The Best Patio Furniture to Upgrade Your Outdoor Space This Summer
Your outdoor space is an extension of your home, so it's understandable if you want to create your own personal oasis, whether you have a small balcony or a sprawling patio. Twinkling string lights and potted plants aside, however, you'll also need durable, comfortable, and stylish outdoor furniture to finish off the space.
"We recommend that you primarily design for your lifestyle," says Alexandra Davin, co-founder of Clairrow. "Think about the space and how you'd truly like to use it. Do you want to nap on a comfy sofa with outdoor cushions? Or would you prefer a table and chairs so you can dine al fresco?"
Because there are so many different patio furniture designs out there, it can be difficult to decide which options are durable, stylish, and worth the money. To help you find the right fit for your home, we researched the best outdoor patio furniture on the market, keeping in mind material, price, and weight capacity. We also consulted Alexandra and Catherine Davin, co-founders of Clairrow, an online interior design service.
Overall, we recommend checking out the Frontgate St. Kitts Aluminum Collection because the collection is made of durable aluminum and includes both seating and dining options.
To help narrow down your choices, here is the best patio furniture.
- Best Overall: Frontgate St. Kitts Aluminum Collection
- Best Budget: Better Homes & Gardens Cararra Springs Outdoor Chat Set
- Best Splurge: Restoration Hardware Ubud Collection
- Best Bistro Set: Project 62 Henning Patio Bistro Set
- Best Small Dining Set: Frontgate Resort Collection Newport Aluminum Dining Set
- Best Large Dining Set: Amazonia Gerald Extendable Dining Set
- Best Aluminum Dining Set: Pottery Barn Marshall Dining Set
- Best Wicker Chairs: Hampton Bay Rock Cliff Outdoor Swivel Rocking Chair Set
- Best Teak Outdoor Dining Table: Birch Lane Etheridge Teak Dining Table
- Best Outdoor Sectional: Outer Aluminum Outdoor L Sectional
- Best Chaise Lounge: Mainstays Fair Park Foldable Steel Outdoor Chaise Lounge, Set of 2
- Best Rocking Chair: Grandin Road Lansbury Rocking Chair
- Best Adirondack Chair: L.L. Bean All-Weather Waterfall Adirondack Chair
- Best Outdoor Sofa: Janus et Cie Cortino Sofa
- Best Set for Kids: Resol Grupo Rita Activity Table and Chair Set
- Best Bar: Wade Logan Crugers Bar Counter
- Best Outdoor Egg Chair: AllModern Bombay Porch Swing with Stand
- Best Porch Swing: Dovecove Wachapreague Solid Wood Porch Swing
- Best Outdoor Umbrella: Arlmont & Co. Destoni Lighted Cantilever Umbrella
What We Recommend
Best Overall: Frontgate St. Kitts Aluminum Collection
Best Budget: Better Homes & Gardens Cararra Springs Outdoor Chat Set
Best Splurge: Restoration Hardware Ubud Collection
Best Bistro Set: Project 62 Henning Patio Bistro Set
Best Small Dining Set: Frontgate Resort Collection Newport Aluminum Dining Set
Best Large Dining Set: Amazonia Gerald Extendable Dining Set
Best Aluminum Dining Set: Pottery Barn Marshall Dining Set
Best Wicker Chairs: Hampton Bay Rock Cliff Outdoor Swivel Rocking Chair Set
Best Teak Outdoor Dining Table: Birch Lane Etheridge Teak Dining Table
Best Outdoor Sectional: Outer Aluminum Outdoor L Sectional
Best Chaise Lounge: Mainstays Fair Park Foldable Steel Outdoor Chaise Lounge, Set of 2
Best Rocking Chair: Grandin Road Lansbury Rocking Chair
Best Adirondack Chair: L.L.Bean All-Weather Waterfall Adirondack Chair
Best Outdoor Sofa: Janus et Cie Cortino Sofa
Best Set for Kids: Resol Grupo Rita Activity Table and Chair Set
Best Bar: Wade Logan Crugers Bar Counter
Best Outdoor Egg Chair: AllModern Bombay Porch Swing with Stand
Best Porch Swing: Dovecove Wachapreague Solid Wood Porch Swing
Best Outdoor Umbrella: Arlmont & Co. Destoni Lighted Cantilever Umbrella
The Bottom Line
Overall, we recommend the Frontgate St. Kitts Aluminum Collection because it's made of durable aluminum and includes both seating and dining options, so you'll be able to furnish your whole space with one cohesive collection. For a budget-friendly option, our Better Homes & Gardens Cararra Springs Outdoor Chat Set is a great choice. The collection includes two types of seating and a table, so you'll have a full cohesive set.
What to Know About Outdoor Patio Furniture Before Shopping
Since this furniture will be outdoors, the material is perhaps the most important detail to consider. Aluminum is a popular choice as it's lightweight, durable, and easy to maintain. If you prefer the look of wood, consider teak styles as they're durable and will naturally patina over time as opposed to decaying.
"Another beautiful choice is wrought iron. It's heavier than aluminum, so there's little chance of it being blown over," Alexandra says. "Wrought iron furniture will often come with a higher price tag, but the quality should last for years. If your patio is covered, you may opt for wicker and rattan outdoor furniture. The natural materials give your outdoor space a beautiful, organic vibe, but they can't handle prolonged exposure to extreme sunlight or rain. Note that there are synthetic options, made from a resin, that provide the same woven look of natural rattan and will withstand the elements."
An item's weight capacity refers to the recommended amount of weight the item can handle. The weight capacity ranges and can depend on what the item is, its size, and the material it's made of. Both seating and tables tend to have a capacity upwards of 200 pounds, but you'll want to double check to ensure you're purchasing a durable item.
Though weight capacity is important to consider for every furniture purchase, pay extra attention to the capacity for swings and other hanging seating since those will be attached to frames, roofs, or ceilings.
Whether you're using your outdoor furniture for entertaining guests or just as a family gathering spot, you'll want to choose designs that work for your lifestyle. A dining set can include anywhere from two to 10 chairs while sectionals range in the amount of seating they offer. Pay attention to whether a dining table includes chairs or if a seating option includes cushions. If they don't, those will be additional costs you'll have to take on, whereas some other furniture options may include them.
Your Questions, Answered
How do you style outdoor furniture?
Like any room in your home, styling your outdoor space comes down to your personal aesthetic. However, if you're not sure where to start, Alexandra suggests considering your surroundings and going from there.
"Remember that this space is subject to Mother Nature, so design your outdoor area with that in mind," she says. "Think about lighting—dining on the patio is amazing, but you are suddenly eating in the dark when you lose the sunlight. Perhaps you add string lights to your design for both functionality and character or incorporate a seating area staged around a propane fireplace to cozy up to after the sun goes down. The same goes for harsh sunlight during the day. Consider adding a pergola or shade structure to your outdoor design for aesthetic purposes and relief from the afternoon heat."
How should I store outdoor furniture?
If you live in an area where you can't sit outdoors all year round, you'll want to ensure that your furniture is properly protected until you can use it again. If you have foldable tables and stackable chairs, you can store them in a garage or shed without taking up too much space. If you're handling larger pieces, like long dining tables and sectionals, there are weather-proof furniture covers that'll wrap around the pieces and protect them from the elements.
Who We Are
Jamie Weissman is a commerce editor with two years of experience researching and writing about home products. To make this list, she considered each pick's material, weight capacity, and number of included pieces. She also consulted Alexandra Davin and Catherine Davin, co-founders of Clairrow, an online interior design service.