Having a backyard and having a backyard you actually use are not one and the same. A surefire way to make your backyard inviting is to have a fire pit. A fire pit will make your backyard the kind of place your family and friends will want to hang out in long after the sun goes down. But even when you’re not entertaining guests, you can curl up by the fire pit with a good book and an old-fashioned.
Of course, no one really wants to just stand around the fire pit — you’ll need quality, comfortable outdoor chairs that can withstand the sun, the rain and the heat and smoke from the fire pit. There are tons of great options that will fit in with your style and offer enough comfort for you and your friends for fireside conversations that stretch late into the night.
Here are a few factors to consider when buying furniture for your fire pit:
Is the chair resistant to sun and rain? Many of the options on this list are made from materials like acacia, which handles moisture well.
Does it have a cushion? A cushion can be comfortable, but fabric can take on the smell of smoke pretty easily. Many of the options on this list have open, woven backs that allow air and moisture to pass through easily.
How tall is the chair? Most of the chairs on this list sit low to the ground. Low chairs can be more comfortable for sitting around a fire because you get the warmth of the fire without the smoke directly in your face.
We’ve rounded up some of the best outdoor chairs for your fire pit, ranging from classic Adirondacks to stylish mid-century modern wood chairs. These are the ones to buy.
1. LL Bean All-Weather Waterfall Adirondack Chair
LL Bean makes classic clothes that beg to be worn while sitting on an Adirondack in an upstate cabin. Turns out, they also make Adirondacks, too. This option comes in a wide range of colors and is pretty much as classic as they come. It’s made from HDPE lumber that uses partially recycled materials.
2. Crate and Barrel Paso Green Outdoor Adirondack Chair
The Adirondack chair is an undisputed classic, but perhaps an update was overdue. The Crate and Barrel Paso chair accomplishes just that, making this option the perfect chair for fire pits. Its shape evokes a classic Adirondack, while the styling details, such as oversized wood panels and squared-off edges that make for a more modern take. It comes in a range of colors, like this stylish green option.
3. Vega Natural Stain Outdoor Patio Chair
This low-slung chair for fire pits is made from solid Acacia wood and has a natural finish, adding extra coziness to your outdoor patio area. The seat and back of the chair are woven with large gaps, allowing for easy airflow. That means that whether you’ve just gotten out of the pool or you’re sitting around the fire, you won’t have to worry about moisture or smoke damaging the fabric.
4. Englewood Outdoor Hammock Weave Patio Chair
Acapulco chairs are remarkably stylish, and they’re always a pleasant surprise to sit in. They don’t look terribly comfortable, but the unique shape and flexible material make them surprisingly supportive yet cozy. This option is available in a few colors (though only black is in stock at the moment) and it comes in a set of two.
5. REI Co-op + West Elm Outward Rope Chair
REI collaborated with West Elm on this camp chair, which is portable enough for a day at the beach but stylish enough to be a permanent fixture in your backyard. The backrest and seat of the chair are made from a rope material inspired by climbing ropes, while the frame is made from sturdy powder-coated steel.
6. REI Co-op Camp Low Chair
BEST FOR CAMPFIRES
Maybe you’d prefer an option that you can take with you for a campsite bonfire. This option from REI is a great pick. It sits low to the ground, for great comfort around the fire. It folds and has an easy shoulder strap for carrying. The padded chair for fire pits can support up to 250 pounds, but it only weighs 8 pounds. Plus, the chair seat is made using recycled polyester, making for a chair that’s light on your back and the planet.
7. CB2 Sunset Teak Lounge Chair
If you’re willing to spend the money (and wait a while), these teak chairs for fire pits from CB2 are a beautiful addition to any outdoor space. Plus, they’re stylish enough for use indoors. They have a distinctive angular shape, giving this chair a modern look. The cushions are plush and comfortable. They are designed to be suited for the outdoors, though you may want to take extra care with these chairs and cover them when it’s raining, or bring the cushions inside.
8. Lena Wooden Garden Bench
A versatile alternative to individual chairs for a fire pit is a bench, and this wooden option is a great one to get. Two people can sit on it, and you can pair it with complementary chairs or place it opposite another bench with the fire pit in between. Like several of the chairs on this list, it’s made from solid acacia wood, which is naturally adept at handling moisture and sunlight.
9. Burr Solid Wood Folding Adirondack Chair
BEST MODERN CHAIR
To call this an Adirondack feels like a stretch, other than the fact that it’s a low-slung outdoor chair for fire pits with a gentle recline. But whatever you want to call it, this chair is a great addition to any outdoor space. The chair is made from solid Acacia wood with a rope seat and back, allowing air to easily pass through. Plus, this chair weighs a modest 16 pounds and folds, making it easy to move around as needed.
10. RealComfort Midnight Patio Adirondack Chair
A plastic chair won’t be as stylish as wood, but its value is hard to beat. This lightweight Adirondack is about the price of lunch, so you can easily stock up on a few for entertaining larger groups. And when you’re done entertaining, these chairs easily stack for convenient storage. The chairs are made from UV-protected plastic, so they’ll withstand the outdoors.
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