The right outdoor dining setup can instantly transform an unloved space into the stuff of alfresco entertaining dreams, but finding the right seating style to suit your unique space (and tastes) can be a challenge. We rounded up some of our favorite open-air options to help you zero in on your perfect outdoor dining perch.
Streamlined and Modern
These sleek, simplified designs provide a refreshing contrast to any garden and have the added bonus of being lightweight, easily movable, and sometimes even stackable.
Tailored and Ladylike
From Southern charm to Palm Beach prep, these seats add a charming bit of ornamentation to your outdoor dining set.
Unconventional and Witty
Sometime you just need to shake things up and keep them guessing. Each of these playful pieces brings with it a sense of fun, without sacrificing an ounce of function.
Traditional and Classic
Each of these styles has solidified its place in decorators’ (and our!) hearts thanks to the marriage of timeless styling and tried-and-true all-weather materials.
3 Things to Think About
Most all-weather materials such as teak, resin wicker, and aluminum are unfazed by whatever Mother Nature throws their way, but some plastics may be subject to fading over time. Know what your chairs can take. For anything powder-coated, tackle chips immediately, since they can result in rusting (unless you’re into that look).
Any outdoor seat will have a longer life if it’s stored away in the off-season, but it’s best to at least keep outdoor cushions out of the elements when not in use.
Just like your indoor dining table and chairs, know how many seats can fit on each side of your outdoor dining table, ensure seat heights and table aprons (the panel that connects a table surface to the legs) are a good match, and choose between side chairs and armchairs depending on the size of your space and desired look.