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Editor’s Picks: Garden Chairs for Sunny Days

Nothing beats putting your feet up as you sit back and relax on a warm sunny day in your backyard. As the days begin to warm and winter falls away, it’s the perfect time to get the backyard ready for spring and summer fun. Whether you have a small garden, large yard or just a patio or balcony, to fully enjoy your outdoor space you need a comfortable place to sit.

Today’s outdoor modern furniture comes in a wide range of materials designed to look good while standing up to the elements. I’ve rounded up 15 of my favorite garden chairs to get you started in creating your perfect outdoor oasis.

Breeze High Back Chair from Cane-line

With angular lines and a sleek frame, the Breeze High Back Chair offers an ideal spot to sit back and take it all in. My favorite feature of this chair is the high back, which allows you put your head back and relax. Neutral tones give this chair an easy appearance that won’t overshadow your beautiful landscape.

HÄRINGE Lounge Chair from Skargaarden

A boxy stainless steel frame combined with luxurious teak wood defines the bold silhouette of the HÄRINGE Lounge Chair. Plush, tufted cushions add the final, inviting touch. Scandinavian design and durable materials make this chair an easy choice for outdoor entertaining spaces.

Farmhouse Lounge Chair from Bend Goods

Bright and colorful, the Farmhouse Lounge Chair is certainly an eye-catcher. An intricate geometric pattern crafted from welded wire makes this chair a work of art. Add in the sloped recline and curved seat pan and you’re sure to enjoy a relaxing afternoon.

Magis Proust Armchair from Magis

Who doesn’t need their own throne for every space in their home? Elaborate, stylish and funky, the Proust Armchair takes all the details of baroque design and makes them outdoor-worthy. I love how the unexpected design of this chair is combined with bright colors to enhance its character. Sit back and survey your kingdom in style from this one-of-kind chair.

Outdoor Philly Club Chair from Half13

While the profile may look classic, the Outdoor Philly Club Chair is contemporary outdoor seating in every way. Designed and made by Albuquerque-based Damien Velasquez, this chair (and other Half13 designs) is handcrafted entirely out of stainless steel mesh and then treated with a powder coat for a nearly translucent look paired with all-weather durability.

4-Slat Compact Adirondack Chair, Flat from Loll Designs

Classic style is re-invented in 100% recycled materials in Loll’s 4-Slat Adirondack Chair. UV resistance, weatherproofing, hidden fasteners and easy cleaning make this chair an easy choice for any outdoor space. Add in a range of fun, bright colors and a hidden bottle opener under the arm and you have everything you need for an afternoon in the sun.

Bellevie Low Armchair from Fermob

The sleek curves, wide frame and plump cushions of the Bellevie Low Armchair offer the perfect spot to relax. White Sunbrella fabric-covered cushions create a nice contrast to the colorful, thin and flat aluminum fame. Pair with the coordinating Bellevie Low Sofa to create an outdoor lounge space that dares you to pass it by.

Peacock Lounge Chair from Bend Goods

A high, curved back gives the Peacock Lounge Chair its engaging silhouette and inspires its name. The backrest of this lounge chair is designed to wrap around and envelope you for a cozy and comfortable place to rest. Vegan leather cushions made specifically for the chair complete the luxurious feel and look.

Parc Rocking Chair from Cane-line

How could you possibly improve on leisurely lounging outdoors, you ask? Well, that’s easy; upgrade your typical outdoor chair to an outdoor rocking chair! The unique Parc Rocking Chair from Cane-line is a perfect choice. Reinventing the typical wood rocker, it has a curvy metal frame enhanced by beautiful teak wood. The seat is molded into a natural body shape with a gently tilted angle for added comfort.

Pliny the Lounger from Loll Designs

If vintage modern is your style, then Pliny the Lounger is for you. Modeled after the 1940’s motel chairs, Pliny offers mid-century style in a range of bright colors. The tubular frame is crafted from a single piece for a smooth finish without any open ends. The seat and back are made from Loll’s trademark recycled milk jug material. Winner of the Good Design Award, Pliny is a winning addition for your outdoor oasis.

Spirals Teak Lounge Chair from Seasonal Living

No one can deny the beauty of natural teak and it’s suitability for outdoor furniture. Warm and inviting, teak takes on an engaging look in the Spirals Teak Lounge Chair. Curving rows of the plantation teak wood frame combined with Scandinavian style make this chair truly stand out. High arm rests and plump, Sunbrella fabric covered cushions add the finishing touches to this inviting outdoor chair. A wonderful choice for large patios and porches, this lounge chair gives the backyard sophisticated style.

Stripe Casual Chair from Mamagreen

Colorful summer stripes beckon you to take a seat in the Stripe Casual Chair by Mamagreen. I love the bright striped fabric of this chair that draws attention to the boxy aluminum frame. The Twitchell fabric is designed to resist all the elements, so can you use the chair to add a pop of color to any part of your outdoor space.

Delta Chair, Set of 4 from Vondom

Be instantly ready for guests with a set of four Delta Chairs. The distinctive use of negative space in the design of this chair casts fun shadows while making it a standout in the crowd. Perfect for pulling up to the dinner table or gathering around the pool, this weather resistant piece is more than just a chair, it’s also a work of art.

Chair 6 Rocker from Lebello

Mid-century style heads outside with the Chair 6 Rocker. Charming design in weather-friendly materials make this rocker a hit. The woven seat back and seat cushion are available in a range of colors from neutrals to brights and they all complement the FSC-certified teak glides. Perfect for a patio, porch, deck or rooftop, this rocking chair will have you enjoying the outdoors until well after the sun goes down.

1966 Collection Dining Chair With Arms from Knoll

Finally, lovers of iconic design can find a perfect match for their modern outdoor space in Richard Shultz’s 1966 Collection. Customizable from the frame color to the mesh and strap color, the 1966 Collection Dining Chair With Arms has won numerous design awards over the years and it’s easy to see why. The elegant silhouette and graceful upholstery make this chair a visual feast for modern design lovers.

So, ready to while away the hours lounging outside? Then be sure to check out all the modern outdoor garden chairs available for your outdoor space.

Nicole Tatem

Nicole Tatem

Nicole is the Sr. Site Merchandiser for Accessories, Kids, and Textiles at YLiving. She is obsessed with great design in all forms with a special love for jewelry, wine bottle labels, and tableware. When she’s not exploring the many museums and art galleries of the Bay Area, Nicole spends time looking for and visiting obscure and unusual destinations (locally and abroad) while practicing her photography skills.

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