Enter the living room in any house on any street in America, and you're all but destined to see a coffee table. Try living without one, and you'd remember why coffee tables earned pride of place in the home. Without a nearby surface on which to rest a good book or a wine glass, lounging never feels quite as comfortable as it could. That's true of outdoor living too. That is, adding a coffee table to your deck, porch, or patio can go a long way towards making your living room outdoors as inviting as the living room under your roof. All-weather coffee tables don’t come cheap—many cost even more than their indoor counterparts—but the Corfu Table from Keter proves it's always possible to score a great deal. Available at The Home Depot; $46.
Simple and modern, compact and eye-catching, the Iron Side accent table from the Christopher Knight Home collection at Target introduces style and function to any outdoor space, be it a sprawling backyard patio or a not-so-big apartment balcony. Pair the petite piece with a couple folding chairs to create an instant, cafe-style sitting area, or position the table so that its bright, teal finish adds spirit and visual interest to more subdued, neutral patio furniture. Put simply: It's a versatile little table. The all-metal design, powder-coated for rust protection, boasts the toughness to provide utility year-round in any weather. But at the same time, it's also good-looking enough to be used inside the home however you like during the long offseason. Available at Target; $59.
With stylish curves and ample storage, this storage cart is your essential outdoor butler, ever at the ready for dining al fresco. A platter of finger foods or set of glasses fits on the Cosco bar cart's top tier, while the bottom shelf provides ample room for an ice bucket and your favorite drinks. Slip three wine bottles into the designated caddies, and they won't even tip when you wheel the food-and-drink station up to your Adirondack chair. Available at Walmart; $80.
Pull up a pouf! These two low-to-the-ground seats in a weather-resistant and neutral pastel "knit" are all you need to create an outdoor conversation corner. Plus, their matching end table hides 10 gallons of storage beneath its lift-off top, a convenient spot for storing outdoor cushions or children's toys. For under $100, the set of three casually cozy basics will furnish your outdoor space with all of the furniture you actually need—so that you can spend your savings on grilling gadgets and prime cuts of meats. Available at Amazon; $100.
To make the most of summer weather, swap your recliner for the large Brazilian Hammock Chair by Hammock Sky. The cotton weave is durable and comfortable, creating the perfect environment for lounging on the patio with your morning coffee or after-dinner glass of wine. What’s more, the hammock’s vibrant colors will add playful style to any outdoor setting. The cozy chair doesn’t have to retire when patio season ends, either—simply relocate it to a bedroom or living room to create a year-round retreat. Available on Amazon; currently $50.
Finding attractive outdoor furniture that withstands weather conditions isn’t an easy feat, but homeowners need to look no further than the Keter Rio patio set. The two chairs and small table are made of rust-resistant polypropylene resin, and finished with low-maintenance dark brown rattan. Place the metal-legged pieces on your patio as a go-to summer seating option, perfect for enjoying a meal or lounging next to a pool. Available on Amazon; $100.
Compact & Convenient
When your backyard is little bigger than your porch or deck, it can be a challenge to find furniture that provides function without overwhelming your small space. The Best Choice Products folding balcony table is the perfect solution for anyone faced with tiny outdoor living. It easily hangs from a deck railing, providing a convenient spot to enjoy your morning coffee or BBQ dinner outside. When you’re done, just fold the table down to keep it at the ready yet out of the way. Now even the tiniest spot has potential for entertaining. Available on Amazon; $50.
The Adirondack chair is a staple of American outdoor living. Its design is simple, comfortable, and built to withstand the weather. If there's one problem with the classic chair, it's that its sturdy construction makes it awkward to move or difficult to store. Best Choice Products solves that storage conundrum with this foldable Adirondack chair. Sit back and relax with a cool drink, and when you’re ready to call it a night or move closer to the fire pit for s’mores, you can easily fold and carry the lightweight chair. Available on Amazon; $70.
Is it a chair or is it a storage unit? This resin storage seat from Suncast is both! Park it on the patio when you need extra seating at a backyard barbecue, or place it near the pool to hold towels, toys, and other outdoor delights. Change your mind? The Suncast storage seat is lightweight and easy to move, so redecorating is never a problem. Available at Target; $44.
Table for Two
There when you need it and gone when you don't: That's the beauty of using fold-up furniture in your multi-functional outdoor living space. Choosy shoppers have many options when it comes to buying fold-away patio furniture, but few designs come as highly rated as this 3-piece folding set by Grand Patio. The charming bistro-style set injects a jolt of color into any outdoor living area, whether on the deck, porch, patio, garden, or situated alongside the pool. Available on Amazon; $106.
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