How to Create an Outdoor Living Space

Use our tips and ideas to make your outside as comfortable, inviting and functional as the inside of your home.

Use our tips and ideas to make your outside as comfortable, inviting and functional as the inside of your home.

Things to consider when buying outdoor furniture:

  • Versatility

    Maximize your space by choosing furniture that can do double duty, like a stool that can also work as an end table.

  • Color

    Consider whether you want your furniture to stand out from your home and surroundings or to blend in.

  • Materials

    All of our outdoor furniture and decor is weather resistant, durable and low maintenance. For detailed information, see our Outdoor Fabrics & Materials Guide.

  • Space

    Find everything you need to create a cohesive look in a backyard, pool area or patio. Working with a tiny area? See our Small Outdoor Space Guide.

Versatility

Maximize your space by choosing furniture that can do double duty, like a stool that can also work as an end table.

Color

Consider whether you want your furniture to stand out from your home and surroundings or to blend in.

Materials

All of our outdoor furniture and decor is weather resistant, durable and low maintenance. For detailed information, see our Outdoor Fabrics & Materials Guide.

Space

Find everything you need to create a cohesive look in a backyard, pool area or patio. Working with a tiny area? See our Small Outdoor Space Guide.

Multiuse Spaces

Make the most of your outdoor area. Create an extension of your home that can be used for everything from dining and relaxing to entertaining.

See Favorite Multiuse Combos

A monochromatic palette creates a cohesive look on this patio. Guests feel welcome around the fire table and the ottomans can double as end tables.

Using dark colors for the dining area and lighter colors for seating helps visually define the two areas.

A mix of materials helps define distinct zones and creates a deck where everyone wants to hang out.

Recreate a favorite living room look outdoors. This sofa and chair combo encourages conversation, and the accent tables are easy to move for versatility.

Design a cozy porch. An upholstered sofa, throw blanket and plenty of plants work together to warm up the space.

Lounge

All the comfort and style of your living room heads outdoors. Find sofas, sectionals and chairs made with quick-drying cushions, low-maintenance materials and durable construction.

See Favorite Lounge Combos

Sprawl out poolside on a comfy sectional. The color stands out from the surroundings for an inviting escape.

Eye-catching hues brighten up this cozy spot. Swivel chairs provide versatility in a small footprint.

Design Tip:
Create outdoor “rooms” by using furniture and decor to define zones for dining, lounging and more.

Dining & Entertaining

Enjoy more meals al fresco. From morning coffee outside to hosting a dinner party or happy hour, find comfortable dining furniture and decor to fit your lifestyle.

See Favorite Outdoor Dining Combos

Keep it classic with black and white. Consider an extension table to accommodate larger gatherings.

Give your deck a pop of color. A modern bistro table and chairs are an easy and practical addition to any space.

Stay cool with a table shaded by an outdoor umbrella. A mix of wood, steel and woven texture adds depth.

Roll out happy hour. Weather-resistant materials, like powder-coated steel, can be left outside without worry.

Design Tip:
Umbrellas do more than offer shade. They can act as an outdoor ceiling, helping to define zones.

Relax in the fresh air. Choose easy-to-move, sink-in-soft chaises that work on grass, sand or hard surfaces.

Outdoor games are fun for all ages. Whether you call it cornhole, bags or bean bag toss, this durable set is made for years of friendly competition.

Backyard

Make memories. Deck out your yard with classics redefined in modern style.

Extend the season with a fire table. Our modern take on the Adirondack chair completes the circle.

Kids and adults alike love a swing chair. Add one to your porch or a sturdy tree limb and your house will become a gathering spot.

Poolside

Make pool time even more enjoyable with the perfect picks for a relaxing day. It’s all made from top-quality materials to last season after season.

Bright white lounge chairs look fresh poolside. Made partly from recycled plastic, they are a sustainable choice.

Recline on a modern chaise lounge. A striped umbrella adds personality and provides a shady refuge.

Wet swimsuits are no problem for this sofa—our outdoor cushions are designed to dry quickly.

Enjoy the great outdoors in this oversized swivel chair. Beautiful, durable outdoor fabric resists fading.

Finishing Touches

Umbrellas

Keep your cool with a range of colors and sizes.

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Outdoor Pillows

Add color and texture with weather-resistant fabrics.

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Outdoor Planters

Spruce up your space with modern styles.

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Outdoor Rugs

Define zones and add comfort underfoot with durable rugs.

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Maximize a Small Outdoor Space

See tips for making the most of every square inch.

Free Design Help

Get personalized space planning, furniture recommendations and more. Work with us virtually, by phone or in our stores.

Find Your Outdoor Style

Get the right fit when you explore outdoor furniture combos grouped by seating, color or function.