20 Best Buys We Can't Wait to Use Outside

Come on, warm weather! The calendar and Mother Nature might not be on the same page just yet, but our priorities are in order: We're ready to pack up these pieces, head outdoors, and stay there.

Large and in Charge

How did a giant bean bag chair win the hearts of glampers and designers all over the world? By combining an iconic shape with dirt-, sun-, and moisture-resistant Sunbrella fabric and a truly incomparable squish factor. Take this big fella anywhere you like and prepare for instant relaxation. BUY IT: Fatboy, $329

A Moveable Feast

Portable furniture can (and should!) be just as stylish and stable as the stuff in your living room. Exhibit A: This perennially-bestselling, sustainable-mahogany table, which rolls up en route to picnics and — once you’ve picked your spot — expands to a substantial surface in seconds flat. BUY IT: Crate and Barrel, $50

A Seat in the Sky

Loop a rope over the sturdiest branch in your yard, grab an outdoor pillow or two, and poof: You can hang out all spring (and summer, and fall) in a midcentury-inspired rattan throne. BUY IT: Serena & Lily, $498

Tray Chic

Meet the handiest little cheese-board/flat-folding-wine-caddy/breakfast-in-bed-accessory in town. At a mere two pounds, this happy-hour hero punches way above its weight. BUY IT: Wine Enthusiast, $40

The Nap at the End of the Rainbow

Inspired by an oceanside idyll in Baja California and high-tech sleeping bags and jackets, Rumpl’s 21st-century beach blanket is your new bestie for curling up under the stars. This beauty’s just as cozy as a down comforter — and if, say, you fall asleep with hot cocoa still in hand, you can toss it into the washing machine without a second thought. BUY IT: Rumpl, $129

Retro Refreshments

Delivering a batch of poolside cocktails to your guests is pretty great. Doing so without said cocktails tumbling into the pool en route ... is even better. BUY IT: West Elm, $29

Steel on Wheels

Speaking of beverage transportation, there’s no time like the present to upgrade from an ancient foam cooler to a durable drink station. With a detachable, 20-gallon tub, storage shelf and locking casters, this all-weather cart follows you to the party. BUY IT: The Home Depot, $160

Beach Blanket Boho

Get in on the circular-towel trend with this vegetable-dyed organic-cotton version, block-printed in a goes-with-everything graphic pattern. BUY IT: Mandala Life Art Shop via Etsy, $35

Daylight Savings

Equipped with solar panels and rechargeable batteries, these hand-blown, steel-plated lamps soak up the sun all day, then cast a warm glow long into the night. Those nautical silhouettes are no accident: These pieces are cast to echo the shape of traditional captains’ lanterns. BUY IT: Allsop Home & Garden, $32 each

Pop-Up Pavilion

Crawl into one of these pint-sized cabanas for a bit of shade after collecting seashells — or keep one in reserve for story time and sleepovers indoors. (You might want to buy two, is what we’re saying.) BUY IT: Pottery Barn Kids, $79

Portable Bonfire

With a patented, double-walled airflow system, this blaze-on-the-go eliminates the need to turn or poke unburned logs, reposition yourself to escape smoke or commit to a permanent fire-pit spot (since it packs away into a storage-and-transport bag). You and your campfire squad can now go from zero to s’mores in no time. BUY IT: Solo Stove, $300

Modern Ease

Old-school butterfly chairs have been encouraging Americans to lean back since a curator at the Museum of Modern Art imported one for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater (and another for the museum’s collection) in 1940. These days, they’re still an excellent reminder that balancing snacks on your knees is a small price to pay to relax in style. BUY IT: Hayneedle, $55

All-Terrain Tunes

When Ultimate Ears calls their waterproof, bungee-equipped Roll 2 Bluetooth speaker "ultra-portable," they aren’t fooling around. Once charged, it provides nine hours of quality sound on anything from a surfboard to a hang glider. (Prepare your outdoor-adventure playlist accordingly.) BUY IT: Dell, $50

Floor Show

This handsome indoor-outdoor rug pairs well with upscale patio furniture (thanks to its floral medallion pattern) and clumsy patio guests (thanks to its durable polypropylene fibers, which can be hosed down and air-dried in the event of a barbecue catastrophe). BUY IT: Hayneedle, $96 and up

Natural Wonder

This versatile braided-jute cushion is perfect for indoor/outdoor floor seating — and stacked and topped with a tray, it’s ready for double duty as a serving spot. BUY IT: CB2, $80

Unbreakable Plates

While we would never encourage you to trick your guests into thinking you’d packed up your good china for an outdoor feast ... we wouldn’t blame you for it, either. This BPA-free, dishwasher-safe melamine collection is a dead ringer for the ceramic stuff (until it clatters instead of shattering on the patio, that is). BUY IT: Overstock, $46 for four

Instant Atmosphere

Don’t be shy about festooning your outdoor space with string after string of these feather-light, firefly-like LED glimmer bulbs. Since they’re battery-operated, equipped with a timer and compatible with a remote control, you don’t have to scramble for an outlet every time you want to create a little ambiance. BUY IT: Pier 1, $30 for 10’ (plus $8 for remote)

Waterproof Warmth

The recycled-flannel top layer of this 50x72 blanket makes it an ideal spread for everything from picnics to outdoor festivals, and the water-resistant, ripstop recycled-nylon layer below it spares you the heartache of soggy pants. If the skies open, a snap-attached hood converts the whole thing into a poncho — and the blanket stuffs into itself to form a pillow for the trip home. BUY IT: Coalatree, $70

High-Tech Old-Fashioneds

The DuraClear polycarbonate in these glasses — which won’t scratch, cloud or discolor over time, unlike the cheaper stuff — is more than a match for dishwashers, flagstones and your infamous annual tiki party. BUY IT: Williams-Sonoma, $78 for six


This 10-piece recycled-bamboo dining set consists of four cups, four high-sided plates (that double as bowls), a salad bowl and an anti-slip tray top—all of which nest together and stay together with a sturdy silicone band. Convenience and eco-friendliness: A match made in heaven. BUY IT: Food52, $64

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