Exterior Design: Camp Furniture Guide
From the basic campstool to portable lounge chairs crafted from wood and canvas, to hammocks and portable picnic tables with padded seats, campers now have more furniture options than ever. Looking to add a little more comfort and convenience to your next outing? Here’s our camp furniture guide which includes camp furniture sure to enhance any camp.
This is one of Browning’s best-selling chairs. Not only is it sturdier and wider than most, making it more comfortable, but it also has padded, curved armrests, a powdercoated frame, and a cup holder/pocket. The Camp Chair ($80) folds flat for transporting and storage, but “pops” open. The back frame is detachable so the packing and storage size is decreased. The center mesh is great for those humid days when airflow is a must. This 10.5-pound chair is built of durable 600D/mesh fabric and is rated to hold up to 425 pounds of weight. It has a seat width of 24 inches and a depth of 22 inches. $80. Browning Camping: 877/459-2825; browningcamping.com.
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The Pangean Lounger ($30) from Byer of Maine has been around for decades. The ideal camping and leisure chair, the Lounger is lightweight, easy to carry, easy to set up, and crafted from high-quality wood and components. The wood is kiln-dried Keruing with a naturally rich brown color. The fabric is deep forest green, 100 percent polyester duck. A truly timeless design, the Lounger is part of Byer’s high-quality Pangean furniture collection. Byer of Maine: 800/338-0580; byerofmaine.com.
Easy on the wallet ($20) and the back (7 pounds), the Mesh Back Camp Chair from Campmor is made of 600-denier PU-coated nylon seat material with a cool, comfortable mesh back. The frame consists of heavy-gauge, folding steel. A cup holder, carry bag and 225-pound capacity round out the features of this affordable, lightweight chair. Campmor: 888/226-7667; campmor.com.
The Aluminum Sling Chair ($45) is better than your basic camp chair — it features an ergonomic design to increase comfort by supporting the user’s natural body position. It’s made using heavy-duty polyester fabric and a powdercoated aluminum frame. The chair has a weight capacity of 225 pounds, folds in for convenient storage and comes with its own carry bag. At less than 7 pounds, it’s highly portable. Coleman’s Woodsman II Chair is a basic, durable chair, consisting of a powdercoated aluminum frame and weather-resistant fabric. It folds easily to fit in the trunk of a compact car and at less than 2 pounds, it can be carried to the campsite from the car by even a child. Though budget-priced ($20) this chair still has a weight capacity of 225 pounds. Coleman: 800/835-3278; coleman.com.
Sit low and comfy in camp or at the beach with the Crazy Legs Beach Chair ($38). The chair boasts an extra-sturdy powdercoated aluminum frame and stainless, non-corrosive rivets that stand up to heavy use. Comfortable, padded armrests and durable coated-polyester fabric highlight the construction of this chair, which is rated to handle up to 325 pounds. The Crazy Legs Beach Chair folds flat for storage. A deluxe version of the original Crazy Creek chair, the PowerLounger ($60) can act as both a chair and sleeping pad, with its additional bottom flap doubling as cushioning for long sit-ins, or folding out for luxurious lounging. The long back provides exceptional support, and a Velcro strap and D-ring secure the rolled chair for easy packing. This chair measures 54×18 inches and weighs 32 ounces. Crazy Creek: 800/331-0304; crazycreek.com.
Cremco Tripod Stool
Easy to set up, the new Cremco Tripod Stool ($25) is made with heavy-duty steel and high-quality water-resistant canvas, offering a curved-seat shape that can comfortably support up to 300 pounds for activities such as camping, fishing, concerts, and other outdoor and sporting events. The 20-inch-tall Cremco Tripod Stool weighs just 26 ounces and features an innovative fold-up design that condenses the stool and its three leg assemblies down to 4×8 inches so it fits into its own pouch for easy carrying. The pouch features a carabineer to allow users to easily clip the stool to belts or pack straps. Cremco/Majestic Marketing: 918/758-0045; thecaplight.com.
The Curvy Lounger ($90) from Eureka! is a defining product in campsite comfort. It features 3D spacer mesh in the lumbar panel, foam padding in the headrest and padded armrests. Ideal for napping, reading or lounging, the chair stretches 64 inches long by 27 inches wide, and stands 43 inches high. When you need it to, it can fold down to a package size of 12x9x47 inches. Eureka!: 800/572-8822; eurekatent.com.
The PackSeat ($25) portable stool is a quick and easy way to “take a load off” — just about anywhere. The patented shock-cord construction snaps the legs into place for setup in seconds. For added strength and grounded leg stability, the PackSeat features a patented anti-splay reinforcement panel. The PackSeat is made of sturdy, powdercoated aluminum and 600D polyester. It includes a carry bag with closure strap, buckle and carabiner for hands-free portability. Weighing in at only 26 ounces, the PackSeat supports up to 250 pounds. GCI Outdoor: 860/345-9595; integrityoutdoorbrands.com/gcioutdoor.htm.
Cozy up in this comfortable two-seat folding chair. With built-in adjustable beverage holders and a transport sack, this chair is light and easy to tote to the campsite. Made with a steel frame and 600D polyester mini-ripstop fabric, the Kelty Loveseat ($80) offers couples adjustable arms and two adjustable beverage-holders. The Loveseat weighs 14 pounds and has a 400-pound capacity. Kelty: 800/535-3589; kelty.com.
A comfortable, well-built chair that stands up to years of camping, the L.L.Bean Camp Recliner ($120) offers curved armrests and a high back to help you relax after a day of hard play. The sturdy aluminum frame is durable yet lightweight, and supertough 600D nylon mesh seat material keeps you cool and won’t collect rainwater. The cup holder hangs within reach when seated and the strong bungee suspension system distributes body weight over a broad area. The chair folds flat for storage and can handle weight up to 300 pounds. Similarly, the Comfort Arm Chair ($59) sports curved aluminum armrests and a high, supportive back, a cup holder and the same frame and fabric construction as the Camp Recliner. It also supports up to 300 pounds. The chair folds compactly into a carry bag for transport and storage. L.L.Bean: 800/441-5713; llbean.com.
TravelChair’s Lounge Lizard ($170) combines the portability of a folding chair with the all-out comfort of a classic, full-length chaise lounge. Like a traditional poolside lounger, it offers variable reclining positions, full-body support and a cushioned pillow. But unlike old-school loungers, it uses lightweight synthetic fabric to create a cooler, more breathable and weather-resistant chair. The Lounge Lizard weighs 21 pounds and has a 300-pound capacity. Travel Chair: 253/851-7519; travelchair.com.
Bass Pro Shops
The Basic Camp Kitchen ($80) from Bass Pro is a highly functional table with everything needed to make mealtime magic. Based on a 40×20-inch steel-legged, aluminum-framed, heat-resistant MDF tabletop accessorized with a wash basin, spice rack/utensil holder, mesh storage bin/trash holder, towel rack, lower storage shelf and lantern pole, the table organizes your camp kitchen with ease. The table weighs 15 pounds, supports up to 65 pounds, and when not in use stores in a heavy-duty carry bag. Bass Pro Shops: 800/227-7776; basspro.com.
Coleman’s Pack-Away 4-in-1 Table ($75) consists of two 18-inch tables that can be used individually or together in multiple configurations and heights. The tables offer moisture-resistant tops on a lightweight, sturdy aluminum frame, and adjust to three heights: 15, 27 and 32 inches. Each has a 300-pound capacity. For easy storage, the tables fold down to 32x16x3 inches and weigh just over 12 pounds. Coleman: 800/835-3278; coleman.com.
The Catskill Table ($100) from Eureka! is a shock-corded aluminum slat table that provides a sturdy camp dining/cooking surface and can help to provide campsite organization. It features a lower mesh shelf for storing lightweight articles, a webbing paper towel rack with a side-release buckle, and a six-loop webbing daisy chain for cooking utensils. It also has adjustable feet for leveling on uneven surfaces. The table is about 28 inches high, and its top measures 45×28 inches. The table comes with a carry bag and weighs 16 pounds. Eureka!: 800/572-8822; eurekatent.com.
A great way to dine in the great outdoors, the Kelsyus Portable Outdoor Table ($160) is a full-size folding camp table with plenty of room for four adults. Breathable mesh seats and tabletop provide comfort, while integrated cup holders and elastic bands secure beverages, napkins and utensils in windy outdoor conditions. It sets up and folds down quickly, with a convenient carry bag that makes it easy to take this folding camping table wherever you go. The unit supports up to 800 pounds (or 400 pounds per bench). Kelsyus: 800/889-7946; kelsyus.com.
Kelty’s easy-folding Soft-Top Table ($35) has plenty of room for eating or drying clean dishes. This table can be also used for a game of chess or checkers on its printed board game. It measures 27×27 inches and has four mesh-bottom beverage holders and two side mesh pockets, perfect for storing playing cards. The table weighs just 6 pounds and can hold up to 100 pounds. It comes with a transport sack. Kelty: 800/535-3589; kelty.com.
A complete food preparation center, the 44-inch-wide L.L.Bean Gourmet Kitchen ($160) features a double sink area with a wire hanging rack for drying dishes or hanging a lantern. Included cutting boards lock onto the sink to form an extra work surface, or detach and fit in slots behind the sink to create a windbreak. A durable wire counter is sized to fit a large camp stove, and the wire storage rack below the sink holds extra pots and pans. Its sturdy wire legs adjust so you can keep the work surface level; and it folds for easy transport and storage. The Gourmet Kitchen weighs 27 pounds, but packed the unit can fold as small as 4x25x5 inches. L.L.Bean: 800/441-5713; llbean.com.
Using 600D polyester fabric makes the Titan Cot XP ($110) from Browning durable and comfortable. Its aluminum frame makes it lightweight, but strong. The detachable side pocket allows storage for small items. Another nice feature is the large “pillow” pocket that you can use to store clothes or other padding to create a headrest at the height you prefer. The angled legs keep the cot from “rocking” at night and the telescoping support in the center makes the cot even stronger than the traditional X-leg cot, delivering a capacity of 450 pounds. It folds up and fits into a carry bag so it transports and stores easily. The 81-inch-long by 30-inch-wide cot weighs 17 pounds. Browning Camping: 877/459-2825; browningcamping.com
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The new EasyCot ($70) is a full-size (32-inch-wide) camp cot with a design that allows setup in less than one minute. Built with welded steel legs, 600D polyester and multiple fabric reinforcements, this blue and tan cot is ideal for camp or home and supports up to 325 pounds. It measures 32×79 inches and sits 17 inches off the ground. Byer of Maine: 800/338-0580; byerofmaine.com.
Coleman’s Overnighter 72″ Spacesaver Air Bed ($70) is an innovative design that marries a cot and a detachable air mattress. This 10-pound unit has a 225-pound capacity and features a lightweight aluminum frame with a polyester cover and an air mattress featuring a double-lock air valve, and a coil system that contours itself to your body for better support. The cot combo measures 25×72 inches and stands 18 inches off the ground. A storage pocket organizer keeps small items close at hand. The detachable air mattress features a bed cover that can be washed in cool water and line-dried. Coleman: 800/835-3278; coleman.com.
The Luxury Camp Bed ($99) from GCI features a five-position reclining backrest and anti-sink feet for stability on soft terrain. Built with a steel frame, tufted cushion mattress and tweed polyester, the Luxury Camp Bed is as durable as it is comfortable. It includes a cot caddy storage pocket and integrated carry handle. This versatile camp cot weighs 20 pounds and supports up to 330 pounds. It’s 78 inches long by 30 inches wide when open and folds to 30.5×32.5×5 inches. GCI Outdoor: 860/345-9595; integrityoutdoorbrands.com/gcioutdoor.htm.
The Portable Camp Shower/Toilet Enclosure ($50) from Bass Pro Shops adds privacy to your camp; it pops up quickly and folds down compactly thanks to its spring-steel design. The lightweight shelter weighs just 9 pounds and features water-resistant 190T polyester walls with a 450mm PU coating. A large U-shaped zippered door makes entering and leaving the shelter easy. The zippered top opens for venting, while the interior shower is designed for hands-free washing. Inside gear pockets give you a place to stow toiletries and the enclosure comes with a waterproof, removable floor panel and external clothesline. A carry bag is included. The enclosure measures 52 inches square and 76 inches high. Bass Pro Shops: 800/227-7776; basspro.com.
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Byer’s Moskito Traveller Hammock ($40) offers a cocoon of comfortable space with the benefit of insect protection. The hammock is made from lightweight, durable and breathable parachute nylon, and its ultra-fine mesh netting is supported above by a shockcord. The attached storage bag doubles as a handy utility pouch. If the protective net is not needed, simply turn the hammock over and enjoy the Moskito as a regular hammock. This spruce green hammock is 54 inches wide by 84 inches long, with a weight limit of 250 pounds. Byer of Maine: 800/338-0580; byerofmaine.com.
The Kelsyus Portable Hammock ($110) sets up in seconds with no tools required, so it’s a great hammock when you’re on the go. And although the steel frame and high-quality canvas weigh 25 pounds and support up to 250 pounds, the patented design of the hammock allows it to fold down into a compact bag with shoulder straps so it’s easy to carry from your vehicle to the campsite and back. Kelsyus: 800/889-7946; kelsyus.com.
My Camp Kitchen
My Camp Kitchen by Bristlecone is an organized kitchen cabinet with a stand that holds all the camp kitchen essentials. Prices start at $475 with many options available, including a single burner propane stove, pots and pans, cooking utensils, three-piece knife set, cutting boards and four-person table settings and cutlery. The kitchen cabinet comes with a vinyl cover, while the countertop and folding stand come with canvas carrying bags. It also comes without the stand and with or without the cover. My Camp Kitchen is made of CARB-certified high-density birch plywood finished with exterior varnish, with solid red oak tongued legs. Nice touches are left and right doors with paper towel, spice, utensil, flatware, and knife racks, brass handles on the ends, brass door latches and hinges, a leather chest handle on top, and a waterproof cover for storage. My Camp Kitchen: 303/972-4721; mycampkitchen.com.