A ritual of summers past was to go into the back of my parent’s garage and drag out an ancient aluminum chaise lounge. This contraption with its flat straps, springs and yellow, green and orange vinyl floral cushions made me feel glamorous. Add sunglasses, an iced drink, baby oil and a copy of Harper’s Bazaar and I was in the Rivera of my dreams.
Flash forward…as a landscape designer who loves to create outdoor living spaces, I’m asked to plan for and purchase chaise lounges more than any other piece of furniture other than those for dining. Sure some people want a conversation area or a kitchen, but that’s after the lounge. Here’s a roundup of chaise lounge options in my resource library for backyards, patios, pools and decks that I have used in the past as well a couple that are new to me.