Folding camp furniture was considered such a breakthrough invention that in 1893 the Gold Medal Camp Furniture Co. dispatched salesmen from its headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, to travel to Chicago to display its first designs—including a cot and a canvas chair—at the World’s Fair.
The furniture was exhibited at the fair to depict “The Angler’s Camp and Its Outfit.” But hobby fishermen weren’t the only ones who had a use for the folding furniture. Folding cots found their way into military barracks, and the canvas camp chairs went to Hollywood, to become the director’s chair on movie sets. And on a patio, deck, or balcony, folding camp chairs can’t be beat for their lightweight portability.
Here are 10 of our favorite modern folding camp chairs at prices that fit a variety of budgets.