The Best Outdoor Furniture to Transform Your Backyard or Balcony Into the Ultimate Summer Sanctuary

Elise Taylor

This year, the search for the best outdoor furniture has taken on a newfound importance. During a normal summer, a night out at a restaurant or a beach vacation were social staples. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, many of us will spend these warm-weather days at home. So sprucing up your space (whether it’s a balcony, patio, rooftop, or backyard) is necessary for some fun in the sun—and, well, sanity.

Let’s start with the most basic of basics: a place to sit. A slingback chair is perfect for those who need something simple. They’re affordable and lightweight (therefore easy to shift six feet apart). Looking to make a more permanent investment? You can’t go wrong with a classic Adirondack—or a sky blue, super-plushy cushioned lounge chair.

No summer night is complete without an al fresco meal, but you’ll need the right dining set to make that happen. For urbanites, a bistro set is a chic and space-conscious choice. (Also, some advice: order in a pop of color, as it does wonders against concrete.) If you have an expansive lawn or patio and love to entertain, invest in a full dining set. Afterwards, please invite me over for a cocktail or two.

And don’t forget the accessories: a wicker lantern, a bar cart, and a rotund fire pit (really).

Below, the 37 best pieces of outdoor furniture, whether you’re a city-dweller, country-lover, modernist, or traditionalist.

Chairs

From easy-to-move slingbacks to the cushy lounger you'll never want to get up from, here are the perfect seats to drink rosé in all summer.

Lilia Outdoor Lounge Chair

$269.00, shopthenovogratz.com

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Sling Chair

$119.00, society6.com

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Geo Lounge Chair

$175.00, industrywest.com

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Rabbit Chair

$414.00, amara.com

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Carmel Love Chair

$774.00, onekingslane.com

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Adirondack Chair

$399.00, potterybarn.com

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Frank Gehry Twist Cube

$250.00, dwr.com

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Venice Rattan Chair

$498.00, serenaandlily.com

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Positano Outdoor Chair

$298.00, anthropologie.com

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Cabana Set

$159.00, theinside.com

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Lilia Outdoor Lounge Chair

$269.00, shopthenovogratz.com

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Deck Chair

$285.00, sohohome.com

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Couches

The outdoor couches you, your family, and (quarantine chosen) friends will love.

Outdoor Loveseat

$299.00, cb2.com

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Mimi Sofa

$3695.00, onekingslane.com

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Locus Solus White Loveseat

$1640.00, artemest.com

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Aerin East Hampton Sofa

$1395.00, williamssonoma.com

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Formenta Outdoor Sofa

$500.00, worldmarket.com

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Gardener Bench

$1698.00, serenaandlily.com

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Palisades Lounge Sofa

$795.00, hay.com

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Bistro Sets

Just the things for your next city cocktail hour, balcony tête-à-tête, or even outdoor office.

Playa Outdoor Bistro Dining Set

$520.00, westelm.com

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Heidi 3 Piece Bistro Set

$199.00, shopthenovogratz.com

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Teddi Outdoor Lounge Chair (Set of 2)

$529.00, shopthenovogratz.com

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Bermob Bistro Table/Desk

$711.00, bonmarche.com

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Dining Sets

For the entertainer looking to make their poolside patio the place to be this summer.

Portside Dining Set

$1797.00, westelm.com

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Holcut Dining Set

$406.00, worldmarket.com

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Charlotte Dining Set

$2495.00, onekingslane.com

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Ceylon Dining Set

$1996.00, ballarddesigns.com

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5 Piece Dining Set

$350.00, wayfair.com

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Palisades Dining Set

$2115.00, hay.com

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Accessories and Accents

After you order the basics, get something to add a bit of spark—perhaps literally, with a fire pit.

Low Profile Round Firepit

$448.00, shopterrain.com

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Playa Outdoor Bar Cart

$399.00, westelm.com

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Harbor Island Lantern

$169.00, amandalindroth.com

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Fringed Hammock

$128.00, anthropologie.com

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Pacifica Cooler

$448.00, serenaandlily.com

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