Fall is for PSLs and Gilmore Girls, winter is for hot chocolates and Christmas movies, and spring is for spring cleaning. But summer? Summer is the time for ALL of the outdoor activities, baby! But if you’re broke AF (like me) and don’t have the dollar bills to head to all of the festivals, parties, and events you’d like to, then it might be time to finally jazz up your outside space instead. That way, you can still enjoy the sunshine without having to pay $30 for a cocktail or wait 45 minutes to use a porta-potty.
Yep, sometimes it pays to spend a *little* bit of money on your rental — especially if you’re buying outdoor furniture that can be taken with you to your next place. By sprucing up your space and giving yourself somewhere to chill with your besties, top up your tan, or even catch up on your work, you can really enjoy what the summer months have to offer and enjoy the sunshine in all of its glory. But what kinda furniture should you buy? In my opinion, it’s time to get metal!
Metal patio furniture is a great option for those who want durable and easy-to-clean pieces that won’t break the bank (or your back, because they’re normally pretty light, too). And in this guide, I’ve scoured the internet for the best metal furniture sets, tables, and chairs, which means that you can find pieces that suit you and your space — no matter what you’re working with. But don’t worry, you’ll still have money to buy some ready-mixed cocktails and hot dog sausages when you’re done. Everything in this guide is under $300, so it’s time to rock on bestie!
9 of the best metal patio furniture pieces that shoppers are loving RN
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Metal patio furniture sets
If you’re someone who likes everything to be perfect, perfect, perfect, then a metal patio furniture set might just tickle your pickle. With chairs and tables included, these sets have everything that you could possibly need for your individual space — and you don’t need to worry about buying anything extra. With everything included in one fell swoop, you can spruce up your outdoor space with larger sofa sets, conversation sets, or even a full-on dining table setup! The choice is yours.
So much space
Includes: 2 x chairs, 1 x sofa, 1 x table
Chair size (in.): H29.5 x W24 x D18.5
Table size (in.): H16.1 x L32.7 x D17.3
I’m someone who likes to keep my circle small, so you won’t catch me throwing any ragers in my yard. Well, not yet, anyway. If you’re the same (high five), then this 4-piece metal patio set could be IDEAL for your patio or balcony. Made from powder-coated steel, these chairs, sofa, and table are totally rust and UV resistant, and they’re super elegant, right? These stylish pieces are all separate, which also means that you can configure them however you’d like. And if you’re not a fan of the gray color, you could choose to buy the navy blue option instead!
Includes: 2 x chairs, 1 x table
Chair size (in.): H31.81 x W26.22 x L30.63
Table size (in.): H20.79 x W17.72 x L17.72
If you want to give your patio a makeover but you’re not sure where to start, can I recommend some stripes? I am utterly OBSESSED with this Walmart beauty, and I’m actually kinda impressed it’s less than $300. It looks super stylish and super expensive but is great for those looking to go bougie on a budget. Yep, this conversation set features a metal frame, while also offering the comfort of the giant and very fluffy-looking cushions. Plus, the table is just big enough to hold a pitcher of your favorite alcohol. For when you’re drinking solo, ofc.
A full dining set
Includes: 4 x chairs, 1 x table
Chair size (in.): H34 x W21 x D18
Table size(in.): H28.5 x D37.2
There’s nothing quite like being able to eat your dinner al fresco. From the warmth of the sun hitting your face to the gentle breeze tickling the lettuce on your plate, eating outside is the bomb. So, why not add a full 5-piece metal dining set to your shopping cart? This incredible set comes complete with four chairs and a table, and the table even has an umbrella hole so you can shade yourself from the sun with a cute parasol if it gets a bit too apocalyptic out there. Remember your sunscreen, kids.
Metal patio chairs
Let’s be honest; chairs are pretty important. From cute li’l reading nook chairs to dining room chairs, these things can make or break a space. That’s why I’ve searched high and low for some of the best metal patio chairs on the market RN. These bad boys can be mixed and matched with other chairs, you could buy a set of them, you could keep them on their own, or you could buy a table to go with them. Whatever you choose, I have a feeling that you’ll love them as much as I do.
Nice and neutral
Includes: 2 x chairs
Size (in.): H34.06 x W26.54 x D30.55
When looking for metal patio chairs, you need to decide what you want. Do you want bold and bright? Or do you want chic and neutral? If you want the latter, then say no more! These two metal club chairs are simple and stylish, but still stand out with their chunky gray cushions. I have NO DOUBT that these chairs will match any metal patio table you choose, and you can rest easy knowing that the cushions are completely fade-resistant. So, you don’t need to worry about covering them up when you’re not using them.
Includes: 1 x chair
Size (in.): H32.28 x W16.54 x D21.46
Sure, metal is great. But a metal and wicker combo? Man, that’s a match made in outdoor furniture heaven! And if you’re opting for a more boho look with your outside space, then I think this dining chair nails that brief. Of course, you’ll have to buy this a few times over if you’re looking to deck out your whole outdoor dining area, but for just $48.98 a piece, I’d say that they were a pretty good price. You could choose to make your own bistro set or buy 4 or even 6 of them to go around a larger outdoor dining table. The options are endless.
So many colors
Includes: 1 x chair
Size (in.): H34.5 x W21 x D28.5
Anyone else getting major Wes Anderson home decor vibes from this one? This bright metal chair really is something else, and is both retro and modern at the same time. But the main thing I absolutely LOVE about this chair is the fact that it comes in so many cool and quirky colors. From blue to yellow, there are 7 (!!!!!) amazing colors to choose from here. You don’t need to worry about this color fading, though. This chair is made from non-toxic, powder-coated, and UV-resistant metal, which means that it will look as good as new for years.
Metal patio tables
If you’re planning on using your outdoor space for garden parties and chilled morning coffee breaks, then you’re probably going to want a patio table. After all, they come in pretty handy when you need somewhere to eat, drink, and be merry! Thankfully, metal patio tables are super easy to maintain, as most of them are wipe-clean and weatherproof. All you need to focus on is choosing your favorite patio chairs and making yourself the best cup o’ Joe (or Aperol Spritz) in all of the land.
Small and compact
Size (in.): H18.5 x W14 x D14
If you’re looking for a small side table that doesn’t take up too much space on your small patio or balcony, this table has got you covered. It’s not huge, but it’s still big enough to hold your summer read, a large cocktail, a bag of Cheetos (NB: very essential), and your phone. And it’s pretty cute, too, right? It’s made from iron but with a bronze finish and offers decorative accents that make it stand out from the crowd. And the best bit? It doesn’t need to be assembled!
The budget option
Size (in.): H28 x W32 x D32
I’m not made of money (I wish), which is why I always love to include a budget option in these guides. So, it’s time to introduce the Amazon metal patio table… complete with an umbrella hole! But while this table might be cheaper than some of the alternatives you can find online, it’s still great quality. In fact, shoppers have rated it 4.4 stars out of 5 based on its affordability, sturdiness, and ease of assembly. The main frame and legs of the table are super durable thanks to the metal, but the glass looks super stylish thanks to the glass. It really is the best of both worlds.
Cute and quirky
Size (in.): H30.1 x D30
One thing about me is that I will be a hardcore Urban Outfitters home furniture fan until the day I die. Although their pieces are a little pricier than other retailers, the quality is always TOP NOTCH, and the designs are always so cool! That’s why I’m absolutely obsessed with this indoor/outdoor bistro table. Not only can this be used both indoors or outdoors (it’s super versatile, y’all), but it’s also pretty neat. The glass tabletop is great for making small outside spaces look bigger, but the unusual metal pattern underneath gives it a lil’ edge. It’s awesome.
What is the best metal patio furniture?
The best metal patio furniture will be either galvanized or powder-coated to keep out the moisture and ensure it is weather-resistant enough to remain durable outdoors.
Steel or wrought iron garden furniture is usually the most durable and has the best outdoor longevity. However these metals tend to be very heavy, so you won't want to move them around the garden very often. They also tend to be the more expensive options.
Aluminum garden furniture is generally a cheaper and more lightweight alternative, and as long as it's painted or powder-coated it will still offer decent weather resistance. However, you're more likely to need to store this garden furniture somewhere dry in wet weather to prolong its lifespan and prevent rust, and it's less robust in withstanding hard knocks.
What metal is best for patio furniture?
Let’s be honest; I’m no metal patio furniture expert. That’s why I decided to enlist the help of an ACTUAL expert to give you the low-down on this topic. Reilly Gray, co-founder of the outdoor furniture brand Suns Lifestyle, told me, “When it comes to patio furniture, you should always look for designs made out of high-quality, rust-resistant aluminum. Not only will it look beautiful, but it will also stand the test of time and survive against the elements too.” After all, metal is notorious for becoming rusty or brittle during the wet and cold months. By ensuring that you buy metal patio furniture that has been treated with the great outdoors in mind, you should be able to maintain the high-quality throughout the year.
Is metal patio furniture better than wood?
Metal garden furniture makes for a strong, durable, weather-resistant, and low-maintenance option for outdoors. Unlike wooden patio furniture which will need treating each year to preserve its longevity, all that metal garden furniture requires to keep it looking good is an occasional wipe down with a damp cloth.
This makes it a great option if you're looking for the least labor-intensive patio furniture.
Does metal patio furniture rust?
The best metal outdoor furniture is galvanized, powder-coated, or painted to seal and weatherproof the metal and prevent it from rusting.
However, most manufacturers will still recommend you bring metal garden furniture indoors over winter to protect it from the worst of the elements.
If your powder-coated or painted metal furniture gets chipped it's best to try and reseal the finish with some outdoor paint before any moisture gets in. Check out our guide to how to paint metal garden furniture.
How we chose this metal patio furniture
All of the metal patio furniture in this guide has been chosen because the Real Homes team believes they are the best on the market. We always choose products that are rated highly by customers — and don’t worry, we always choose ones that won’t break the bank, either.
Where to buy metal patio furniture
Still looking for the best metal patio furniture? Check out some more at our favorite retailers below.