How to Choose Patio Furniture

How to Choose Patio Furniture

How to Choose Patio Furniture
You can create an outdoor oasis no matter the size of your patio or deck space. Purchase a complete set of furniture or create a perfect custom combination from these essential patio furniture pieces. We’ve also included some things to consider that will help you choose the right patio furniture for your outdoor space.

Know Your Size and Seating Capacity

Know Your Size and Seating Capacity
Shape Dimensions Seating Capacity
Round 36-inch diameter
40-inch diameter
56-inch diameter
2 for dining, 4 for drinks
Square 38 to 40 inches square 4
Rectangle 46 x 36 inches
60 x 36 inches
72 x 36 inches
84 x 36 inches
96 x 48 inches
132 x 48 inches
6 to 8
6 to 8
8 to 10


Besides the style and material, size is the most important aspect of choosing your patio table. Outdoor tables come in all sizes, as well as expandable options to accommodate surprise dinner guests. Allowing 18 to 24 inches per guest means greater ease (and fewer spills from clumsy elbows) when dining. Ideally, there should be between 6 and 12 inches between place settings. Because dining tables are generally 28 to 30 inches tall, the ideal height of your dining chairs should be between 18 and 20 inches from the ground to the top of your seat. For more patio furniture advice, read our Patio Tables Buying Guide.


Consider Your Climate

Consider Your Climate

If you live in an area that receives a lot of rain or snow, you’ll want to choose outdoor furniture that won’t warp, crack, or become discolored. Some wood can wear when it’s exposed to excessive moisture; however, you can apply a waterproof coating and move the patio furniture out of the weather as much as possible to protect it. If you live in an area that gets considerable amounts of wind, choose heavier wrought iron patio furniture over plastic. For patio furniture tips to find the material with the most life, read our Outdoor Furniture Materials List.


Stick to Your Style

Match Your Style

Wicker outdoor furniture complements a vintage home, and you can dress up wicker chairs and benches with colorful floral pillows for a relaxed look. On the other hand, teak outdoor furniture adds tropical glamour to a modern decor style. If you’re unsure which outdoor furniture material suits your home best, consider the versatility of wooden styles. Depending on the cushions you add, wooden patio furniture can look old-fashioned or starkly contemporary, and you can blend it with your existing outdoor decor by selecting other accessories you like too. Need some style inspiration? Check out our 10 Designer Patio Ideas to Copy Right Now, or see our patio furniture buying guide on Patio Styles.


Whether you want to host a dinner party, create a calm sanctuary for morning coffee, or have an outdoor place for games and projects, choosing the right patio furniture is a must. Shop patio furniture on Overstock get FREE SHIPPING* on everything! For more guidance, read our tips on Buying the Best Outdoor Furniture.

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