Blame it on the rising interest in gardening, but many style-conscious consumers have figured out that their best room is the backyard. The trend is even getting to apartment dwellers, but if all you've got to work with is a balcony -- or tiny dirt patch -- there isn't space to store massive pieces.
Luckily, there's no shortage of really stunning folding chairs on the market.
With three compact Toronto outlets, Moss ranks as a chain, but don't be put off. This local retailer owes its success to the fact that it offers very desirable pieces at extremely attractive prices.
Enamelled metal bistro chairs, in blue (1) and white, at $21 cost less then half what their competitors ask. The only catch is that they sell out fast (1182 Queen East, 416-406-0053, and others).
Swedish knock-down giant Ikea packs incredible value into super-stylish wooden Tarno (2, $25) and aluminum Ockero (3, $35) models (15 Provost, 416-222-4532).
With wicker and cast-metal the must-have looks in garden furniture, the folding version from Moss is worth checking out, at $112 (4).
The Gunther Lambert Collection's lacquered iron Napoleon chair (5) doesn't come cheap, but it offers great lines and stands up even when folded -- $398 at Natural By Design (532 Eglinton West, 416-484-0038).
Or, if you want to play the retro card, check out the classic webbing-on-aluminum look, $22.99 at Canadian Tire (6).