10 Must-Have Patio Furniture Pieces to Elevate Your Outdoor Oasis

From enhancing the ambiance to elevating the functionality of a space and accommodating for varying weather conditions, the right outdoor furniture can make or break your backyard retreat. Which begs the question: What are the must-have patio pieces?

Whether you’re undertaking a complete remodeling of your porch, patio, deck, or other outdoor area, or you’re looking to elevate your existing space by adding one or two new pieces, Porch & Patio has everything you need to create an exterior dreamscape.

Here are 10 outdoor furniture essentials to help you design a beautiful, comfortable, and functional backyard space, just in time for summer!

Weatherproof Seating

Long-lasting patio furniture is designed to be weatherproof. To preserve its pristine condition, outdoor furniture must be able to withstand UV rays, moisture, and other extreme conditions. As such, weatherproofing is a must, both to maintain the look of your furniture and to ensure that it endures.

The good news? While outdoor furniture options were once limited, advancements in design and materials have resulted in a new breed of high-performance pieces designed to withstand whatever nature throws their way. Plus, many outdoor-friendly materials like cedar, teak, metal, and all-weather wicker require very little cleaning and maintenance.

A few of our favorite seating options include modular sofas with weatherproof outdoor furniture cushions, chaise lounges, deep seating, and Adirondack chair sets. Additionally, outdoor poufs and ottomans can do triple duty as seating, footrests, and storage. While the best outdoor sofas are as weather-resistant as they are comfortable, those from Porch & Patio are also designed with style in mind!

Small Tables

Coffee tables and side tables offer the perfect blend of form and function. Of course, they’re inherently purposeful in providing a place for guests to rest their drinks. However, gorgeous tables also serve as elements of design in and of themselves, as well as being platforms for displaying decorative items. Pair a small outdoor wood table and chairs with a few cocktails at sunset for the perfect evening with all the essentials!

Hanging Light Fixtures

Mindful lighting extends your backyard oasis’s usable hours while also adding visual interest. Chandeliers, pendants, and hanging lanterns are also an opportunity to express your style and taste while enhancing the ambiance of your space. For example, a glittering chandelier adds glamour and drama while a woven pendant has a more organic, natural feel.

Outdoor Fire Feature

Is there anything better than warming up in front of a small fire pit on a chilly night? At Porch & Patio, we offer the best fire pits for decks to turn your ordinary backyard into a beloved gathering space. Adorn your fire pit with a few Adirondack loungers to make the space truly s’mores-worthy.

Hanging Chairs, Swings, and Daybeds

While these technically qualify as seating, we’re giving them a feature of their own due to the sheer delight they add to outdoor spaces. Perfect for napping or escaping with a good book on a beautiful day, hanging chairs, swings, and daybeds are the ultimate warm-weather perch. Or, give your space a more rustic feel with our outdoor hammocks.

Backyard Bar Ideas

If you’re planning on using your exterior space for entertaining, an outdoor bar setup is a must. Not only does it make hosting duties easier – no more running back and forth fetching drinks – but it also adds a festive feel. When it comes to outdoor bar ideas, Porch & Patio is your one-stop shop!

A Chic Rug

Outdoor rugs are an instant way to spruce up any exterior space, especially when you choose one in a bright color, dynamic pattern, or interesting design.

Made of materials that hold up to everything from rain to foot traffic, they’re also a reflection of the indoor-outdoor living trend. Rather than conceiving your outdoor space as a completely separate entity, outdoor rugs and other inviting touches make it feel like a true extension of your home.

A Dining Table

Still making do with your old picnic table? While there’s a time and place for these trusty patio fixtures, upgrading to a more elegant outdoor table in a weather-friendly material like hardwood, aluminum, wrought iron, and tempered glass can have a transformative impact.

Rather than merely being a place to eat, a beautiful dining table gives guests a place to just sit and enjoy each other’s company. If you plan on hosting parties this summer, opt for a large patio table. If you don’t have room for a large outdoor dining table, small outdoor dining sets and bistro tables are an excellent choice.

A Ping Pong Table

An outdoor ping pong table is fun for the whole family! The perfect addition to your pool deck or back patio, outdoor ping pong can instantly transform your exterior space into a game zone. If you plan on hosting backyard barbecues and pool parties this summer, a ping pong table can help make your space a fun one. Hold a tournament at your next family reunion or your kids’ birthday party to turn up the heat this summer.

An Outdoor Patio Umbrella with Stand

While we may spend winter pining for the sun, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Truly thoughtful and comfortable outdoor spaces always include ample shade to minimize glare, prevent sunburns. Enter patio umbrellas.

While basic versions get the job done (and add a splash of color), more sophisticated designs like cantilever patio umbrellas and lighted patio umbrellas offer additional functionality. Simply add an outdoor umbrella with base to top off your space!

Create Your Perfect Outdoor Space with Porch & Patio

Whether you’re looking to incorporate all of these elements into your backyard oasis or to bring in one or two features, Porch & Patio can help. Specializing in stunning high-end patio furniture with customizable finishes and fabrics, we can help you find designs that elevate your exterior space.

To start designing the outdoor oasis of your dreams with the best outdoor couches and Adirondack chairs on sale, visit Porch & Patio.


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