushions and throws to add softness and a contemporary edge. The patina of vintage pieces will naturally complement concrete and raw timber pieces.