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I don’t know about you, but one of the only things that gets me through the rainy, cold spring season in New England is the promise of the perfect patio weather to come. There’s nothing better than sitting out in the backyard with a cold drink, soaking up the sun’s rays, and if you've been working from home for the past few weeks, you're probably looking for ways to get outside more as the weather warms up.
If you're looking to spend more time outdoors for the next few weeks (or at least work on the porch for a few hours a day), you need comfortable patio decor to accommodate your needs. Here are some of our favorite pieces of patio furniture to help you upgrade your space and enjoy the sun over the next few months.
1. A stylish dining set that seats six
An outdoor dining table is a must if you want to sit outside this summer, and luckily for you, this seven-piece set from Hampton Bay is both stylish and affordable. It includes a 64-by-40 inch dining table, as well as six chairs and tan cushions. Four of the chairs have standard legs, while the other two have swivel bases. All the pieces are weather-resistant and feature a beautiful stamped pattern as a visual accent. Just place this set on an outdoor rug, and you’ve got the perfect al fresco dining spot.
Get the Hampton Bay Laurel Oaks 7-Piece Brown Steel Outdoor Patio Dining Set from Home Depot for $599
2. A classic porch swing for intimate conversations
I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning than sitting on this porch swing, sipping a cup of coffee and soaking up the sun. This teak porch swing would make the perfect addition to your backyard—it comes in 4- and 5-foot sizes and includes a 48-inch rope for hanging. The hardwood construction has a beautiful natural finish, and you can make it your own by adding a pretty outdoor cushion.
Get the Beachcrest Home Portland Teak Porch Swing from Wayfair for $189.99
3. A luxe farmhouse-style outdoor bar
Your backyard will be the hottest spot in town with this stunning outdoor bar. The Abbott Island and Hutch is a beautiful farmhouse-style piece made from acacia wood with a concrete top, and it has a wide variety of features that make it multi-functional. For instance, it’s mounted on locking caster wheels for easy mobility, and it has several towel hooks and a built-in bottle opener. There are shelves on the hutch that are perfect for storing glassware and drink mixers, making it the perfect focal point for your outdoor kitchen.
Get the Abbott Island and Hutch from Pottery Barn for $1,798
4. A set of modern chaise lounges for sunbathing
These top-rated chaise lounges are a must-have for anyone who loves laying out in the sun. You get two chairs per purchase, and the pieces are made from weather-resistant wicker, so you can leave them out all season. The lounges have a curved frame that contours to your body, and they recline in five different positions. Plus, the chairs get glowing reviews from thousands of buyers who say they’re durable, comfortable, and easy to clean.
Get the Sol 72 Outdoor Revello Sun Lounger Set from Wayfair for $399.99
5. A versatile outdoor sectional and table
Turn your backyard into a second living room with the help of this four-piece sectional. The outdoor sofa can seat up to five people on its L-shaped design, and it even comes with a matching table where everyone can rest their drinks. The unit is made from solid acacia wood for longevity, and you can choose from several cushion colors, including gray, white, and red.
Get the Highland Dunes Ellison 4-Piece Sectional Sofa Set from Wayfair for $839.99
6. A 5-piece dining set with comfy swivel chairs
Make your guests feel at home with this five-piece dining set—it’s the perfect spot to chat, have dinner, or even play card games. The round table has a glass top and aluminum base, and it’s equipped with an umbrella hole, in case you want to purchase one. The four chairs are mounted on swivel bases, allowing you to recline and turn, and reviewers say they’re extremely comfortable to sit in.
Get the Hampton Bay Statesville Shell 5-Piece Aluminum Outdoor Dining Set from Home Depot for $699
7. A mid-century outdoor daybed
You can kick back and read a good book—or even take a nap—in this luxurious daybed. This piece has a distinctly mid-century vibe thanks to its sleek wooden frame, and you can choose between navy blue or gray cushions that are made from Sunbrella acrylic fabric, which is weather-resistant. While undeniably on the expensive side, it’s a well-made statement piece your family will enjoy for years to come.
Get the Neptune Indoor/Outdoor Daybed from Anthropologie for $2,498
8. A modern wicker rocking chair
It’s easy to create an outdoor seating area with these cool swivel rocking chairs. They come in a variety of colors, and their frames are made from all-weather resin wicker that’s designed to be long-lasting. The swivel rocking design will keep you comfortable for hours, and reviewers say the cushions are the perfect softness while still being durable.
Get the Hampton Bay Cambridge Wicker Patio Swivel Rocking Chair from Home Depot for $299
9. A cantilever umbrella with built-in LED lights
On particularly sunny days, you might find that direct sun is too hot to handle, which is when a cantilever umbrella like this one comes in handy. The 11-foot umbrella has an offset design, allowing you to put the base next to your outdoor seating area and have the canopy shade the space. It features a vented top that provides protection from ultraviolet rays, and it also has 40 solar-powered lights on the inside of the umbrella to illuminate your space at night.
Get the Hampton Bay 11-ft Aluminum Cantilever Solar LED Offset Outdoor Patio Umbrella from Home Depot for $399
10. Top-rated wicker side tables
If you have chaise lounges or other chairs on your patio, make sure to put side tables next to them—otherwise, where will you put your drink? These modern wicker side tables are extremely popular thanks to their sleek hourglass shape, and they come in three finishes to match your other decor. Reviewers say the side tables are study and well-made, and they’re durable enough to leave outside year-round.
Get the Beachcrest Home Rushmere Wicker/Rattan Side Table from Wayfair for $89.99
11. Beautiful wooden Adirondack chairs
Adirondack chairs make a stylish addition to any outdoor space, and these beautiful wooden ones are a great value. They’re made from acacia wood and available in several finishes, and as an added bonus, they fold up for easy storage during the winter. Reviewers note that these chairs are large, sturdy, and comfortable, and you can easily dress them up with a few outdoor throw pillows.
Get the Noble House Hanlee Natural Stained Folding Wood Adirondack Chair from Home Depot for $101.21
12. Storage baskets for your outdoor supplies
If you’ve ever wished you had somewhere to store pool towels, extra outdoor cushions, or other patio supplies, you’re in luck, because these outdoor baskets are a total steal. The hand-woven rattan has a rustic gray finish, and their all-weather design is ideal for your porch or pool deck.
Get the Huntington Outdoor Baskets from Pottery Barn for $38.99
13. This cute wooden bar cart
This compact bar cart is the ideal solution for small decks or patios. It’s made from solid wood and has two wheels and a handle, letting you roll it around the space to serve your guests. It has upper and lower shelves where you can store glassware, plates, and other outdoor necessities, and the bottom even has cut-outs for three bottles, ensuring they don’t trip over during your poolside service.
Get the Beachcrest Home Bucksport Bar Serving Cart from Wayfair for $91.99
14. A simple umbrella that tilts to protect you from the sun
Add a little shade to your patio with this 9-foot umbrella. It comes in four colors and features a crank lift to help you open and close the canopy. You can either mount it in an umbrella base or compatible patio table, and what’s really cool is that the canopy tilts, allowing you to shield yourself from the sun, even when it’s at a weird angle. Plus, the umbrella is lined with LED bulbs to light up your outdoor space at night.
Get the Zipcode Design Jericho 9’ Market Umbrella from Wayfair for $89.99
15. A sea glass-inspired outdoor rug
One of the easiest ways to tie together any space—indoors or outdoors—is with an area rug. This cool abstract outdoor rug would be the perfect accent on your patio, as its sea glass-inspired design is colorful and fun. The rug comes in several sizes, as well as three colorways, and it’s made from fade-resistant polyester so it will never lose its vibrancy. Plus, it even has a latex backing to keep it from shifting around, saving you the hassle of buying a rug pad.
Get the Nourison Bits and Pieces Seaglass Area Rug from Home Depot for $105.04
16. An eye-catching egg chair for a statement piece
Looking for a statement piece to be the finishing touch on your outdoor space? This “egg” chair is sure to get compliments from your guests, as it’s equally stylish and comfortable. It features a wicker rattan frame that forms a little cocoon around you, yet the slated design keeps it from getting too hot. The chair comes with comfy cushions that can be used outdoors, and reviewers say it’s a beautiful and comfortable piece that’s well worth the price.
Get the Hampton Bay Brown Wicker Outdoor Egg Lounge Chair from Home Depot for $349
17. A four-piece conversation set with colorful cushions
Outfitting your patio for the first time? You can get all the basic pieces you need for a comfortable outdoor area with this four-piece conversation set. It includes two wicker chairs, a matching loveseat, and a small table to hold your drinks. You can choose from a variety of cushion colors, including options made from durable Sunbrella fabric.
Get the Hampton Bay Woodbury 4-Piece Wicker Patio Seating Set from Home Depot for $1,099
18. A set of modern rope chairs
If your home has a modern vibe, these unique rope chairs would blend in perfectly with your decor. The three-piece set includes two papasan-style chairs with cushions and a small matching table. The chairs have a gray finish, and their high backs have a contoured lumbar for extra support. With the help of a small area rug and an accent pillow or two, you’ll be able to create a sweet seating area on your small patio.
Get the Hampton Bay Dark Gray 3-Piece Papasan Rope Patio Conversation Seating Set from Home Depot for $299
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