The summer is a great time to get out in the sun with friends and family. And the best way to do so is with the right furniture. Outdoor patio furniture is typically made of wood, which is both aesthetically pleasing and durable. Some materials are better for some purposes than others, and some of the outdoor furniture you may want or need just isn’t available.

When you go shopping for patio furniture, you probably aren’t looking for the most expensive option. Instead, you’re looking for a patio set that looks classy, is built to last, and is easy to clean. You don’t want a patio set that takes hours to assemble and is full of small pieces that are difficult to remove if you do get them dirty.

(CNN) – If we learned anything during the pandemic, it’s that our outdoor spaces are actually extensions of our homes, places where we can hang out, have fun, eat and even take naps all year round. Over the past year, we’ve noticed that consumers want their outdoor spaces to compete with the overall style and amenities of their home, says Lindsay Zborowski, design manager at Wayfair Professional. That’s why we should approach the design of our outdoor space – whether it’s a patio, a porch or a seaside terrace – the same way we approach any other space in our home: thoughtfully! Important factors in the design of an outdoor space include the size of gatherings that regularly take place there, circulation and flow patterns, sight lines to desirable views of the surrounding landscape and home, visualization of undesirable views, and the choice of materials in harmony with the architecture and surroundings, said Jarrett Kest, owner of J. Kest & Co. a landscape architecture firm in New Jersey. Mike Pyle, host of HGTV Inside Out, landscape architect and fireplace expert, adds: I’m a big fan of creating moments in a space – designing multiple zones, for example. B. a dining room and seating, fireplace or other gathering places that will attract you. Of course, you have to consider the space you have available, says Pyle: Before you buy a piece of furniture, make sure you have at least 5 to 6 feet of space around it. Speaking of shopping, let’s talk about the elephant in the room: Investing in outdoor furniture is an expensive business! But the problem is that it’s a waste that (if you cross your fingers) you’ll reap for a very long time. Buying the right garden furniture that will last for years, even decades, takes an investment, according to Taryn Whiteaker, owner of Taryn Whiteaker Designs in Seattle, Washington. But trust me, it’s money well spent. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of notable products that have received our approval and praise from experts, influencers and consumers. Browse all of our selections below, and you’ll be enjoying your outdoor space to the fullest this summer. word-image-9006 Wayfair Joss & Main fibreglass planter Planters are a great way to brighten up your space, and you need to think bigger than just a small accessory. You can use them to create privacy or to delineate one area from another with a nice long, low planter like this one, Kest says. Change plants seasonally and use mulch in the bottom half before adding potting soil – this technique is cheaper, easier and allows water to drain away! word-image-9007 SunHaven SunHaven Kensington 12-piece set for large sections Whether you have a large family or just want to host the whole neighborhood on game day, this huge sectional set from SunHaven is our absolute favorite for the price. Comprised of 12 pieces, including an oversized sofa, two club chairs, two ottomans, all matching cushions and a coffee table, the set easily accommodates 10 adults or a dozen children. We tested the product in the real world and found that the pieces not only look great – seriously, they look like something you’d find in the lobby of a fancy island hotel – but are also incredibly comfortable, with a deep fit and super soft materials. We also loved the modularity of the set, which allows you to rearrange your chairs on the fly, but is also very sturdy thanks to the clips that hold the pieces in place. Did we mention it comes pre-assembled and requires no installation? Done and done. word-image-9008 Grandin Street Simsbury Outdoor wicker dining chairs, Set of 2 When Our House for Three blogger Carla Gully wanted to modernize her Tennessee dining room, she chose a monochromatic combination of elements-Simsbury Outdoor dining room and accent chairs made of vinyl wicker and powder-coated aluminum-and the Bridgeport Trestle table-all from Grandin Road. My goal was to create a beautiful, functional and comfortable outdoor dining room that we could enjoy for years to come, says Gully. The chairs are not only beautiful, but also of high quality and very comfortable with an integrated cushion. The quality, design and look of this outdoor room is everything I envisioned for our dream outdoor space. More information: The whole Simsbury series is great, including this super handy side table with a removable ice bucket. word-image-9009 Serena and Lily. Capistrano Lounge Chair This light and airy chair has the Palm Springs feel and is made of resin-coated aluminum, which means it’s stylish yet incredibly durable. We used them on a large patio for a project in Florida, and they look fantastic, says Lindsay Kate Bilchik, owner and lead designer of Connecticut-based L. Kate Interiors. The thick wicker back is sturdy and has such a beautiful design that it adds a lot to the room. The chairs are also very comfortable and can be slid off the table and used as side chairs. word-image-9010 Frontgate Altura cantilever umbrella It’s a fact: A cantilevered parasol is the most luxurious way to create shade outdoors, period! And Frontgate’s the best of the best. Available in three sizes (10 x 13 feet, 11.5 feet and 13 feet) with three color options (navy blue, beige and cream) and two finishes for the frame (faux teak and silver), Altura looks like something you’d find in a 5-star hotel. The powder-coated aluminum umbrella provides solid Sunbrella shade anywhere, as it can rotate 360 degrees – and believe us, the crank mechanism is incredibly easy to use. Bonus: A cover and pole are included to keep the awning fabric clean all year round, and the base is also included. The only downside is that it’s a bit cumbersome to put together and requires at least two adults to get the job done. When she completely redesigned the backyard of her Utah home, blogger Ashley Wilson wanted to create a special seating area around her fire. She chose a combination of two Palmer chairs and two white Luciana sofas ($296 each). Last year, I redesigned the campfire area and decorated it entirely with Grandin Road furniture, she says. I love their products because they are stylish and comfortable. This is the place in my backyard where everyone gathers for parties, and there is plenty of room for everyone. word-image-9011 Wayfair Chippendale 7-piece polywood dining set Founded three decades ago in Indiana, Polywood makes outdoor furniture and creates dining sets, sectional tables, chairs and tables from recycled HDPE plastic – about 30,000 milk jugs an hour are recycled to make the brand’s all-weather wood. This allows us to say: We’re obsessed! Polywood products, like this beautiful dining room set, are virtually maintenance free, mimicking the look of wood but are all-weather resistant, fully waterproof, have color retention technology and will not chip, crack, split or peel. All you need to keep your wood composite set looking great year after year is soap, water and a sponge to make cleaning easier. We have tested these products ourselves and can confirm that they are worth the money and still look as good on day 1000 as they did on day 1. Did we mention that every purchase comes with a 20-year warranty? Available in a plethora of colors and styles, the hardest part is deciding which set best suits your aesthetic. word-image-9012 Arhaus Concrete street stool The phrase the bigger the better certainly applies to garden stools when it comes to decorating your outdoor space.advises Kest : Choose one that is light enough to move around easily, can easily be set on drinks, and is large and sturdy enough to sit on if needed. We love the clean lines of this model. The stool is made of very strong fiberglass reinforced concrete, is neutral in color and fits harmoniously with existing furniture. word-image-9013 Solo Yukon Solo Fireplace The Solo is a stainless steel wood-burning fireplace that is also smoke-free thanks to its 360-degree ventilation design, which provides ample airflow to reduce smoke production. Therefore, it is one of the most popular outdoor entertainment options on the market today. The oven is portable and weighs only 50 pounds. It comes in three sizes (the smallest Ranger costs $214.99), but our favorite is the 27-inch x 17-inch Yukon version, which can cook 8 to 10 logs at a time. The Solo stove is ideal for placing next to four Adirondack chairs for grilling s’mores all year round. It instantly creates a comfortable conversation space wherever it is placed. More information: When you purchase the set, you get a rack, a colander, a lid, tools, roasting sticks and more. word-image-9014 Grandin Street Petra Stool / Table Just like indoors, you can never have enough garden stools outdoors. Petra, which is perfectly fashionable thanks to its grey cement, is available in two shades (dark anthracite and lighter sandstone) and in three finishes. We tried the tapered version and found it wonderfully light and sturdy, the rope handles making it easy to carry, and the fact that it could be used as a side table to make cocktails or as a stool to sit on. word-image-9015 Grandin Street Rectangular market umbrella for outdoors Does anyone like to eat or relax in the hot sun? No. That’s why it’s worth investing in shaded areas outside. We love Grandin Road’s umbrellas for many reasons. First, durable polyester awnings are resistant to fading, which means they last a long time and stay beautiful for years. Second, the pendulum system is smooth and fast; you don’t need muscles to open the parachutes. Finally, a tilt button allows the awning to be tilted in two directions to shade an even larger area when fully open. We tried the rectangular version, but there is also an octagonal version available in many summer colors. Editor’s Tip: Treat yourself to a branded rechargeable umbrella lamp that you can attach to a pole and use to eat outside late into the evening. word-image-9016 Grandin Street Table for plinth consoles You can never have enough space (inside or out!), which is why we’re obsessed with this chic console table that offers plenty of storage and is stylish enough to match your existing furniture. Available in black, beige and white, the mahogany/eucalyptus pieces are durable and feature a urethane finish that keeps them looking great all summer long. With two shelves – and a price tag of less than $200 – this purchase makes no sense. You can never go wrong with a good old-fashioned lounge chair, as New Jersey blogger Carly A. Riordan knows all too well. I usually look for things that are both functional and fashionable when I go shopping for our garden. We spend a lot of time there, so it’s important to me that everything works as well as it looks, she says. Serena & Lily’s outdoor collection is so charming, it’s hard to pick a favorite. We bought these comfy lounge chairs last year, and I love that you can buy a matching stool ($298) with them, so you can really put your feet up and relax. word-image-9017 SunHaven SunHaven Olivia 7-Piece Outdoor Wicker Sofa Set If you’re looking for patio items with a more vibrant design, we love this natural wicker set from SunHaven. With its sturdy aluminum frame and extra thick cushions, the Olivia set requires no assembly. Available in several kit sizes and two colours (natural/olive and grey), we can confirm that it is well worth the purchase, while being several times cheaper than more expensive brands with a similar look. word-image-9018 Wayfair Orren Ellis Belle Stone Propane Outdoor Fire Pit Table Campfire tables are one of our favorite items for outdoor use because they give off a decent amount of heat without smoking, look great and can be extinguished in seconds. This model fits perfectly into the stone/cement trend currently taking over open spaces, and will take the chic factor of your space to the next level. The table is available in dark and light grey and comes with a cover for the propane tank that can also be used as a side table. More than 1,100 Wayfair buyers agreed that the purchase was worth it. word-image-9019 Amazon Polywood Modern Adirondack Chair Check out Polywood’s best-selling chair on Amazon. With all the features we love about this brand – maintenance-free, weatherproof, colourfast and with a 20-year guarantee – this chair is a modern take on the classic Adirondack style that Kesta says is timeless. You can’t go wrong with a large set of two or four Adirondack chairs, he says. They are easy to clean and maintain, comfortable, and the armrests are perfect for holding a drink. This chic chair is available in 13 colors and is perfect to put in the garden, on the pier or around the campfire. word-image-9020 Frontgate Eton table with parasol These blinds from Frontgate are our favorite, they come in a variety of sizes and colors, and we are especially pleased with the tilt feature, says Kest. And don’t forget the basics. You can buy an umbrella that can also serve as a side table. If you’re using a parasol in a place where you might want to move or adjust the shade, it’s best to buy a folding base. If it’s going to be under the dining table, it’s best to choose a low pedestal – we like this one. word-image-9021 Grandin Street Hypnos Tile outdoor carpet and mattress When Galli was looking for a rug for her gray dining room, she fell in love with the design and colors of Hypnos, which she says adds a splash of color to the room. The mat is made of durable polypropylene and is resistant to stains, fading and mildew. word-image-9022 Serena and Lily. Outdoor cushion Serena & Lily The foundation of any stunning outdoor space is an abundance of beautiful cushions that unite sectionals, sofas, loungers and side chairs. And we’re ready to declare that Serena & Lily’s options are simply the best and most stylish outdoor options on the market. Yes, there are cheaper alternatives, but if you want to splurge, go straight to S&L. Why? Well, for starters, all of the brand’s outdoor options are UV and water resistant, but they’re also very stylish and bohemian, and in terms of design, they fit right in with coastal chic. Serena and Lily’s open pillowcases are full of beautiful prints, textured details and colors that span the rainbow. They’ll be the icing on your outdoor cake – just mix and match sizes and styles and you’ll be happier than ever with your investment. word-image-9023 Houzz Polywood coastal chair with wheels I discovered polywood furniture about three years ago and I keep coming back to it, says Whitaker. When choosing furniture for personal use, we prefer heavy, sturdy furniture that we know will last. All of our polywood furniture is the perfect combination of sleek, modern pieces that match our aesthetic and are built to withstand the harsher climate of the Seattle area. They are easy to clean, they look great and we get compliments on them all the time. For his latest outdoor project, Whitaker chose two Coastal Chairs in black. I wanted something that would match the rest of the garden furniture, but would also be comfortable enough to take a nap on after dinner, she says. The fabric makes them very comfortable and protects them from UV rays. They dry quickly and are resistant to weathering, mildew, fading and cracking. Again: I’m all for all-weather furniture! word-image-9024 Frontgate Teak bar cart with drinks container We have experienced this beauty first hand, and to say it is the most entertaining centerpiece of our garden would be an understatement. The bar cart is made of teak (that’s right, it has wheels!) and comes with a beverage can and ice bucket, both of which are stored under the sliding sides. The two metal handles are ideal for hanging towels, and the cover shelves provide plenty of room for glasses, plants, etc. The wood is available in natural or dark grey, with a silver-grey patina forming over time if not treated with oil. Bonus: At the bottom there is a shelf to store even more stuff. word-image-9025 Serena and Lily. Rattan hanging chair This beautiful hand-curved rattan hanging chair from Serena & Lily will look great in a covered patio. Bilchik totally agrees and says: We love this chair because it’s a whimsical addition to any outdoor space, for kids and adults alike! More information: Hanging chairs and hanging benches are a big trend in outdoor furniture these days, and this great model is also available in two versions – wide back and bench, in white and natural color. This durable brand of outdoor sofas won us over with a great feature: built-in cushion covers that you just slide over each cushion and zip up! Absolutely brilliant furniture with a great design. We’ve been using this kit for almost two years now; it has performed exceptionally well because of OuterShell’s weatherproof material and functionality, says Emily Porche, owner and principal designer of Porche & Co, a Georgia-based virtual interior and exterior design firm. We have fallen in love with memory foam cushions – our outdoor furniture is just as comfortable (if not more comfortable) than our sofa indoors. Outer’s durability combined with maximum comfort is very impressive and will make Outer a real attraction for years to come. More information: The wicker is made from recycled plastic bottles, the frame is made from aluminum and magnesium alloy with stainless steel legs, the cushion covers are machine washable, and the entire line is modular and can be rearranged at will. word-image-9026 Grandin Street Outdoor swing Luciana Elsewhere on the Utah patio, Wilson of At Home With Ashley installed a Luciana outdoor swing from Grandin Road between two trellises to create the perfect angle. I love ending my day here with a good book, Wilson says of the space. I would like the swing to match the benches I have at my fire pit. With all this furniture, three different zones were created for relaxing, eating and entertaining. They work together to create a well-designed outdoor living space that I enjoy spending time in. Rugs are a great way to decorate a living room or dining room outdoors, and Porche is absolutely thrilled with the rug she purchased at Outer. In addition to outdoor furniture, I recommend buying a quality outdoor carpet, she says. There is nothing worse than being cheap and replacing the carpet after less than a year. Our carpet is exceptionally well tolerated. word-image-9027 Arhaus Arhaus Double Twist Lantern It’s always a good idea to brighten up your outdoor living space with a little decoration, and chic all-weather wicker lanterns serve this purpose. The lanterns create a beautiful backdrop of candlelight and can also serve as a repellent against insects, says Anna Baird, founder and designer of Hideaway Co, a new luxury glamping site in Maryland. The ones from Arhaus are great and available in two sizes. I always recommend buying different sizes to create a layered look. You can see a higher version here. word-image-9028 Serena and Lily. Serena & Lily umbrella Blogger Riordan also treated herself to a matching S&L beach umbrella, which she considers a must-have for the summer season. The parasol is ideal for the beach, you can stick it directly into the sand, she says. There’s also an adjustable hinge so you can ensure the right angle of the parasol for sun protection – an important consideration when you’re at the beach! word-image-9029 Grandin Street Grandin Road – Planter Genoa Liscia Stone accents are very popular right now, and this planter is the perfect addition to a sectional chair or an accent for a patio. Look for something simple and sustainable, Baird says. Ultimately, it’s about keeping plants in the spotlight.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best outdoor patio furniture?

At the end of 2017, Canadians had spent an estimated $21.7 billion, on outdoor furniture over the past 12 months. That’s a 9.4 per cent increase from the previous year’s expenditures, and it’s the fourth consecutive year of growth. There is nothing better than sitting in your favourite chair on a patio, sipping a refreshing drink and enjoying the company of your loved ones as the sun sets on a warm summer’s evening. The type of furniture you use outdoors will largely depend on your lifestyle and preferences, as well as the type of patio you have.

What type of outdoor furniture is the most durable?

Before you decide to splurge on new outdoor furniture, you need to ask yourself these three questions. How much time do I want to devote to cleaning? If you’re like most people, the answer is pretty simple: You’re not interested in spending a lot of time cleaning your patio. You’ll take a few minutes each morning to clean up and sweep it, but only that. The consumer market for outdoor patio furniture is booming, as are the number of options available to homeowners. For consumers shopping on a budget, there are many tough choices to be made, and outdoor furniture brands need to stand out in order to lure in customers. According to Marty Tamarkin, a principal at the research firm Tamarkin & Associates in Boulder, Colorado, there’s a huge difference between high-end outdoor furniture and patio furniture for the average homeowner.

Who has the best price on patio furniture?

Whether you’re looking for a friend, a date or a new family member, patio furniture is a great place to start. There is something about the comfort and beauty of it, as well as the way the sun hits it, that makes people want to gather around it. But there’s more to it than that. One of the joys of spending time outdoors is spending time in the great outdoors with friends and family. However, it can be hard to gather around a table, set up a barbecue, and enjoy a meal together when the weather isn’t ideal. That’s why many people have opted to buy patio furniture, and the prices for outdoor furniture can be pretty steep. But with a little research, it’s easy to find outdoor patio furniture that is sturdy, stylish, and offers the features you need – at a price you can afford.

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