Finding the best outdoor furniture for your backyard is the perfect way to extend your living space outdoors during the warmer months, whether that's by adding an outdoor sectional for getting comfortable, a patio dining set for enjoying alfresco meals, or a poolside chaise lounger for soaking up the rays.
The best patio furniture needs to be stylish, practical, and ideally, great value, because once you start hunting around for the patio set of your dreams, you'll soon come to realize that outdoor furniture certainly doesn't come cheap!
As such we've rounded up some of the Real Homes team's go-to stores when looking for the best outdoor furniture at a great price, with collections from Castlery, Novogratz, Target, Wayfair, and many more.
Plus, if you'd like advice on what to consider when you shop for patio furniture, you'll find plenty of top tips on which materials to look out for, what the most low maintenance outdoor furniture is, and whether outdoor furniture can really be left outdoors all year round in our buying advice section at the bottom of this page.
And once you’ve chosen the best patio furniture for your outdoor space? Why not create the ultimate outdoor relaxation area with our guide to the best hot tubs, or get ready to cook up an alfresco storm with our guide to the best grills. Then all that’s left to do is sit back, relax, and pour that ice-cold drink... ahhh bliss!
The best outdoor furniture stores to shop for an affordable patio update
A round-up of our go-to stores for shopping on-trend and affordable patio furniture, including some of our top picks to shop today.
1. Bed, Bath & Beyond
This season's Bed, Bath & Beyond outdoor furniture collection has a great mix of affordable patio basics like colorful bistro sets and budget zero-gravity chairs, alongside some super stylish pieces for the backyard, including rattan-effect egg chairs, statement butterfly lounge chairs, and great-value sectionals and dining sets.
Editors pick: Wild Sage Global 3-Piece Chat Set in Tan
Target has gone all in on this year's patio furniture collection which features some super contemporary — and super affordable — looks to update your backyard with all the latest trends. Think laidback coastal-inspired lounge sets, modern statement designs, minimal metal furniture with an industrial edge, Southwest-inspired wicker patio furniture, plus, some great collaborations with one of our favorite interior design studios; Studio McGee.
Editors pick: Studio McGee Midway Metal Patio Sofa
Offering a one-stop shop for hundreds of outdoor furniture brands, you're likely to find pretty much whatever you're looking for at this online destination store, with everything from anti-gravity deckchairs to rattan garden sets listed on its storefront. Just be aware that pricing and discounting can change on an almost daily basis, so if you find a good deal, it can be best to snap it up then and there rather than delay.
Editor's pick: Lark Manor Joliet Solid Wood 4-Person Seating Group
4. World Market
Whether you're looking for a stylish hanging egg chair, a super on-trend set of Girona chairs, or a classic Adirondack seat, World Market has a great outdoor collection on offer this season with plenty of pieces at relatively affordable price points. There are also some great eucalyputus wood outdoor dining sets and contemporary wicker lounge sets for creating a statement patio space.
Editor's pick: Set of 2 Natural Woven Girona Outdoor Accent Chair
Overstock has a HUGE selection of both indoor and outdoor furniture curated in its online store, so whatever piece of patio furniture you're on the hunt for, you're likely to find some options that fit the bill here, and with discounts pretty much always on offer, you're likely to score yourself a good deal too.
Editor's pick: Corvus Sarcelles Woven Wicker Indoor/Outdoor Chairs
6. Ashley HomeStore
Another retailer offering a super-wide selection of outdoor furniture styles, Ashley HomeStore has classic wicker-effect outdoor sectionals, soiree-ready outdoor dining sets, and a whole host of outdoor lounge chaise, chaise loungers, and bistro sets to choose from. Pricing offes as much variety as the product selection, so whatever your budget, you're likely to find some great options within your price point.
Editor's pick: Havenside Home Clover Pass Loveseat and Coffee Table
With patio seating prices starting from under $50 and patio sets from under $300, Kohl's is a great place to head to find cheap and cheerful outdoor furniture ranges. You'll find collections from the likes of Novogratz, Savafieh, and many more budget furniture brands all in one place, making it easy to deck out your backyard or porch for less.
Editor's pick: Sonoma Goods For Life Kenwood Bistro Patio Chair
This year's Walmart outdoor furniture collection is bigger and better than ever, with outdoor bar sets for balmy evening entertaining, patio dining sets for enjoying food fresh from the grill, and a wide selection of patio conversation sets, lounge chairs, and bistro sets all at reasonable prices.
Editor's pick: Ventura Boho Stationary Wicker Egg Chair
If there's anywhere that's guaranteed to have outdoor furniture that's ready to shop whatever the season, and at the lowest prices you're likely to find, then it's Amazon. And although you might have to hunt a little to find the most stylish gems, with brands like Safavieh opening online storefronts on the platform, there are plenty of on-trend pieces to discover. Plus, if you want patio furniture fast, then Amazon Prime's next-day delivery service is hard to compete with.
Editor's pick: Safavieh Montez Black and Beige 4-Piece Patio Set
10. Birch Lane
Prices do start to pick up a little with Birch Lane's outdoor furniture collection, but if you're looking to invest in some patio furniture that will weather the trends, then the brand's collection of timeless wicker sectional sofas, classic outdoor dining sets, and pretty bistro sets is well worth a browse. Plus, there are frequent sales on offer, which could mean that you're able to snap up a bargain.
Editor's pick: Fitzhugh Stone/Concrete 4-Person Bistro Table
Clean lines and minimal design make AllModern a must for a contemporary outdoor space. Pricing is a little higher than some of the options on this list, but if you want to create a patio with wow-factor we think an investment is well worth considering. Look out for aluminium and hardwood dining sets and sectionals that will weather the elements and prove good value long term.
Editor's pick: Tempo Eucalyptus Solid Wood 4-Person Seating Group
This season saw Lowe's introduce its first exclusive modern home décor line, Origin21, which offers a clean, modern look mixed with warm colors and natural elements. Including minimalist, mid-century modern, and Japandi influences, the collection extends into the outdoor furniture arena, making it easy to modernize your outside area at some unexpectedly affordable prices.
Editor's pick: Style Selections Aluminium Patio Bench
It may be on the more expensive side, but Homary runs fairly regular discounts that could enable you to snap up some of its designer-inspired contemporary outdoor furniture for less. There are modern outdoor sectionals, cute oversized rope-effect lounge chairs, and smart outdoor sofas with a luxe minimalist vibe.
Editor's pick: Rattan Outdoor Sofa
Founded by Kyle Hoff and Alex O’Dell, FLOYD offers a carefully curated selection of products that were developed as a reaction to the nine million tons of disposable furniture that end up in landfills each year. Crafted with longevity in mind, the brand's outdoor furniture is simple, functional, yet plenty stylish, with FLOYD's signature powder-coated and rust-resistant aluminium outdoor dining set available in muted off-white and midnight blue, or bright and contemporary jade green or citrine yellow.
Editor's pick: Square Table Set in Citrine
We're big fans of Castlery's always on-trend approach to design, and the brand's outdoor furniture collection proves just as strong as its indoor range. Again, price points are a little higher than most budget retailers, but for your money, you get design-led details that emulate a much higher-end look.
Editor's pick: Sorrento Lounge Chair Set
Offering modern design at a budget price point, this season Novogratz is a great place to find fun and colorful outdoor furniture that will add a playful touch to your patio. Think low-priced outdoor dining sets in red, yellow, pink, and turquoise, contemporary hairpin-legged table and bench sets, oh, and this outdoor bar cart of dreams.
Editor's pick: Paulette Outdoor Table and Bench Set
17. Pottery Barn
If you're lucky enough to have some cash to splash then the Pottery Barn outdoor furniture collection is definitely on our lust list. Packed full of timeless products with design-led detailing, although the brand's pieces are an investment, if you shop wisely and spend money on its rust-resistant aluminum or durable teak wood patio furniture then it's an investment that should pay off in terms of longevity.
Editor's pick: Huntington All-Weather Wicker Square Arm Swivel Lounge Chair
18. Home Depot
The number of options available at Home Depot can be a little overwhelming at first, but that breadth of choice also means there are plenty of bargains to be found, especially within the brand's Special Buys. Find outdoor couches, fire pit patio sets, outdoor chaise lounge, and much much more on offer.
Editor's pick: Hampton Bay Dockview 3-Piece Metal Outdoor Bistro Set
19. Joss & Main
Particularly good for wooden outdoor furniture, Joss & Main's patio collection strikes just the right balance between classic and contemporary, offering a great selection of timeless outdoor pieces. There are also some great modern interpretations of wicker outdoor sectionals and dining sets, with simple shapes and strong silhouettes that will work in a whole host of styles of backyard.
Editor's pick: Jemma Outdoor 4 Piece Dining Set with Cushions
If your budget can stretch further, and you want to invest in outdoor pieces that will pay off in terms of both timeless style and weather-resistant durability, then Outer is a great option. The brand is on a mission to get people outside, and they're starting with comfortable and eco-conscious seating. The brand's contemporary PE-wicker outdoor sofa collection is currently made from 30% recycled materials and is 100% recyclable, repurposing 100 ocean plastic bottles with every chair, whilst its contemporary aluminum and teak ranges are built to withstand the elements, offering longevity of design to keep products out of landfill. Sounds good to us.
Editor's pick: White Aluminum Outdoor Armless Loveseat
Looking for something specific?
Jump straight to the gems with the Real Homes team's round-up of the best outdoor furniture in each of the following categories:
- Browse the best Adirondack chairs
- Browse the best patio dining sets
- Browse the top outdoor egg chairs
- Browse the best outdoor lounge chairs
- Browse the top outdoor rocking chairs
Plus, of course, creating the perfect outdoor living space isn't just about the furniture. Find the finishing touches for kitting out your patio area with these essential edits:
How to choose the best outdoor furniture
The first thing you'll want to consider when shopping for the best outdoor furniture is, of course, your outside space. You'll want to ensure your pieces will physically fit in your outdoor area — that six-person dining set will overpower a bite-sized balcony after all. One of the worst patio decorating mistakes is buying furniture that's too big for the space.
But, just as important, is how you intend to use your backyard. Ready to throw an outdoor soiree? Comfortable and ample seating is the key to any party. Excited for dinners al fresco? Opt for a dining table and chairs or space-efficient bistro set. Or, if you want to take advantage of the sun's rays, some lightweight lounge chairs will be perfect for scoring that great glow.
Of course, the great outdoors isn't all picture-perfect sunshine; humidity, harsh brightness, and the spontaneous rain shower are inevitable. If you're looking for outdoor furniture that will weather the elements, read on to find out our top tips for the materials you'll want to invest in.
The best outdoor furniture materials to choose from
So, want to know the best outdoor furniture materials to opt for? To help, we're sharing our favorites below.
Teak: Wood is a go-to material for your home décor, so why should the best outdoor furniture be any different? But, out of all the wood species available, teak is best suited for outdoor use. The magic lies in a naturally occurring oil, which can reportedly repel water as well as prevent warping and cracking. Thanks to its high oil content and low maintenance, teak is designed to last a long time.
However, teak tends to make for an expensive investment. As such, woods like eucalyptus and acacia have grown quickly in popularity for use in outdoor furniture. They aren't quite such hardwearing options as teak, but they're still plenty weather-resistant, especially when kept topped up each year with a protective coat of wood preservative.
Metal: When it comes to your backyard, you really can't go wrong with metal. Not only does this industrial material look cool, but it's also incredibly durable, meaning it'll hold up nicely over time. That said, it's important to get a little picky about the type of metal you add to your e-cart. For a low-maintenance and durable option, aluminum makes the best investment. Unlike other metals, aluminum doesn't rust when exposed to water, and, unlike some wood species, it won't crack or warp when exposed to the elements and doesn't need any upkeep.
However, just like teak, aluminum is expensive. The more affordable option for metal outdoor furniture is powder-coated steel. Untreated steel will rust quickly when exposed to water, but a powder-coated or galvanized finish gives it weather-resistant protection. That does mean you'll need to take a little more care not to chip the coating, and powder-coated steel furniture will last longer if covered or stored indoors during inclement weather, as moisture can still penetrate weak points at joints or fixings.
Synthetic Resin: As much as we love the look of natural wicker and rattan, those woven wares can fade when exposed to too much sunlight and need protecting from moisture. For a long-lasting alternative, synthetic resin, which is typically made with nylon, polyethylene, and PVC is a manmade material that's lightweight and durable, but it can also be fashioned into a wicker-like weave. That way, you can have the look of your favorite material — minus the drawbacks. Just pay attention to the frame it's woven around; aluminum will be the most weather-resistant, whilst powder-coated steel will need more protection from the elements.
UV-Resistant Fabrics: Looking for some backyard-friendly upholstery to make the best outdoor furniture? It doesn't get any better than Sunbrella. Don't let its pricey reputation fool you; the brand's textiles are known for being highly durable and easy to wash. Best of all, the fabrics are touted for being water, fade, and mildew-resistant. Beautiful textiles that require minimal upkeep? That seems like a win-win.