Best Outdoor Furniture for Your Deck
If entertaining family and friends is the main goal of your patio space, consider the durability of a plastic patio table. It’s lightweight, portable, and wipes clean easily, which can come in handy if your dinner guests have small children. If you want a more sophisticated look for your backyard decor, consider a wrought-iron table for your soirees. Whichever material you choose, make sure your outdoor furniture set includes a large table and at least six chairs, so you can seat guests comfortably. For more tips, read How to Choose the Best Patio Table.
Stylishly Comfortable Chairs
For dining, choose chairs with flat seats and straight backs. For ultimate relaxation, choose chairs with overstuffed cushions, such as outdoor rocking chairs. An Adirondack is a great chair choice that offers a relaxed lounging position. If you have limited storage, remember to look for patio chairs that stack easily. You may also need to buy a set you can mix and match with if you need more seating options.
Swings with Personality
A trendy egg-shaped swing chair with a wicker weave will lend a boho feel to your patio. For a traditional feel that never goes out of style, a wooden porch swing is just the ticket. If you live in a high-moisture climate, you will need to waterproof a wooden swing to protect against the elements. For a vintage vibe, consider an iron swing. With its elegant scrollwork, an iron swing is old fashioned with a touch of whimsy. Choose cushions and throw pillows to adorn your swing that will give it a sofa-like appeal. Read more tips on buying a porch swing in our guide to the Best Porch Swings for Your Home.
Outdoor benches provide charm and functionality to your outdoor space. A bench can be used in place of chairs at your patio dining table or put against a wall for additional seating. Small cast-iron or hardwood benches are great options for smaller areas, while glider benches or rocking benches require a little more room. They can also be multifunctional. A storage bench with an enclosed space below the seat provides an area where you can store cushions and other items while also offering extra seating for outdoor gatherings.
Durable Outdoor Cushions
Adding cushions is an inexpensive way to update your furniture’s look or bring new life to an older patio set. Cushion designs or patterns can lend a specific tone to your overall theme. Stripes in blue and white provide a nautical look, while black-and-white stripes offer a high-end cabana feel. Tropical prints evoke an island vibe, while toile is reminiscent of vintage style.
Chair cushions usually come in two styles: one piece that covers the seat and back of the chair, or two separate pieces that can be tied to the chair. If you have benches or armless chairs, you’ll only need seat cushions. When buying cushions, look for materials that are washable, waterproof, and mildew- and fade-resistant. Quality and cost will vary depending on fabric, so buy the best you can afford for maximum value and durability. For details, read How to Buy Outdoor Furniture Cushions.
To feel absolutely confident in your purchase, read all you need to know before buying in our guide on How to Choose Patio Furniture for Your Outdoor Space.
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