15 Outdoor Seating Ideas You (+Your Booty) Will Love

Make the most of your outdoor space with seating that’s stylish and comfy. Because stiff seats = bruised booties = grouchy grownups.

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June 08, 2018

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Classic Gone Contemporary

This clean-lined porch swing proves a cozy front porch doesn't have to feel old-fashioned. A thick cushion and an abundance of throw pillows provide plenty of comfort for lazy afternoons spent swinging or lounging.

Hammock for One, Please

Love the idea of a hammock, but can't swing it space-wise? Opt for a comfy hammock chair paired with a practical piece that maximizes seating, like an outdoor sofa. That way, when you have company, you’ll have enough seating, and when you don't, you'll have your dreamy hammock-for-one all to yourself.

Wicker Always Wins

Wicker has long been an outdoor furniture staple, but its recent resurgence in the design world has shown its impressive ability to adapt. These comfortable basket chairs feature a combination of wicker and Brazilian teak hardwood for a look that's totally on-trend.

DIY Your Perfect Piece

Indecisive loungers, meet your match. Is it a hammock? A swing? A chair? Friends, it's anything you want it to be with this simple DIY.

Make It: DIY Swing Chair

You Don't Fool Me

But these sofas do. They succeed at maintaining an impressive indoor sofa facade, but they're outdoor sofas, just killing it at the whole secret agent thing. Naturally, I'm going to recommend something like this if you're an indoor sofa person trying to explore the great outdoors — or if you're a secret agent. Either way.

Seating + Storage

"You had me at storage." — Me, if I were you, reading this right now. If your outdoor space lacks storage like mine, you know double-duty furniture is crucial. Plus, you can build this stunner in one weekend using minimal tools and a few supplies from the home improvement store.

Make It: DIY Outdoor Storage Bench

For the Modern Fan of Rattan

Cushioned rattan armchairs are a fabulous way to combine form and function. Looking to create a casual spot for small outdoor gatherings? Consider grouping four together in a conversation circle. Just be sure the chairs are specifically designed or weatherproofed for outdoor use.

Tried + True

Nothing quite matches the serenity of a traditional front porch swing. You'll be shocked at how easily you can make this swaying beauty. Choose a classic paint color for a timeless piece that will last a lifetime.

Make It: DIY Porch Swing

Keep a Low Profile

Or choose furniture that does. Low-slung furniture is totally on trend, and layered cushions, pillows and floor poufs make this option ultra-cozy.

Calling All Cat-Nappers

If your version of outdoor lounging typically ends in a quick catnap, consider adding a hanging bed to your covered patio or porch. The plush padding and soft sway of the hanging platform will lull you straight to sleep.

Wood You Stay a While?

If you're looking to outfit a sizable space with lasting pieces, wood-framed furniture is a smart choice. You'll definitely want to invest in thick, high-quality cushions to ensure the level of comfort is top-notch.

DIY Durability

OK, I'll be honest. You'll need to add some pillows and cushions to make your booty happy with this one, but hear me out. This incredibly cute bench, which doubles as an incredibly cute planter, will last a lifetime — the super-sturdy 4x4s and cinderblocks make sure of it. So, consider the future money you'll save, and go buy some super-comfy cushions. Then, congratulate yourself on this major DIY win.

Make It: DIY Cinderblock Bench

Hangin' Around

With their chic boho style and comfy, woven construction, macramé swing chairs offer the best of both worlds. Because they're suspended above the floor, they can also help make a small space feel larger.

Relaxation Station

I can't think of a better place to lounge with a great book and a tall glass of lemonade (...or chat with great friends and a tall pitcher of margaritas). That's the best thing about this DIY daybed: It's perfect for a fun-filled Friday and a self-care Saturday, alike.

Make It: DIY Outdoor Daybed

And One for the Party People

I'd be amiss if I didn't include a killer outdoor seating option for the all-star entertainers, the folks who always have a crowd. So, this is precisely that: a wonderfully plush but equally sleek outdoor sectional, generous in size and striking in design. Oh, and don’t forget the floor pouf, just in case your guests bring guests.

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