It’s that time of year again, folks. Although it is currently raining here in LA (boohoo), I think we can collectively feel spring right around the corner. I am a huge spring/summer gal so every morning I promptly pull up my weather app to see if the sun is going to make an appearance. Patience, as they say, is a virtue. So while I wait for warmer days I have been (like clockwork) thinking of ways I can spruce up my outdoor space. Right now you may be thinking, “woah lady, it’s freezing where I live – It’s way too early for outdoor furniture shopping!” but let me tell you this stuff sells out FAST and we don’t want you to miss out. So whether you are looking to furnish a new outdoor space or you just need one side table or chair to complete your outdoor oasis, we have you covered.
As a friendly reminder, these posts are meant to help you find what you are looking for but we also encourage scouring Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and thrift stores for second-hand or vintage options. You can even search the product name and retailer of a specific piece to see if anyone in your area is selling that item! Now if you are curious, here are our 2023 outdoor furniture picks:
If you happen to have a small indoor space but a significant outdoor space, creating a dining area outside can make hosting guests so much easier and more fun. For example, my dining area is quite small so we have a pretty small dining table inside. Outside, however, I was able to fit a large outdoor dining table that fits up to 8 people! So when the weather is nice, we always opt to eat outside when hosting our weekly Sunday dinner with friends. If you are looking to elevate your outdoor dining experience, here are some options we love:
1. Indoor/Outdoor Dining Table | 2. Reclaimed Wood Dining Table | 3. Reed Extending Dining Table | 4. Marble & Metal Outdoor Bistro Table | 5. Teak Outdoor Dining Table | 6. Shoreham Teak Dining Table | 7. 48″ Round Dining Table | 8. Rectangle Steel Dining Table | 9. Teaka Dining Table
We are starting off strong with the round concrete table that has an incredible sculptural base. If you enjoy hosting outdoor dinner parties, I love #5 (the black accent around the top makes it extra special). For a small space, I love this gorgeous bistro table. If you are looking for a durable and affordable table, you can’t go wrong with #8. Hot tip: Something you might want to consider is that wood and faux wood tables are always more sensitive to the elements than metal or concrete pieces. If you opt for a wood table a good furniture cover is key.
If you have an outdoor dining table, you are going to need chairs. Here are some of our top picks:
1. Metal Bistro Chair | 2. Metal Dining Chair (Set of 2) | 3. Grey Mahogany Chair with Sunbrella Cushions | 4. Brava Wicker Dining Chair | 5. Dune Outdoor Dining Chair | 6. Canova Chair with Sunbrella Cushion | 7. Lofted Legs Dining Chair | 8. Wood Dining Chairs (Set of 2) | 9. Stackable Outdoor Dining Chair
I love this fresh take on the spindle back chair. It’s both modern and elegant. On the other hand, this chunky mahogany wood chair is really bold and cool. I also feel very drawn to #9 because it is a good shape and its metal base makes it durable for the outdoors. In fact, if you don’t want to stress about taking care of outdoor cushions, #2, #4, and #7 are great picks.
Sofas And Sectionals
If you are wondering how to carve out an enjoyable outdoor space that you will actually use, try to design/style it the way you would your indoor spaces. If space permits, you can create a full lounge area with a sofa, coffee table, lounge chairs, and side tables (just like an indoor living room). We have found that the more comfortable and functional your outdoor space is the more you will actually utilize it.
1. Studio McGee Wicker & Metal Patio Sofa | 2. Yama Sofa | 3. 3-Piece Outdoor Sectional | 4. Sora Sofa | 5. Teak Sofa with Sunbrella Cushions | 6. Loveseat with Storage Pockets | 7. 2-Piece L-Shaped Sectional | 8. Resin Wicker Sofa with Sunbrella Cushions | 9. Fen Outdoor Sofa | 10. Modern Black Sofa with Sunbrella Cushions | 11. Teak Sofa with Sunbrella Cushions | 12. Urba Sofa
#1 is a great affordable option and to make it a little cozier, you could add outdoor pillows and even a throw blanket. I am drooling over #5 (those legs are so pretty) and I also love the sleek modern look of #10. For an extremely cozy outdoor experience, #3 and #7 are my top picks. As you know sofas typically have cushions so to take care of them we suggest durable furniture covers or having a space (like a shed or outdoor storage bench) to stow away the cushions when it is wet outside.
Remember, when laying out your outdoor space you can/should imitate how you style your indoor spaces so that it is functional and therefore enjoyable to use. A sofa’s best friend is a coffee table so we rounded up our favorite outdoor coffee table picks here:
1 Layered Travertine Outdoor Coffee Table | 2. Dune Outdoor Table with Painted Glass | 3. White Marble Outdoor Coffee Table | 4. Walker Metal Outdoor Coffee Table | 5. Wicker Patio Coffee Table | 6. Jonas Coffee Table | 7. Terrazzo Outdoor Coffee Table | 8. Segovia Eucalyptus Outdoor Coffee Table | 9. Krokholmen Coffee Table
I love the low height of #8 and it reminds me of the ones Emily used for the Portland project. For a sleek, modern option I am loving #2 but I can’t deny that this new one from Crate & Barrel is really cool and unexpected.
Comfortable, durable lounge chairs are essential for enjoying your backyard or patio. We love using lounge chairs to create additional conversational spaces. Also, if you have a small outdoor space that can’t accommodate a lot of furniture, simply one or two lounge chairs will make your space feel dialed in and inviting.
1. Bayocean Lounge Chair | 2. Rana Lounge Chair | 3. Aluminum Sling Chair | 4. Sling Chair | 5. Bonelli Modern Teak Outdoor Lounge Chair | 6. Modern Lounge Chair | 7. Natural Lounge Chair | 8. Tody Louge Chair | 9. Teak Lounge Chair Frame
I am so drawn to #3. The cushion looks insanely comfortable and I like that it leans far back. For an affordable non-cushion option, I would suggest #7. #4 is an affordable sling-back option, and side note: the company that makes it just launched new outdoor cushions and pillows that we LOVE. If you liked #5 from the sofa roundup above, this is its lounge chair counterpart. I can’t get over the gorgeous side detail.
If you are serious about lounging, a chaise lounge is going to be your best friend. These are great if you know you want to use your outdoor space to sunbathe and really relax. Here are some hot picks:
1 Dimitri Chaise | 2. Idle Cobalt Sun Lounger | 3. Pavilion Striped Sunbrella Chaise | 4. Outdoor Chaise with Sunbrella Cushion | 5. Lodi Woven Outdoor Chaise Lounge | 6. Aluminum Adjustable Checkered Chaise | 7. Cape Coral Chaise Lounge | 8. Preston Outdoor Lounger | 9. Acacia Double Chaise Lounger
I don’t typically adorn my home with bright colors but occasionally a cobalt blue number stops me in my tracks. That’s how I feel about #2. The color is just so vibrant and lovely! The millennial in me also loves the checkered option but I can’t deny that #9 looks really nice, too. For fans of minimal Scandinavian decor, #5 is so good (I love the woven detail!).
One thing you never want is to find yourself with no table to set a drink or snack on when you are trying to enjoy the great outdoors. Even if you only have space for one lounge chair or a loveseat, a side table is a necessary companion. Here are some we love:
1 Cubo Ceramic Accent Table | 2. Vardo Side Table | 3. Round Metal Accent Table | 4. Indoor/Outdoor C-Shaped Table | 5. Palissade Cone Table | 6. Indoor/Outdoor Side Table | 7. Faux Concrete Stump Table | 8. Black Granite 18″ Table | 9. Solid Acacia Accent Table
I am a sucker for anything sculptural so I am a big fan of #9. If you are working with a tight space, #4 is a great option. If you want something extra durable, #3 and #5 are awesome.
Rugs are not technically furniture, but last year several of you asked if we could include outdoor rugs so I was happy to oblige. And to be honest, rugs are a key component of outdoor living/styling. They add color and pattern, and they help create conversational zones just as they do in our indoor spaces. If you want to really liven up your space, don’t skip a durable rug like one of these:
1. Arroyo Sonora Clay Rug | 2. Mahala Rug | 3. Kiel Indoor/Outdoor Rug | 4. Damas Washable Rug | 5. Striped Oblong Indoor/Outdoor Rug | 6. Black Venetian Pinstripes Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug | 7. Hannavan Jute Flatweave Rug | 8. Valencia Indoor / Outdoor Rug | 9. Lido Stripe Rug
Broken line patterns on rugs is not a new concept, but I’m pretty impressed with #8. It feels fresh and I think the colors are so warm and inviting. That said I love a good ‘normal’ stripe so I am a fan of #9 too. An oval rug like #5 is great if you want to add an organic shape to your outdoor space, and something like #3 would be ideal if you want something that will hide dirt really well.
This concludes this year’s outdoor furniture extravaganza. I hope this post was helpful for anyone who needed it. What other furniture and decor roundups would you like to see from us? Let us know below, and have a great Wednesday. xx
Opener Image Credit: Design by Orlando Soria | Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: Dreams Do Come True! The Londo Lodge Is Now A Vacation Rental
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