A chaise lounge is one of the most comfortable and versatile kinds of outdoor furniture. Because they allow reclining and adjustment, they can be used for a variety of purposes and add style to any decor. While traditional indoor chaise lounges are usually a solid piece, outdoor chaises often have separate cushions and frames, or may consist only of a frame.

Chaise Materials and Construct

Outdoor chaises are more durable than traditional indoor chaise lounges, made of materials like:

  • Teak, which naturally withstands all kinds of weather

  • Plastic, which can take more wear and tear than indoor furniture

  • Metal, which is sturdy and functional.

Many are also treated to withstand the sun's rays, as well as resist wind, rain, soil, and stains. They are often designed to be fast drying, so they can be used even after a rain shower.

Chaise Cushions and Frames

Many manufacturers sell multi-purpose chaise cushions that can be used with a variety of frame styles, including:

  • Wood
  • Aluminum
  • Wicker
  • Wrought iron
  • Plastic
  • Painted or finished metal.

Cushions are available in a variety of prints, including solids, stripes, and prints, and some have ties to secure them to the frame.

Chaise Styles and Options

Chaises are available in straight styles, and contoured styles, which form to the body. While traditional chaise lounges are solid and fixed in one position, outdoor chaises are usually adjustable, and can be set to several different heights and positions. Some adjust simply by pushing down the chair's back, while others have a lever.

Some chaises are wheeled for easy movement and repositioning. Many are stackable, which are especially useful for public places, which may have quite a number of chaises that need to be moved and stored easily.

Outdoor Chaise: Safety and Protective Features

Many new outdoor chaises are equipped with several safety features to make them more secure. They usually have a spacer, an aluminum brushing that separates the headrest from the rest of the chair, with stainless steel washers on each side. These washers prevent the spacer from wearing a hole through the frame, which could cause the headrest to become wobbly.

Because outdoor chaises are often moved frequently, they can become damaged due to dragging. Many manufacturers prevent this by using sled-base construction, commercial grade skids, or wear plates, which help secure the chaise. Those with commercial grade sled-bases usually have two braces under the body of the chair, and two supports on each side. This prevents the frame from bending, breaking, or warping from heavy or repeated use.