Folding Beach Chair

Folding beach chairs are on the top of our beach supply list for our family beach vacations. No longer are these chairs just chairs, oh, no ... they now include coolers, drink holders, storage pouches, cell phone pockets, head rests, and umbrellas.

aluminum beach chairs

Not everyone enjoys lounging on the beach with a towel or a blanket. Most  people prefer the comfort and convenience of beach chairs. This type of chair not only ensures a sand-free bottom, it provides a sturdy back rest so you can really relax. Many of these chairs also include side pockets, cup holders and canopies.

With a myriad of different styles, sizes, comfort and convenience levels,  there is literally a chair to suit every taste, need and budget.  When looking for folding beach chairs the main concern is something that is comfortable and portable.  Here are some styles and features to consider when selecting the best beach chair for you:

folding beach chair

Low back or high back beach chair for back comfort

Low sitting or higher sitting chair for ease in getting in and out

Backpack beach chair for easy carrying

Extra wide and steel frame for a heavy duty beach chair

Lightweight for easy portability

Adjustable and reclining to take a quick nap

Towel bar to hang your towel

Cell phone holder

Cup holder

Attachable umbrella or canopy

Insulated Cooler

Padded headrest

You just may never leave your chair with all of these features!

Aluminum Beach Chairs

backpack beach chair

Aluminum beach chairs are lightweight and easy to carry to the beach, especially those that incorporate a couple of padded straps so they can be carried like a back pack.  

Hands are now free to carry your beach bags, coolers or umbrellas. 

So many practical features are now included in this type of beach chair - but my favorite ones are the towel rack, insulated cooler and cup holders for beverages or cell phones.

Recline and rest your head on the adjustable headrest, enjoy a cool beverage found in the included insulated cooler and rest your arms on the wide armrests. 

Durable and economical, find out about your different options, styles and features here:

Aluminum Beach Chairs

Rio Beach Chairs

The Rio brand is a well respected outdoor gear company known for their quality and innovative designs.

rio beach chairs

Rio beach chairs offers features that make you realize you could never go back to just a plain folding beach chair.

Even though they cost more than cheap beach chairs, you can get so much more than just a chair - an adjustable headrest, storage pockets and a cooler just to name a few.

Find out about what other innovative features can be found in this chair:

Rio Beach Chairs

Beach Chair with Umbrella

beach chair with canopy

Beach chairs with canopies provide a welcome relief from the hot sun.

Many folding beach chairs come with a canopy or umbrella or you can purchase a clamp on beach umbrella separately. These umbrellas do what they say - they simply clamp onto the arm of the chair.

We find that a beach chair with an umbrella is a convenient and easy way to get some shade at the beach.  Check out your options here:

Beach Chairs with Canopies

Reclining Beach Chairs

reclining beach chairs

Adjustable or reclining beach chairs provide the option to tilt back.

You can find these chairs with different mechanisms to adjust the chair and some have the ability to lie completely flat.

See the notches on the right arm rest? This chair has 5 different positions.

Get one with wide wooden arm rests and cup holders or with a large enough pocket to carry your towel and snacks.

Reclining Beach Chairs


Sling Beach Chair

Two mesh cup holders, a cushioned headrest, an organizer with a  zip pocked along with a lined cooler makes this a favorite chair for the beach.   Throw this over your shoulder using the carrying strap and get ready to set yourself down on your favorite sandy spot. 

A low 14" off the ground and a 300 lb weight capacity means it will be a favorite chair for anyone in the family.   

Kijaro Coast Sling Beach Chair

Telescope Beach Chairs

Looking for a durable folding beach chair that will last for years and provide ultimate comfort?

Telescope Casual has been around for years (since 1903) and they know beach chairs. Add a matching clip on canopy for all day shade

If you like wide arm rests, a classy looking chair  and the ability to recline check out this chair:

Telescope Beach Chairs

Beach Lounge Chairs

beach lounge chairs

Beach lounge chairs are the ultimate in relaxation.

They can be adjusted to many different positions and can completely lie flat for an afternoon siesta. The movable headrest makes napping so easy you may find yourself still at the beach after the sun goes down.

Or you may enjoy a more upright position to monitor kids or to take in a new best selling book.

See the great pockets on the side of the chair to hold your newspaper, magazine, book or electronic book reader?

Beach Lounge Chairs

Folding Chaise Lounge

folding chaise lounge

A folding chaise lounge is a step up in comfort and relaxation.  My husband was delighted when I found this lounge chair complete with headrest, coolers, umbrella and iPod speakers.

It folds out and back up in seconds. The best part is the handle and wheels so that it can easily roll to wherever you want to go.  There is no need for lifting and carrying.

Folding Chaise Lounge

Clip on Fans

clip on fans

Clip on fans make all the difference in comfort at the beach.  

Keep cool and keep the bugs away with this USB rechargeable portable fan.

Clip it onto your beach chair, canopy or tent for a cool, constant, comfortable breeze.

SkyGenius Battery Operated Clip on Fan

Wooden Beach Chairs

wood beach chair

If you are looking for a really sturdy beach chair that can hold some extra weight, a wooden beach chair is your best option.

Many other people choose wood because of it's classic look and timeless style. Others like a wooden frame because these chairs are heavier than your aluminum ones so they don't blow over as easily in the wind.


Even after years of use, these chairs can look like new again with a little sanding and some fresh varnish. Many of the same features found in aluminum beach chairs can now be found in a wood beach chair so you don't have to miss out on a cup holder, headrest or cooler:

Wood Beach Chair

Beach Chair Accessories

beach chair accessories

Keep your stuff handy with a beach chair caddy or attachable side table.  No more searching for sunscreen or your cell phone in the oversized beach bag.

Drinks remain sand free with Spiker drink holders that you place into the sand right next to your chair.

A clamp on umbrella means you can move your chair anywhere you want to - away from the crowd for some quiet reading time or perhaps like me you like to sit near the water to cool your feet off with some splashing waves.

Check out these must have items to complete your best beach chair:

Beach Chair Accessories

It all boils down to what you want and how much you want to pay for your folding beach chair. But keep in mind, sometimes if you pay a little more upfront, you end up saving money in the long run. A folding beach chair is designed to enhance your beach vacation or day at the beach, so get the one that provides the features you are looking for.

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