The Hot New (Old) Trend In Outdoor Furniture – Adirondack Is Back!
It’s not a big surprise that an all-American classic like the Adirondack Chair has made a huge come back in the last few years. This fad is spreading quickly as families all over America are taking the opportunity to spend their free time relaxing and kicking back in a carefully designed outdoor living space. I remember as a 6 year old kid, sliding completely into one of these great old chairs, my feet swinging over the edge, while my grandpa and I peeled the apples we picked and mused about the warm, homeade apple pie mounded with melting ice cream that we just knew granny would have for us after we ate supper. With cool lemonade on the wide arm rest, the breeze was soft and warm. When Grandpa told his stories it made time fly by. It’s really no mystery why we like to unwind and relax outside, whether it’s in your garden area, on the deck, out on the patio, or sitting on the porch watching the neighborhood. There just isn’t a better way to do that than to sit down in a deep seated, high backed, comfortable Adirondack and leave your troubles behind.
You’ll be happy and shocked to find a great variety of Adirondack style furniture available right now. The original style has not only stood the test of time, but the Adirondack sensation has exploded with a great assortment of colors, finishes, styles, and material. Classic Adirondack furniture is built with wood that is known for resisting deterioration and bugs including oak, red or white cedar, cherry, or cypress. The wood chosen will vary by location as do specific designs. A hot addition to conventional Adirondack is outdoor furnishings constructed with polymer “lumber” that is made out of recycled plastic packaging, milk jugs, and other things. Not only is this an environmentally sound way to buy furniture, but you will also have some advantages with longevity, durableness, ease of care, and colors aren’t going to pale because the pigment is mixed through the plastic resin with UV inhibitors for added protection.
So where exactly did this little piece of Americana come from? Well, the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, of course. This design was prevalent among the various vacation resorts and mountain retreats that were prominent in those days. By the 1940s they were just about every place. The furniture style moved to the south and headed west fast. As the Adirondack design started growing in popularity, and found its way around the country, influences regionally began showing up. The design was applied to a large assortment of styles of outdoor furniture which include; gliders, porch swings, benches, rocking chairs, and because of our French Canadian neighbors, a piece referred to as the “tete a tete” which means literally; “head to head”. This fanciful little design incorporates a couple of chairs and a table between them constructed as one piece. What a perfect way to spend a lazy Spring day with somebody you love!