The Best Retro Lawn Chairs of 2022

Whether in the backyard or front yard, these are our top picks.

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If there's one thing you'll never hear us complain about, it's the strides outdoor furniture has made toward becoming as indoors-like as possible. We'll always love a good patio sofa and the buttery soft outdoor cushions that sit atop it. But there's something about those throwback metal and webbed lawn chairs that make them a close second in terms of coziness: nostalgia.

Fredric Arnold might not be a name that rings a bell for most Southerners, yet you would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't recognize the inventor's most memorable creation. It was 1956 when Arnold first patented his aluminum folding seat—aka the lawn chair—and it didn't take long for its appeal to grow. If you meandered down any suburban side street in the early sixties, you'd find a couple clinking cocktail glasses on their front lawn, perched in Arnold originals. (In its prime, his company churned out around 14,000 of them a day.) It wasn't until the casual-furniture market usurped the practical but not plush folding seat that these picnic staples got relegated to the garage.

But if you understand the genius of the webbed chair as a smart, resourceful, and—yes—stylish specimen, you might rethink its placement. After World War II, a surplus of aluminum (used for aircraft) prompted many creatives, including Arnold, to find new uses for the lightweight metal. With the postwar housing boom leaving many Americans with yard space to spare, Arnold decided to fashion a comfy, portable seat for alfresco hangouts. And it wasn't just utilitarian; it was also sleek, paying homage to the early modernist movement (as did its all-metal cousin). While it may not have the panache of an Eames lounger, the lawn chair has something better: status as the sidekick for your best summer memories.

Portable, affordable, and compact, lawn chairs are practical for toting to your friend's backyard while also offering a larger dose of personality than your average camping chair. We don't have plans of stashing these nostalgic gems away anytime soon. Want to bring vintage style into your back—or front—yard? Here are eight options to shop right now.

Best Overall: Novogratz Poolside Roberta Rocking

Best Budget: Lawn Chair USA Folding Aluminum Webbing Chair

Best for a Pop of Color: Crosley Ridgeland Metal Outdoor Lounge Chair

Best Design: Heather Dutton Aurora Sling Chair

Best for Socializing: Griffith 3-Piece Outdoor Set

Best Packable: Telescope Casual Folding Beach Chair

Best Indoor-Outdoor: Flash Furniture Patio Arm Chair

Best for Lounging: Serena & Lilly Lawn Chaise

Best Overall: Novogratz Poolside Roberta Rocking Chair

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BUY IT: $130; amazon.com

Whether you're having coffee on the front porch or toasting the end of the workweek on the front lawn, this weather-resistant steel rocker makes for the perfect landing spot to sip and sway.

What We Like

  • Sleek design
  • Available in five color ways
  • Rocker

What We Don't Like

  • Table not included

This chair is built from durable, weather- resistant steel. It has a seating capacity of 250 lbs and measures 25.2 x 36.61 x 38.19 inches.

Best Budget: Lawn Chair USA Folding Aluminum Webbing Chair

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BUY IT: $70; walmart.com

It doesn't get any more All-American than a classic web-strapped folding chair—unless that webbing is red, white, and blue. These patriotic outdoor seats are perfect companions for all your summer fun, from Labor Day picnics and 4th of July barbecues to lazy days by the beach or lake.

What We Like

  • Patriotic colors
  • Lightweight
  • Good price point
  • Made by a family-owned business

What We Don't Like

  • Not durable enough to be left out year-round

This chair is made with aluminum and spandex by a family-owned business in the U.S. It measures 24.00 x 4.00 x 32.00 inches.

Best for a Pop of Color: Crosley Ridgeland Metal Outdoor Lounge Chair

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BUY IT: $299; homedepot.com

There's nothing old-fashioned about this scalloped-edge metal armchair which, despite its midcentury inspiration, looks sleek and modern on a front porch. Available in red and navy, it's also a great way to add a punch of color outdoors.

What We Like

  • Sturdy, scalloped design
  • Set of two

What We Don't Like

  • No cushion
  • Assembly required

This chair, which comes in a set of two, is made with steel and is available in navy and red (the turquoise is sold out). It has a weight capacity of 250 lbs and measures 23.25 x 34.25 x 19.38 inches.

Best Design: Heather Dutton Aurora Sling Chair

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BUY IT: $165.99; target.com

Bring '70s vibes to your backyard with this collapsible sling chair. While the portability makes it extra convenient, it's the chic patterns that'll have all your neighbors swooning (and asking where you got it).

What We Like

  • Three different reclining positions
  • UV and water-resistant
  • Collapsable
  • Made in the USA

What We Don't Like

  • Not durable enough to be left out year-round
  • Low to the ground (by design)

This chair is made with a solid wood frame and woven polyester seat. It measures 24.5 x 32 x 45 inches.

Best for Socializing: Griffith 3-Piece Outdoor Set

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BUY IT: $232; amazon.com

The perfect little retro set for sipping happy hour spritzers on the front lawn, these "Key Lime" green tulip chairs and table come with a powder-coated finish for the ultimate in durability.

What We Like

  • Available in eight fun colors, from lime green to orange and aqua
  • Set of two
  • Table included

What We Don't Like

  • Not durable enough to be left out year-round
  • Low to the ground (by design)

This set is made with a sturdy steel construction and features a weather-resistant finish. Each chair measures 53.9 x 53.9 x 34.3 inches.

Best Packable: Telescope Casual Folding Beach Chair

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BUY IT: $115; wayfair.com

Stripes are about as traditional a pattern as you can get for summertime, and this chair's faded red colorway gives it an especially vintage vibe.

What We Like

  • Lightweight and packable

What We Don't Like

  • Not durable enough to be left out year-round
  • Low to the ground (by design)

This chair is made with a 1-inch aluminum frame and water-resistant fabric. It measures 26 x 20 x 25.8 inches.

Best Indoor-Outdoor: Flash Furniture Patio Arm Chair

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BUY IT: $97; amazon.com

Looking for a budget buy that's equal parts retro and contemporary? This one's top notch—and available in a round or square back in six colors.

What We Like

  • Sturdy, comfortable
  • Available in a single or pack of 5
  • Comes in six colors
  • No assembly required

What We Don't Like

  • Can sell out easily

This metal chair is sold in a single style and is also available in a pack of five (ideal for families). Once assembled, each chair measures 24 x 21 x 32.25 inches and has a weight capacity of 300 lbs.

Best for Lounging: Serena & Lilly Lawn Chaise

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BUY IT: $298; serenaandlilly.com

If you're looking for a classic lounge chair, this one may be the one for you. With an emphasis on lounge, this chair is made to relax in with a book and glass of sweet tea in hand. We're also partial to the pretty blue and white colorway.

What We Like

  • Adjustable back and foot rest
  • Wooden arm rests
  • Packable

What We Don't Like

  • More of an investment piece
  • Not durable enough to be left out year-round

Once assembled, this chair measures 27 x 67.5 x 34 with a weight capacity of 300 lbs.

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