The Best Patio Furniture For Summer Hangouts
Summer is only a few weeks away and you know what that means: it’s time to plan your summer barbecues and garden hangings. This also means that now is the perfect time to bring your garden, patio or other outdoor area into tip-top shape. Instead of treating your back yard or patio as a minor matter – somewhere where you just soak up some sun or spend a few minutes outside – Cliff Fong, founder of Los Angeles-based interior design firm Matt Blacke Inc., says he loves the design of exterior spaces would be as appealing as it would be for interior spaces.
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“You want to entertain, make guests comfortable, read a book, or take a nap in a chair that is as comfortable as your favorite chair around the house,” says Fong. Whether the area you work in is small or ostentatious, or you want to redesign the entire space or just emphasize what you already have, check out our top picks for patio furniture beforehand.
The best garden furniture for smaller rooms
Arhaus Costa Round dining table for outdoors
Whether you’re outfitting a patio or an urban backyard, Costa’s 70-inch round table seats four in comfort and style. Made by artisans in Indonesia and made from sustainably harvested teak, the table has an airy, naturally aged patina that compliments practically any outdoor area. Complete the set with matching side chairs and an octagonal umbrella to protect from the sun.
West Elm teak outdoor sofa
With a width of only 60 inches, this two-cushion teak sofa offers generous seating without taking up excess space. The FSC-certified wood looks modern and the weather- and dirt-repellent olefin cushions in four soothing colors turn your outdoor area into an oasis. Customize the couch with a couple of brightly striped or geometrically patterned exterior pillows.
Caleb Handmade metal lantern for indoor and outdoor use
Add a warm glow to smaller outdoor areas after sunset with lanterns like these arched metal lanterns from Pottery Barn. They are available in four heights and two versions – weathered black and white – and can stand directly on a table or on the floor. “If you have a larger tree in your outdoor area, you can also drop lanterns from a strong branch,” suggests Fong.
Frontgate Lara indoor / outdoor carpet
This hard-wearing, subtly patterned rug serves as a stately base for your outdoor sofa or dining table. Made from mold and mildew resistant materials, it withstands all weather conditions and can be completely cleaned with mild soap and a garden hose.
Bloomsbury Market Hinkel outdoor pouf
This handcrafted cylindrical pouf provides an extra (and easily movable) place to put your feet up or sit for a guest without the footprint of an ottoman or extra chair. The two-tone, textured pattern comes in six modern colors and the fabric is water-resistant, which is good for the elements and potential iced tea spills.
Rainier galvanized storage trolley
Store wine glasses, liquor, dinner plates, tea cups, or anything else you want on this dainty but roomy three-story cart. The galvanized sheet metal trays and wooden handles of the trolley look perfect in almost any room, and the wheels allow you to move effortlessly from the kitchen to the patio or backyard.
The best garden furniture for larger rooms
Country style teak dining table
Greet friends and family at the table with this farmhouse-inspired beauty that seats 10 guests well. Combine it with comfortable armchairs with a crossed backrest and an airy tablecloth that complements the rustic elegance of the table.
Huntington All Weather Wicker Double Chaise Sectional
“Outdoor upholstery fabrics have developed by leaps and bounds over the past five to ten years. There are now outdoor fabrics that effectively imitate velvet, linen and even mohair, ”says Fong. Take this graceful wicker piece, a hand-woven piece that is both stylish and comfortable. The thick cushions invite you to relax in comfort in the summer, while the double lounger (one on one of the sofas) provides double the incentive to stretch out.
If you’re on a budget, Fong recommends buying a more budget-friendly outdoor sofa and upgrading it with a simple tweak. “You can buy an outdoor couch for $ 2,000 and redesign the fabric to turn it into what feels like a $ 10,000 sofa,” he says.
Birch Lane Marley Brown Outdoor Chandelier
For sheltered outdoor areas such as a covered terrace, Fong recommends lighting the room with a weatherproof chandelier. “It’s a great way to bring light and create atmosphere,” he said. The five light bulbs in this rustic, spherical chandelier create an elegant farmhouse aesthetic and cozy atmosphere. For a more dramatic light, this stately 12-burner outdoor chandelier is just the thing for you.
Maren Stripe indoor / outdoor carpet
Give your section a solid foundation and help demarcate your outdoor area with this hand-woven striped carpet. The material is mold and dirt repellent and can be easily cleaned with a vacuum cleaner and garden hose. With five colors to choose from, it’s easy to find one that suits your style.
Sol 72 outdoor fireplace made of Monroe steel
From backyard s’mores with the children to a late evening ambience for the adults, a fireplace enhances any backyard or terrace experience. The Sol 72 Outdoor wood-burning outdoor fireplace is durable and easy to clean (just remove the bowl and empty the ashes). It comes with a spark screen and cover, as well as a poker to start the fire.
Mojave hammock with yellow leaf
Nothing defines backyard or patio luxury like a hammock, and Yellow Leaf’s hammocks are some of the best. Hand-woven from ultra-soft yarn (looped more than 150,000 times!), The classic hammock weighs up to 400 pounds firmly and comfortably for leisurely summer reading and epic summer afternoons. It’s available in a variety of colors, and if you don’t see one that you like, you can customize your own.