Add functionality to your outdoor space with the stylish addition of patio furniture.
Whether you’re enjoy a morning cup of coffee, dinner with family, or entertaining guests, patio furniture is the best way to add functionality to your outdoor space.
With the right furniture, you can greatly enhance the usability, comfort and overall appeal of your patio or deck. Available in a wide selection of types and styles, our guide contains all you need to know about selecting the perfect patio furniture for your yard.SHOP ALL PATIO FURNITURE
Selecting the Right Patio Furniture
Choose from a wide variety of materials, colours and styles, and focus on the following questions to find the right items:
If you only use your patio occasionally, a few basic items will suffice. But if you entertain frequently or spend a considerable amount of time outdoors, shop for multipurpose items that can stand up to wear and tear.
Look for patio cushions with polyester fibres that allow water to run off and air to filter through, keeping them fresh. Cushions that have patterns on both sides allow you to flip them periodically, helping them maintain their appearance and shape.
If furniture portability is important, choose lightweight frame materials, such as plastic and aluminum. If you don’t plan to move them often, or if they will be exposed to wind, go with heavier materials, such as wood or wrought iron.
Use the chart below to determine which types of frame materials best suit your needs:
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Types of Patio Sets
If al fresco dining is high on your list of priorities, outdoor dining setsallow you to host sit-down meals for up to eight or ten people. Choose padded chairs if you plan to also use the seating in “conversation type” arrangements or for lounging.
Bistro sets are the perfect size for small patios or balconies. They typically include a table large enough for one or two people to dine at. Go with deep seat chair cushions to encourage use for reading or game-playing.
Conversation sets mimic the look of an indoor family room with a coffee table and various types of seating (loveseats, benches and chairs). Some models include gel fuel fire pits built right into the table.
Modular furniture typically comes in two or four component combinations, allowing you to create different layouts using sofa sectionals, chaises, ottomans or couches depending on what you need. While this type of furniture is a larger up-front investment, there are several advantages: If any components are damaged, there is no need to replace the whole set, and removable cushions and stackable pieces also mean it is easier to store.
Enjoy your patio as the weather cools with accessories like patio heaters and portable firepits. Keep your furniture in top form with furniture covers that help prevent mildew and weather damage.