Buying Guide: Foldaway Chairs

Whether you’re a seasoned camper or new to outdoor holidays, investing in the right equipment is essential.

Whether you’re a seasoned camper or new to outdoor holidays, investing in the right equipment is essential.

Most campers will double-check that they have adequate sleeping equipment and cookware, but there’s one essential item that often goes overlooked – foldaway camping chairs. 

After all, there’s nothing worse than having to scavenge for tree stumps or boulders to perch on whilst you enjoy an alfresco supper with loved ones. 

So, ensuring you have camping foldaway chairs is the best way to relax, and enjoy the breathtaking outdoor scenery.

Of course, there are plenty of choices out there, so which one is right for you? Read on to find out everything you need to know about camping foldaway chairs…

Things to consider

Of course, comfort is key.  But when looking for the right foldaway chair, there are a few other things to consider to find the best match for you. 

See below for the factors we believe are worth considering before purchasing a foldaway chair. 

  • Lightweight – as you’ll also likely be carrying other camping equipment, you’ll want a foldaway chair that doesn’t get in the way. Transportable and easy to store away is key.
  • Compact – the selling point of a foldaway chair is in the name – it’s foldable. You’ll want to make sure that the camping chair you opt for is as compact as possible – so you don’t end up lugging around bulky furniture.
  • Additional support – do you require any additional support? For people who suffer from bad backs, sore knees, or any other issue – a foldaway lounger, or even an additional stool may be more suitable. 
  • Extra features – for some, having a camping chair that comes with handy features is a must. If you appreciate the little extras, opt for a foldaway chair that offers built-in cup holders and side tables, or even additional headrest padding.
  • Storage – are you going somewhere that’ll be tight for space? Opting for a practical and smaller option may be best for you, such as a foldaway stool.

The different types of foldaway camping chairs

See below for more information on the most popular types of foldaway camping chairs.

Standard camping chair

If you’re looking for a chair that’s great for dining alfresco, picnics, or for outside entertainment such as music festivals – a standard camping chair will do more than just suffice. 

Your standard foldaway camping chair will be compact, lightweight, and provide you with much-needed comfort in any outdoor setting. 

These days, a classic foldaway chair can come in a variety of different shapes and designs, along with those all-important extra features – so comfort is ensured. 

Check out our range here. 


If you prefer having the option on a camping trip, go for a reclining foldaway chair. 

With this option, you get the best of both worlds. Recliners tend to be larger in stature but make up for it in durability, reliability, and comfortability.

This is a great choice for campers who love to relax and lay down outdoors, soaking up the sunshine. However, the recliner is equally as efficient for dining and sitting around a campsite with loved ones. 

Shop our selection of recliners here


Loungers are the kind of camping chair you just sink into. Perfect for campers who prefer a little extra back support. 

Loungers are suitable for all campers, and it’s the perfect option for basking in the sunshine, comfortable dining, or even just taking a moment to relax and read a book. 

Loungers are versatile foldaway chairs, with the style completely dependent on the preference of the camper. Loungers can come with adjustable backs, with or without armrests, additional back brace support, and more.

Just like any other foldaway chair, this type is ultra-portable, usually slotting into a carrier bag nicely. You’ll also be able to find a lounger with all-important extra features such as built-in cup holders and dining trays. 

To find out more on the Zempire Roco Lounger Chair V2, click here.


If you prefer to take a practical and no-frills approach to outdoor holidays, a handy stool could be the option for you. Stool chairs also take up much less space than other foldaway chair options; perfect for when you’re in a tight spot.

Foldaway stools offer all of the benefits of the other choices – durable, sturdy, lightweight, portable, and compact. Stools are often an affordable option, suited for unwinding around the campfire, festivals, weekend getaways, and classic camping activities such as fishing. 

Stool foldaway chairs are the ideal option for a last-minute trip, as it’s a “bring anywhere” type of seating. 

Shop our selection of camping stools here. Or, to shop the Regatta Marcos Foldable Stool shown in the picture, click here.

Kids foldaway chairs

Children need a place to unwind just like us adults. Kid’s foldaway chairs usually come in fun and colourful designs, guaranteed to wow your little ones. 

Kid’s foldaway chairs are safe, sturdy, and particularly lightweight (of course, as they’re built for little campers). These types of chairs also come with all the usual benefits of a foldaway chair but are more child-friendly. 

This means that it’s normal for kid’s camping chairs to feature tougher fabric, child locks, safety features, and additional padding. 

In addition, what would be classified as an “extra” on an adult chair, is usually the standard for a kid’s version. So in other words, your little campers will most likely have chairs that ensure they won’t miss out on those handy comforts.

To shop the Regatta Kids Animal Folding Camping Chair, click here.  

What are the best foldaway chairs? 

Now that you are familiar with the different types of camping foldaway chairs on the market, we thought it would be helpful to highlight a few that we think are top-notch.

If our selection below isn’t quite what you’re looking for, be sure to check out our wider range of superb foldaway camping chairs.

Outwell Ullswater Reclining Chair

A superb foldaway chair model, featuring a two-tone fabric, and padded fabric armrests offering comfort and support in style.

The Outwell Ullswater Reclining Chair boasts features such as a three-position high back design, making it the perfect all-round chair for dining and relaxing in comfort. 

An ultra-durable option, offering a high-strength powder-coated steel frame for additional support purposes. This model also features those added comforts mentioned above, with a cupholder and carry bag included. 

Key information:

  • Lightweight design.
  • Compact.
  • Easy to store and transport.
  • Ultra-portable. 
  • Padded fabric armrests. 
  • Padded fabric headrest.
  • Three-position high back design. 
  • Ultra-durable. 
  • Dimensions: 61 x 79 x 107cm.

Find out more about the  Outwell Ullswater Reclining Chair.

Regatta Castillo Camping Chair

Next, we have the trusty Castillo Camping Chair, for campers who prefer something a little different. 

This model is a lightweight design and comfortably padded throughout. The Castillo Camping Chair features a steel frame that’ll give you outstanding support. 

Perfect for when you just want to kick back, relax and be comfortable. The handy wrap-around design will also offer some protection against any unpleasant drafts of wind.

Key information: 

  • Fully foldable. 
  • Steel frame design.
  • Durable.
  • Reliable.
  • Sturdy.
  • Lightweight design. 
  • Additional padding throughout. 
  • Dimensions: 83 x 82 x 65cm

Find out more about the Regatta Castillo Camping Chair.

Quest Hampton Relax Reclining Chair

Last but not least, we have the Quest Hampton Relax Reclining Chair. This reclining foldable chair is suitable for any weather, boasting a stylish and luxurious zero gravity design. 

The recliner also features weatherproof Textilene fabric which is denser than other commonly used foldaway chair fabrics, to ensure improved comfort and durability.

This model also features handy additions, such as the ability to be locked in any position ensuring ultimate comfort. The perfect foldaway recliner to relax and enjoy the outdoor surroundings.

Key information:

  • Durable. 
  • Portable. 
  • Flatpack design. 
  • Stylish design.
  • Additional features. 
  • Pillow headrest. 
  • Easy to store away. 
  • Easy to transport. 
  • Weather-resistant. 
  • Lock in position feature. 
  • Dimensions: 64 x 70 x 113cm / Seat Height: 48cm / Seat Width: 58cm

Find out more about the Quest Hampton Relax Reclining Chair. 


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