12 Innovative Styles of Camping Chairs (you seen these before?)

After an active day of camping its nice to kick back and relax in a comfortable camping chair. We grew up with the folding camping chairs that had the strips of nylon around a flimsy aluminum frame.  You know the ones – the ones where the seat breaks and your butt ends up on the ground.

In this article I’ll show you some of the different styles of camping chairs that are now available. Camping chairs have come along way since the 80’s.

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Zero Gravity Camping Chairs

Why do they call them this? I have no idea. But a quality zero gravity camping chair can be super comfortable.

The 2-pack shown in the picture below is currently the #1 selling “Patio Lounge Chairs” section on Amazon but they aren’t just for backyards: you’ll see them in campgrounds across the nation. They fold down and many RVers toss them on the bed during travel days (or into the back of the pickup truck if you have a travel trailer).

Camping Chairs - zero gravity chairs

Folding Mesh camping chairs

These exploded in popularity about 10-15 years ago. I have three of them, and I love how compact and easy they are to carry. You slip them inside the carrying bag and then sling it over your shoulder.

The ones in the picture below are currently the #1 best selling camping chair on Amazon. It is the Coleman brand with a 4-can cooler on the armrest, a cup holder on the other armrest and small pouch attached to the seat for other personal items. If you have mobility problems though, they aren’t the easiest chairs to get out of. (You may want to check out “director’s chairs for this…see below.)

Camping chairs - folding Coleman camping chairs

Folding Backpacking Chair

They call these backpacking chairs because they are so light and compact they’ll fit into your hiking backpack. I’m tempted to call them slouch-style chairs because they’re fairly low to the ground…puts you in a relaxed, slouched position.

And even if you don’t plan on hiking these are still a great space-saving seating solution. Check out the picture below…it folds down to just over 14 inches long! And they weigh about 2 pounds. You can read more about this camping chair on Amazon.

Click image to see reviews on Amazon.

Director’s Chair

This director’s chair has a cool little tabletop on one side and an insulated cooler on the other side. Plus, it has a pocket for your phone too.

It’s like a mobile picnic chair.

My dad loves these kind of chairs because they are easier to get out of than the folding camp chairs.  If you have knee arthritis or other lower limb conditions, the sold armrests on this provide good support to give yourself a little extra arm push.

It currently only has 30 reviews, but it has a solid 4.7 stars out of 5 on Amazon. The manufacturer claims it can support up to 300 pounds.

Camping Chairs - director's chair
Click picture to view details on Amazon

Camping Chair (with footrest)

This camping chair with a footrest is very similar to the folding camping chairs mentioned above, but it has the added luxury of a footrest. So you can really stretch out and relax at your campsite.

It has a powder coated steel frame with a weight capacity of 250 pounds. It currently has 4.0 stars out of 5 on Amazon with 99 reviews.

Folding Camping Chair with footrest

Inflatable Air Sofas

Save your lungs.  If you have a hard enough time blowing up a beach ball, don’t worry – you don’t have to blow this thing up with your mouth. They claim you don’t even need to use a pump. You hold it up in the air and swish it around capturing the air and then quickly close the seal.

And talk about versatility, you can use this on dry land or in the water as a floatie. I think it’d be best reserved for sandy beaches or grassy campsites just in case twigs or sharp rocks tear it. I haven’t seen one of these in person yet, but it sure looks comfy.

It currently is well rated with 4.4 stars out of 5 on Amazon with 871 reviews.

camping chair inflatable air sofa

Saucer-style Camping Chair (Heavy Duty Weight Capacity)

This saucer-style of camping chair shown below claims that it can hold a 500 pound person.

But, it is big, and it needs to be to compensate for that extra weight-carrying capacity. So don’t expect it to be the same size as the folding camp chairs that you’re used to. Some of the reviewers on Amazon said it is large enough for the kids to have a nap on.

Camping Chairs saucer-style chair
Click image to view on Amazon

The Low-Down Beach Chair

These chairs are perfect for stretching out of the beach, but they’re great for grassy camping areas too. They’re really low to the ground, so they’re not good for people with mobility issues (keep that in mind).

The beach chair shown below is currently rated at 3.9 stars out of 5 on Amazon, which is less than the usual 4 star minimum…but it’s darn close so I’ve included it and i’ll let you decide if it fits your needs.

Click to read reviews on Amazon

Lightweight Camping Stool

This camping stool marketed for ladies looks pretty cool because you can wear it like a backpack, and it has a soft-sided cooler for your drinks or picnic.

It is currently rated 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon with 167 reviews.

Camping chair folding camping stool

Below is the stool folded up and being worn as a backpack.

Tommy Bahama Folding Backpack Beach Chair

We have a couple of these and we love them. Yes, we use them mostly for the beach but they’re good for chilling on the grass too.

It has a cup holder and sunglasses holder on the armrest,  a soft-sided cooler and dry storage compartment on the back. It folds down flat and has backpack straps so you can sling it on your back and still have your hands free to carry your other items.

I actually thought these were only available at Costco (where we bought ours), but I recently saw them on Amazon. Our friends always try to buy them from us, but now I can point them to Amazon.

Loveseat Style Camp Chairs (folding)

If you just can’t get enough of your partner, then this camping chair is perfect for you. You can position the chair to offer side-by-side seating (both looking straight ahead), or you can extend it a bit to provide a half-circle type seating arrangement.

It currently has a solid rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 on Amazon with 127 reviews.

Camping chair loveseat
Click image to read reviews on Amazon

Folding Outdoor Rocking Camp Chair

This outdoor rocking chair is made by GCI Outdoor. I know when I first looked at the chair, I couldn’t figure out how it actually rocks. But this video on the product display page shows you. (The secret is the shocks in the back!)

It is currently rated 4.7 stars out of 5 on Amazon with over 1,100 reviews.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of the different styles of camping chairs that are now available.

As you can see camping chair styles and varieties have really changed over the last few years.

There is something for everybody now-a-days.

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