Strathwood Basics Hardwood Chaise Lounge
I bought two of these lounge chairs last summer (2011). Do NOT be scared off by the older reviews...I too think the company must have made some drastic improvements. The stain has not run - in fact, I don't think they arrive stained at all, but a natural deep golden color, oil-rubbed for protection. Regardless, rain has not caused running of any kind. The trays on both chairs still work for me a year later (Michigan - stored in basement Oct-May) - and are a very clever and useful design element. The wheels also work fine and are wonderful for the constant patio movement at my house.
A couple of notes:
...the first chair took me about 40 minutes to assemble alone (female, unskilled carpenter!)as I waded through the directions, the second only half that, as I knew what I was doing. Near completion of the second, I found that one of the leg braces was severely split (the only defect in both). Since they didn't have parts, Amazon cooperatively sent a complete new chair - arriving w/in 2 days. They instruceted me to carefully open the box, exchange the part I needed with the damaged part, seal it and send it back to them all postage paid. Thank you Amazon!!
...standard patio chaise lounge cushions fit just fine
...I highly recommend annual (or more often) teak oil. I just did mine after bringing them out for the second season. The oil brought out the richness of the wood and brought back a deeper warmer color. And it soaked in within a day, so they don't feel oily.
They look better than new and I'm still getting complements on them. I would definitely recommend this chair...
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