If you’re looking for new outdoor seating, then why not bring a laid-back holiday vibe to your garden with deck chairs? These traditional, foldable seats are colourful, comfortable and budget-friendly, ideal for relaxing in the sun or shade.
Unlike most garden furniture, deck chairs are portable, so can easily be moved around your garden as much as you like. In fact, they’re so versatile, you can even take them to the park or the beach, or on camping trips, for a little extra comfort.
Lightweight and foldable, they’re easy to store away over winter or when not in use, taking up far less space than most other garden seating. They come in a range of colours and patterns, to suit every style, and because they’re such a simple design – just material stretched over a wooden frame – they tend to be one of the cheapest seating options too.
So check out our list of the best deck chairs on the market, and add some style to your garden with these comfortable and versatile family favourites.
The best garden deck chairs in 2023
Our pick of the best garden deck chairs this year:
Harbour Housewares Set of Two Deck Chairs
For great value, try this set of two deck chairs. The seat has classic blue seaside stripes, with an attractive, light beechwood frame.
Wimborne Rocking Deck Chair
This deck chair is classic and understated with a frame of FSC-certified beech, and a hammock seat that's 100% cotton. We especially like the clever design, with long, sturdy frames on the legs for added stability.
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Premier Housewares Green Deck Chair
This green deck chair has a hardwood frame, is weather resistant and lightweight, so can easily be moved around your garden or stored away during winter. The notches on the legs allow the seating position to be adjusted from upright and laidback.
Interiors By PH Navy/White Deck Chair
This classic blue-and-white striped deck chair will have you mistaking your garden for the beach. It’s foldable, has notches to adjust the seating position and has a weather-resistant hardwood frame.
Harbour Housewares 2 Piece Lime & Green Wooden Deck Chair
Supplied as a pair, these deck chairs have a beech-wood frame and three adjustable reclining positions. The seat slings are made from woven cotton/polyester for extra durability and can be removed easily to put in the washing machine.
Deck Chair 2 Pack – Navy
These two foldable deck chairs have a eucalyptus hardwood frame that has been deep oiled to give a teak-effect finish. The navy sling is weather-resistant and there are three seating positions that you can switch between using the adjustable notches.
Berkfield Folding Beach Chair Solid Wood Teak Grey
This weather-resistant folding deck chair is made from solid teak wood with a grey fabric sling seat. It has three adjustable seating positions and also has arm rests, which are an unusual feature among deck chairs on the market.
Harbour Housewares Reclining Folding Deck Chair
This Harbour Housewares chair is made from natural beach to ensure strength and durability and has a 100% woven polyester canvas with a hydrophobic coating that repels rain. The chair has three reclining positions and comes in eight different colourways so you’re spoilt for choice if looking to brighten up your outdoor area.
Can you leave a deck chair outside?
The simple answer is yes – leaving deck chairs outside is usually okay, especially over the summer. But harsh winters or other extreme weather can damage them, so consider storing your deck chairs indoors when not in use, to protect them from the elements.
If you’re going to keep your deck chairs outside for substantial lengths of time, make sure they’re made from robust materials. Most deck chair frames are wooden. Hardwoods such as teak offer durability in most weather conditions. Wood does usually need some upkeep though, such as oiling or staining, to protect it from moisture and UV rays – always follow the retailer’s recommendations to keep your deck chairs in good condition. Metal or plastic frames are also available, but metal can be damaged by rust, and plastic may be too brittle for constant use.
Whatever the frame is made from, regular cleaning and maintenance can help extend its life, as accumulated dust, dirt and debris can lead to deterioration. Simply wash the frame with soap and water occasionally, avoiding abrasive cleaners that might damage the surface.
The fabric seat sling is the most vulnerable part when left outside. So look for slings that can be removed when not in use or if rain is forecast, and that can be easily washed if they get dirty. Slings are usually weather resistant, but this doesn’t mean weatherproof. It’s okay if you forget to bring them in once or twice but to help them last longer, keep them inside when not in use.
This review was last updated in August 2023. We apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.