The Best Outdoor Furniture for Your Patio
A radiant umbrella is a poolside game-changer. Here are two first-rate sun screens that hit both ends of the budget spectrum.
The rainbow trim and sweet price tag on this moisture-wicking umbrella are reasons enough to throw a pool party.
Buy it: Pier 1 7' Turquoise Wood Patio Umbrella with Novelty Fringe, $130; pier1.com
Crafted of solution-dyed Sunbrella fabric with pretty bullion trim, this scalloped canopy offers up to 98 percent UV protection.
Buy it: Frontgate Milos Air Blue Designer Umbrella, from $1,695; frontgate.com
We're seeing a pattern here: Today's top all-weather fabrics are crafted of acrylic, which means they're not only waterproof but also have UV protection, so they won't fade. Below are some of the best and brightest.
Buy it: Kelly Wearstler Miramar in Robins Egg, available to the trade; kravet.com
Buy it: Raoul Textiles Tie Dye in Moss, available to the trade; raoultextiles.com
Buy it: Sunbrella Tropics Jungle, $43 per yard; sunbrella.com for retailers
A Dynamite Daybed
Serena & Lily's now iconic daybed design has been adapted for the outdoors. The lounger retains the same look as the rattan original, but is crafted of hardy resin and aluminum to better withstand the elements. The piped, button-tufted mattress is inspired by vintage French designs and covered in all-weather Sunbrella fabric.
Buy it: Serena & Lily Capistrano Outdoor Daybed in Sunbrella White, $2,498; serenaandlily.com
The Hottest Seats
Finally, time-honored seating styles get a place in the sun. Crafted of weather-resistant materials like aluminum, resin, and quick-dry foam, these familiar forms are worth their salt and then some.
A Brighter Barrel
This open, linear frame puts an airy (and vibrant!) twist on the low-slung style.
Buy it: West Elm Soleil Metal Bistro Chair in Orange, $199; westelm.com
This bentwood-style armchair is our new outdoor classic.
Buy it: IKEA MASTHOLMEN Armchair, $100; ikea-usa.com
This UV-treated chair exemplifies midcentury simplicity.
Buy it: Compamia Siesta Daytona Faux-Wicker Chair in White, $198 for two; hayneedle.com
A Five-star Bar Cart
This woven, bi-level bar rolls right into our wheelhouse. Inspired by old-school pull carts, it's crafted of a patented SunLoom vinyl, so sun, salt, and even rowdy party guests can't rough up its dapper form. (Think 1920s street vendor, but with booze.) Plus, when summer rainstorms arrive, you can just wheel the party inside. The creamy white color gives it a modern spin, and quick-cleaning glass tops come in handy when it moonlights as an ice-cream cart for the kids.
Buy it: Lloyd Flanders Grand Traverse Bar Cart in Bisque, $1,080; lloydflanders.com for retailers
Polypropylene and polyester are your best bets for outdoor layers—they're super resilient and feel great on bare feet.
Buy it: Liora Manné Sorrento Rugby Stripe Rug in Water, from $25 (2' by 3'); rugsdirect.com
These cozy conversation-starters turn the outdoors into the default family room (complete with nature shows on demand).
The Love Seat Rocker
This mod settee comes with a genius dose of nostalgia: Slim steel arcs and hardy PVC wicker mingle with throwback details like Windsor-style seat back "spindles" and an old-school rocking base.
Buy it: CB2 1730 Grey Rocking Loveseat, $1,099; cb2.com
The Centerpiece Sofa
An all-weather version of Selamat's popular circle-panel design brings pattern and color to the patio via a powder-coated aluminum frame.
Buy it: Selamat Designs Regeant Sofa in Ice Blue, $2,693; store.heavensgatehomeandgarden.com
The Versatile Sectional
This smart slatted-teak collection includes modular pieces you can easily reconfigure for solo lounging or hosting a crowd.
Buy it: Westminster Teak Maya 4-piece Lounge Set, from $6,168; westminsterteak.com
Great Garden Stools
These are the yin to wood furniture's yang, bringing brilliant contrast to wicker and rattan. Bonus: they make handy drink tables come cocktail hour.
Sunshine yellow is always a good idea outdoors.
Buy it: Joss & Main Gwendolyn Garden Stool in Yellow, $201; jossandmain.com
This tonal blue pattern was inspired by the artwork of 20th-century Italian designer Gio Ponti.
Buy it: Frontgate Celine Garden Stool, $249; frontgate.com
On the Dot
Raised detailing and a layered citrus color scheme make for a strikingly textural seat.
Buy it: Mistana Fischer Stool, $203; wayfair.com
Fire Pits That Start the Party
Our favorite fire pits forgo boxy, utilitarian forms in favor of graceful curves that invite guests to circle around.
On the Rocks
This concrete, gas-powered pit stretches 48 inches in diameter and is filled with black lava rock.
Buy it: Outdoor Plus Sedona Natural Gas Fire Pit in White, $2,050; wayfair.com
Handmade in Turkey, the solid copper fire pit puts a shine on after-dark deck gatherings.
Buy it: Terrain Copper Dish Fire Pit, $498; shopterrain.com
The footed design of this cast-iron bowl creates a chic hot seat for fresh-cut firewood.
Buy it: EsschertDesign Cast Iron Wood Burning Fire Pit, $207; wayfair.com
Turning the Tables
Sophisticated design details and a more refined approach to finishes are lifting outdoor dining rooms to opulent new heights. Here, brass, aluminum, and powder-coated steel serve up sweet centerpieces for dinners big and small.
This piece's brass finish and graceful double-leg design read like patio jewelry.
Buy it: Brown Jordan Kantan 42" Round Dining Table with Glass Top, $2,877; brownjordan.com for retailers
A top crafted of individual concentric aluminum rings and a bright satin finish makes this our latest blue crush.
Buy it: McKinnon and Harris Maury Dining Table with 63" Round Adams Big Top in Bermuda Hundred Blue, available to the trade; mckinnonharris.com
Mixed materials (acacia wood and steel) and a slim profile elevate this family-style essential.
Buy it: Cost Plus World Market Antique White Avignon Outdoor Dining Table, $250, and Benches, $140 each; worldmarket.com