Cold beer. Hot nights. The sounds of summer and the company of friends. As you gear up for sunny days ahead, you may be re-thinking your outdoor living space. When that first summer sunrise sweeps over your patio, you don’t want to see those bright rays lighting up a beaten-up table or bleached-out lawn chairs.
Whether you’ve got a large backyard or an apartment balcony, there are plenty of great options for updating your patio space to create a relaxing and inviting area worthy of dinner parties, morning coffees, and game nights alike.
For Large Patio Spaces
Portside Expandable Dining Table -West Elm
This durable table is made from sustainably sourced tropical hardwood and can seat up to ten people when expanded to its full size. The surface of the wood has a protective topcoat and is wire-brushed to add a rustic finish that will have dinner guests feeling like they’re dining beach-front. Sets are available with matching chairs or benches, so you can customize the feel and function of your space.
Indio Extension Dining Table with Banquette -Pottery Barn
Made of sustainably harvested mahogany with a hand-painted finish, this versatile dining set invokes thoughts of ocean-side dinners and coastal gatherings. The u-shaped banquette invites conversation and the table comes with two drop-in leaves so you can scale your dining space to fit your event. The table also has a hole in the center so you can add an optional umbrella when you want some extra shade or to stay dry during a drizzle.
Abbot Chunky Leg Rectangular Dining Table & Torrey Chair Set – Pottery Barn
Add some real wow-factor to your patio with a dining set that can double as a statement piece. A truly unique contemporary, natural look that combines Ecoline synthetic rattan with a bold concrete and hardwood table, the Abbot dining set will add some real wow-factor to your patio. Each table in the line has hand-finished touches that make it one-of-a-kind, and the canvas seat cushions are comfortable, weather-resistant, and easy to clean.
Regatta Console-Bar-Work Station – Crate & Barrel
If you’ve got a large area to work with, you can turn your patio space into a full outdoor entertaining experience by adding some fun but functional furniture. This console-bar-workstation has a top that opens up to reveal a stainless steel ice tray, so you can keep drinks cool in the center and still have plenty of surface space for food on either side. It also includes steel hooks on the side for utensils or towels and is made from sustainably-sourced teak that is incredibly durable against the elements.
For Small Spaces
ÄPPLARÖ – IKEA
When you’re working with a smaller patio space, a low profile and easy storage can become just as important as style when it comes to your furniture. IKEA’s ÄPPLARÖ makes proper use of small spaces and adds a hit of high-end style at the same time. The table and chairs can be folded for super-fast, low-profile storage when not in use and the set comes with a sleek wall panel – complete with hooks and a shelf – that can hold its own as a focal point, even when the rest of the set is tucked away. The feet on each piece can be adjusted for sturdy placement on any surface and you can add a personal touch by adding some of IKEA’s coordinating cushions.
Mosaic Tiled Bistro Table -West Elm
This alluringly minimalist table has a surface of hand inlaid concrete tiles that creates a modern mosaic for a touch of pure artistic elegance in your outdoor space. The solid hardwood base is available in three finishes, so you can pair with the chairs of your choice for a contemporary space. Equally perfect for your morning coffee or evening whiskey–or hell, morning whiskey, too.
Abbot Ultimate Bar & X-Back Barstool Bistro Set -Pottery Barn
You may not have the space to turn your patio into a backyard version of Cheers, but if you’ve got a little wiggle room and well-designed furniture, you can maximize your area with a bar set that includes some simple seating. Made from solid wood, the Abbott Ultimate Bar has a built-in bottle opener, hooks, drawers, and foot rest, a removable shelf, and a hardy concrete top for a bold natural finish that can hold up to some serious mixology. The set comes with two matching steel bar stools that are sealed with a protective weather-resistant coating–so you can leave them out all winter without worry.
For Full Relaxation Mode
If you see a lot of summer lounging and backyard gatherings in your future, this outdoor sectional from IKEA will create a comfortable space that will make you forget about those boring old living room days. Made from durable plastic rattan, this set has a natural look that can stand up to the elements. And you can customize it with a variety of plush cushions and bold pillows.
Vista II Adirondack Chair – Crate & Barrel
There is nothing more classic and coastal than an Adirondack chair. And with the Vista II, you can add conscientious to that list as well. These chairs are made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, with stainless steel hardware so they hold up to weather. For the ultimate summer relaxation, add on a matching ottoman, rest a cool cocktail on the chair’s extra-wide arms, and lean back.
Dune Double Chaise Sofa Lounge – Crate & Barrel
Some days, ya gotta lounge. And when you do, why bother with a patio full of one-trick-pony furniture that’s just going to harsh your mellow? This Chaise Sofa Lounge from Crate & Barrel can be easily moved into different positions to suit your mood. If you want to kick back with a book, put it into the chaise lounge position and start reading. Want to spend a summer night beneath the stars? Move it into its fully flattened position. If you’ve got company, it becomes a couch. With a classy modern design and mesh upholstery that prevents fading, staining, molding, or damage, this is an incredibly versatile addition to any patio.
The Lap of Luxury
The Grid Collection – Gloster
The time has finally come. You’ve toiled your way through starter furniture and basic patio sets, flexing your creative muscles every step of the way to keep your outdoor space light and inviting on a budget. Now you’re settled into your space and you’re ready to make that next leap: full Bond-on-a-veranda-style, cutting edge, sharply-designed patio furniture that will last you through a lifetime of admiring toasts from party guests.
The Grid Collection from Gloster is built around materials like powder-coated aluminum and natural teak that make for an intensely sleek, modern look that still retains plenty of organic inspiration. All cushions are tightly woven for ultimate comfort and durability and have a water-resistant coating on both sides to keep the elements out. The pieces in the collection blend seamlessly, so you can hand-pick the furniture that best suits your needs and build your perfect outdoor entertaining space. All that’s left to do is kick back with a martini (shaken, not stirred of course).
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