It comes as no surprise that outdoor chairs are the outdoor furniture item most often included in our clients’ final landscape designs. If you’re renovating an outdoor space, chances are you plan on lingering to enjoy it—and beautiful, functional seating is required.
What is surprising to us this year is the number and variety of outdoor seating applications in our client designs. Historically, outdoor social and living spaces have been reserved for the backyard, but no longer.
Functional front yards and side yards are hugely in demand in 2022. Our clients not only want spaces to recline and enjoy the view from their front porch, but also patio furniture and dining sets for front yard hardscapes, elevated lawn chairs for side yard fire pit lounges—and more.
As the leading landscape design firm, we’ve been able to crowdsource (via our clients) a list of the most popular outdoor chairs in 2022. Out of over 171 chairs available from our partner retailers, the following 10 are the most-popular in our clients’ shoppable landscape designs so far this year (we threw in a few staff favorites as well). These chairs are all popular because they are beautiful, functional, and durable.
10 Outdoor Chairs Most-Loved by Our Clients
Highland Dunes Woking Solid Wood Folding Adirondack Chair: Best Folding Chair
West Elm Portside Outdoor Adirondack Chair in Weathered Grey: Most Versatile Chair
Crate and Barrel Vista II Black Outdoor Adirondack Chair: Best Sustainable Chair
RH Outdoor Balmain Teak Lounge Chair: Best Minimal Modern Chair
West Elm Solid Pine Folding Chair in Light Brown: Best Modern Boho Chair
RH Outdoor Balmain teak dining chair – Best Dining Chair
01 Lecco Teak Outdoor Chair by CB2
Used in over 80 Yardzen designs so far in 2022
Price: $899 (on sale now for $764.15)
Lounge chairs, like this one, are included in over 70% of our clients’ designs. They are super versatile and work for a porch or patio, poolside, or around a fire pit. This chair in particular is used more often than any other outdoor chair in Yardzen designs and has a more modern boho style, but also works for tropical, desert, or coastal designs.
We love the casual vibe and that the frame is built with FSC ®-certified teak. Although this chair is suitable outdoor use, CB2 sells a cover separately that should be used during inclement weather to keep the chair looking great for years to come.
02 Acapulco Black Outdoor Chair by CB2
Used in over 69 Yardzen designs so far in 2022
Price: $299 (on sale now for $254.15)
This unique outdoor chair is perfect for patios because it’s space-conscious, affordable, and versatile. It’s easy to group a few of these chairs in contemporary, traditional, or modern outdoor living spaces and looks especially great in retro, modern bohemian, moditerrananean, tropical, or craftsman style landscapes.
The Acapulco chair is constructed with a black powder-coated steel tube frame and handwoven PVC cord—so it will hold up over time, especially if you use a chair cover (sold separately by CB2).
03 Natural Woking Solid Wood Folding Adirondack Chair by Highland Dunes
Used in over 65 Yardzen designs in 2022 so far
This popular adirondack not only has perfect traditional classic style, but is foldable for easy storage. With armrests that double as cupholders, these chairs are perfect for relaxing spaces that overlook a yard or waterfront view. This outdoor chair is heavy-duty and made of solid wood.
04 Portside Outdoor Adirondack Chair in Weathered Grey by West Elm
Used in over 63 Yardzen designs so far in 2022
This adirondack chair from West Elm is a designer (and client) favorite because of its versatility in design. It’s not only good for a variety of outdoor living spaces, but design styles as well—it works just as well on a traditional front porch as it does in a modern farmhouse patio or moditerranean poolside lounge.
This high-quality reclining chair is made with moisture-resistant solid mahogany and solid eucalyptus wood that is FSC®-certified and from responsibly managed forests.
05 Vista II Black Outdoor Adirondack Chair by Crate and Barrel
Used in over 58 Yardzen designs so far in 2022
The black finish on this traditional classic adirondack gives it a modern edge. While we do love how the Vista II looks—what we really love is that it’s made of Polywood—a weather-resistant high-density polyethylene recycled from plastic bottles. Crate and Barrel also sells a matching ottoman if serious relaxation is your goal.
06 Balmain Teak Lounge Chair by RH Outdoor
Used in over 54 Yardzen designs so far in 2022
This contemporary teak outdoor lounge chair isn’t the cheapest on this list, but holy cow is it gorgeous. Our clients with moditerranean or modern farmhouse yards especially love the Balmain, which is part of a line that includes a sofa, ottoman, chaise lounge, sectionals, coffee tables, side tables, outdoor dining sets, and bar seating.
The Balmain sofa is actually one of the most popular outdoor sofas with Yardzen clients, and the whole set is also available with an aluminum frame.
07 Solid Pine Folding Chair in Light Brown by West Elm
Used in over 54 Yardzen designs in 2022 so far
This solid pine folding chair from West Elm is perfect for informal spaces and looks great in modern bohemian style landscape designs. It comes in a variety fo colors, but our clients are fans of the natural pine wood finish. Another plus—it’s made and assembled in the USA.
08 The Chair by Neighbor
Used in over 51 Yardzen designs in 2022 so far
The Chair by Neighbor is a super-unique lounger with an FSC ®-certified teak frame and cushion covers made of durable Sunbrella® solution-dyed acrylic outdoor fabric (which also comes in a dark Coal color, but our clients love the light Canvas version).
The round legs and woodgrain texture are eye-catching and work well in modern farmhouse landscapes and the hand-stretched weather-resistant polyester rope back gives the piece interest from all angles. And as of last year, Neighbor offers the cushion covers in beautiful additional colors that are made using post-industrial recycled fiber. The Sofa by neighbor is just as cool and is one of the most popular outdoor sofas with our clients.
09 Bali Afternoon Lounge Chair by Hati Home
Used in over 49 Yardzen designs so far in 2022
Bali Afternoon is our favorite outdoor rattan chair and is perfect for laid back modern boho landscape designs (maybe alongside a hammock). The frame is high-grade teak, and the rattan is 100% recyclable synthetic with UV treatment for endurance. This chair is sure to lend some natural vibes to your outdoor space.
10 Balmain teak dining chair by RH Outdoor
Used in over 48 Yardzen designs in 2022 so far
The 10th most popular outdoor chair in our clients’ designs this year is a dining chair! So far in 2022, 28% of our clients requested an outdoor area that includes dining chairs for their landscape design. Outdoor dining rooms, bistro sets, or bar seating that allow for al fresco meals or outdoor entertaining are more popular as ever.
The Balmain teak dining chair from RH is part of the same collection as our beloved lounge chair earlier in this list, and the Balmain outdoor couch in included in our roundup of most-loved sofas.
Yardzen Staff’s Favorite Outdoor Chairs
The Chair by Neighbor
Used in over 51 Yardzen designs in 2022 so far
Neighbor’s The Chair is not only a client favorite, but a staff favorite as well! Our Growth Director adores the two she uses alongside the outdoor sofa from the same set on her backyard patio—pictured above.
Swing Chair with Stand by Infiniti Furnishings
Used in over 34 Yardzen designs in 2022 so far
7% of Yardzen clients this year are asking for a hanging chair in their landscape design, and this wicker rattan beauty, available at Wayfair, is their favorite (and ours, to be honest). Hanging chairs were once a novelty or reserved for eccentrically designed or overtly bohemian spaces, but we’re seeing them being incorporated in more designs across the contemporary style spectrum.
Although this chair looks laid back, it’s well-constructed and has a 300-pound weight capacity—so it can take some abuse (kids find it irresistible and will pile in). The cushions that come with this chair include a headrest and backrest, making it extremely cozy.
Santorini Outdoor Teak Swivel Chair by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
A gorgeous and unexpected silhouette.
This outdoor lounge chair by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams takes its inspiration from the exquisite architecture of the warm Greek island of Santorini.
We love this swivel chair because of its visually stunning silhouette and unexpected details. Crafted with natural teak, which is ideal for withstanding exposure to the elements, the rounded shape is accentuated with contrasting braided rope details and plush cushions for sink-in comfort.
Eden Outdoor Swivel Rocking Chair in Silver by yardbird
The most-loved rocker in Yardzen designs this year
This is our most popular rocking chair—far from the traditional wooden rocker loved by grandparents the world over—this rocker has elevated classic style.
The metal frame is sturdy commercial grade aluminum that will never rust and is hand-painted to appear like weather teak, with an additional protective layer to make it scratch resistant, and the cushion covers are Sunbrella fabric—so this outdoor rocking chair will stand the test of time!
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Our top-notch designers then develop a personalized vision for your yard, shared through 3D renderings, 2D plan drawings, and plant and material lists. Your design will capture the look, feel, and function you are hoping for, and will be outfitted with materials and elements from our retail partners that you or your contractor can actually purchase.
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