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by Sabah Karimi
A chaise lounge is suitable for an indoor or outdoor setting depending on the frame style and construction. Chaise lounges offer an alternative to traditional seating, and they add an elegant, sophisticated touch to any living space. If you are furnishing your deck, garden or living room, consider a few things before investing in a chaise lounge. Look at the chaise lounge fact sheet below to learn more about this popular chair type.
The name: The name comes from the French "chaise longue," which translates as "long chair." While some purists insist that "chaise longue" is the only correct name, the term "chaise lounge" is widely considered to be acceptable.
Function: Chaise lounges are designed to accommodate one or two people who want to sit comfortably with their legs stretched out in front of them. This type of seating is most appropriate for leisurely spaces such as bedrooms, patios, sunrooms and decks where the person sitting in the chair can assume a reclining position for relaxation.
Types: Chaise lounges can furnish indoor and outdoor settings and can be made with a variety of materials, including teak wood, hardwood, aluminum, resin wicker, wrought iron, recycled plastic, regular plastic and metal. Chaise lounges designed for indoor use are typically upholstered with plush fabric and cushions, and they may have long armrests and thick padded seats.
Styles: Indoor and outdoor chaise lounges are available in several styles to complement the theme and decor of your living space. The most common styles of chaise lounges include modern or contemporary, traditional and transitional. Indoor and outdoor chaise lounges can be designed in several frame styles to accommodate one or two people. You can choose between a single chaise or double-chaise style depending on your needs and available space.
Benefits: The primary benefit of a chaise lounge over a regular patio chair, sofa or armchair is that the person sitting in the chair can lean back in a comfortable position and relax. Many loungers are designed with built-in armrests and long foot rests, eliminating the need for extra support furniture. Some patio loungers fold, which means you can dismantle them within a few minutes and store them away when not in use.
Considerations: When purchasing a chaise lounge for your patio, living room or bedroom, you can choose from styles that come with their own padded cushions or just the frame. Purchasing the frame may be less expensive than purchasing the whole set, and you can accentuate the frame with your own set of cushions or pillows to match the decor and theme of your living space. If you are looking for an outdoor chaise lounge that can be stored easily when not in use, consider investing in a lounge chair with wheels. These types of chaise lounges can be folded up and wheeled into a storage unit or closet quickly and efficiently.