A deck chair (or deck seat) is a folding seat, usually with an edge made from treated wood or other material. The term now usually means a comfortable folding seat, with a single piece of fabric or vinyl forming the back and seat. It is intended for recreation, initially on the deck of a seagoing ship or a cruise ship. It’s effortlessly portable and stackable, even if some styles are known to be difficult to overlay and develop.
Special variants can have an extended seat that is to be used as a leg support and the size of which can be flexible. and could also have armrests. Early forms of the deck chair consisted of two rectangular wooden shells that were swung together and a third rectangle to hold it upright. A rectangular piece of canvas, as used as part of a loft, was joined to two of the wooden rectangles to form the seat and back.
Foldable lounge chairs were common in the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. In the heyday of maritime shipping, deckchairs on the ship’s decks were in some cases kept for certain travelers, for whom the team would attach an informal card ID card to the back of the basket. The hourly or regular setting of deck chairs in British seaside resorts, which are often used on docks and promenades, had to take place in the middle of the 20th century.
They have also been used regularly as part of extended open stops, such as Hyde Park, and for observers on occasion, such as in nearby cricket games. With the extensive accessibility of lighter and much more comfortable seating in the later course of the century, the use of deck chairs declined.