Looking for a resort luxury at home? Then consider a chaise lounge.
A chaise lounge is a long recliner chair designed for the outdoor patio entertaining area. Coming from the French phrase chaise longue, meaning “long chair”, also known as lounger or recliner, is a classic chair that offers a new class and comfort for warm summer days by the pool or lazy hours spent on the deck or patio.
Luxury comes in many shapes and sizes
Loungers come in a variety of styles and materials and are suited for a variety of entertainment situations. Coming in timber or resin, the chaise lounge can come as its own single recliner unit and can be matched with other pieces including tables and settee chairs. The open slat style allows your skin to breathe as you take in the midday sun and the optional side table conveniently houses your refreshments, radio, sunglasses and novel. Similarly, the 3 or 4 recline positions allow you to absorb the sun at exactly the right angle when the sun moves throughout the day.
Irrespective of the build, chaise lounges are made to protect against the sun and other weather elements. Generally the chaise lounge has multiple reclining positions, folds easily for storage and have built-in wheels for mobility. Wooden chaise lounges usually come in kit form, but are simple to construct.
A decorators dream, the chaise lounge can be enhanced with cushions in a myriad of styles and fabrics. This allows you to change the look of your patio area according to the season or indeed the event, for little cost. Match your recliner cushions with your flower bed during spring; add vibrant color for summer or even theme with your company logo colors for a work related cocktail party.
Now for the nitty gritty … How much?
You may be surprised to learn that luxury doesn’t have to be expensive. It is quite possible to find a chaise lounge or recliner made of prestigious wood, such as cedar, for around $150. However, some of the less expensive models may be prone to slacking, due to the slats being made from thin pieces of wood. This could cause problems if you are a little on the heavy side. Cushions vary greatly, almost as much as the loungers themselves. Prices range form $30 up to several hundred.
A quality teak model with wheels, hidden tray and grade A workmanship can cost $500-600 upwards. Less expensive models are available, but all because teak is the chosen material, it doesn’t mean to say it is top quality. Thickness of the wood used, hardware, fixtures, warranty and guarantees are all things to look out for.
For true elegance, craftsmanship build wrought iron loungers have no equal. More expensive than wooden units, they offer a real touch of class. Make sure that any wrought iron piece you buy is rust proof. You’ll want wheels to, as they can be quite heavy. Prices usually start at around $500-$600, although you will be able to find cheaper models.
A lacquer coated resin or recycled plastic outdoor chaise lounge will give an elegant look to any pool and patio area. Usually will transport wheels, 3-5 reclining positions, a top quality item will cost anywhere from $250 upwards. These are not to be confused with the items you can find at your local supermarket. So in summary you can find a decent chaise lounge for around $150 and for that extra touch of luxury and quality prices can even reach $2000.
The chaise lounge; simply delightful!