Here I give my list of 11 best folding camping chairs with side table that are currently on the market, all very stable structures and with solid armrests.
What is included in the list
• Obviously, all the chairs are with a side table and this is usually with a cup holder, but some of them also have either a cooler on the other side of the chair or an organizer with pockets.
• Regarding the materials, you have either an aluminum frame or steel. The fabric is normally synthetic and mesh, and some of the chairs have padding.
• Yet another common feature is that they have solid armrests, and this is why most of them are large in two dimensions when packed. But they become flat in such a state and you can store them in narrow spaces.
• You will see also that they all have bars combined with feet, or only bars, so you can use them even on a soft ground and they will not sink very much.
• Those are also chairs with a normal back support so you do not have headrests in these designs.
• Some of them are also with a cooler and with many other elements for storage.
My list of the best camping chairs with side table
Here is my list of chairs ordered alphabetically so the numbers are not for ranking.
1. Coleman Portable Deck Chair With Side Table
This Coleman Chair is here because of its side table which you see in the picture. But this is an incredibly popular chair with more than 900 reports by customers on Amazon. When you see its price ($45 at the moment of writing this text) and the design, you realize the reasons for such a popularity. Just to know also that it has been on the market for a number of years already.
The is a folding design and with solid armrests, so the packed size is not so great. But when you compare it with its competitors, you realize it is very lightweight, this is because of its aluminum frame, so it weighs only 7.12 lb (3.22 kg). The capacity is 225 lb (102 kg).
As you see from the picture, with such a legs design it will not sink regardless of where you use it. Please follow the link for more.
2. Eureka Director’s Chair with Side Table
This is a steel chair and you realize this from its weight which is 12 lb (5.44 kg). The side table folds separately from the chair so you do not have to use it all the time, but it cannot be removed.
The general design is similar to other chairs in the list, but the legs are a bit specific. You have a combination of legs with cups on the back and bars on the front. With such a design, you can use it even on a soft ground and it will not sink considerably.
The packed size is 33 x 22 x 5 inches (85 x 56 x 13 cm), so it is a bit bulky and this is because of its solid armrests. Though such a packed size is similar to the other chairs here. It is easy to use, no assembly, and it is ready in a couple of seconds.
3. GCI Outdoor Slim-Fold Director’s Camp Chair with Side Table
This is a chair from a renown brand and what you have here is a steel construction with bars so it will not sink considerably on any surface. But as you see from the picture, it is also with plastic cups on the bars so the design is floor-friendly and you can use it even in a larger family camping tent.
Obviously, it has a side table and this is why it is in the list. You also have solid armrests and this is why its packed size is not so great, but it is quite similar to the other chairs here in the list. This is a patent-pending design and it indeed folds slim as the name suggests, it is only 4.25 inches (11 cm) thick when folded.
4. Kamp-Rite Director’s Chair with Side Table
This chair folds flat but indeed it remains large in the other two dimensions, the packed size is 37 x 22 x 7 inches (94 x 56 x 18 cm). So these are large numbers but you can see something similar in several chairs here.
The weight is 14 lb (6.35 kg), so it is heavier than many of the chairs in the list, and the capacity is very good, 350 lb (159 kg). You have the integrated table and the solid armrests which are with a padding.
The frame is aluminum and the fabric is polyester with some light padding. As you realize from the picture, there are bars that connect the front and rear legs, so those will prevent sinking if you use it on sand or on a soft ground.
5. KingCamp Heavy Duty Compact Camping Folding Mesh Chair with Side Table
This chair is very unique here in the list because of the following. It folds like many other chairs from two sides to the center, but then you fold it once more from above. So in the packed state, it becomes almost square and considerably smaller than the other chairs of this type. This is the reason for the word Compact in its name.
Yet another feature here is that the side table unfolds together with the chair, so you cannot fold it separately. The weight is 11.9 lb (5.4 kg), and the capacity is up to 300 lb (136 kg). The mentioned paced size is 20 x 19 x 6 inches (51 x 48 x 15 cm).
This is a steel chair and you have solid armrests, a carry handle, and a side table with a cup holder.
6. KingCamp Heavy Duty Steel Folding Chair/Director’s Chair with Cooler Bag and Side Table
This is yet another chair from the KingCamp brand, but this one is quite different. Here you have the side table and this is why it is in the list, but you also have a large cooler on the other side. Note that both the side table and the cooler can be folded separately from the chair and this makes it different from the Compact chair above.
The packed size of this chair is also very different, so it is rather bulky when packed, 36.6 x 22 x 7.1 inches (93 x 56 x 18 cm). It weighs 14.8 lb (6.7 kg) and the capacity is 330 lb (150 kg).
The construction is steel, you have solid and padded armrests, and the chair is stable on any terrain because of the bars that are between the front and rear legs; they prevent sinking even if you use it on sand.
7. ONIVA Picnic Time brand Fusion Original Design Outdoor Folding Chair
I am sure that already from the picture you realize that this Oniva chair is something extraordinary. So see this list of features to understand this even more clearly, here are some of the most important ones:
- Side folding table.
- Side shelves.
- Huge detachable insulated cooler – shoulder bag.
- Shoulder straps.
- Padded seat and backrest.
- Solid armrests.
- Multiple pockets.
- Loops on the back for umbrella or sports banner.
This is an aluminum structure and the storage elements set which you see on the right is removable and you can carry it as a shoulder bag. The chair itself has straps so you can carry it as a backpack. There is no chair currently on the market with so many features.
But it is here because of its side table, so indeed you have it on the side, it is folding and its size is roughly 14.5 by 11 inches (37 x 28 cm). The chair weighs 12 lb (5.44 kg) and its capacity is 350 lb (159 kg). Please follow the link for more.
8. OzTent Gecko Camping Chair with Lumbar Support and Swivel Table
The Gecko is more than a chair with a side table. In fact, its side table can be rotated and set at several different positions, including the side of course, this is why it is on the list here.
But it also has an adjustable lumbar support, and I have included it in my list of chairs with lumbar support. This includes a strap that goes behind the chair and you have two buckles on the sides to regulate the lumbar curvature.
The chair is also with solid and padded armrests, and it comes with a bonus carry bag which you can see in the picture.
There is padding throughout the chair, and the frame is steel. The weight is 12.1 lb (5.5 kg), the capacity is 330 lb (150 kg) and the seat is at 18 inches (46 cm) above the ground. Please follow the link to read more.
9. Stylish Camping Full Back Folding Director’s Chair
Here you have an incredibly lightweight chair for such a type, it weighs only 6.13 lb (2.78 kg), so just compare this with the other chairs in the list.
The frame is aluminum and the chair is with the solid armrests, so although it is bulky when packed, the dimensions in the packed state are really reasonable, 23.6 x 19.5 x 32.7 inches (60 x 50 x 83 cm). So again, see the other chairs in the list here to realize the difference.
It comes with a bonus side table which is (L x W) 15.5 x 10.5 inches (40 x 27 cm) and here you also have a cup holder. But there is also a rather big organizer on the other side which contains several very useful pockets.
10. Timber Ridge Director’s Chair with Side Table
This is a very lightweight chair for such a type, it weighs only 7.36 lb (3.34 kg) and this is remarkable. This is mainly because of its frame which is aluminum. Obviously, it is a folding type and two of the dimensions are large in the packed state, 35.83 x 21.26 x 7.09 inches (91 x 54 x 18 cm), but as you realize it becomes rather flat.
They build this chair in two versions, with full back design, and with a partial back. The meaning is that back fabric is connected with the seat in the first case, and disconnected in the second model.
Note that they give a 1-year warranty for this chair, and the price tag is very reasonable, please see more in the link below.
11. Timber Ridge Laurel Director’s Chair
This Laurel Chair comes with quite a number of features. You see from the picture that it has a cooler on the side with 13 liters of volume and you can fold it when not in use.
Yet another is obviously the side table and this is why the chair is in the list here. You also have a small mesh pocket under the seat where you can store your phone.
The chair is with padded and solid armrests and the back seat is padded. Note also that this is a very lightweight aluminum chair that weighs only 7.3 lb (3.3 kg), and it is very affordable. Please follow the link for more.
So these are my best folding camping chairs with side table, as you realize the construction is very similar in all the models, but there are differences in the frame, legs design, folding mechanism, folded size, and in extra bonuses.
The chairs are either steel or aluminum, and some have extra features like a cooler or side storage pouches. This affects the price but in general, all of them are very affordable.
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