Beautiful Outdoor Furniture Pieces That Look Like They Belong Indoors
Don't let these pieces fool you—they're actually designed to live outside.
If you thought there was no such thing as sophisticated outdoor furniture, then it's time to think again. The market is filled with beautiful outdoor-friendly sofas, chairs, tables, and more—you just have to know which features to look for and how to find the ultimate balance between style and strength. "The durability of the materials is crucial when deciding on outdoor furniture," says Benoist F. Drut, owner and director of Maison Gerard. "I marine-treat woods, such as plywood, teak, resin, and fiberglass, as they are going to be the best at withstanding the elements."
Of course, you will also want to check that the upholstery on your outdoor furniture is weatherproof since the wrong pillows can spoil a perfectly good piece. "Make sure that cushions are made for the outdoors," explains Anne Massie of McKinnon and Harris. "Polyfill foam belongs in your living room, not on your terrace. It holds moisture like a sponge, inviting mildew and degrading quickly. Look for quick draining reticulated foam that holds its shape instead."
Looking for some inspiration to jumpstart your future patio's design landscape? We searched high and low in order to round up our favorite outdoor furniture pieces for you to shop right now. From mid-century inspired chairs and deck-friendly sectionals to durable end tables, these options are perfect for the design-minded homeowner who wants to transform their backyard into an extension of their living room. And believe us—these pieces are good-looking enough to use indoors, but sturdy enough to weather any storm.
Searching for a laidback outdoor sofa to channel your inner bohemian? This option from West Elm features an aluminum frame wrapped in all-weather handwoven cord and three plush but waterproof cushions that ensure it's every bit as comfortable as it is eclectic.
Shop Now: West Elm Huron Outdoor Sofa, $1,399, westelm.com.
This natural acacia wood bench, which was made to stand up to the weather, has eye-catching cut-outs that will make it the focal point of your patio.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Beeches Bench, $232.58, amazon.com.
Make It Marble
What could be better than a beautiful outdoor-friendly side table that is made of a highly weather-resistant marble composite, with a high-performance aluminum base to boot? This luxe side table boasts a technical stone marble top in Calacatta that withstands the elements year-round. It's also pretty enough to take indoors during the colder months, so you can enjoy it during every season.
Shop Now: McKinnon and Harris Suhling Side Table, $2,380, mckinnonharris.com.
Channel the vibe at your favorite sidewalk café when decorating your outdoor space. This mint-hued table puts a contemporary spin on those classic Parisian-inspired fold-up tables.
Shop Now: West Elm "Wren" Outdoor Bistro Table, $299, westelm.com.
Invest in a four-piece set, like this one—complete with a loveseat, two club chairs, and a rectangular coffee table, all of which feature a classic diamond lattice—and you'll create a peaceful oasis in one simple step.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Seal Harbor Four-Piece Seating Group with Cushions, $1,399.99, wayfair.com.
These chairs were designed to reflect casual al fresco dining and are explicitly designated for outdoor and indoor use—which means your patio entertaining space will look as chic as your interior living room.
Shop Now: Anthropologie "Capri" Striped Indoor/Outdoor Bistro Chair, $199.95, anthropologie.com.
Prefer your outdoor seating with a bit more depth? This arm chair is constructed of patinated brass, wood, and cork—the piece is the definition of stylish and can transition from indoors to outdoors with ease.
Shop Now: Maison Gerard Pinto Paris Lodge Armchair, price available upon request, maisongerard.com.
With a fold-up frame, built-in handles, and luxurious dropped seat, this rattan number is as mobile as it is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.
Shop Now: Serena & Lily "Palisades" Chair in Natural, $248, serenaandlily.com.
If you're a fan of farmhouse-style furniture, we have the perfect outdoor sofa for you. Go ahead and take in the beauty of this sectional, which features a solid wood frame with a wire-brushed finish that brings rustic charm to any backyard setting.
Shop Now: West Elm Portside Outdoor Five-Piece U-Shaped Sectional, $4,995, westelm.com.
Sunny Dining Chairs
Industrial design lovers, rejoice: We found an outdoor dining table to suit your aesthetic. This station is made from weather- and rust-proof varnished metal with a stone and laminate top that features a geometric motif.
Shop Now: Casa Design Group Roda Flat 320 Dining Table, $6,595, casadesigngroup.com.
Keep It Simple
A multifunctional lounger can transform your backyard patio into a relaxing oasis. This modular option boasts a reclining back, weatherproof, overstuffed cushions, and a built-in table and LED light for added sophistication.
Shop Now: Manutti Air Concept 6, price available upon request, manutti.com.
Whether you're designing an indoor living room or outdoor patio, a little texture goes a long way. This subtle chair is constructed of an aluminum and synthetic rattan that brings a dash of visual intrigue to any space.
Shop Now: Nicholas Haslam Paolo Moschino Collection Elba Lounge Chair, $2,329, nicholashaslam.com.