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Planter’s Chair


The Planter’s Chair is one of the most popular remnants of the Colonial era. Swooping, simple curves outline a streamlined, majestic chair of generous space and comfort. Exotic furniture art at its best. The long, styled armrests are ideal to rest your gin & tonic while you relax on a sunny afternoon.

Recommended weight limit 140kg (300lb). Please do not rock back and forth on any chair.

The Design

We have retained the essential elements of the original design of the Planter’s Chair. The long sweeping seat merging into the laid back rest. These angles ensure optimum comfort when relaxing back into the chair. Traditionally the front legs were turned and we have retained that element. We have done away with the folding footrests in line with our safari lodge and hotel customer wishes.

The original designs had the seat and back were covered with wicker. This tends to wear quite easily so we made a decision to replace the wicker with tough sail rope that still provides a very comfortable seat but will last indefinitely.

History of the Planter’s Chair

The Planter’s Chair originated in mid nineteenth century in India during the time of the British Raj rule. It was very popular on the tea plantations of south and east India, but soon spread to other parts of Empire, where it adorned the verandas colonial officials and plantation owners. Their inclusion in the ‘Army and Navy’ catalogue of 1907 under ‘Barrack Furniture and Camp Equipment’ ensured that they were exported to British Colonies around the world. They were also known as Plantation Chairs.


We use two very fine African hardwoods to build our Planter’s Chair. Zambezi Teak is exceptionally hard and attractive. It has a beautiful rich red brown colour and varied grain. The tough nature of Zambezi Teak results in furniture of exceptional durability. African Mahogany, also known as chamfuti locally,  has a more uniform but equally compelling red-brown colour. Mahogany is the timber traditionally used to build Campaign Furniture. You may prefer mahogany for true authenticity!


Every veranda in the land should have a brace of Planter’s chairs at the very least. They add great atmosphere and comfort to safari lodges and upmarket hotels. An oiled finish is ideal if you wish to leave your chairs out of doors. The Planter’s chair is an excellent alternative to the Mzilikazi or Zambezi Morris Chairs.

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1. Zambezi Teak, 2. African Mahogany

To protect your lacquered finish please place your Planter’s Chair away from direct sunlight. Apply a good furniture wax or polish, initially twice a month, thereafter once a month, sufficient to thinly cover the surface. As it dries (becomes dull) buff with a clean cloth until a beautiful sheen is achieved. Between waxings, keep the finish clean with a soft cloth or duster, and buff without wax.



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When you make your enquiry we will discuss delivery options with you.

Camps and lodges:

For camps and lodges in Southern Africa we can quote on delivery
with our transport or you may arrange collection.
For East Africa and beyond it is often more convenient for us to
quote containerised freight for large orders and air freight to nearest
airport for smaller orders.

International Orders:

Certain knock down products can be delivered by courier direct to you.
Slightly cheaper is to organise air freight to your nearest airport.
For large orders we can quote containerised delivery by sea.

Smaller orders in Southern Africa:

We will quote for delivery by courier or our transport depending on your location.


For orders to Africa, Europe, Australia, and North America we provide a
Certificate of Origin so that duty is not payable in your country of destination.

Orders supplied from stock we request payment in full when the order is placed.
For products made to order we request a 50% deposit on order
with the balance paid on completion.

We offer a 5 year warranty on your Planter’s Chair for any flaws in construction or material (except natural imperfections such as knots, stress cracks etc. that do not compromise the integrity of the chair). Miss handling or inappropriate use of the product will invalidate the warranty.

We will supply you with our suggested care and maintenance guidelines to ensure life-long enjoyment of your furniture. However we cannot be held responsible for repairing / replacing this product if you don’t follow these guidelines.

We build with timber harvested from natural forests. The charm of this material is that no two pieces are exactly the same in colour, character or grain, and they will contain natural imperfections such as knots, stress cracks and so on that enhance their authenticity and attractiveness. As a result no 2 pieces will ever be identical and products may have natural imperfections. However, these will never be allowed to compromise the quality of construction of your piece.

We offer 10% discount for orders of 10 or more and to Professional designers and decorators. Please contact us to arrange your discount.

Prices include shipping to your nearest main port. Should you require shipment ‘Door to Door’ or to an isolated port we may need to update your quote depending on the extra cost. The price excludes fees at the port of entry (customs clearance, tax such as VAT etc).

Questions? Call +27 68 246 2513