Best outdoor furniture: 18 picks for any budget

    Savor the outdoors in style

    The Brixx Collection, by Lorenza Bozzoli for Dedon.
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    Outdoor spaces are increasingly important in the home and design world, with interior designers and landscape architects creating innovative backyards and patios that require just as much design savvy to style as interior spaces.

    And, like living rooms or bedrooms, the furniture in an outdoor area is crucial to its success. Luckily, there’s an abundance of high-quality options, especially if you know what you’re looking for.

    In the past, we offered five tips for finding top-flight outdoor furniture. Now, we’re breaking down the best outdoor furniture by material—wood, metal, plastic, fabric, and wicker.

    While it’s true that some outdoor furniture can be astronomically expensive—running into thousands of dollars—don’t despair! There are plenty of options for budget-conscious patio dwellers, too.

    Review our advice and get shopping—the outdoors are calling.

    Wood

    Wooden patio furniture is sturdy, long-lasting (if well cared for), and often feels the most like having real furniture outside. It can also be expensive. Look for dense-grained tropical hardwoods—like teak—that are able to resist warping and swelling, or opt for cheaper wood and throw on a cover for protection.

    Other popular woods used in outdoor furniture are cedar, pine, and eucalyptus. Be aware that wood furniture often requires staining and oil to maintain its original appearance.

    Praiano Outdoor Dining Collection

    Made with eucalyptus wood, this outdoor series is easy to assemble and provides a sturdy base.

    Cost Plus World Market / $99.99-$449.99 Buy

    Regatta Mesh Dining Chair

    Crate and Barrel’s Regatta outdoor dining chair uses a wide-slat design of handcrafted, farm-grown teak with UV-resistant white mesh inserts as contrast.

    Crate and Barrel / $449 Buy

    Kayu Teak Dining Table

    Crafted using solid planks of Indonesian teak, the Kayu dining table is a sturdy and substantial table that could work inside or out.

    Design Within Reach / $2,695 Buy

    Metal

    Thanks to the steep price tags of wooden outdoor furniture, metal is becoming an increasingly popular choice. Aluminum furniture is lightweight, durable, and doesn’t require much maintenance.

    Steel is a heavier option, but both usually need to be coated with a protective finish known as powder coating. The good thing about metal outdoor furniture is there are a lot of options at any price point.

    Stella 3-Piece Bistro Set

    This Shaker-style set by the Novogratz is simple but stylish and perfectly suited for small spaces.

    Wayfair / $140.99 Buy

    Maris Round Table

    Available in white, gray, and black, this round steel table is coated with an extra-durable powder-finish to hold up to the elements.

    Room & Board / $469 Buy

    Marbella Aluminum Dining Table

    Try out the modern look with this low-slung, rustproof aluminum table that can seat up to ten.

    Restoration Hardware / $1795-$2595 Buy

    Plastic

    Plastic furniture may have a reputation for being flimsy, but new technology proves that it can be a great material for outdoor furniture. Using high-density polyethylene—some of which is recycled from milk cartons or bottles—plastic furniture can be highly durable, doesn’t require painting or sealing, and can be designed to look like almost anything.

    Of course, there are still some poor quality plastic products out there, but even low-end furniture can be treated with UV-stabilizing pigments to reduce fading. The best part? Plastic is easy to wipe down and won’t peel like other products.

    YONGCUN Outdoor Furniture Patio Set

    This three-item set includes two chairs and a small table, all made of plastic resin rattan and steel.

    Amazon / $329 Buy

    Emmet Lounge Chair

    Available in eight colors, these outdoor loungers made of recycled high-density plastic are a modern take on the classic American Adirondack chair.

    Room & Board / $429 Buy

    Telescope St. Catherine Collection

    Made from eco-friendly recycled plastic, this all-weather collection is available in many different colors and finishes. The collection includes everything from coffee tables to sofas.

    Patio Living / From $4,774 Buy

    If your dream afternoon involves a couch and some sun, look no further than an outdoor sofa. Usually a blend of wood or powder-coated steel with fabric cushions, outdoor couches offer a level of relaxation that just can’t be matched in a dining room chair. Speciality treated fabrics mean that these gems can hang outside, no matter the weather.

    Wood Slat Trapani Deep Bench

    Made with a slatted wood base and a polyester-covered cushion, this sleek contemporary bench has side ledges to hold your pool drink.

    Cost Plus World Market / $449 Buy

    Jibe 3 Seat Outdoor Sofa

    Add a bit of whimsy with this fun take on the outdoor couch. A tough anodized aluminum frame, nylon support straps, and antimicrobial foam upholstered in canvas or Sunbrella fabric make for an alluring combo.

    Blu Dot / $2,599 Buy

    Brixx Collection

    Going for a more mod (both modular and modern) vibe? Look no further than Dedon’s Brixxcollection, designed by Lorenza Bozzoli for the German brand. The line includes bi-color, geometric seating, cushions, and a table and can be configured in a number of ways, depending on your outdoor setup.

    Dedon / Upon request Buy

    Wicker

    Before you think wicker furniture only belongs at grandma’s house, take a look at this generation’s wicker: It’s sleek, lightweight, and comfortable. Wicker can also be used indoor or outdoors, so it works well on sunrooms and porches.

    Round All Weather Wicker Vernazza Chairs, Set of 2

    Add some mid-century styling to your outdoor area with a set of round wicker seats made with teak wood legs.

    Cost Plus World Market / $399.98 Buy

    Ventura Quartz Collection

    The Ventura lounge chair boasts an aluminum frame hand wrapped in weather-resistant wicker. Modern, mildew-resistant Sunbrella cushions add to the comfort.

    Crate & Barrel / From $1,059 Buy

    Spartan Daybed

    This sculptural daybed from Restoration Hardware doesn’t come cheap, but a hand woven cocoon made of all-weather wicker looks like the perfect place for a beach nap.

    Restoration Hardware / $12,795 Buy

    Rugs

    Maybe it’s the pop of color, or maybe it just feels better to have something underfoot, but rugs can tie an outdoor space together. They can be made from materials ranging from nylon to polyester to polypropylene, but make sure you find one that is mold and mildew-resistant. Better yet, look for rugs that are treated to resist the harsh exposure to UV rays.

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