October 18, 2021

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The 25 Best Outdoor Furniture Stores of 2021

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Though often regarded as a summertime activity, enjoying the outdoor air in all its forms is not really all that seasonal; in most parts of the country, a patio, balcony or backyard is perfectly usable three seasons of the year. Which makes its status as patron furniture buying afterthought all the more confusing — why sit on tailgate chairs and use coolers for tables?

Of course, outdoor furniture is no doubt secondary to indoor furniture — don’t buy a weather-proof set of tables and chairs before getting a couch to sit on in your living room. But the level at which it’s disregarded isn’t equal to the amount of use a proper backyard can, and perhaps should, receive.

In our survey of the best outdoor and patio furniture, we explore the high and low of a market that doesn’t get the respect it deserves — these 25 sets and collections run the complete price, prestige and style spectrum.

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Amazon

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Amazon, home of two-day shipping and apparently a lot of outdoor furniture. We guarantee you’ll know about one percent of the brands listed on the website, but you’re shopping on Amazon, not Design Within Reach. Easily narrow down your furniture searches with Amazon’s incredibly detailed filters, and before you know it, you’ve turned a list of thousands of products into one or two.

Editor’s Pick: Greesum 4-Piece Patio Furniture Set

Price Range: $-$$$$

Arhaus

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Since 1986, Arhaus has followed the idea that “furniture and décor should be sustainably sourced, lovingly made and built to last.” The brand delivers on its promise, and if you need proof, just check out the outdoor collections. Available in a variety of styles, the outdoor collections are made of sustainably sourced materials, handcrafted by artisans from around the world.

Editor’s Pick: Hamptons Outdoor Bar Cart

Price Range: $$$-$$$$

Article

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Since 2013, Article’s been making high-quality furniture at not-so-high prices. The brand’s direct-to-consumer MO shaves off a few layers of middlemen in favor of shipping its wares directly to you at a lower price, and, in some cases, with no assembly required. How low are some of the prices? A UV-resistant dining chair is only $59. Shopping its outdoor furniture is like an endless scroll of well-designed pieces, and they’re all a steal just like the $59 chair.

Editor’s Pick: Article Arca Seating

Price Range: $$-$$$$

Bed Bath & Beyond

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Outdoor furniture is very much the “beyond” in Bed Bath & Beyond. Mix and match pieces or go for any one of its backyard sets. Either way, the retailer has you covered with a decent mix of options. Got one of those BB&B 20-percent off coupons? You’ll really get yourself a good deal.

Editor’s Pick: Forest Gate Modular Set

Price Range: $-$$$

Blu Dot

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Blu Dot’s contemporary style makes it a wonderful brand to shop for indoor furniture — and it’s just as apt at making outdoor furniture, too. The Minneapolis-based brand offers whimsical shapes and utilizes mixed materials like an artist. Blu Dot proves that good design extends far beyond the four walls of the home, spilling out into the backyard.

Editor’s Pick: Blu Dot Decade Chair

Price Range: $$$-$$$$

CB2

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CB2 keeps its collections modern, and although not the cheapest, you feel like your money is being well spent. The brand is another one of those retailers you want to shop when putting furniture together yourself is a thing of the past. Keep an eye out for sales and discount codes — CB2 runs promotions regularly.

Editor’s Pick: CB2 Breton Collection

Price Range: $$-$$$$

Design Within Reach

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You know Design Within Reach for its impeccably designed indoor furniture. It also carries a few collections meant for the outdoors. You can expect to spend a fair amount on just a single chair, but if design is your priority, you’ll know it’s worth the investment.

Editor’s Pick: Eos Collection

Price Range: $$$$

EQ3

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EQ3 furniture makes timeless furniture that eschews trends. It has one main outdoor furniture collection, called Cape, that’s minimally designed in a way that’s neither dull nor boring. Essentially, it’ll blend into nearly every outdoor environment but won’t play a supporting character.

Editor’s Pick: EQ3 Cape Collection

Price Range: $$-$$$$

Frontgate

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Frontgate’s in-house design team makes its outdoor furniture to be able to withstand nature and also to provide long-lasting comfort. The brand offers a 10-year structural frame warranty, so you can rest easy if your backyard is constantly taking a beating. Pieces are constructed from materials like weather-resistant wicker, Egyptian cotton and performance fabrics because each person’s outdoor needs are different.

Editor’s Pick: Frontgate Palazzo Modular System

Price Range: $$-$$$$

Hay

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Hay is known for its fun, playful designs, and its outdoor line is really just made up of two sub-categories: its seminal outdoor collection, “Palissade,” and “Other.” The 13-piece collection was designed to put a fork in the way we use form to imply function. The site’s description puts it concisely: “they are strong without being bulky, elegant without being fragile.”

Editor’s Pick: Palissade Collection

Price Range: $$-$$$$

Ikea

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As it does in virtually every corner of the good-looking, supremely affordable furniture market, Ikea rules. The Swedish furniture powerhouse has six dedicated outdoor collections suited for all types of design styles with the ability to mix and match for a more eclectic look. You better throw some time on the calendar to actually put everything together, but considering you’ll be spending maybe less than a grand to deck out your backyard, it’s worth it.

Editor’s Pick: Ikea Applaro Collection

Price Range: $$-$$$

Home Depot

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Home Depot, the home improvement store, wants to do more than just help you paint your house. Its outdoor furniture is an enviable selection of affordable sets, single pieces and accents. The benefit to shopping its website is your local Home Depot won’t have the same array of options. And if it’s easier for you, you can order online then have it shipped to your closest Home Depot for easy pick-up.

Editor’s Pick: Hermosa Teak Set

Price Range: $$-$$$

Lowe’s

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If today’s the day you finally tackle an outdoor project, head to Lowe’s. With furniture to suit your modern, coastal or whatever design style, Lowe’s can accommodate you and your home. Lowe’s is an all-around home improvement store, so besides copping just furniture, you can turn your backyard into a little piece of Eden with garden care, heat lamps and fire pits.

Editor’s Pick: Safavieh Pacifica

Price Range: $$-$$$

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Outer

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Outer’s sofas are quite possibly the apex of outdoor seating. Craftspeople hand-weave each wicker chair, which is made from recycled plastic bottles. While any good outdoor seating features weather-resistant cushioning, Outer’s is especially good at withstanding the elements. The cushions are stain- and fade-resistant, as well as waterproof. Plus, the cushions are memory foam for a comfortable sitting experience. An integrated cover rolls out of the back to protect your seat when not in use, so there’s not need to buy an extra protective barrier.

Editor’s Pick: Outer Wicker Collection

Price Range: $$

Raymour & Flanigan

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If you’re not up for assembling your own furniture, head to Raymour & Flanigan. The furniture retailer does local delivery on its wide selection of outdoor seating, tables, rugs and more. There’s almost always a sale happening, so if you shop smart, you can surely snag a great deal.

Editor’s Pick: Amazonia Outdoor Dining Set

Price Range: $$-$$$$

RH

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RH is the crème de la crème of all furniture. The thing about outdoor furniture is that it needs to be able to take a beating, and RH does that by making sure every component of its outdoor furniture is ready to battle the elements. From its use of performance fabrics to the way it finishes its aluminum, RH will make sure you feel like luxury because it only sells luxury.

Editor’s Pick: RH Balmain Collection

Price Range: $$$$

Rove Concepts

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Rove Concepts delivers on its promise of well-made, modern furniture delivered to your door with every project it unveils, and its commitment to outdoor furniture is no different. Whether you’re into sleek and streamlined silhouettes or thick and chunky behemoths, Rove Concepts has something for you.

Editor’s Pick: Rove Concepts Louis Collection

Price Range: $$$-$$$$

Neighbor

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Former Tuft & Needle employees started Neighbor, a new direct-to-consumer outdoor furniture brand meant to grow with you. Neighbor offers everything one could want in outdoor furniture — which ranges from various seating options to a coffee table and ottoman — like durability and style. Add pieces as you grow your setup, and know that everything you buy is also good for the planet. Neighbor crafts its products out of FSC-certified teak in a zero-waste US factory, so shop knowing you’re doing it responsibly.

Editor’s Pick: Neighbor The Sofa

Price Range: $$$

Snow Peak

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Not every backyard or patio has to be completely stationary. Snow Peak is a Japanese outdoor brand with a fervent following of outdoors-people who want products that go for the extra step, and its outdoor furniture collection is full of fold-up chairs, bamboo tables and collapsable benches, all just as ready for the trail as they are an apartment balcony or space-deficient backyards.

Editor’s Pick: Snow Peak My Bamboo Table

Price Range: $$-$$$

SunHaven

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SunHaven is a fairly new direct-to-consumer furniture brand based out of Los Angeles, and its business model is why you can get a seven-piece furniture set for just a little over two grand. Each piece comes preassembled, and offers everything you want from high-quality outdoor furniture like weather resistant materials and overall excellent comfort.

Editor’s Pick: SunHaven Kensington Set

Price Range: $$-$$$

Tait

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You’d be forgiven if Tait isn’t on your radar. The Australian furniture brand sits firmly on the high end of the high-end furniture spectrum. Shopping the website provides some insight about what you can expect from its offerings. The brand’s Seam collection is basically perfect from its colors to the materials. Besides that line, Tait offers a fire pit and a decked-out outdoor kitchen.

Editor’s Pick: Tait Seam Dining Chair

Price Range: $$$$

Wayfair

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You know Wayfair, and you know how freakin’ cheap it is. If you’re balling on a budget, head to the discount retailer to get discount backyard furniture that won’t break the bank. You can get anything from Wayfair from furniture sets to outdoor rugs to decor — you get the picture. Just be wary of MSRPs because if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Editor’s Pick: Wade Logan Rectangular 6-Person Set

Price Range: $-$$$$

West Elm

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West Elm’s outdoor collections perfectly complement the beautifully made furniture you put inside your home. Is it on the pricier end? Yes, but you get high-quality materials, well-designed pieces and a lot of clout from your snooty friends.

Editor’s Pick: West Elm Portside Collection

Price Range: $$-$$$$

Yardbird

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Yardbird is outdoor furniture gone fully direct-to-consumer — that means you won’t find it professionally arranged in a salesperson-infested showroom, but you will find higher quality materials for a price that’s more digestible. With 12 collections, there’s no shortage of design inspiration, and the only issue you’ll have when shopping is deciding on which bad boy to add to cart.

Editor’s Pick: Yardbird Colby Collection

Price Range: $$$

Zinus

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Zinus is known for its crazy cheap mattresses and indoor furniture, and it brought its budget-friendly mindset to the outdoor realm. Its Pablo collection is a sleek and modern approach to backyard furniture. It’s made of lightweight aluminum and wood, topped with water-resistant cushions and waterproof covers. The Savannah line is almost identical to the Pablo line albeit in black with vertical back beams.

Editor’s Pick: Zinus Pablo Collection

Price Range: $$-$$$

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