A chaise lounge is a unique and attractive furniture item that is essentially easy to incorporate into the decor of any room of your home as well as spruce up your patio or outdoor entertaining area. Chaise lounges have a top half similar to those seen with traditional chairs but the seat area continues, providing extra space to relax and stretch out. Additionally, there is a prominent arch in the seat portion of chaise lounge chairs making it easy for you to take a nap, read a book or watch your favorite television program.
Nothing feels better than coming home to a comfortable lounge chair in which you can relax and unwind from the stress of your hectic day. When selecting a chaise lounge it is wise to consider all your options before making a final decision.
An Interesting History
The phrase “chaise lounge” is, in reality, an Americanized version of the phrase “chaise longue.” The latter is a French saying pronounced shayz long, which means “long chair.” Chaise lounge chairs were first produced in the 1500s during a period when stools and benches were the standard seating arrangement and chairs were reserved for royalty or those in leadership. The earliest chaise lounges were constructed from cane or wood. These were soon followed by the American version, which appeared later that century and was actually a variation of what we now call a daybed.
Transforming an Outdoor Entertaining Area
Chaise lounge deck and patio sets can transform any outside seating location into a comfortable and classy outdoor furniture area. You can choose to purchase such chairs as a single item or the chair can be bought as a set with additional pieces such as tables and traditional chairs in a similar style.
There is a vast array of styles and designs from which to choose, therefore it is best to look over all the options and then select the model that best compliments the overall style of your deck or patio.
Outdoor Patio Furniture Cushions
Enhancing your chaise lounge chair with cushions is quite easy, and cushions can be found in a virtually unlimited number of fabrics, colors and styles. This gives you a perfect avenue through which the look of your patio can be changed to match an event or season for a minimum cost. Cushions can be matched with your flower garden during spring, gold and russet colored cushions can be used in autumn, or black and white cushions can be used for a sophisticated cocktail party.
Open slat style chaise lounge chairs are quite popular as they allow your skin to breathe as you relax and soak up the rays of the sun. In addition, models are available which offer the option of a side table for the convenient placement of your sunglasses, newspaper, refreshments or radio.
Certain models also come with the option of three to four different reclining positions, allowing you to change your position as the sun travels through the sky. This option is especially nice when you are spending the majority of the day outdoors.
If you prefer wooden chaise lounges, they can usually be found at a reasonable price in kit form and their assembly is typically quite simple. You may also wish to consider a double arm model as this design provides optimum comfort and works well indoors or outdoors.
Proper Care of Your Outdoor Furniture
Regardless of the model you select, it is important to choose outdoor chaise lounges that are durable and will hold up well against the elements. You must also consider storage space when selecting chaise lounges, as they require protection during the winter months. If you reside in a tropical location, this is not a serious concern; however, the furniture will still need to be protected from wind and rain. Many chaise models fold easily for storage and have wheels built in for ease of mobility.
Chaise lounges can also add style and flair to your home’s interior and will blend well in almost any room where they are placed. Overstuffed chaise lounge chairs are a good indoor choice and you may find that when placed in a living room or bedroom such items can set the entire tone of the room. You can also select cushions for your lounge chair in several colors in order to change the room’s appearance in a moment of time. It can also be fun to make your chair stand out by choosing a vibrant color or an unusual design to create an eclectic but trendy appearance.
Taking Proper Measurements
It is important to measure the area of your home where the chaise lounge chairs will be placed. Chaise lounges come in a vast array of sizes, and what may look terrific on the floor of a furniture store may completely overwhelm the room in which it will be placed. This is particularly important regarding indoor decor, as unlike outside entertaining areas, you do not have an unlimited amount of space in which to work. It is therefore best to double check your measurements in order to be entirely sure before going shopping.
Deciding what type of fabric is best suited to the overall decor of your home is an essential consideration. When shopping, you will find there is a wide selection of materials from which to choose such as cotton, canvas, suede, leather and faux fur. The one you select should be based on which fabric blends best with the decor of your home. Your choice will also depend on whether the furniture will be placed inside the home or outdoors.
Chaise lounges can be comfortably placed in offices, living rooms, bedrooms, decks and patios. Once you have acquired one or more of these charming pieces you will certainly realize why they have been popular since the earliest days of furniture design.