Brits have a long tradition of lounging in deckchairs when the sun shines. Back in the day, they'd be robust, ridged wooden chairs with stiff, striped canvas slings.
Now, you can find a vast range of colours and designs on the market. We've rounded up a collection of the best designs - including a stripe or two. From Tesco's classic candy striped chair to Wawa's innovative rocker-deckchair hybrid, there's something for all lounging fans. Just remember not to leave them out in the rain.
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9 best deckchairs
9 best deckchairs
1/9 Beside the Seaside Deckchair
This good-value chair brings a bit of the seaside to your back garden or balcony. You assemble it yourself but it’s easy to put together and is idiot proof to fold away. Just make sure you bring it inside when you’re not using it. £39.99, homebase
2/9 John Lewis Deckchair, frame and detachable sling
Clever John Lewis has cottoned on to the fact that we can be fickle when it comes to our deckchair design of choice. They sell a basic wooden frame and you can add a variety of slings. We like this bird pattern, but look out for new designs coming in to celebrate the store’s 150th anniversary. Frame £40, johnlewis Sling £15, johnlewis
3/9 Wawa Folding Rocking Chair
Is it a rocking chair? Is it a deckchair? Technically, this smart piece by Richard Ward, an East- London-based furniture designer, is both. Made from sustainable steamed beech, it’s designed for indoor and outdoor use (the fabric is water, mould and UV resistant). Lounge on the balcony, then drag it back inside when it gets chilly, pop a cushion on it and, voila...it’s a rocker again. If you do find you want to store it away, it folds up flat to six inches. It’s available in a range of colours and fabrics and you can choose a pale or dark finish. £245, wawa
4/9 Habitat Maui Deckchair
This oak deckchair with arms is more comfortable than most and you can adjust the reclining angle. We like this bright geometric pattern, which also comes in an orange and red combo. £60, habitat
5/9 Smart Deco Ultraviolet Jellyfish Deckchair
No twee stripes here. The Sussex-based company produce a range of slings featuring the work of British contemporary artist Jacqueline Hammond. This striking jellyfish design stands alone as a work of art in your garden. And it makes a comfy chair too. £64 for the sling, £129 for frame and sling, notonthehighstreet
6/9 Deckchairstripes Deckchair
Unsurprisingly, Deckchairstripes specialise in stripy fabrics. There are forty coverings to choose from, with stripes in every colour and width you can think of. Unlike some other slings, the fabric is 100% cotton with no synthetics, so bear in mind that the colour may fade slightly if left in strong sunlight. £85, deckchairstripes
7/9 Tesco Bright Stripe Wooden Deckchair
Candy-coloured stripes conjure up images of seaside fairs, ice cream and pretty painted beach huts. So with this well-priced chair from Tesco’s relaunched home collection in the garden, you’ll at least feel like you’re on the beach. £30, tesco
8/9 ByeBrytshi Mottley Union Jack Deckchair
The image of a row of deckchairs on the beach is quintessentially British. A chair with a Union Jack sling, then, is a natural choice and we think this one is a particularly nice example; handmade in Yorkshire, the cover’s a cotton-canvas mix giving it a relaxed look and there are two height settings on the frame depending on how relaxed you want to be. ByeBrytshi do custom orders too, so you can design a deckchair knowing you won’t see the same thing in your mate’s back garden. £95, etsy
9/9 ELC Canvas Deckchair
This small chair with a comfy canvas seat makes sure the children don't have to miss out on all that garden relaxing. Recommended for kids aged 3-8. (Sold singularly) £20, amazon
If you want a good-value chair to see you through summer, Homebase and Tesco's offerings are ideal. Bring them in when you're not using them and they will last you. For a chair that makes a statement in your garden, go for Smart Deco's designs. If you're looking for something that looks just as good inside as out, then Wawa's rocker is a winner.