Outdoor lounge chairs 2022: 10 trendy styles for alfresco socializing

Take five with our top selection of outdoor lounge chairs. Sit back and relax in your front yard, sprawl out on your patio or exercise self-care in another external space.

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Owning one or more outdoor lounge chairs is one of life's little pleasures. Where being sloth-like might be one of the seven deadly sins, lounging about outside is an enjoyable pastime for many of us.

Whether you're laid on your back, sat upright, or somewhere in between, having a bit of me-time with arguably the best garden furniture piece is good for the mind, body, and soul.

You might use it to supervise the kids playing (armed with a coffee of course), or be a little more self-indulgent drinking something alcoholic. Heck, whatever your reason, we've got a wide selection for all purposes (including poolside options and even furniture that can be submerged in water too).

And as the days get longer in the summer months, what's better than enjoying a balmy evening with friends, family, good food, cozied up with a couple of blankets to counter the occasional breeze? The majority are folding outdoor lounge chairs so when the climate does change, you can pack them away and protect them from the elements.

Outdoor lounge chairs for chilling out back

'Outdoor lounge chairs have come a long way. Remember the rickety old plastic of your youth? They were made for outside — and you wouldn’t think of bringing them inside,' says Katie Fritz, content manager, Article (opens in new tab).

'These days, modern outdoor furniture can be indistinguishable from indoor furniture. It’s given the same attention to detail and thoughtful design, but with added weather-proofing. Outdoor spaces are often last on a home’s to-do list, but modern outdoor lounge chairs are an easy first pick that’ll bring extra life to your garden or your living room.'

'Modern patio lounge chairs made from materials like rattan, aluminum, steel, wood, cord, and recycled fabrics, work just as well inside as on your deck. And with plenty of different styles, you’ll have no trouble finding something that’ll support you while you sip margaritas in the sunshine.'

Weekender Teak Lounge Chair made with white umbrella canvas that is UV, mold, and water-resistant.

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1. Anthropologie weekender teak lounge chair

Dimensions: H31 x W20 x D17 in | Colors available: 2

We can all get on board with this outdoor lounge chair, available from Anthropologie. A simple, understated design for your deck, it also doubles up as a boujie and rather cosmopolitan option for impromptu beach trips. Sink into your seat comfortably, and without shuffling with the built-in cushion and supporting armrests. This contemporary lounger has been designed with ergonomics and elegance in mind, that's for sure. Also available in a smart navy hue.


A pink and yellow wicker outdoor lounge chair by Urban Outfitters

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2. Urban Outfitters Outdoor Woven Chaise

Dimensions: H37.5 x W20.4 x L36.6 in| Colors available: 2

Relax and rejuvenate in your backyard oasis with this woven lounge chaise with an iron frame. This chaise by Urban Outfitters features a geometric pattern that creates a subtly chic bohemian aesthetic. Go for a neutral scheme with the black, white and taupe version, or add a color pop in your outdoor paradise with pink and yellow. Collapses for easy storing.


A wooden outdoor folding lounge deck chair with floral motif by Deny, available exclusively at Urban Outfitters

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3. Deny Sylvie Light Floral Outdoor Folding Chair

Dimensions: H32 x W45 x L24.5 in| Colors available: 1

Camouflage in your garden with this whimsical outdoor folding chair from Deny, exclusively available at Urban Outfitters. With its romantic floral design, it'll add a Midsummer's night aesthetic to your garden, whether you're green-fingered or not. Weighing just 8lbs, pack it up to go to the park for an alfresco picnic lunch, or simply enjoy sitting on your front porch.


A synthetic wicker and aluminum frame outdoor lounge chair from Article

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4. Article Calova rattan outdoor lounge chair

Dimensions: H30.5 x W28 x D36 in| Colors available: 1

Make a bohemian style statement while basking outside with this curvy-but-cute outdoor lounge chair from Article. With solid Acacia legs, a powder-coated aluminum frame and synthetic wicker construction, yes, it's a little on the pricey side, but it'll last for years to come. Layer an ethnic-inspired printed towel over it for an even more exotic feel.

Love this stripped-back aesthetic? We've more where that's from with our best rattan garden furniture picks.


Solid acacia wood outdoor lounge chair with matching ottoman in garden with palm plants

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5. West Elm Bondi outdoor lounge chair and ottoman

Dimensions: H28.7 x W27.1 x D31.4 in| Colors available: 2

We like when things are affordable and well-made. We like it even more when they come with little surprises that make the purchase even better value. So you can only imagine our faces when we realized that this gorgeous sage, white, and kiln-dried solid Acacia wood outdoor lounge chair came with an accompanying ottoman to rest our feet or prop our possessions on. Rest and relax solitarily or buy another set for some company. Also comes in a black and white chevron motif, but whichever colorway you choose, there's no doubting that this is one of the best wooden garden furniture sets we've seen.


Positano Rattan Indoor/Outdoor Chaise Lounge

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6. Anthropologie Positano rattan indoor/outdoor chaise lounge

Dimensions: H39.75 x W30 x D72.75 in | Colors available: 1

Stretch out like a cat who got the cream with this elegant chaise longue from Anthropologie. Unlike a hammock or typical outdoor lounge chair, this piece of furniture comes with a guard on one side - perfect for if you get too cozy and want to sleep on your side without fear of falling off the chair.


Crate&Barrel Simeon Outdoor Wicker Lounge Chair with Cushion

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7. Crate&Barrel Simeon outdoor wicker lounge chair with cushion

Dimensions: H x W x D in | Colors available: 1

This sculptural piece of furniture from Crate&Barrel doubles up as a piece of art and a swish outdoor lounge chair too. With curved armrests and a subtly-striped acrylic Sunbrella® fabric and foam cushion, you'll want to spend every spare minute outdoors. The superhero of textiles, this functional material is breathable, easy to clean, UV resistant, water resistant and mold and mildew resistant.


White Frontgate Soleil Chair

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8. Frontgate soleil lounger

Dimensions: H x W x D in | Colors available: 1

Swap the inflatable plastic or rubber lilo for a more sustainable and grown-up option with this outdoor lounge chair that can be used in the pool or beside it. Made from durable polyethylene, it can sit within nine inches of water. All you have to do is remove the plug from the bottom of the base, flip the chair, and hold it underwater. once it fills, the unit will remain in place on your Baja shelf (the extended top shelf / shallow part of your pool). Magic.


Crate&Barrel Lanai aqua mesh chaise outdoor lounge chair made from polyester and mesh material with adjustable height feature

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9.  Crate&Barrel Lanai aqua mesh outdoor chaise lounge

Dimensions: H22 x W29.52 x D77 in | Colors available: 2

Add bright beach club vibes to your outdoor space with this aquamarine, adjustable height outdoor lounge chair from Crate&Barrel. The bright blue hue will add a Mediterranean feel to your exterior space and is the perfect place to soak up some sun with a cocktail in one hand and a good book in another. For those that are a little color-shy, you'll be pleased to know it's also available in black too.


Crate&Barrel Zuma outdoor upholstered left arm chaise lounge

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10. Crate&Barrel Zuma outdoor upholstered left arm chaise lounge

Dimensions: H13 (flat) x W25.6 x L81.5 in | Colors available: 1

Our gardens and outdoor spaces have become the 'fifth room' in our home, so get some fresh air and alfresco family by swapping the sofa for an upholstered outdoor lounge chair, and the TV for an outdoor projector

Designed in a neutral grey colorway, you won't have to worry about plasticky-looking deck chairs, or maintaining wood with treatments and stains. Though it's a tad pricier than our more accessible options, you won't have to worry about tracking down the best outdoor cushions, because these already come with coordinated back and side ones. Couple up with the matching ottoman for an indulgent look.


Coastal outdoor lounge chair with rattan frame and matching ottoman

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How to style outdoor lounge chairs

'Turn your decking/paving area into an outside living room. First, use a pressure washer to give your decking or paving a thorough clean,' says Tristan Sissons, Garden buying manager, Homebase (opens in new tab).

'To create a really relaxing and homely space, invest in an outdoor sofa and achieve maximum comfort by adding some outdoor decorations. To provide warmth you may also want to think about adding a fire pit.

Christina joined the Real Homes team as a digital writer in June 2021. Prior to this she worked on Good Home magazine and events. She lived closed to Epping Forest and is spoiled for choice with lush green spaces, but loves her own English garden that adjoins her ground-floor maisonette, complete with a floral melange of roses, lavender, jasmine and an apple tree.


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