American furniture makers have precious few hallmark designs that are as integrated into our modern culture as relaxing adirondack chairs. These comfy chairs sport wide armrests and a unique, pleasant, design with a slanted back and seat. In the early 20th century Thomas Lee decided to make some furniture for his large family to relax in. This was in New York state. Lee started tinkering with some boards and eventually came up with the recognizable design we know today. If you have ever spent some time sitting in one you know how comfortable they really are.
It is interesting to note that Lee shared his design ideas with a local carpenter named Harry Bunnell. This man locked on to the idea as something that could be patented and sold to other people. Even though these relaxing adirondack chairs were from the Adirondack region, Bunnell actually patented the chair design as the Westport chair. These chairs quickly gained popularity and have evolved and propagated throughout the country and world ever since. This article takes a closer look at some of the ways the first design has grown to include benches, rockers, and other variations, as well as some other considerations.
So, you need to chill out and figure your patio is just the place for that. You are right. A patio with a couple relaxing adirondack chairs can be just what the doctor ordered. If you have a nice little table nearby and a glass of lemonade you are set. The reclining, low slanted back and seat design can now be found in bench form. This is the kind I have and I really like spending time there with one of my kids. Being able to sit side-by-side with someone has its obvious benefits. You get the same great design and style with more room.
If a rocker is more your speed, you can certainly find relaxing Adirondack chairs available in that form as well. I'm not sure what it is about rockers that is so nice, but they sure seem to be. I suppose the gentle rocking motion takes us back to when we were comforted when a parent would rock us to sleep. It just soothes and relaxes us when we move that way. Add the classic large armrests that adirondacks have and this design makes a really nice option.
The original relaxing adirondack chairs were, of course, made out of wood. They still are. Teak is a favorite, but they are also available generally in cedar and other painted woods. The nice thing about teak and cedar is that they can be left to weather and gray naturally and don't have to be stained or painted. Plastic is another popular material. No maintenance needed with these. And, no possibility of slivers. Some of these chairs even fold up for easy storage.
Many people prefer the classic design, but others opt for the ones that have the extended platform for resting their legs on. There is even a chaise lounge variety that has become very popular. Regardless of your preference for style or material, you will never regret adding some relaxing adirondack chairs to your life. Thank you Mr. Lee and Mr. Bunnell!
A few years ago I looked at a lot of fire pits when I was shopping for one for my husband's birthday. I was quite surprised, and pleased, with the great selection on the market. Besides fire pits, there are some other great options that you may prefer. Lets take a look at all the options available so you can make the best decision for your circumstances.
First, there are the standard fire pits. You can find these made out of a variety of materials and in different shapes and configurations. Most of them look like small tables, usually round or square though you can find fancier shapes, in which there is a steel fire bowl with a ledge around the top edge. The ledge is often what distinguishes each table. I found some made out of black marble, others glass and marble mosaic, slate, granite, bronze and cast iron. In most of them you build a regular fire with wood, but there are gas ones available also. The styles available range from Tuscan to American South West to Asian and others, so there is something to suit any taste or landscaping. Most have fancy cast iron legs, though there are exceptions. Also, almost all fire pits come with a mesh safety screen to go over the fire to help contain random sparks.
Another great option to traditional fire pits, and that have become more popular over the last several years, are chimineas. A chiminea is an outdoor fireplace that is free standing. Traditionally they are earthenware, but you can also find modern styles made from cast iron. The cast iron ones I have seen have come in a variety of molds designs, mimicking many different cultural styles. A chiminea is typically shaped like an upside down light bulb on legs: a bulbous end for the fire with a short chimney. These can really add a classic feel to your back porch or landscaping.
Similar to chimineas, and serve the same basic purpose as fire pits, are outdoor fireplaces. The main difference that I can see is that they do not have the traditional chiminea shape. The box can be round, square or other shape, and there usually is not chimney. All the ones I looked were made of metal, either painted black or stainless steel and some had copper accents.
If you just have a small area, one that wouldn't allow for a fire pit, then a great option for you might be a table top fire bowl. Though one of these might be too small for roasting hot dogs, but you could still manage one marshmallow at a time! These add great ambiance to a basic patio table. Fire bowls have a gas flame, and the available styles are endless. A few that I have seen are copper bowls, hammered polished brass, nickel towers and chrome. As you can guess, they also come in many shapes: round, rectangular, towers (straight and wavy), square, oval etc. Even if fire pits would work for you, or you already have one, these can still have a great place on you patio.
Fire pits can add so much to your landscaping. They offer a place where you can gather with family and friends. The fire pit I ended up getting for my husband was round and copper. Our family spent many summer evenings sitting around the fire, roasting marshmallow for s'mores, talking and laughing. Our entire family has fond memories from those evenings. So, if you are looking for a great way to build family connection, and add some ambiance to your back yard, then fire pits may be for you.
Whether you're throwing a party or not, it would be nice to set up a Tiki bar in your backyard just to add a bit of spice to your place. A Tiki bar can help transform your backyard into a place where you can unwind and relax without having to leave the house or spend a fortune on a weekend getaway. It can also provide the perfect setting for an intimate get-together with family and friends. Even if you don't have much space in your backyard, you can still create a tropical atmosphere with a portable Tiki bar and if you have a pool, it can add a constant party atmosphere to your poolside.
There are two basic types of Tiki bars. The Tiki hut is a house-like structure that usually contains a bar, a seating area, a few tables, and a deck. A portable Tiki bar, on the other hand, is a small structure that often contains simply a bar and three stools, with shelves under the bar top. The most noticeable common element between these two types is the thatched roofing, which goes back several centuries and is a distinct element of Tiki decor all over the world.
If you are a DIY type of individual, you may actually want to build your own Tiki bar. The first thing you need to do is procure a good plan from an experienced builder. Be sure to get a plan containing easy to follow step-by-step instructions complete with illustrations, especially if this is your first time to build a Tiki bar. It is also advisable to get your plan from a builder who can provide assistance and consultation services in the event that you encounter some problems with the building process. If you are already adept at carpentry, you may simply use the plan as a guide and customize the Tiki bar to suit your specific needs and reflect your personality.
If you want to give your Tiki bar a truly authentic feel, you may have to find materials that are not readily available locally, so you'll have to find out where to get them. You may also want to purchase a few pieces of specialty decor to give your bar the ultimate Tiki appeal. The internet can be a good source of these special materials and decor items. With a good plan and the right materials and decor, your Tiki bar should be built and ready for use in just a few days.
Whether you want to become a master party host or you simply want to give your backyard a fresh look, a Tiki bar will definitely provide what you are looking for. And while it has the kind of appeal that automatically invites people to party, keep in mind that this type of bar is primarily made of flammable materials. It is therefore important that you use the proper fire-proofing techniques when building it and ensure safety at all times, especially when there's a party going on. After all, you wouldn't want to see the portable Tiki bar you worked so hard to build suddenly going up in flames. So, get the safety measures set up, crank up the island-inspired music, bring out the tropical drinks and get the party going!