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Adirondack Chairs: Weatherproof and Environmentally Friendly


Adirondack chairs became popular in the early 20th century, when they were used in tuberculosis sanitoria.

Their wide armrests and backward-slanted seat helped make breathing easier for the tuberculosis patients who lounged in them.

Invented by Thomas Lee between 1900 and 1903, the original prototypes were constructed from single, knot-free planks of Eastern Hemlock. They were built to withstand the rugged terrain of – you guessed it – the Adirondacks.

They’re still built to weather the elements, but these days, Adirondacks are usually constructed from teak, aluminum, and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE).

This season at Rich’s, we’re showcasing MADirondack, a modern take on the Adirondack style. Manufactured by Seaside Casual, these sleek, stylish, ergonomic chairs have a seat height of 14 inches and an arm height of 22 inches.

The frame, which Rich’s stocks in “heathered smoke,” is constructed of EnviroWood®, 100% High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) lumber. EnviroWood replicates the look of wood, but is non-porous and resistant to fading, staining, warping, and other issues common to wood furnishings.

The side table pictured above is the perfect companion for the MADirondack. Built to match the MADirondack chair, the slightly lower round top is the perfect height for effortlessly reaching for your favorite beverage while lounging.

Rich’s showrooms also have Adirondack furnishings manufactured by Polywood.

Polywood was the first American company to create outdoor furniture from recycled plastic materials. They recycle millions of landfill-bound and ocean-bound plastic containers every year, and they reuse any scrap from the production floor.

Built to withstand years of hot sun, snowy winters, salt spray, and heavy winds, Polywood furniture resists stains and corrosive substances, and isn’t prone to splinter, crack, chip, peel, or rot.

Visit Rich’s and ask to see our selection of Adirondack chairs, tables, and accessories, as well as our environmentally friendly dining furniture, lounge furniture, and fire pits.

We have 7 showrooms in Bremerton, Bellevue, Lynnwood, Tukwila, Tacoma, and Mount Vernon, Washington and Tigard, Oregon. We’re open Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sundays, noon-5pm.