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13 Best Lawn Chairs With Retro Charm

It's officially the summer of the old-school lawn chair.

red lawn chair and dog
BRIAN WOODCOCK

If those webbed or metal lawn chairs from the 1950s and 60s conjure up fond memories of picnics and potlucks past, well, you're in luck, because they're officially back in fashion. (Although, for the record, we've loved them all along.) As it seems the world is slowly, surely, coming out of forced hibernation and venturing into warmer temps and safe socially distanced territory, small groups all over—from Bible studies to book clubs—are congregating on front lawns and plopping down old-school lawn chairs before sharing gospel or gossip. In fact, the lawn chair has unseated (heh) both the porch swing and the outdoor rocking chair as the Official Throne of Summer. It makes sense, of course. First, lawn chairs are far more portable—you can easily tote one over to the neighbor's yard for an impromptu chat about the Sweet Magnolias finale (Who. Was. In. The. Car?!). Second, they tend to be more affordable, with some in our roundup below starting at a very reasonable $20, meaning you can create a (safely staggered) semicircle—6 feet apart, y'all!—for friendly banter without breaking the bank. Another check in the lawn chair's favor: The nostalgia these retro relics serve up in these uncertain times can be as comforting as a Tupperware tub full of day-after fried chicken. If you're interested in joining the metal or folding chair fold, sit a spell with one of these porch-perfect picks.

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1 Best Scalloped Seating
Amazon
Crosley amazon.com
$122.67

This shell-like seat and pastel palette is giving us serious Botticelli "Birth of Venus" vibes, although we do recommend sitting in it with clothes on because, you know, neighbors.

2 Best for an All-American Summer
Amazon
Lawn Chair USA amazon.com
$57.99

Oh say can you...sit! This patriotic perch is the perfect chair to haul out for holiday parades, baseball games, and fireworks viewings. And yes, it's American-made.

3 Girliest Way to Gather Round
Wal Mart
Lawn Chair USA walmart.com
$69.99

Sit pretty in pink! We're confident—like, Elle Woods confident—that a 1950s version of the Barbie Dreamhouse would have included a hot pink webbed lawn chair parked alongside cheeky lawn flamingos.

4 Best "Are You Sure That's Not Vintage?"
Amazon
Crosley Furniture amazon.com
$141.60

But seriously: Doesn't this look just like a butter-y yellow chair you'd snatch up in a heartbeat at an estate sale? The sweet cutouts add dainty charm. (Also available in light blue and red.)

5 Best Clean-Lined Classic
Wayfair
Hashtag Home wayfair.com
$89.90

Subtle tweaks to the old-school silhouette keep this chair feeling a tad more minty-fresh and modern than its curvy counterparts.

6 Best for Proud Texans
Amazon
Leigh Country amazon.com
$92.47

Doesn't this chair kinda make you want to seek out a Hill Country hideaway to call your very own. (Be sure to invite us over, mmmkay? We'll bring the Lone Star.)

7 Best Garden Party Perch
Target
Sun Squad target.com
$18.00

A verdant shade of green makes this chair the perfect pick to plop under a vine-covered trellis. It also pairs well with a gin and tonic after a round of croquet.

8 Best Retro-Meets-Modern
Amazon
Crosley Furniture amazon.com
$282.72

A departure from the typical metal look, this versatile slatted beauty plays well with a wide range of design aesthetics.

9 Best Budget Buy
Target
Sun Squad target.com
$20.00

In the perfect ketchup-red, this lightweight, steel-framed pick is the perfect thing to tote to picnics and pot lucks all summer long. 

10 Best Classically Coastal Colorway
Target
Sun Squad target.com
$20.00

Wave at the neighbors from this breezy blue colorway—a solid pick for a watery setting, like the beach or the lake.

11 Best for Neutral Lovers
MoMA
$70.00

It's rare to come across a retro-y lawn chair in a neutral colorway, which is why we're pleased as punch to park our posteriors in this graphic, gingham-like pick. 

12 Best Permanent Pop of Sunshine
Overstock
Havenside Home overstock.com
$97.19

Earn your status as the happiest house on the block with this sunny citrus seat.

13 Best Lawn Chair-Rocker Hybrid
Amazon
Outdoor Collection amazon.com

Okay, we may have declared the lawn chair as a better alternative to the rocking chair in these socially distanced times, but why not have it both (to and fro) ways? (Psst: This one's almost sold out, so get there fast, folks.)

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