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Outdoor Seating Ideas

When warm weather breaks, thoughts turn to the fun scenes of summer such as entertaining guests on the patio or deck, backyard barbecues and poolside drinks. There’s also a bit of joy involved with unpacking all of the outdoor furniture from the year before, adding new pieces and embellishing the area with decorations. When it comes to outdoor seating ideas, west elm offers modern and contemporary styles that blend in well with your existing ensemble, providing comfort and joy throughout the spring and summer. From outdoor chaise lounges to soak up the sun to outdoor dining chairs and tables, there are many different styles and designs that will suit your outdoor spaces.


As you’re outfitting the space, think about what you’ll primarily be using it for. If you’re throwing a backyard bash, you certainly want the right number of chairs and seating arrangements to ensure all your guests can take a load off when they need to. For a more intimate dining party, you may want to set up your deck or patio in similar fashion to your indoor dining room, complete with outdoor bar and centerpiece. You may also be using your patio, backyard or deck simply to relax and desire lounges and chairs in the sunniest of locations.


For a larger gathering, count the number of guests who may be attending, and add at least five extra seats to that total. Especially if it’s common for your friends to bring an extra guest or two, you’ll want to make sure there are enough seats. For larger pool parties, backyard barbecues and get-togethers, benches are a fantastic idea. Not only do they provide ample seating for guests, you can strategically place benches throughout your backyard space for an enjoyable experience. For example, a bench looks wonderful on the outskirts of your flower garden. If you have backyard water accompaniments, such as fountains or man-made streams, a bench is a nice choice for overlooking the view. If your deck is wide open but partly covered with an overhang or roof, try placing a sectional or seating arrangement underneath the cover for cozy and romantic appeal during summer nights. Outdoor ottomans are also good choices to add depth to your backyard seating. Use them for storage, have guests put their feet up and relax or use them as makeshift seats for a large party. As you’re setting up for a party, make good use of your corners on your patio or deck. This is a great place to stash a sectional, which provides comfortable seating, and also becomes a go-to relaxing spot for you all summer long.


When it comes to dining, you can opt for casual or a more formal outdoor scenario. There are many outdoor dining sets to choose from that offer ample seating for you and your family on a regular Tuesday night or for a dinner party. Shop for expandable tables with included benches so you always have plenty of space, or place bistro tables and chairs throughout your deck for a spacious, tiki-bar-like feel. Tall, counter tables and stools also work well in your corners.


Once you have your setup exactly how you’d like it, it’s time to think about a little bit of decoration. Hanging plants and flowers are a great beginning point for your outdoor area. If your patio or dining furniture is neutrally colored, consider adding a pop of color to your outdoor suite with brightly colored outdoor rugs, patio umbrellas or outdoor pillows and cushions. Mix and match with summer-themed dinnerware and serveware, as well as tabletop items, such as place mats and centerpieces.

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