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Outdoor Week: The Best Patio Furniture (All Under $500)

Now that you’ve perked up your patio and planted your herb garden, you’re ready to start furnishing your outdoor space. So today, we’re sharing all our picks for the best furniture to outfit your patio, deck, or balcony in style for summer.  

Whether you’re looking for a dining set for the deck, the perfect umbrella to provide shade, or a solutions for a balcony, we’ve got an option (or two, or three) that will work for you. We’ve compiled the best lounge furniture, dining furniture, umbrellas, tables and small space sets to get your space set up and provide the perfect place to dine, relax or simply enjoy the outdoors.


Keep scrolling to see our picks for the best furniture to bring your outdoor space to life. And be sure to check back tomorrow for the last day out Outdoor Week: An Intro To Grilling.


In case you missed them, head over to our other outdoor posts: 5 Ways To Perk Up Your Patio and How To Create An Easy Herb Garden

Lounge Furniture

From loveseats to loungers, there’s a seat (and style) for whatever you’re looking for. If you prefer something a bit more traditional, go for a classic sofa, lounger or gray wash slim armchair. To bring in some texture, try a woven back loveseat or wicker armchair. For a more contemporary vibe, we recommend a black metal frame sofa, lounge chair with ottoman, molded plastic chair, or a sculptural PVC cord loveseat. And for seating that easily folds up (for a day at the beach perhaps?), you can’t go wrong with a pair of butterfly chairs or a bright yellow sling chair.


1. Graywash All Weather Wicker Erich Outdoor Lounge Chair | 2. Standish Patio Loveseat | 3. Pair Of Bamboo Butterfly Sling Chairs | 4. Asti Adirondack Patio Club Chair & Ottoman | 5. Skarpo Outdoor Armchair | 6. Clarksdale Reclining Chaise Lounge | 7. Ixtapa Black Loveseat | 8. Yellow Sling Chair | 9. Applaro Chaise | 10. Niels Wicker Patio Club Chair | 11. Daidone Garden Loveseat with Cushions | 12. Natural Eucalyptus Formentera Outdoor Occasional Bench

DINING Furniture


If you’ve got a patio, balcony or deck that’s lacking in square footage, you can still outfit it in style. The easiest solution? Go with a patio set specifically made for a compact area. You can go classic with a bistro set in black metal, teak or rattan accents, or opt for a more modern take with a fun light green set, white woven cord, or white powder-coated metal (that smartly nests together when not in use). For a bit more of a lounge feel, opt for a set of black metal mesh chairs with cushions or a handsome wicker and metal set. And for an all in one piece, try an attached chair/table combo (with built-in umbrella holder).


1. Tarno Outdoor Table & Chairs | 2. Bangor 3 Piece Metal Mesh & Faux Wood Patio Chat Set | 3. Hampton Outdoor Modern 2 Seater Chat Set | 4. Acacia Wood 3 Piece Bistro Set with Cushions | 5. Britanna 3 Piece Folding Patio Bistro Set | 6. Gina Outdoor Modern Seating Group | 7. Caitlin 3 Piece Bistro Set | 8. Talley 3 Piece Bistro Set | 9. Black Steel Patio Bistro Set | 10. Elkton 3 Piece Metal & Wicker Patio Chat Set | 11. Bobbi Outdoor Bistro Set


Photo: Lane Dittoe
Design: Mindy Gayer
Photo: Emily Gilbert
Design: Jenny Wolf

No shade to the other pieces, but we may have saved our favorite furniture for last. An umbrella doesn’t just keep you cool (although it does do that well), it’s also a way to bring in another design element to your space. For something crisp and clean, opt for a sleek white umbrella with built-in stand or an ivory version. For something a bit more exciting, try a beige striped option with a white concrete base, or a classic navy and white version with scalloped detail. For the perfect spot to place a cold drink, try a white fluted side table, a sculptural black metal option, or for a pop of color, a chunky pale pink table. And no outdoor set-up would be complete without a coffee table (the prime spot for putting your feet up). Go classic with teak, or bring in a bit of edge with black metal.


1. Fluted Side Table | 2. Navy Elegant Valance Umbrella | 3. Tile Top Patio Accent Table | 4. Montpelier Patio Coffee Table | 5. Fortuna Outdoor Patio Coffee Table | 6. Hogon Umbrella | 7. Patio Umbrella Base | 8. Roto Table | 9. Round Patio Umbrella | 10. Black Wire Side Table | 11. Concrete Patio Umbrella Base | 12. Rahul Stripe Aluminum Market Umbrella | 13. Nivos Coffee Table