How to Choose the Best Wood Patio Set

How to Choose the Best Wood Patio Set

JULY 6, 2016

by Andrew Schneider Outdoor Furniture Specialist

Extend your living space by choosing a wood patio set to decorate your patio or deck. Pick a patio set with plenty of room for friends and family to gather around the table for an impromptu barbecue. Keep the party going on into the night, relaxing on outdoor seating designed to encourage conversation. You can Cushion the outdoor furniture with decorative pillows, softening straight lines and adding a pop of color to draw the eye. Select versatile pieces that work for formal or informal events, and add your own personal touch with outdoor accessories. Keep guests comfortable and cushions bright with optional protection from the sun.


Wood Patio Set

Keep Size in Mind

Keep the size of your party in mind when choosing a wood patio set for dining. Make sure the table is large enough to seat everyone comfortably. Purchase extra chairs for guests, and choose an extendable table to handle the overflow. Smaller five-piece patio furniture sets are ideal for quiet family meals, and bistro sets offer plenty of room for two while conserving space.

Black and White Cushioned Patio Set

Sink into Softness

Plush cushions give outdoor wood furniture an extra softness that tempts you to relax. Choose sets with removable cushions to easily update the look. Purchase cushions sized to fit your outdoor wood furniture in fabrics with built-in sun protection to keep the colors from fading. Water-repellent fabrics keep the cushions dry for comfortable seating even after a big rain. Toss a few accent pillows on outdoor seating for extra padding.

Wood Patio Set with Blue Cushions

Define the Area

Group your wood patio set around a large outdoor rug to tie the pieces together. Rugs with bright colors pick up the undertones in the wood to make it glow. Divide the patio into several conversation areas, defining each area with a different rug for contrast. Use a solid rug for a neutral effect, or choose a patterned rug to make your patio set stand out.

White Patio Umbrella

Add Sun Protection

Cool down while you relax by picking an outdoor patio set that accommodates a patio umbrella. Tables with holes in the middle allow insertion of poles for central shade, while sets without this feature often benefit from offset umbrellas on a stand. Gazebos and temporary canopies provide portable protection for large areas, and umbrellas with solar lights keep the party going after the sun sets. Maneuver your patio set into just the right position to take advantage of all the shade these structures have to offer.

White Patio Bench

Coordinate Colors

Select nature-inspired shades of brown wood for your outdoor furniture, or pick a classic white wood for a clean simple look. Furniture featuring a stain weathers over time to a lighter hue, while woods protected with a painted coating are treated to withstand the effects of the elements. Use wood furniture with a pop of bright color to give your outdoor set a non-traditional look perfect for modern homes.

Outdoor Patio Set with Blue and White Pillows

Reconcile Form and Function

Stretch out on a chaise lounge, or curl up on a sofa. Today's outdoor furniture offers several stylish options to suit your own unique tastes. L-shaped designs and curved sectionals pair up with individual chairs to give you multiple options for relaxing. Prop your feet on an in included coffee table, or use the coffee table to hold your favorite drink or newspaper as you take a break.

Patio Lantern Accent

Accents with Style

Dress up your new patio set with garden accessories designed to add a tasteful touch. Place unique garden accents on a table's surface to impress your guests. Save the middle of your wooden dining table for a large centerpiece that keeps the conversation rolling.

For even more patio furniture tips, check out The Complete Guide to Buying Outdoor Furniture.