Ah, the great outdoors — is there anything that says "We've made it" quite like sipping a cocktail on your own private terrace or patio? (Not as far as we're concerned.) But it's easy to overlook outfitting your outdoor space — out of sight, out of mind, as they say — in favor of the areas of your home that are trafficked twelve months out of the year. These days, though, there's no excuse.
Gone are the days of boring, boxy wicker couches and overly sentimental scrollwork garden sets. The new class of outdoor furniture blends modern style with timeless details, and infuses plenty of personality into your outdoor area — whether it's a balcony just bigger than your first apartment's fire escape, or an expansive poolside oasis fit for hosting a few dozen friends. Expand your living space and upgrade your out-of-doors experience with some of our favorite sources for shopping outdoor furniture. When you take that first sip of a cool beverage from the easy recline of a cabana chair, you'll know it was all worth it.
While this direct-to-consumer company may be best known for its millennial-friendly, midcentury-inspired minimalist furniture, it actually packs a surprising amount of character into its outdoor offerings. Select from an affordable range of perennially on-trend rattan options that lean more boho than mod, or keep things understated with weather-friendly takes on standard MCM couch silhouettes.
Of course, Anthropologie's outdoorsy older sister would have a lot to offer in the way of patio furniture. The company's outdoor dining sets skew heavily toward natural teak and other "unfinished" materials befitting the family-style farm dinners of your Instagram influencer dreams. And while they can be pricey for something you'd only use seasonally, they wouldn't look out of place in an indoor dining room when the weather turns colder.
3. The Inside
Contrary to what its name suggests, The Inside's small-but-mighty outdoor collection is a total game-changer for color addicts and maximalists of all stripes. Plus, its loungey, laid-back cabana chairs just beg to be paired with a glass of rosé and a good beach read (even if you have to use your imagination for the "beach" part).
For the more traditional set, Serena & Lily's outdoor furnishings look like something Martha Stewart would approve of. From colorful French Riviera-inspired chairs to dining sets that look like they've escaped from Grace & Frankie's beach house, there's an understated elegance in everything it offers.
A newcomer to the direct-to-consumer scene, Outer does one thing and one thing only: outdoor furniture. Its system of modular components allows for endless re-arranging to accommodate all your guests, and its "wicker" is actually made of 99% recycled water bottles — so you get a little guilt-free ego boost while you lounge. Best of all, its unique "OuterShell" design incorporates built-in coverage for storms — no more covering and uncovering your furniture multiple times a week.
6. World Market
"Solid wood" and "budget friendly" aren't phrases that usually get along too well — except when it comes to World Market. We're continuously impressed with its indoor offerings, and the outdoor options might even be (dare we say it?) a better deal. (Spoiler: This solid wood, six-piece dining set, with cushions and a unique fold-up table design, clocks in under $1500.) Heck, for these prices, we might just furnish the indoors, too.
If the look you're going for is something between "Marfa influencer" and "Bicoastal Instagram model", CB2 has got you covered. The youthful yet elevated brand always seems to bring a bold point of view to its sleek designs, and its outdoor collections are no exception. (We think one of these graphic wicker loveseats would look great accented with some of The Inside's weather-resistant pillows, FYI.)
8. West Elm
In a sea of outdoor sectionals, West Elm manages to stand out for its relatively vast array of materials and the occasional whimsical outdoor lounge chair. We're partial to its rolling chaises, which feel like something you'd find at a trendy boutique hotel, and its funky macrame-inspired styles.
The preferred retailer of the boho-glam elite, Lulu & Georgia deftly combines Jungalow-leaning materials with sleek, sophisticated lines. Expect a mix of macramé, trestle tables, and midcentury dowel details that strike the right mood for hosting dinner parties lit by lanterns.
Never one to be outdone, Target does a characteristically good job of translating the trendiest outdoor looks into affordable dupes. Its three-piece "pair of chairs and a table" sets seem perfectly suited for apartment living, and achieve bright and cheery looks for half the price of others on this list.
11. Blu Dot
A true product of Minnesota's outdoor culture, Minneapolis-based Blu Dot has managed to strike a truly resourceful balance of durability and style. What Blu Dot's outdoor offerings lack in variety, they more than make up for in playful, gotta-have-it variations on their fun "hot mesh" collection.
Emily Bihl is a freelance writer and sometimes-songwriter who can invariably be found rearranging furniture in a domicile somewhere along the Mississippi River. She lives with her black labrador Selkie and a small army of homemade ceramics, and has not willingly closed a browser tab since 2011.