Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Relaxation on Chaise Lounge

Outdoor chaise lounges are one of the most comfortable furniture pieces one can own. They allow one to recline while being fully supported. Chaises are very common pieces of outdoor furniture and many folks choose to include them as part of the seating areas
, especially by pools. Some chaises are adjustable and can be fully reclined so that they function like an outdoor bed. These pieces of outdoor furniture are ideal for sunbathers, those who enjoy a nap in nature, and those who use their outdoor space for optimum relaxation.

The chaise lounge is an amalgam of the day bed and the lounge chair. The day bed is likely the heaviest influence in the creation of the Chaise lounge. The day bed design was originally utilized in Egypt, and has been a continual inspiration for designers across many cultures and time periods. The time period for the merger of the day bed and the chair to produce the chaise lounge is unclear, but this style of lounge began its rise in popularity in the Americas in the early twentieth century. The name “chaise longue” is French in origin and literally means long-chair. The similarity between the French word longue and the English word lounge, the term is commonly mispronounced by most Americans. The pronunciation of “longue” is much more similar to the English word “long” with a long G sound on the end.

The chaise continues to be a very popular piece of furniture in today’s American culture. This is especially true when it comes to furnishing outdoor and enclosed spaces. It is the ultimate in relaxation, but provides support to do quiet activities outside, like read, snack, knit, or conversation. Chaise longues are also available in many different styles and lengths. Some will reflect the chaises most popular era (the Rococo Period), and some are very sleek and modern in appearance. Some chaises are created with modern ergonomic design to provide maximum comfort.


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