10th November 2015
History and Funny Facts about the Deckchair
In England, John Thomas Moore (1864-1929) took out a patent for adjustable and portable folding chairs in 1886, and started manufacturing them in Macclesfield. Moore made two types: the Waverley, described as "the best ship or lawn tennis chair", and the Hygienic, which was a rocking chair "valuable for those with sluggish and constipated bowels".
Early versions of the deck chair were made of two rectangular wooden frames hinged together, with a third rectangle to maintain it upright. A rectangular piece of canvas was attached to two of the wooden rectangles to provide a seat and support. The use of a single broad strip of canvas originally olive green in colour but later usually of brightly coloured stripes. The classic deckchair can only be locked in one position. Later, the strips of wood going toward the back were lengthened and equipped with supports so that there were several possible sitting positions in the typical style we see today.
The hiring out of deckchairs, on an hourly or daily basis, became established in British seaside resorts, often for use on piers and promenades, in the early 20th century. They were also often used in large public parks such as Hyde Park and for spectators at informal sporting events such as local cricket matches. With the widespread availability of lighter and even more portable forms of seating later in the century, the use of deckchairs declined. In one of the largest English resorts, Blackpool 68,000 deckchairs were rented out in 2003, at £1.50 a day, but tourism officers suggested that they should be phased out, except on the piers themselves, because they were a reminder of the era of “cloth caps”, and had "had their time in the 50s and 60s".
Fortunately for the deckchair it is still going strong.
Now in 2015 the deckchair is back on people’s wish list, with new designs such as the Wideboy which is perfect for two people to cuddle up in, it makes a great wedding gift.
The Edwardian with the foot rest and canopy has a ring of nostalgia about it. Perfect for lazy days on the lawn.
Have a look at our other designs on the website, from little child’s deckchairs to accessories all in fabulous fabrics of your choice.
4th September 2015
Southsea Deckchairs comes to the Rescue
Did you hear on the news and in the media about the poor lady who thought she had ordered two full size deckchairs but in fact what turned up was 1/12th dolls house size deckchairs!
We really felt for her so we sent her two Southsea Deckchairs in the Blue & White Printed Cotton and she is over the moon with them. Enjoy Christine, hope the sun comes out for you.
See her story here http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mum-whose-bargain-deckchairs-turned-6360227
27th July 2015
Bring the Beach to your Garden this Summer
Live in the city and want to bring a little bit of the seaside to your home? Then transform your shed into a stunning Beach Hut this summer!
In a recent article by The Hip Horticulturist the standard Garden Shed was transformed into an idyllic Beach Hut using a range of products including The Southsea Deckchair Acrylic ACGW.
We loved how The Hip Horticulturist transformed their shed using just a few products, including one of our deckchairs. They made it look so easy!
Fancy giving it a go?
We have a wide range of products to create that beachy theme with a deckchair for every garden. The Hip Horticulturist outlined a few of their favourites and why.
Perfect size for the little ones and makes a cute match with the standard size chair. Plus, it comes with safety bolts so they don’t trap their fingers.
This chair oozes style with its vintage look and Edwardian theme. Not only would it give your shed the perfect beach tone but would also keep the sun out of your eyes. (Great for napping).
Inspired by visits to Fistral Beach in Cornwall this chair is both quirky and comfortable.
The Tennis Chair is a favourite for outdoor garden parties! Very sturdy option which gives the traditional deckchair a slight twist.
When relaxing in your garden you should feel completely at ease and that’s exactly what the easy chair offers.
Fancy transforming your shed into a Beach Hut this summer? Then have a read of The Hip Horticulturist guide here to find out how.
7th July 2015
Paula Oakley's Wonderful Art!
We are absolutely in love with Paula Oakley's wonderful paintings of our deckchairs!
See if you can spot where these chairs were painted!
Paula is a contemporary realist painter working with acrylics on canvas.
Based in East Sussex her constant inspiration comes from the colours and textures of her environment resulting in the creation of a diverse variety of subjects including still life and landscapes. Every one of her paintings is taken on as a challenge, eagerly embracing the desire to create it with vivid colour and liveliness.
Visit her website for more info: http://paula-paintmyworld.blogspot.co.uk/