Terms of the Trade: What is an Adirondack Chair?

wooden Adirondack chair on a platform by water with a mug

Adirondack chairs are low-seated outdoor lounge seats. They typically feature wide arm rests and a tall back, with an elevated front edge and scooped back, to facilitate a relaxed sitting position. The name refers to the Adirondack Mountain range, but in other places they have different names (like Muskoka chairs in Canada).

Many Adirondack chairs are made of wood, but plastic models are increasingly popular, and in theory they can be constructed of a wide range of materials, from simple boards to wine barrels to used skis.

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