Outdoor patio furniture can be pretty pricey, but there are options on the internet that are as affordable as they are stylish. Whether you have a sprawling backyard or a compact balcony, the bistro set is a classic option for furnishing your outdoor patio. It's great for dining, hanging, reading, and more — all while looking kind of Parisian and very cute. From how to shop for outdoor furniture sets to the best ones to buy, here's everything you need to know about budget-friendly bistro sets.
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How to Shop for Budget-Friendly Bistro Sets
On top of working within your set price range, consider the size of your outdoor space. If you have limited square footage, Kelly Bradley, merchant of patio at The Home Depot, suggests trying a foldable option.
"We love a good folding table and chair set — simple to store and pull out for guests (both expected and unexpected!). These small space stunners can make any deck, patio, or front porch really pop," Bradley tells Hunker.
Additionally, comfort is key. If you plan on dining or working outside frequently, get a bistro set with a taller table. However, if you plan on lounging more, you can get away with more low-profile sets with smaller accent tables. Bradley also recommends opting for bistro chair cushions to up your comfort and style game, then "complete the scene with your favorite plants and outdoor decor and enjoy an al fresco meal under the stars."
The Best Bistro Sets Under $100
Make your outdoor living situation instantly cuter with this vibrant blue bistro set. Both chairs and the table are foldable, making them easy to set up or break down if you need extra outdoor space.
The tempered glass tabletop of this neutral bistro set is easy to clean, while the mesh seats are super breathable and comfortable.
With over 7,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating, this simple and modern Amazon bestseller has graced the backyards and patios of many. Made from fade and weather-resistant wicker, it provides the perfect spot to soak up a little sun.
Lightweight and foldable, this simple steel bistro set is extremely mobile, so you can relocate as you please and conveniently stow it away at the end of the season.
We can always count on IKEA to deliver on inexpensive yet high-quality furniture, and this bistro set — made with acacia hardwood and powder-coated steel — is no exception.
Relax poolside or on your patio with this rocking chair bistro set, complete with a matching tempered glass top table for snacks, drinks, or plants.
You can achieve a stylish, all-white aesthetic with this classic set that combines steel frames, a reinforced glass tabletop, and fabric seats.
Inspired by traditional wrought iron furniture, this romantic bistro set features charming detailing for an antique look.
Get the look of rattan outdoor furniture without the hefty price tag with this affordable set. Made from durable material, you'll be able to enjoy the patio chairs and side tables for seasons to come.
Picture relaxing hangouts in your backyard, patio, or balcony in this set, which includes two comfortable armchairs and a small coffee table.
This small space-friendly, fiery red bistro set from Amazon is sure to be the center of attention in your backyard. Not only is it stylish, but it's lightweight, rust-resistant, durable, and easy to move around if needed.
How Do You Care for Bistro Sets?
According to Bradley, find out what material the furniture is made of. "Most steel is e-coated, which offers many years of protection, but it may be a good idea to use a patio furniture cover when not in use," Bradley says. "If the set is made of aluminum — no problem. You can leave aluminum out and exposed without risk of rusting." And if you live by the coast or water, Bradley recommends finding a set made from recycled PET, as they're low-maintenance and easy to clean.
How Often Do You Have to Replace Budget Outdoor Furniture?
As with any piece of furniture, taking extra care of your budget bistro set is what can make it last longer. "Again, think about what material the product [is] made of and also how will it be used," Bradley says. "A set in a screened-in porch will last longer without much additional care vs. a set that will constantly be exposed to the elements. A great patio cover can go a long way to make a set last longer."
Bradley also recommends checking out the warranty, as "it's a great place to start for learning the life cycle of a set." Plus, check for rust, creaks, and overall quality of comfort. For example, if you have a soft, mesh seat and it starts to sag, it's probably time for a patio refresh.