The hunt for the perfect outdoor seating started yesterday with a look into different furniture materials and their pros and cons when it comes to comfort, but today the focus is on design.</br></br>In the last blog, we used the <a title="Adirondack Chairs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/outdoor/patio-furniture/outdoor-seating/adirondack-chairs/" target="_blank">Adirondack style</a> to demonstrate how a chair might be too hard, and today we’ll use it again to examine how one design may not suit everyone.</br></br>NOTE: This isn’t an attack on Adirondack chairs. <a title="How the Adirondack Chair Got Its Name" href="http://www.atgstores.com/ourblog/How-the-Adirondack-Chair-Got-Its-Name" target="_blank">They’re awesome, which is kind of the idea</a>. They make a good baseline because people are familiar with the style and can relate to it in a positive way, even if it's not their favorite.</br></br><strong>Adirondack Style: A Test Case</strong></br></br>Setting aside their woodiness, which was discussed previously, the standard style has a very specific build that results in a unique feel when you sit in it. And, you either like it or you don’t. Let’s look at the attributes:</br></br><em>Rigid vs. Adjustable Seating</em></br></br>Adirondack chairs come in both rigid and adjustable styles, which begs the question: Why have a rigid style at all? If you have to choose between a gadget that does one thing and a gadget that does <em>all the things</em>, don’t you always pick the latter?</br></br>Well … no. It’s a matter of personal preference, of course, but it’s also because less moving parts can be a good thing.</br></br><em>Leg Support vs. No Leg Support</em></br></br>The differences between the Adirondack chair and the Adirondack lounger are many, and help illustrate those differences in any type of chair. Loungers are bigger, take up more space and are often harder to move.</br></br>On the other hand – they’re <em>loungers</em>. And sometimes, that’s all that matters.</br></br><em>Portable vs. Stationary</em></br></br>Some Adirondack chairs are portable, while others are designed to stay put. And again, it makes one wonder why a person would have to choose between these two options when portability is <em>clearly</em> the better option!</br></br>The answer is as simple as it was in the last go-round: It boils down to personal preference and the physical fact that more moving parts (or a lighter build) often contributes to less stability and/or durability – even if it’s only because a thing that is moved has a higher probability of being broken when it’s moved.</br></br><em>Movement vs. Fixed Design</em></br></br>Nowadays we have rocking, gliding and swiveling Adirondack chairs, even though the very idea of all that movement seems to go against the grain – pun intended – of the original style. People want what they want, though.</br></br>And, that holds true for all chair designs. But, will all that rockin’ and rollin’ keep you from relaxing? Maybe you won’t know until you try …</br></br><em>Features / Add-Ons</em></br></br>This section takes into account all the things you might add to a chair (like a cushion) or want in a chair that is specific to a particular style (like armrests).</br></br>Outdoor seating can be very simple, like a barstool or hammock swing, or something more elaborate like the adjustable Adirondack chairs mentioned earlier. Your preference will be the deciding factor, but having these options in mind should help you find the sweetest seat in the yard.