Outdoor Furniture Options and Ideas

Discover new options and ideas in furniture for your outdoor space.
Alluring Outdoor Space

Alluring Outdoor Space

By: Sean McEvoy

Options and ideas for outdoor furniture have never been more abundant, but that amount of choice can sometimes just confuse the issue. However, by assessing your specifid wants and needs, you can easily find inspiration for common choices as well as ideas for more unique approaches.

Seating Secrets for Your Porch

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Cozy Porch Swings

When designing your porch, consider how you want to use it. A swinging daybed is a must-have for afternoon naps, while a charming wood bench provides extra seating for guests who stop by to visit. Photo courtesy of Sunbrella

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A Pleasant Meal on the Porch

Outdoor dining is one of life's little luxuries. When you're choosing furniture for your porch consider how it responds to the elements of weather and how easy it is to clean. Photography by Beall+Thomas Photography

Photo By: Kreis Beall & Heather Anne Thomas

Charming Wooden Rocking Chairs

A wood rocking chair or swing are favorites on many porches, but remember that wood furniture requires paint, stain or a sealer. Making sure your outdoor furniture is properly maintained will ensure long-lasting use.

Lively Porch Accessories

Woven baskets, terra-cotta pots with fresh flowers and topiary planters can add lots of nice texture to a porch. Don't be afraid to be bold with vibrant colors on your porch.

Resilient Outdoor Materials

Use durable mildew-resistant outdoor linens, pillows and throws or a vibrant doormat to infuse color in an otherwise white porch. Blue and green colors are great for outdoor spaces, because they don't compete with the natural scenery.

Ropes for Swinging Daybeds

Hanging chains for porch swings are often made of stainless or galvanized steel. If you prefer the look of rope, make sure it is marine-grade braided nylon or polyester and check it regularly for wear.

Traditional Wicker

Natural wicker furniture is a classic choice but is best suited for protected porches. Porch furniture pieces made from synthetic wicker offer a wicker style but are more durable and can be exposed to the elements. Photo courtesy of Sunbrella

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Mix and Match Furniture

Don't be afraid to mix different types of porch furniture together. Classic wicker furniture combined with a rich wooden coffee table creates an outdoor space that's charming and unique. Photo courtesy of Sunbrella

Photo By: Steve Exum

One of the mainstays for outdoor furniture, wicker, remains a smart, economical option. Modern wicker furniture is often coated with a water-resistant covering, giving it greater longevity and durability. Many styles are available, from traditional rustic chairs, benches and sofas to bold and striking midcentury modern creations.

One technique for enlivening an outdoor space is to create a focal point in the form of a fire pit, dining area or gazebo. Focus on complementing this focal point with your furniture. For example, if your fire pit is oval-shaped with smooth curves, a set of sling-backed or egg chairs and simple end tables might be a good fit. On the other hand, if your chairs will be set around a rustic, campfire-like fire ring constructed of heavy fire-resistant bricks, you may want a more substantial set of heavy wooden or wrought iron chairs.

Whatever your choices for outdoor furniture, it's best to keep in mind that your outdoor living space is an extension of your home—whether you decide to emulate your interior design with your outdoor furniture or create a unique, brand-new look, focus on creating a comfortable and welcoming space with the furniture you choose.

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