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What’s the difference between an Adirondack Chair and a Muskoka Chair?

Updated: Mar 2, 2022

The Adirondack Chair derived its name from the original site of manufacture, the Adirondack Mountains of the United States. This mountainous area in northeastern upstate New York encompasses 5000 square miles of glacial mountains, including over 200 lakes. Most of this land is part of protected state parks, beloved to hikers and campers from all over the world. The design of the original Adirondack chair had a 25-35-degree slope in both the back and the seat, allowing placement on uneven ground to create a more balanced and stable resting area.

two adirondack chairs with cushions and a fireplace
Lordship Chairs are a sturdy, modern take on the classic design.

Americans travelling for cottage season to the District of Muskoka in Central Ontario, Canada brought their Adirondack chairs with them. The design was adopted, adjusted, and manufactured there since the 1980’s with a new name: “Muskoka chair.” The word Muskoka comes from the Ojibwe or Chippewa tribe chief, Musquakie, which means “not easily turned back in battle.”

Although there are many dimensional options and styles of this chair design, the Adirondack chairs are usually two inches wider and two inches taller than the Muskoka chairs.

Our design here at Lordship is descended from the lineage of the classic Adirondack chair. We took the original design preferred by workshop hobbyists and updated it for the British back garden to make it the ultimate wooden garden lounge chair.

With Lordship's unique no tip design, our Adirondack chair sets are made from hard wearing larch wood and stainless steel hardware, so you know that you are getting a proper sturdy wooden garden chair. Add our made-to-measure Adirondack chair cushions for the ultimate Lordship Chair experience.

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