Spring is a mere couple of weeks away and summer will be soon to follow. That makes right now the best time to start updating your outdoor furniture collection (or starting one for the first time!).
An outdoor double chaise lounge is a great addition to any porch or poolside, especially for those who plan on having company over or enjoy early-evening snuggles under the stars with their better half. But in order to fully reap the benefits of this outdoor furniture item, it’s crucial that you choose the best one for you and your plans.
That’s where we come in!
In this article, we’ll give you some insight on how to make the best outdoor double chaise lounge purchase and introduce you to our ten personal favorites. You’ll practically be an expert by the time you’re done reading.
Best for Mesh Sling: Mistana Tillis Double Teak Chaise Lounge with Cushion
The only pick on our list with a mesh sling, the Mistana Tillis Double Teak Chaise Lounge with Cushion features a cute, breezy “coastal” design, a high-quality teak frame, and it comes with a cover. Simple yet indulgent.
Editor’s Choice: Woodard Nova 78.25” Long Reclining Double Chaise Lounge
With thick cushions, a cast aluminum frame, an included shade, and tons of color options for the frame and cushion, the Woodard Nova 78.25” Long Reclining Double Chaise Lounge is luxury outdoor furniture at its finest.
Most Comfortable: Brayden Studio Attwater Double Reclining Teak Chaise Lounge with Cushion
The Brayden Studio Attwater Double Reclining Teak Chaise Lounge with Cushion is simple in design, yet constructed of high-quality materials and sooo comfortable with soft, thick cushions you’ll love sinking into every evening.
About Chaise Lounges
A chaise lounge is a sophisticated outdoor furniture piece dating as far back as Ancient Egypt. Today, you can find chaise lounges in a variety of styles and designs, and made with different materials to best suit your preferences.
The average chaise lounge rests near the ground, has an angled back that can be reclined, and features armrests for additional comfort. You can also find models that come with their own shade (usually a canopy or umbrella), and more luxurious models even include their own throw pillows.
In this guide, we’ll be focusing specifically on double chaise lounges. This type of chaise lounge features two seating spaces instead of one, making them perfect for cuddling with your S.O. on a warm summer evening or catching some sun with your bestie by the pool.
Why Would You Need a Double Chaise Lounge?
As mentioned, a double chaise lounge is a piece of outdoor furniture with two seating spaces. But why would you need one in the first place?
Outdoor double chaise lounges are perfect for…
- …starry-night snuggles with your S.O.
- …hosting friends during your bi-weekly summer BBQs.
- …upgrading your outdoor space from drab to fab.
Also keep in mind that while double chaise lounges are designed to seat two people, you could always utilize that extra space yourself and stretch out a little while sipping your pinot noir.
Cleaning Your Chaise Lounge
I know, I know, this is the part no one wants to hear about. But bear with me: Keeping your chaise lounge clean and in good condition is crucial in maintaining the overall appearance of your outdoor space.
There are two things you should keep in mind:
1) Cleaning a chaise lounge is much like cleaning any other piece of outdoor furniture.
2) Some models are much easier to clean and maintain than others.
In addition, the way you clean your chaise lounge will depend on what materials the frame/base and cushions are made of. Here’s a brief overview:
- Use a sponge to apply a mixture of warm water, detergent, and Borax.
- Rinse thoroughly using your hose.
- Let it dry in the shade or partial shade.
- Spray with a fabric protector for increased longevity.
- Use a vacuum to remove excess dust.
- Wash using a warm water and detergent mixture.
- Rinse thoroughly using your hose.
- Let it dry in the shade or partial shade.
- Soak steel wool in detergent and scrub the aluminum clean.
For White Plastic:
- Use a sponge or soft brush to apply a warm water and automatic dishwashing detergent mixture.
- Let sit for several minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly.
For Colored Plastic:
- Use a sponge or soft brush to apply a warm water and all-purpose cleaner detergent.
- Let sit for several minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Use a cloth to wash with water, a water-soap mixture, dishwasher detergent, or oxygen bleach.
- Make sure to scrub with the grain, not against it.
- Remove any stains by sanding the wood and rinsing it.
- Make sure to apply a sealant every several years.
Materials to Consider
There’s an array of different materials used to construct chaise lounges, and each one has its pros and cons. Below is a brief overview of the most common material types used for the frame/base of a chaise lounge.
While you will find outdoor furniture products made with softwood (usually pine), I would like to point out that these are not ideal for outdoor use. Softwood doesn’t hold up very well under extreme weather conditions, and it tends to rot or become damaged more easily than hardwood does.
That said, softwood furniture tends to be much more affordable than hardwood furniture. If budget is your number-one concern, a softwood double chaise lounge should give you a couple years of use.
Hardwood furniture pieces are much better-suited to the outdoors than their softwood counterparts. Popular hardwood types used to make furniture include oak, teak, and shorea.
Teak is particularly excellent for outdoor use because it requires less maintenance than other hardwood types. It’s capable of producing its own oil, which keeps the wood healthy for a longer period of time with less treatment.
Keep in mind that hardwood furniture pieces tend to more expensive than the softwood variety, and they do require a bit more upkeep. But in exchange for the higher upfront cost and effort, you’ll get a chaise lounge that will last many, many years and look fantastic from day one.
Wicker has become a very popular material for outdoor furniture, and for good reasons! While this is not the most ideal base material (namely because it’s not natural wicker and may look cheap from up-close), it has so many charming qualities. Resin wicker is…
- …really easy to clean.
- …wonderful for outdoor use all year long.
If you’re okay with going synthetic, resin wicker may be the perfect material for your outdoor chaise lounge!
If at all possible, I recommend opting for an outdoor chaise lounge with an aluminum frame. If it’s powder-coated for extra protection, even better!
Aluminum is a lightweight yet hardy metal that can withstand a lot of abuse; an aluminum frame would make the chaise lounge easy to relocate and tough enough to handle whatever the great outdoors throws at it.
High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Another fantastic material to consider is high-density polyethylene (HDPE). This is a type of synthetic resin that has everything a piece of outdoor furniture could need:
- Incredible weather-resistance
- Low maintenance requirements
- Ideal weight (not too light, not too heavy)
Better still, HDPE can last close to a lifetime. And even once your outdoor chaise lounge hears Death knocking at its door, you can recycle it—just like that!
The only two downsides to getting an HDPE chaise lounge are the high cost and the fact that it’s synthetic.
Proper Storage Tips
While some outdoor furniture is designed for year-round use and all weather conditions, most items should still be stored away when not in use (or before that next big thunderstorm hits!). Luckily, outdoor furniture storage is pretty straightforward. Here are some tips:
- Try to purchase outdoor chaise lounges that are foldable or stackable. This will give them a much smaller footprint when in storage and make them easier to maneuver.
- Look for models that feature wheels. Chaise lounges with wheels are much easier to transport from one place to another.
- Opt for a lightweight model if possible. For obvious reasons, a lightweight chaise lounge will make your life so much easier.
- Purchase outdoor furniture covers with the right dimensions. If you don’t feel like hauling your stuff inside the shed all the time, outdoor furniture covers can be a great alternative. Just make sure they’re the right size!
The Best Outdoor Double Chaise Loungers
That was a lot of information… Do you feel ready now to start exploring your outdoor double chaise lounge options? Great! Here are our top ten picks.
Okay, let’s talk numbers first. The Birch Lane Kilmer Double Chaise Reclining Lounge with Cushion has…
- 3 reclining positions
- 6 possible color options (light blue, green, beige, cast silver, navy blue, cast shale)
- 4 delightful inches of cushion thickness
This chaise lounge also features an impressive construction consisting of an aluminum frame, Sunbrella cushions, and a cushion cover that is—wait for it—both removeable and machine-washable! This chaise lounge is resistant to damage from UV radiation, water, mildew, and rust, and its open cell foam cushion cores allow for fast drying in the event of a heavy downpour. You’ll also appreciate its sleek, refined design and the fact that it has wheels for easy relocation and storage. Oh, did I mention it’s also one of the most affordable items on our list?
Here it is: our official pick for “most comfortable.”
From its 4-inch-thick charcoal cushion to its spacious width, this chaise lounge has every comfort you could ask for. Its cushion is housed atop an attractive and durable teak frame, lending the furniture piece a sophisticated yet cozy look. Meanwhile, the cushion’s fade-resistant Sunbrella fabric protects it from water and mildew damage, so you can rest easy come rain or shine. Speaking of “resting easy,” this chaise lounge comes fully assembled and its cover is machine-washable for your convenience.
The Brayden Studio Attwater Double Reclining Teak Chaise Lounge with Cushion is a bit on the pricy side, but absolutely worth it!
Everything about this double chaise lounge says “chill.” Its wide, woven PE rattan frame makes this furniture piece look more like a rugged bed than a chaise lounge, while its detachable polyester cushion and included throw pillows lend it the comfort you’d expect from your favorite sofa. This chaise lounge boasts a non-toxic construction, heavenly foam filling, and two color options (brown and titanium) to choose from. Could this be the double chaise lounge of your dreams? Probably. But there’s only one way to find out!
Also from Brayden Studio, the Agora Outdoor Sunbed Chaise Lounge with Cushion is similar in appearance and design to the previous model we looked at. This one boasts high arm and backrests, a water-repelling finish for longevity, and a durable aluminum frame that’s hidden within a poly rattan wicker weave base. This double chaise lounge comes with a 6-inch-thick cushion in addition to two plush pillows, and it comes fully assembled for your convenience. Enjoy your next sunbathing session to the max with this top-notch chaise lounge!
The Brayden Studio Tripp 78.5” Long Reclining Double Chaise with Cushions has some pretty impressive numbers to its name:
- 4 reclining positions
- 4 inches of cushion thickness
- 5 possible color options (navy, red, Tuscan, beige, gray)
This chaise lounge also weighs a mere 74 pounds, but can support up to 662 pounds—kind of a big deal!
If you consider yourself the environmentally-conscious type, you’ll love that this double chaise lounge is too! In fact, it’s certified as an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Product, so you can rest easy when you purchase this product. In addition to its “green” construction, you’ll appreciate its powder-coated aluminum frame, rattan weave base, Sunbrella fabric, and cozy foam filling. This chaise lounge is also resistant to damage from water, rust, mildew, and UV radiation—not to mention it’s fire-resistant for added safety! Oh, and it has some pretty rave reviews.
The Mistana Tillis Double Teak Chaise Lounge with Cushion is the only product on our list featuring a mesh sling (which we think is kind of amazing…). Its sling is constructed of a synthetic microfiber that can withstand even the toughest weather conditions, while its foam filling promises incredible comfort. With its curved teak base, adjustable canopy top, and included throw pillows, this double chaise lounge will not only provide you with much-needed rest at the end of a long day, but also serve as the focal point of your outdoor space! This furniture piece is resistant to water, mildew, and rust, and it weighs only 86 pounds so you can transfer it from one place to another with minimal hassle.
The Birch Lane Sasser Double Reclining Chaise Lounge with Cushion has all the trappings of a quality chaise lounge: a powder-coated aluminum frame housed within a rattan weave, weather- and UV-resistance, and delightful foam-filled cushions. But its excellence doesn’t end there! This furniture piece comes with an umbrella that can easily be removed and folded for storage, its covers are removeable and machine-washable for your convenience, and it comes fully assembled. Caught your eye? Then peruse through its seven color options (it’s got everything from mocha to turquoise) and place your order today.
Would you like seating for two but don’t feel like sharing? Then you should consider going for the Joss & Main 77” Long Double Chaise with Cushions (Set of 2). First, let’s play the numbers game:
- 6 reclining positions
- 3 inches of cushion thickness
- 9 possible color options
These chaise lounges are simple in design yet possess all of the most important features: a powder-coated aluminum frame, an HDPE wicker base, and resistance to water, rust, and UV radiation. Throw in its removable covers (which are yarn-dyed acrylic, by the way) and height adjusters, and you have yourself a practical and stylish chaise lounge set.
Okay, yes, the price on this one is a bit extravagant. But (and that’s a big but), this made Editor’s Choice for a reason. Or several good reasons, to be exact.
Its cast aluminum frame, Sunbrella fabric cushions, and faux leather covers are all impressive, yes…but this is only the beginning of its greatness. Next come its super-plush cushions, included canopy, wheels for easy transportation, and the fact that it comes fully assembled. But wait, there’s more!
This is the perfect double chaise lounge for those of you who want your outdoor furniture just so. It is customizable beyond your wildest dreams. There are so many colors to choose from, for both the cushions and the frame. (That’s a lot of color combinations.) To top it all off, this chaise lounge is made in the United States of America.
I’ve become a fan of the numbers game by this point, so let’s go again:
- 5 reclining positions
- 710-pound holding capacity
- 66-pound net weight
The Latitude Run Eckford 81” Long Reclining Double Chaise with Cushions is about as simple as they come, yet still refined. It has a steel frame housed within a PE rattan weave, red polyester cushions that are breathable and feel great on the skin, and a waterproof cover for peace of mind and ease of maintenance. With this outdoor furniture piece, you’ll never have to worry about compromising your own comfort for that of your partner: it allows you to separately adjust the backrest on each side. You’ll also find wheels at the back for convenient transportation. Best of all, this chaise lounge is protected against all the usual things: water, rust, mildew, and UV radiation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you still have questions about chaise lounges before heading out to buy one yourself? To give you a hand, I’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions on the topic!
What is the best outdoor chaise lounge?
There are a few factors to consider when purchasing an outdoor chaise lounge:
- Your outdoor chaise lounge should be built to last. Opt for those made from high-quality materials such as hardwood, aluminum, or HDPE.
- Weather-Resistance. The frame/base and cushions should be weather-resistant to some degree. The very best outdoor chaise lounges are protected against UV rays, water, mildew, and rust.
- If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, you should purchase an outdoor chaise lounge with low maintenance requirements. It should be easy to clean, easy to maintain, and easy to store.
- Buy the most comfortable chaise lounge your money can buy, because you want those hours by the pool or on the porch to be amazing. Look for chaise lounges that come with thick cushions (anywhere from 2 to 4 inches) and foam filling for the best experience. Also look for chaise lounges that have several reclining positions so you can optimize your comfort for any occasion.
- Other Features. Some outdoor chaise lounges come with their own shade, armrests, and even throw pillows. Take your time to look around and see what types of features are on offer for your budget range.
What is the most comfortable outdoor lounge chair?
As mentioned in my previous answer, the most comfortable outdoor chaise lounge will have:
- multiple reclining positions.
- thick, foam-filled cushions.
- an included shade (such as an umbrella or canopy).
Can you sleep on a chaise lounge?
Yes! I can’t promise you’ll enjoy it as much as your own bed, but you can definitely sleep on a chaise lounge. Just make sure you don’t fall asleep while exposed to direct sunlight—talk about a sunburn for days!
Are chaise lounges good for your back?
It really depends on the model, because not all chaise lounges are made equal. But generally speaking, chaise lounges are good for your back in that they encourage a more relaxed resting posture, thus putting less stress on your back and neck.
There you have it: ten magnificent outdoor double chaise lounges with a variety of features and for different budgets. We hope our buying guide provided you with the information you need to make the best possible purchase—you deserve to be comfortable and happy while reading, snuggling, or sipping wine on your new double chaise lounge!
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