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What is a sun lounger?
A sun lounger bed 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 are usually 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 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 (to prevent damage during winter)
You should also consider your own personal criteria.
If you are of a heavier build, 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. ✅
For example, the best sun loungers for lying on your front will be in a fixed flat position.
However, those that like to lie down and sit up occasionally should opt for an adjustable reclining sun lounger.
Which sun lounger is best?
We think the Argos Home Zero Gravity Metal sun lounger is one of the best loungers in the UK market right now. 💕
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 by simply pressing your feet onto the bottom bar.
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 deck chair, hanging chair, 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 you 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. 💰
Luxury sun loungers UK offer premium comfort, long guarantees, and are resistant to most weather conditions.
Cheap sun loungers UK 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. ☔
Investing a bit more in a weather-resistant sun lounger will save you money, as you won't have to replace it for many years.
Sun lounger discount codes
Some sun loungers even come with fantastic discounts. 🏷️
You can save as much as 50% at the most popular UK retailers during a sun lounger sale. 🤯
Don't want to miss out on the best sun lounger deals?
Luckily, we keep track of all the best deals year-round on our discounts page.
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Should you buy a sun lounger?
A sun lounger is a great piece of garden furniture to level up your outdoor space and relax on summer days. 🌞
We recommend them for:
- Those that spend lots of time outside
- Those that experience discomfort on other outdoor seating
- Those that need to take pressure off the legs when sitting or laying down
You should consider your budget and the type of sun lounger you need following all the tips in our article.
Made your mind up? 😅