What is a sun lounger?
A sun lounger is a long lounge chair designed for an outdoor area such as a garden, balcony, or poolside. 🏊
These reclining chairs are great for those that like to spend time outside sunbathing, relaxing, reading, or even having the occasional nap.
They’re normally adjustable for sitting or lying down with cushions that support the head. 🤗
How do I choose a sun lounger?
There are different factors to consider when choosing a sun lounger. 🤔
The kind of sun lounger you need depends on you and how the sun lounger will be used.
Firstly, we advise you to choose a sun lounger that:
- Is resistant to weather conditions
- Is somewhat adjustable to suit your preferred sitting/lying position
- Is foldable, or the cushions can be removed when not in use
You should also consider your own personal criteria.
If you are a heavier weight, ensure the sun lounger doesn’t have a maximum weight limit. ⚖️
If you are looking for a low-maintenance sun lounger, you may want to avoid natural materials, which can build mildew if left untreated.
Some sun loungers also come in a fixed position to be left outside year-round, whilst others can be folded away.
Consider your space and whether the sun lounger suits your lifestyle. ✅
Which sun lounger is best?
We think the Argos Home Zero Gravity Metal sun lounger is one of the best performers. 💕
This sunbed is excellent value for money and highly versatile.
The Argos Home Zero Gravity Metal sun lounger can be used as a seat and easily adjusted to a lying-down position with your feet.
We also love the feeling of weightlessness you experience on this anti gravity sun lounger. 🎈
What are the drawbacks of sun loungers?
A sun lounger isn’t for everyone, and there are some disadvantages you should consider before making a purchase. 👀
Sun loungers are relatively large, so they may not be suitable for small balconies.
Instead, other garden chairs such as a deckchair or egg chair might be a better choice - although you can’t lay down on these.
Sun loungers may also rust or experience weather damage over time. ⛈️
Even if a sun lounger is advertised as weatherproof, we recommend storing the cushions inside and covering the lounger to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
Are sun loungers bad for your back?
Some people may experience injuries from sun loungers from prolonged use.
This is typically caused by lying on your stomach and curving your back, which puts pressure on the spine. 😣
To avoid lower back pain, invest in an adjustable reclining sun lounger that provides ample support for the back and spine.
Chiropractors recommend lying on a sun lounger on your back with your knees bent to reduce this pressure. 🥰
You should also avoid staying in the same position for extended periods when using a sun lounger.
Instead, move position every 10 or 20 minutes and take breaks to walk around to get the blood flowing.
Sun loungers with multiple reclining positions are a great way to prevent chronic pain.
How much should I spend on a sun lounger?
Sun lounger prices are determined by the kind of quality you buy.
Typically, a garden sun lounger can cost between £30 - £1500. 💰
High-end sun loungers offer premium comfort, long guarantees, and are resistant to most weather conditions.
Budget sun loungers will be lower in quality but can still be reasonably comfortable.
Why are sun loungers so expensive?
Many sun loungers can be priced at £1000 or more.
This is because they are made with weather-resistant materials that can last decades. ☔
Although the Furniture Village Camber sun lounger set is one of the most expensive, it is weather and rust-proof and should last as long as 20 years.
It also includes two sun loungers and a coffee table, so you get much more for your money.
When you calculate the cost with the warranty, you’re paying less than £30 per year for a premium product.
Sun lounger alternatives
So, perhaps you’re keen on sprucing up the garden, but you’re not sure a sun lounger is a way to go. 😕
Luckily, there are plenty of other outdoor seating options to explore. 👇
Consider these alternatives:
- Garden hammock
- Day bed
- Garden bench
- Patio chairs
- Deck chairs
- Egg chairs
You could even opt for a regular garden chair with a footstool to help your feet stay elevated. 🦵
Or check out camping beds if you want something versatile that you can pop away when the colder weather comes.