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Standard Director’s Chair

From: R2,900.00

The Standard Director’s Chair is an exceptionally tough, versatile and comfortable folding camp chair with wide seat that is suitable for private use, in camps and lodges, around the bush fire or on boat cruises.

It is an affordable but still very robust version of The African Touch Safari Director’s chair, and has the same extra wide self-tightening seat and folds away neatly for hassle free storage.

Seat covers are UV stabilised, waterproof ripstop canvas (double padded and quilted or single). Standard colours are Howard Green and Sand.

The steel cleats and hinges of our Directors Chairs are powder coated and baked in an oven to protect them against the corrosive salt air of coastal regions. In addition, the cleats are fitted with stainless steel screws for the same purpose. The folding parts of the chair are cushioned with leather washers for a smooth action.

Recommended weight limit 120kg (260lb). Please do not rock back and forth on any chair.

For more information please see ‘Product details’ below.

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The director’s chair design is believed to have originated in the 15th century, during the Ming dynasty in China. It was initially designed as a folding chair for military commanders and officials who needed to travel and set up temporary camps. The design was then adopted by European explorers and travellers in the 19th century, who used it as a portable chair for outdoor activities such as camping and hunting.

In the safari industry, the director’s chair has become a popular choice due to its lightweight and foldable design, which makes it easy to transport and set up in remote locations. Additionally, the chair’s sturdy construction and comfortable seating make it ideal for extended periods of use outdoors.

The director’s chair has also become a symbol of luxury and sophistication in the safari industry.  It is often associated with high-end safari lodges and camps. Its classic design and timeless appeal have made it a popular choice among both safari operators and travellers who want to experience the ultimate in comfort and style while on safari.

The Design

The Standard Director’s Chair is an affordable but still very robust version of The African Touch Safari Director’s chair and has the same extra-wide self-tightening seat and folds away neatly for hassle-free storage. This folding chair for the outdoors is designed with the same offset legs to avoid spacers that often fall apart. The moving parts are simple but strong, so they will not fail. A big problem with Director’s Chairs seat covers is the point where the seat cover is attached to the seat rail. This is often done with a wire or timber dowel that tends to fail. We have overcome this by having special steel cleats laser cut (so everyone is identical) and screwed through the canvas cover into the timber rail. This is very secure whilst still being easy to change the covers after several years if necessary.

The armrests on these folding directors’ chairs are not as wide as those of the Safari Chair. This allows them to be folded narrower assisting with storage.

Materials used and covers offered:

The Standard Director’s Chair is built from either Zambezi Teak or Mahogany.

Director’s chair covers are UV stabilized, waterproof, ripstop canvas (double padded and quilted or single).  Standard colours are Safari Green, Sand, Karoo Khaki and Grey. For other colours please enquire and we will check on availability with Cedarbrook Fabrics. We also offer seat covers in veg-tanned harness leather.

Principal uses of the Standard Director’s Chair.

The Standard Director’s Chair is a more affordable version of the Safari Director’s Chair. It is an exceptionally tough, versatile and comfortable safari camp chair. Its wide seat is suitable for use in private homes, in camps and lodges, around the bush fire or on boat cruises. It is often used in boardrooms and as desk chairs. These outdoor portable chairs are comfortable for long hours spent outdoors working or watching and enjoying!

The ideal camping chair side table to pair with these would be our Expedition Folding Table. These are the ultimate wooden outdoor folding tables and are in traditional campaign-style furniture.

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Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 65 × 25 × 92 cm
Seat сovers

Ripstop Quilted Safari Green, Ripstop Quilted Sand, Ripstop single Safari Green, Ripstop Single Sand, Safari Harness Leather

Director's Chair Drinks Tray

With removable Drinks Tray, Without Drinks Tray

Your oiled Director’s Chair receives two applications of The African Touch Furniture Oil prior to delivery. Our outlets carry stock, should you require it. We recommend you re-apply when the finish looks faded or dry. The recommended application procedure is as follows:

  • Wipe surface down with a clean cotton cloth lightly moistened with mineral turpentine. (Ensure that all surfaces are completely dry and clean before proceeding with the next step)
  • Use a clean cotton cloth or soft bristled brush dipped in the oil and apply in light, short strokes, ensuring thorough and even distribution of the oil.
  • Leave the oil on the furniture for at least 1 to 2 hours (but not more than 24 hours), to allow absorption into the wood.
  • Use a clean cotton cloth and wipe off all excess liquid to leave a natural smooth finish.
  • Allow to dry for approximately 24 hours.

If a wet glass or similar is left on the surface it may leave a watermark. In this case please wipe the water off as soon as possible, and if necessary apply some more African Touch Furniture Oil. If the mark is still slightly visible you can rub with a little baking soda mixed with an equal part of water, wipe off with a damp cloth and re-apply the oil.

3 reviews for Standard Director’s Chair

  1. Storm Bellamy

    Hi Gift

    We are very happy with our chairs and they look fresh in our boma area at the lodge.

    Thank you.
    Storm Bellamy
    Mavalanga Lodge
    Skukuza, MP
    South Africa

  2. Carol Rhodes

    Hi Gift,

    I would just like to thank you for your fantastic service and attitude! It has been a pleasure working with you and I am sure that I will be placing more orders as we are renovating the Lodge.

    Please have a look at our website

    Kind regards
    Buhala Lodge
    South Africa

  3. Alison Crooks

    Dear Gift
    Thank you once again for your incredible service. I would recommend you, Vanessa and your team to anyone and will place on social media. Amazing.

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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 cannot offer a warrantee on chairs except for defects in material and workmanship that affect the integrity of the chair under normal use and weight limits. The reason for this is that chairs can be subject to huge stresses (such as when a heavy person rocks back on the back legs) that are impossible to compensate for in the construction of the chair without compromising on the design appeal.

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.

The African Touch will not in any circumstances be liable for any claim which falls outside the scope of our warranty or for any consequential damages whatsoever.

We offer 10% discount for orders of 20 or more chairs, and to Professional designers and decorators. The discount will reflect in your quote.

The Standard Director’s Chair folds conveniently for shipping. The chairs are packed 6 to a box. The dimensions of the box are 1200mm (48″) wide x 560mm (22.5″) high x 740mm (30″) deep and the weight approximately 50 kg (110lbs). If a smaller box is required we can make it.

The chairs can be sent by air or sea freight. 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