There’s no piece of furnishings that evokes summer season leisure greater than the outside chaise longue.
On a heat summer season day, “they’re something that people gravitate toward,” mentioned Tommy Zung, the principal of New York-based Studio Zung — whether or not that’s by the aspect of a giant pool within the Hamptons or sitting beneath an umbrella in a tiny yard.
To select the proper mannequin in your outside house, contemplate how a lot you’ll lounge moist and dry, suggested Mr. Zung, whose agency has designed not solely seashore homes on the East End of Long Island but additionally its personal line of surfboards.
On a deck or terrace, comfortable upholstery could be fascinating, however by a pool, “you want it to be permeable, to dry off and enjoy the feeling of the warm sun on your skin,” he mentioned, through which case wooden slats or an ethereal material sling could be higher.
Is it well worth the funding to purchase a high-quality chaise product of teak, ipe or powder-coated metal? Only when you don’t wish to purchase a alternative subsequent yr.
As Mr. Zung put it: “You buy it once and buy it right.”
Should it have wheels? In any house the place individuals would possibly wish to reposition a chaise, wheels add comfort. “If it doesn’t have wheels, people scrape the deck,” Mr. Zung mentioned. Exceptions embody rooftops and terraces the place you need furnishings to stay in place.
What sort of material is greatest for cushions? For long-term sturdiness, Mr. Zung really useful on the lookout for UV-resistant materials, like these from Sunbrella.
Does it want an adjustable backrest? It’s not important, however if you’d like to have the ability to lie flat for a nap after studying a e-book, it’s a good suggestion.
Kinney Teak Chaise
Teak chaise with powder-coated metal legs and cushion
$1,300 at Crate and Barrel: 800-967-6696 or crateandbarrel.com
Cape Outdoor Chaise
Aluminum chaise with material sling and wheels
$549 at EQ3: 888-988-2014 or eq3.com
Hefty teak chaise by Gommaire Cleybergh
From $2,995 at Restoration Hardware: 800-762-1005 or rh.com
Powder-coated steel-mesh chaise
$699 at Room & Board: 800-301-9720 or roomandboard.com