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Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about decluttering and cleaning our homes. We’d also argue that the season calls for upgrading our patio and backyard furniture. After months of frigid temps kept us cooped up indoors, the best outdoor furniture gives us extra real estate to enjoy these warmer months. And, let’s face it, once spring is in full swing, you’ll want to spend most of your days soaking up the sun.
Take note: buying outdoor furniture is a bit more technical than shopping for a sectional or bed frame. You want pieces featuring materials that are water and wind resistant yet are light enough to move inside in case of severe weather conditions.
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“The furniture should be sturdy and preferably made with pre-treated materials that can withstand sleet, snow, and rain,” Audrey Scheck, an Austin-based interior designer, tells Men’s Health. “Typically you want pieces made of aluminum, resin, wicker, and teak.”
Plus, given the current supply chain shortages, you’ll want to cop your outdoor furniture ASAP to make sure they arrive by spring. That’s a tall order, given the countless outdoor furniture available online. That’s why we enlisted the help of Scheck along with more interior designers and decorators to find the best outdoor dining tables, chairs, tables, and sofas to buy to turn your backyard into an oasis.
The Best Outdoor Furniture to Buy Now
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Aluminum Outdoor Sofa
Aluminum is a go-to material for outdoor furniture since it’s rust proof and water resistant, but isn’t considered as sturdy as stainless steel. Not so with Outer’s new sofa, which has an aluminum base that’s practically indestructible, yet light enough to easily be moved around your patio. Plus its multi-layer cushioning means it’s as comfortable as it is durable.
Best Outdoor Furniture Set
4 Piece Outdoor Patio Furniture Sets
Amazon sells just about anything with faster-than-normal shipping times, including outdoor furniture. While a typical patio furniture set at another big box retailer can cost you well over a grand, this rattan seats and glass coffee table package cost about a fraction of that. “It gives a lounge aspect to an outdoor space to make it more homey,” says Brendan Kwinter-Schwartz, president of New York City design firm Kwinter & Company.
Yager Wooden Picnic Bench
Benches make for great dining or lounge seating since they can sit more people without taking up as much space as chairs. “This bench’s mix of wood and metal makes it a versatile piece that looks great with modern or traditional tables,” says Scheck. “It’s also made of acacia wood, an affordable finish that’s easy to maintain outdoors.”
Best for Small Patios
We’ve praised Floyd’s affordable, functional pieces made for smaller apartments, and this customizable outdoor set is no exception. Available in four colors, this table can be made for two, four, or six seats and can fit in a modest balcony or patio.
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Concrete Outdoor Drum Coffee Table & Side Table Set
If industrial design is more your thing, consider this drum table set for your space. “The glass fiber reinforced concrete is made for maximum durability, which means this will hold up for plenty of summers,” says Scheck
Jurgen Solid Wood
For guys with massive patios (good for you!), consider investing in a sprawling sectional for lounging and napping. This one from AllModern is relatively affordable, can seat up to five people, and is made with real wood.
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Best Fire Pit
Peaktop Concrete Propane Gas Fire Pit Table
Fire pits are great, but can produce tons of smoke. That’s why we suggest this gas fire pit, which also makes for a great center console. “The shape and color make it versatile enough to be used with any exterior design,” Scheck says.
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Best Dining Table
Sorrento Dining Table
Castlery’s Sorrento collection is all about easy, breezy pieces with clean lines that look great with just about any furniture style. We’re especially liking its dining table, which is made with an aluminum frame and resin wood (read: super durable), and can seat up to eight people.
Portside Garden Storage
This West Elm unit stylishly stores your gardening tools and outdoor gear without taking up too much space.
When choosing fabrics for outdoor cushions, Sunbrella is the gold standard. Its stains can easily be cleaned, and it holds up in sleet, rain and slow. We especially love this Sunbrella loveseat from Neighbor, a direct-to-consumer upstart that provides quality patio furniture without retailer markups. Plus, it has a teak wood base, which is also water resistant.
Best Dining Chair
Ingrid Dining Chair
“Crafted in a simple design from teak wood, this chair will naturally patina over time,” says Scheck. “The design is interesting yet simple, and looks great with any dining table.”
Best Bean Bag
Outdoor Friendly Bean Bag Chair & Lounger
Who says bean bag chairs are only for dorm rooms? “Four of these create an easy-to-arrange lounge area in a garden or patio,” says Noel Gatts, HGTV host and Owner of Beam&Bloom Interiors. “I love that the look is striking yet versatile, and can be dressed up or down to suit your mood.”
Circula 52″ Dining Table
“There’s something about adding a black piece that really grounds an outdoor space,” says Heather Fujikawa, a Dallas-based interior designer. And Blu Dot’s sprawling modern dining table really pulls any patio together.
Alfy Outdoor Club Chair with Cushions
Louisville-based designer Jamie Tronzo recommends these club chairs from Amazon, which can be placed opposite of a sectional, or put in a corner of a spacious balcony. “I love the color and quality of the wood on the chairs as well as the curved shape of the backs,” he says.
Rolling Cooler Ice Chest Cart
Save those camping coolers for actual camping trips. This chest cart is a grown man’s way to keep your bevies cool this summer. “I love the forest green tone, which is such a popular color right now, and the wheels make it perfect for moving around between groups of guests,” says Scheck.
Light Beige/Brown 2 Person Porch Swing
Got money to spend on your patio? Splurge on this boho-inspired porch swing for a beach club vibe. “I love that it’s a stand-alone piece and doesn’t need to be installed or mounted to anything,” says Gatts.
Sol Dolphin Gray Daybed
Article, another direct-to-consumer upstart, just released a suite of midcentury furniture that hits at how millennials are decorating their homes now. Take this rattan daybed, which looks like a cozier version of benches at Cabo pool clubs. Make sure to keep it covered (under a canopy, preferably) to prevent weather damage.
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Bowen Indoor / Outdoor Pouf
Indoor/outdoor living furniture pieces are all the rage these days, and Lulu and Georgia’s bestselling pouf is made for all-day lounging in the patio, or rainy nights in your living room.
Terrace Teak Dining Table
If beachfront style is more your thing, Serena & Lily’s offerings have you covered. “We love how this table features traditional design elements with contemporary materials,” says David Shade, It is a very livable piece!” David Shade, partner at Brooklyn-based Key + Shade Interior Design.
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Best Coffee Table
Vista Slatted Teak Ottoman
“This spacious ottoman is a great solution for adding additional seating to any exterior space,” says Scheck. “Put it in a corner as a side table or seat, or use it as a coffee table in the center of a lounge set.”
Best Accent Table
Avila Stamped Accent Table Small
Or if you wanted a dedicated accent table, we suggest copping this set from Potter Barn. Sleek and minimalist, this antique bronzed unit stylishly holds all your summer drinks without staining.
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