My genius plan was to have the house exterior renovated the last two weeks of July, stain the deck in the beginning of August, and then share some deck and patio decor right now, but the roofers just started yesterday (yay!), so everything is a little behind, but I wanted to share my new modern patio loungers anyway. Just picture them on a black deck with dark grey siding. Ordering big ticket items online can be so difficult so I wanted to share a review of the amazingly comfy patio loungers we bought – and my process for choosing these from a sea of stylish patio loungers. Plus, decor blogs are so overrun with reviews sponsored by brands (I’m guilty too), so I thought a review of something I bought would be a breath of fresh air!
For anyone who scoffed at outdoor furniture prices (um, some of those sofas cost more than an indoor one!), now’s the time to capitalize on great deals – although the modern patio loungers I bought are actually always a pretty fair price. They were $400 for the pair, with free shipping, which was a pretty great deal. When I was shopping for modern patio loungers, I was shocked by some $500, $1000, $2000+ (!) price tags. I’m sure the quality increases a lot with price, but these feel very sturdy and really comfortable so I don’t think we sacrificed too much – hopefully they last!
The biggest problem with our old patio loungers, an expensive collapsible style from Wal-Mart, (aside from the fact they are kinda ugly) was that the foam took days, sometimes weeks, to fully dry after a rainfall. Any time we sat on them, we would squash out the water and it looked like we had peed on the deck. These were perfect for the sheltered veranda of the apartment we lived in when we bought them, but they weren’t practical now.
I decided I wanted a mesh lounger, which would dry quickly, but I started to doubt how comfortable that would be for serious lakeside lounging. When I found this pair of modern patio loungers, I found the best of both worlds: a quick drying mesh, topped with a waterproof cushion. If, for some reason, the cushion ever retains water (so far, so good but it’s been really dry lately), we can set them somewhere to dry and just use the loungers with the mesh. I liked that versatility.
I toyed with the idea of some teak patio loungers (especially because I love the look of warm wood tones with charcoal grey) but I didn’t want the maintenance of wood. (Although I really, really toyed with the idea of these West Elm wood patio loungers because of their mid-century modern styling). I ended up getting a pair of mid-century modern style patio chairs (photos soon!) and they have retro teak legs, so there’s a tiny bit of warm wood in the overall look. I also wanted our new patio loungers to blend in with the house exterior because I want the focal point to be our stunning copper roof. I also liked the square metal frame because it matches the square metal tubing we used to constructed our DIY welded and wood-burned step. When I bought these modern patio loungers online, I was nervous about the shade of grey but the color was true to photos and the fabric has a great texture to it – with kind of a mid-century modern vibe, like a vintage suit (in a good way).
Another thing I wanted was a style that can become totally flat. I honestly really would have loved an outdoor sofa, but it would block the lake view from the living room so these modern patio loungers are the next best thing for comfort and, even better than a sofa, they can easily be transformed to a completely flat position which keeps the beautiful view clear (and it’s great for napping!). There are a few adjustable settings for the angle, which adds to the comfort.
I am really happy with my purchase! We are also upgrading our patio dining furniture with a new DIY’d table and mid-century modern inspired chairs, so I’m looking forward to styling this patio (click here for those adorable turquoise nautical rope outdoor pillows – there’s a simpler version too) and hope we have a warm fall to enjoy it. But seriously, I’ll hang out here in my snowsuit if I have to, to eek out as much time as possible with our renovated exterior! I’ll be sharing renovation updates in my Instagram stories, so make sure you’re following me on the Gram (there’s already a sneak peek of the roof there).
Patio Loungers | Turquoise Nautical Knot Outdoor Pillows | Large Black Planters: c/o Home Hardware (this looks super similar) | DIY Metal and Wood Step | Side Table: Vintage (similar – comes in pale aqua too!)