Adirondack Chair Dimensions (with Drawings)
Adirondack chairs have a classic shape and style you recognize instantly. The primary features are a seat that tilts downward toward the back and a tall backrest consisting of individual slats. Other main components of Adirondack chairs are wide armrests and often contoured backs.
Although dimensions of individual Adirondack chairs vary, typically, they’re about 26 to 28 inches wide and roughly 35 inches tall. The seat depth of an Adirondack chair is about 22 inches, and armrests are between 27 and 35 inches. Of course, the higher numbers will get you a more oversized chair, and there are also smaller kid versions.
The oversized, outdoor lounge chairs beckon for people to come sit and relax to enjoy the fresh air. For many, they stir up images of lounging on a beach or sitting on the porch of a mountain retreat. This latter vision makes perfect sense since the chairs get their name from the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York.
Different Types and Sizes of Adirondack Chairs
Clearly, all Adirondack chairs share similar qualities in terms of shape and general design. However, you can still find many different styles, from classic wooden chairs to molded plastic. You can also find Adirondack benches, rocking chairs, folding chairs, kid sizes, and even those with matching ottomans.
No matter what style you choose, Adirondack chairs should be water and weatherproof. After all, their main function is as an outdoor chair. But, beyond that, it’s up to you to carefully consider what will work best for your yard and lifestyle.
You need to think about size, color, and any special features you might need. Special features could include things like portability, attached cup holders, slide-out footrests, and more.
You also want to know ahead of time where you plan to put your Adirondack chair or chairs. This planning is vital so you can ensure you get the appropriately-sized chair for your intended layout.
Here’s a closer look at the different sizes and styles of Adirondack chairs so that you can make an informed decision.
Classic Adirondack Chairs
A classic, wooden Adirondack chair is beautiful in its simplicity. It stands alone, with no attachments or folding features but lots of aesthetic appeal. The average size of a standard Adirondack chair is about 34 to 35 inches tall, with a seat approximately 24 to 28 inches wide.
When you factor in the arms, the overall width of an Adirondack chair is roughly 27 to 30 inches. The seat depth is usually 22 inches, and the armrests are between 27 and 35 inches deep.
Some people leave their Adirondack chairs as is, enjoying the design elements of the piece. Others opt to add a bit more soft comfort with padded cushions on the backrest and seat.
If you decide to get cushions, measure your chair first to get the appropriate size. Some Adirondack chairs will include, or offer at an extra cost, perfectly-sized cushions for the particular chair.
Modern Style Adirondack Chairs
If you prefer a bit more streamlined profile, you could consider a more modern style Adirondack chair. These versions feature a bit less of a rustic, classic design, usually with slightly slimmer arms and a straight-edge back.
For example, the SERWALL contemporary Adirondack chair features three wide slats for a backrest. The slats stand at an even height instead of the more contoured classic design. This chair has a bit more of a beach or poolside vibe to it.
It’s a sleeker, smaller size at roughly 26 to 27 inches wide, counting the arms. Plus, the overall depth of the chair is about 32 inches, with arms 27.8 inches deep. But, it’s still extremely sturdy, handling a typical load capacity of 380 pounds.
Folding Adirondack Chairs
If you really need to be mindful of available space, then a folding Adirondack chair might be best. You can set it up as needed and even move it around easily.
You can find folding chairs in all sorts of styles, from classic to contemporary. When in its open position, a folding Adirondack chair has similar dimensions to one that doesn’t fold. Although some models can be a bit smaller, making it easier to move the folded chair around and store it.
For example, this option from SERWALL is 35.8 inches tall at the highest point of the curved back. It also has an overall depth of 32.9 inches, armrests 29.4 inches deep, and a seat depth of 21.3 inches.
However, the overall width of the seat is a slim 20.3 inches. But, the chair still holds up to 380 pounds.
To add a bit of variety to your outdoor seating area or a cozy spot for two, try an Adirondack bench. It’s basically two chairs in one, perfect for snuggling up under a blanket with your favorite person or pet.
Adirondack benches share similar heights, depths, and armrest features as single chairs. Of course, the biggest differences are the width and that each person only gets one armrest. Or, you can look for benches featuring a middle armrest, some of which even fold up out of the way.
The width of this particular bench is 55 inches, with an overall depth of 33.3 inches. The overall height is 35 inches, but each backrest is 28.3 inches tall.
Adirondack Rocking Chair
Many times, when relaxing on your front or back porch, nothing beats sitting in a rocking chair.
The gentle rocking motion helps you unwind, and an outdoor rocking chair makes a great addition to a porch. Adirondack rocking chairs have similar dimensions to regular rocking chairs. Standard rockers are roughly 37 to 45 inches tall, 26 to 30 inches wide, and 32 to 27 inches deep.
Adirondack rocking chairs will typically fall within these measurements, sometimes being slightly deeper or wider. For example, the Christopher Knight Malibu Adirondack Rocker is 38.75 inches tall and 29.50 inches wide. It’s somewhat deeper than a standard rocker, measuring 38.25 inches deep, due to the classic Adirondack seat style.
Kid-Sized Adirondack Chairs
If you have little ones, you can get kid-size Adirondack chairs so they can join in the outdoor lounging. Incorporating some matching kid-sized rockers into your outdoor seating can keep the style looking cohesive.
A standard kid-size rocking chair comes in several different sizes. You can get the smallest child chairs for about 17 inches wide, 18.5 inches deep, and 23 inches tall.
There are also junior-size chairs that are roughly 22 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and 29.5 inches tall. Youth-size rockers for older children measure approximately 25.5 inches wide, 27.5 inches deep, and 33.75 inches tall.
Adirondack child rockers share dimensions similar to regular rockers. Plus, you can get custom-built chairs to fit your specific requirements.
Ottomans and Footrests for Adirondack Chairs
To add some extra comfort to your Adirondack chair, consider getting a matching footrest or ottoman. Some simply sit in front of the chair, while others can slide underneath the chair.
A typical ottoman for an Adirondack chair is about 22 inches deep, including the feet. The footrest part itself is about 17 to 18 inches deep, and the width is 20 inches. The ottoman’s height typical is higher closer to the chair’s seat, about 14 to 15 inches tall, and slopes downward.
Adirondack Chair with Pull-Out Ottoman
Some Adirondack chairs feature connected ottomans that pull out from underneath the chair.
In this example, the footrest itself is 20 inches deep. When you pull it out, it makes the entire depth of the chair 52 inches.
How much do Adirondack chairs cost?
Adirondack chairs vary in price based on brand, material, and features. But a basic, plastic Adirondack chair typically costs about $15 to $150. If you get a custom-built chair, you could spend closer to $300 or $50 or more.Adirondack ottomans can be anywhere from $50 to $100 apiece. Plus, if you want cushion sets for your chair, you could play anywhere from $50 to $100 for the collection.
What’s the best way to clean an Adirondack chair?
If you have a wooden Adirondack chair, it’s a good idea to repaint or restain it roughly every 1 to 5 years. The frequency depends a lot on the environmental conditions and how exposed the chair is to them. Make sure always to use a paint or stain that is suitable for outdoor use.There are also different types of finishes for various environments. For example, if your chair is in a very wet climate, look for finishes with mold inhibitors. If your chair will spend a lot of time in the sun, find a finish that includes UV protection.Certain unfinished Adirondack chairs, especially teak ones, can remain unfinished and left to weather naturally. Sun exposure and other conditions will weather the wood’s surface but not affect the chair’s structural integrity. To clean your chairs, whether wood or plastic, use mild soap and water every couple of weeks or a pressure washer on a light setting. Always make sure to let your chair dry thoroughly before applying any type of finish. If you ever spill anything on your chair, especially if it’s unfinished, clean it immediately to prevent staining.
Stacy Randall is a wife, mother, and freelance writer from NOLA that has always had a love for DIY projects, home organization, and making spaces beautiful. Together with her husband, she has been spending the last several years lovingly renovating her grandparent's former home, making it their own and learning a lot about life along the way.
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