These Director's Chairs Are a Clever Way to Do Extra Outdoor Seating When You're Short on Storage

Director’s chairs are an on-set staple, and these 12 are ready for their close-up. See why our style editor says they're the next big thing

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Lights, camera, action! If you're nostalgic for Old Hollywood glamour (or, like me, fancy yourself the director of your household), look no further than a director's chair. An iconic on-set staple, the director's chair is a timeless silhouette that lends cinematic charm to any space.

You might picture the classic canvas and wood frame at hair and makeup stations, but director's chairs have come a long way since Hollywood’s Golden Age. Many are now weather-resistant, making them one of the best minimalist outdoor furniture options around.

‘These chairs are lightweight and often foldable,’ says Jodi Peterman, CEO at design firm Elizabeth Erin Designs, ‘making them easy to move around and store in the off-season.’ They can easily ‘be placed around a patio table or in a garden area’ and, in bold colors and prints, can add some spice to an otherwise dull outdoor living space.

Indoor director’s chairs are equally multifaceted. Not only can they serve as living room accents, but ‘they also make excellent dining chairs,’ adds Jodi. ‘You could use four director's chairs if your table seats six and add two upholstered chairs as captains' chairs at the heads of the table, or use six matching chairs for a cohesive look.’ Plus, ‘a director's chair's foldability and easy cleaning make it perfect for use in your bathroom as a vanity chair’ — ideal for achieving that celebrity status, green room feel.

Whether you’re seeking indoor or outdoor director’s chairs (or both), I've done the digging — the casting, if you will. I read the reviews, compared the listings, and found the best-looking seats out there. Hailing from the best outdoor furniture brands, the auditions are over, and my decision is made: These 12 seats are absolute stars:

Director's Chairs

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Indoor Director's Chairs

Outdoor Director's Chairs

How should I care for indoor director’s chairs?

According to design firm CEO Jodi Peterman, indoor director’s chair seats should be regularly cleaned with mild soap and water or a leather cleaner, depending on the material. Be sure to read the product description of your chosen chair carefully to ensure you're using the appropriate cleaning method.

If you opt for a wood indoor director’s chair, Jodi advises examining the wood for UV ray damage and treating it right away if you notice any. This typically isn't an issue, but it's something to keep in mind if you have a sunroom or any room with lots of windows.

How should I care for outdoor director’s chairs?

Like indoor director’s chairs, outdoor director’s chair maintenance will vary substantially by material. Elizabeth Erin Designs CEO Jodi Peterman offers some insights for the most common materials:

‘For metal frames, check for rust and treat it promptly,’ Jodi advises. When possible, opt for powder-coated metal frames as these ‘require less maintenance and are ideal for exterior use.’

If you choose teak wood frames for outdoor use, first of all, good choice (this is about the best quality wood you can get). ‘Periodically apply a protective sealant to protect them from moisture,’ Jodi suggests.

Regardless of the material, regularly clean the seats of your outdoor director’s chair with mild soap and water. ‘Ensure the chairs are stored in a dry, covered area when not in use,’ adds Jodi.

Style Editor

Formerly covering fashion at L’Officiel USA, style maven Julia Demer brings her love of design to Livingetc’s world of interiors. As the title’s Style Editor, Julia's work reflects a sharp eye for detail and an innate passion for aesthetics. Her journey began with a strong foundation in design, honing her craft at renowned establishments like The Row and even establishing her own eponymous fashion brand. Julia’s design background is evident in the way she thoughtfully curates shopping edits, always maintaining a focus on emerging trends while preserving timeless sensibilities. For Julia, fashion and interiors go hand in hand, reflecting her lifelong commitment to perfecting the art of style.