How to Choose Patio Furniture

The weather is warming up so now is the time to start bringing out the furniture for your patio! Every year I always put a lot of consideration into how to choose patio furniture for my house.

Decorating your patio with furniture can make a really big impact on the overall look of your house. After all, the right pieces can make your space come alive, and bring comfort and function to outdoor areas.

But with the variety of choices available today, choosing the perfect furniture can be really overwhelming! So today, I’m sharing practical tips to help you choose furniture pieces that can make your patio a reflection of your unique style and personality.

How to Choose Patio Furniture

How to Choose Patio Furniture

Make a List of Furniture Needs

The first step in the outdoor furniture purchasing process is to consider how you want your furniture, and the surrounding space, to function. Will it primarily be used as a reading nook, party area, dining area, or a casual visiting spot?

Make a list of what you want to use this space for and then research the furniture you want while keeping those points in mind!

Choose Low Maintenance Pieces

No one wants to deal with high-maintenance furniture that’s difficult to clean! So be sure to choose patio furniture that is low maintenance and requires minimal cleaning.

How to Choose Patio Furniture

For example, padding and pillows with removable and machine-washable covers would certainly be a bonus!

Consider Storage

If you want your patio furniture to last as long as possible, it’s important to store them in a protected area during the winter season. Pick a covered spot like a shed, garage, or even a basement to shield from the elements.

Also, stacking chairs is a great way to save space in small spaces or you can always choose furniture that can be taken apart! Keep in mind that certain materials can withstand some rain but other options like wicker furniture should always be kept out of the elements.

Match the Color with your Outdoor Decor

You may think patio furniture only comes in different shades of wood, but actually, there are tons of different colors that you can choose nowadays. Try to choose a color that will match the trim of your house, landscaping, or other outdoor decor.

This will create a cohesive look and make the patio furniture look more intentional!

Consider the Weather

If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain and your patio furniture isn’t under cover, then consider how your patio furniture will hold up. Most wooden options can withstand downpours easily, with teak wood being the most durable option.

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However, as long as they’re sealed properly, they should last. Or if you’re worried about other outdoor furniture rusting, like aluminum framed ones, you can always purchase weather-resistant covers!

Measure Your Space

Always, always, always measure before you buy! There’s nothing worse than dragging all your new furniture out and realizing that it doesn’t fit!

Measure your space and then measure again, just to be sure. Then choose patio furniture with dimensions that will fit in your designated space.

Pay Attention to Comfort

There are a lot of beautiful patio furniture options that look beautiful but aren’t quite comfortable. You definitely don’t want that, so always be sure to try out the furniture first and make sure it’s super comfy!

Plus, the whole point of outdoor furniture is to provide a comfortable space for you to visit or relax. So a cozy outdoor furniture set is a must-have!

Set a Budget

A budget is always an important factor when it comes to shopping, and it applies to patio furniture shopping too! There are some really extravagant options out there, but it’s important to always consider your budget before buying.

Take a look at your list of wants and needs then research some options that fall under your budget price. There are so many options out there that you shouldn’t have a problem finding pieces that have everything you want and are also affordable.

Best Patio Furniture Brands


Walmart’s Better Homes and Gardens outdoor furniture is some of my personal favorites. There are so many beautiful options, including some eco-friendly ones, that are totally affordable and you can find Walmart stores practically everywhere!

Best Patio Furniture Brands

I have been absolutely loving this 3-piece set from Walmart and it perfectly matches the aesthetic at my house! I love that it comes with a cocktail table and that the stainless-steel frames have been powder-coated for rust resistance against the elements.


Target is always a go to for patio finds once the weather warms ups! But don’t wait too long, popular lines such as Studio McGee for Threshold and Hearth & Hand by Joanna Gaines often sell out super fast!

I have grabbed plenty of cute little finds from Target through the years from outdoor decorative pillows to outdoor dining tables! You can find practically anything you can think of for any area of your house but don’t sleep on their outdoor living selection!


Amazon is known worldwide for its fast shipping, great return policy, and affordable pricing when it comes to certain products. And as far as outdoor furniture goes, there is actually a lot to choose from!

Even some of the more expensive options will go on sale during certain times of the year so keep an eye out! Also, most of the options online have reviews that you can reference before making your choice and they have a pretty decent return policy if you’re not happy.

I have found plenty of options with great reviews and amazing price points that anyone would love. Plus, I really appreciate all of the information that is listed with each option, it definitely helps make the decision easier.

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily is another one of my favorite brands and I have plenty of their pieces spread throughout my house. Their outdoor selection is amazing and they feature several different collections from dining sets to lounge chairs and in various themes!

How to Choose Patio Furniture

These teak sling chairs have been a big hit at my house, particularly while lounging poolside! they’re super comfortable, easy to move and come in tons of different colors.

I love that Serena & Lily’s outdoor furniture is made with quality materials and that you can find items at varying price points.

The Home Depot

The Home Depot is another great option for outdoor furniture. You can find a wide variety of outdoor favorites like dining tables, lounge chairs, coffee tables, side tables, and even fire pits! All in varying price ranges.

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