To enjoy warm summer days and nights, create a relaxing outdoor space with outdoor patio furniture that is comfortable, spacious, and fits your style. Shopping can be confusing since many retailers stock the same pieces and full sets, as well as similar offers. "Companies like Wayfair, Joss and Main, and Overstock often have the same items, rotating through different sales and promotions all year long,” acknowledges Caron Woolsey, Founder and Principal Designer at CW Interiors. “A little bit of patience can be worth the wait in savings!"
After consulting with Woolsey, we researched the best places to shop, and selected the best options based on their range of options, service provided, and return policy. And "best options" don’t always mean online only. "Don't overlook wholesale retailers!” Woolsey stresses. "There are times when your existing membership benefits include things like free shipping and delivery. Plus, cash-back options on different membership levels can be combined to create the lowest price and the highest convenience."
Our favorite place to buy outdoor patio furniture is Wayfair. They make shopping online easy and have options at every price point. It’s truly a one-stop shop for all different kinds of styles of outdoor furniture.
Here are the best places to buy outdoor patio furniture.
Orders over $35 ship free
Partners with hard-to-find brands
30-day return policy
Returns only on unassembled items
Wayfair is the most popular online shopping platform for patio furniture sets, as well as dining sets, umbrellas, and patio bar furniture. They are known for their wide variety of options and range of price points, with plenty of items that appear high end but cost less than you might believe. We suggest keeping an eye out for sales (especially at season end and on holiday weekends), as it's rare to pay full price on their site.
They offer fast shipping on most items and give you an estimated delivery date when you enter your zip code. You can call their customer service line; they also have a shopping assistance line if you have questions before buying. You can read through a lot of reviews that can help you make that final decision. If you are unhappy with your purchase, Wayfair has a 30-day return policy, but this only exists for unassembled items, so be sure you intend to keep the item before you put it together.
Wide range of choices
Lots of price points
Most products ship free
30-day return policy
No product knowledge assistance
Amazon has lots of options for outdoor furniture, from many different manufacturers, at a wide range of price points. We like that you can search for anything on your outdoor furniture wishlist, from chairs, to dining sets, and patio umbrellas. The best way to find a great patio furniture set is to search by best sellers and read reviews from other customers.
Amazon offers fast shipping on most items, especially for Prime customers, but be sure to check the estimated delivery date on each item. The return policy depends on the vendor the item comes from but must qualify for a 30-day return if you are unhappy. Don’t expect a lot of one-on-one assistance when it comes to product care, but each item’s page has detailed product information that should tell you what you need to know.
The Home Depot
Carries trusted brand names
Can shop online or in-store
Lots of price points
90-day return policy
Helpful customer service
Highly seasonal inventory
Every year, The Home Depot offers a selection of outdoor furniture to choose from, both online and in-store. Depending on what you need for your area, you can shop for dining tables and patio furniture, small and large, plus accessories such as grills, rugs, and pillows. They have a range of price-point options and a selection of leading brand names that include Hampton Bay and Polywood. But the selection is very seasonal, with more options in summer than winter.
You can order through their website to ship to your home; free shipping is offered for most products. Not all options are available for pickup at one of their many stores, but if it is, you pay nothing for shipping. If the return policy is important to you, The Home Depot gives you a generous 90 days to change your mind, and has a helpful customer service team at each location and over the phone.
Good range of price points
Can shop online or in-store
Good selection of materials
Big customer service team
90-day return policy
Lowe’s is a popular place to shop in-store and online for patio furniture. They have options that start as low as $200, and others that cost over $5,000, depending on the item and materials you are looking for. The Lowe’s in-house brand, Allen + Roth, has plenty of stylish patio sets exclusive to the store, but they also carry brand-name furniture such as Polywood. As with many big-box stores, they tend to offer more selections in season than out.
Lowe’s is a nationwide retailer, with different options for shipping and a big customer service team. You can chat via the website, call, or visit a store for help with your product before or after you buy. Shipping costs depend on the item you buy and where you want the item delivered. They don’t offer expedited shipping, but you can pick up some items in-store, free of charge.
Costs less than many competitors
Quality materials and construction
In-room assembly service
Shipping charge for returns
Article has made a big push in the last few years with their focus on the mid-century style, and their prices seem more affordable compared with similar retailers of high-end modern furniture. When you head to the site, you’re likely to find a nice selection of outdoor furniture, from modern sectionals to outdoor daybeds. They are an online-only retailer, with a fair return policy offered within 30 days of purchase for a small return shipping charge.
You can chat online, give them a call, or send them an email if you have any questions about products or placing an order. They offer free shipping on orders over $999, and you can select their $169 in-room and assembly service if you don’t want to be bothered with furniture assembly.
Custom options available
30-day return policy
High price point
Non-refundable delivery fees
If you are looking to splurge on your outdoor furniture, this is a great option. Pottery Barn’s impressive patio furniture line teems with higher-end items, such as teak dining sets and mahogany materials, and products hold up well against the elements. They have pieces for all types of spaces, from small sets of chairs and tables, to extra-large dining sets for large gatherings. They have a wide selection of products, and you can select from over 25 collections that give you a fresh look on outdoor relaxation.
Most options are made to order and take 8 to 12 weeks to ship, so plan ahead if you go this route. Also, made-to-order items are not available to return, whereas all other items can be returned within 30 days. Shipping charges vary depending on the item ordered.
Good product range
Great return policy
Curbside pickup for online purchase
Not all products delivered
Ikea should always come to mind when looking for an inexpensive and cheerful option. They have a small selection of dining sets, sofas, chairs, and outdoor umbrellas, all with basic designs and affordable prices. Although their selection is not huge, you can search for a range of pieces, from a balcony-sized small table and chair set, to a large dining table.
You can shop in-store, where you can see all of their products (and most likely end up picking up some additional items to create your backyard oasis such as outdoor cutlery). They also offer click-and-collect, where you can shop online and pick up curbside. If you are hoping for home delivery, they don’t offer it on all products, and they do charge a fee.
Stylish and trendy
Good price-point range
Poor return policy
For something a bit more distinctive than your standard outdoor furniture, hop on over to the Urban Outfitters site. (Although they have brick-and-mortar stores, they sell most of their furniture online.) While their inventory may not be as expansive as that of other retailers, you can find options such as colorful side tables, funky chairs, and hammocks. Price points range from cheap and cheerful to splurge-worthy items, like an $800 rattan chair.
The site is easy to navigate, through the search bar at the top. If you have questions, you can chat, text them, or give them a call. They deliver, for a fee, depending on the item. It’s important to note the return policy is not great for furniture, so we recommend that you be sure of keeping what you purchase.
Universally high-quality materials
Knowledgeable customer service team
Free shipping and easy returns
45-day risk-free returns
Neighbor is a brand specializing in high-quality teak outdoor furniture that is durable, modular, and modern. While they don’t have too many options when it comes to patio seating or dining tables, the products have lots of positive reviews and are backed by a knowledgeable and friendly customer service team that can walk you through the entire process.
Before you buy, you can order a swatch kit to help you choose from Neighbor's selection of Sunbrella fabric colors. If you’re around Phoenix, Arizona, where they are headquartered, you can also shop at their retail showroom. After your purchase, you’re covered by the brand's generous warranty and 45-day risk-free return policy.
Huge selection of outdoor furniture
Great customer service
Design blog has lots of inspiration and design tips
Shipping can be costly
Most furniture is similar in style
Frontgate is an online-first outdoor furniture brand, with flagship stores in Texas and Georgia. They focus on high-quality pieces made with the best materials and fabrics, and back up their products with a 10-year warranty. Frontgate offers a huge selection of furniture, as well as other outdoor essentials and accessories such as fire tables, outdoor decor, planters, pool accessories, and umbrellas. We like that the website offers plenty of outdoor living-related content and design inspiration to help design your space.
The Frontgate customer service team is dedicated to making sure you are happy with your purchase; you can reach out to them via live chat, email, or phone. You can return your item within 90 days of purchase, and Frontgate replaces defective items within 1 year of purchase.
Well-made, highly durable furniture
Variety of price points
Award-winning modern design
Charge for returns
Shipping can be costly
Blu Dot is known for eye-catching modern designs and high-quality indoor and outdoor furniture. Their versatile outdoor patio furniture includes items such as lounge seating, dining tables and chairs, and bar carts that can work inside and outside. Also, you can browse or buy from five outdoor collections, which can feature single pieces or entire sets. They are a favorite brand of design enthusiasts, and have a team of in-house designers working on new designs throughout the year. The service team is very helpful and has a lot of product knowledge.
They deliver, but their white-glove delivery service costs you a couple of hundred dollars, depending on the item. Also, they don’t offer free returns, instead charging 10 percent of the returned item’s cost, which can be hefty.
Bed Bath & Beyond
Friendly customer service
Trusted nationwide brand
One-stop shop for decor and furniture
In-store consultation offered
90-day return policy
Not high-quality materials
Many stores are closing
Bed Bath & Beyond is known for home goods, baby and wedding registry options, and organizational needs, but don’t miss out on their selection of outdoor furniture. Bed Bath & Beyond sells its outdoor furniture and decor mostly online, and recently announced impending closure of 150 stores. But since they’re a trusted company across the country and have competitive shipping rates, it’s easy and confident to shop online.
Bistro sets, dining table sets, patio furniture, and chaise lounges are all available at affordable prices. If you sign up for their mailing list, you receive coupons and stay up-to-date on other promotions. We like that you can return items in-store and talk to someone in person about your purchase.
What to Look For When Buying Outdoor Furniture
Range of Options
Shopping for any kind of furniture is easier when a single retailer has a wide variety of options. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, shop at a place that has options at different price points and different styles, so you can get a sense of what's available. On the other hand, some shops have a limited selection based on a style or material but offer more in other areas such as customer service and product support.
Delivery and Assembly
Furniture is a bulky item and usually carries expensive freight costs. Check how much it costs to have your outdoor patio furniture delivered to your home. Also make sure what you purchase is easy to assemble and includes all the tools you need to put it together. (Some retailers do not accept assembled items for return.) Check the reviews on specific items for a better idea of what other customers are saying.
You’re not always going to love your new outdoor furniture after it arrives in your home. To be more confident in your purchase, especially big-ticket items such as sofas, check whether the retailer offers fabric or material swatches that can help you make the right buying decision. It’s wise to learn about the retailer’s return protocol before you buy; while many retailers offer generous return policies, such as more than 30 days and no fees, others may not. In addition to any return fee, you also may be charged for shipping, as well as a restocking fee. Finally, be sure you understand anything that may nullify the return policy. In summary: Read all the information before you purchase, so you know what to expect.
Customer Service Options
Not all large retailers have the ability to offer customer support about specific furniture items—especially if they sell a multitude of brands in one place. A retailer may not be able to answer questions about your furniture such as how to clean or assemble it. Shopping at a small store is more likely to get you access to customer service, and product experts who can walk you through any problems.
What’s the best time to buy outdoor patio furniture?
"End of season sales are in full swing as soon as school begins," says Caron Woolsey, Founder and Principal Designer at CW Interiors. "This is the perfect time to splurge on the pieces that you just couldn't justify at full cost, or the items that stay out in the elements all year long. So a high-quality version will last longer and save you from needing to renew year after year."
How do you clean outdoor furniture?
Patio furniture can usually withstand spills and bad weather. For general cleaning, a solution of water and mild dish soap works on most materials, but always follow the instructions included with your furniture purchase. The retailer's website should detail the product’s durability, cleaning, and care.
How do you store outdoor furniture?
Outdoor furniture is designed for agreeable outdoor weather. Depending on where you live, you may be able to leave it outdoors in the off-season and protect it with just a protective patio furniture cover. If your off-season climate is harsher, you should move it indoors. Furniture that is easy to assemble and disassemble is easier to store.
Is outdoor furniture waterproof?
All outdoor furniture should be able to handle water from rain and spills. Waterproof fabric is common on sofa cushions, but not required. If your item is not waterproof, check that it can dry quickly or resists mold and mildew.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Deanna McCormack, a freelance writer, and product reviewer who has contributed to The Spruce since 2017. While researching the best places to buy outdoor furniture, we consulted with Caron Woolsey, Founder and Principal Designer at CW Interiors, and looked over the many online and brick-and-mortar retailers. We prioritized retailers with good return policies, free shipping, and a wide range of options.