Enjoying the fresh air and sun is perfect for entertaining and relaxing in your own outdoor space. But if your porch, balcony, or patio is bare or not inviting, it may be time to invest in comfortable outdoor seating or try budget-friendly options to add seating to your space. But furniture alone isn't what makes an outdoor space feel inviting. The right setup will make all the difference when it comes to getting the most out of your backyard or porch.
Whether you are hanging solo or hosting a dinner party, these seating ideas will help you make the most of your outdoor space.
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Bring the Outdoors In
If your home's interior reflects your personal style of neutral with sophisticated furnishings, your outdoor room should emanate that, too. The black and white furnishings of this outdoor space blends with the home's exterior yet stands out against the greenery in the backyard for a timeless look.Continue to 2 of 25 below.
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Add Warmth for Chilly Nights
The sleek, outdoor gas fireplace anchors this boho-modern outdoor room. A fireplace is a perfect addition to enjoy the backyard even during chilly nights. The mixture of patterns, plants, and furniture stay true to bohemian design.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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Know Where to Splurge
Let's be real: most of us don't have the budget to buy a ton of furniture to furnish our patios. If you have a larger patio, you can enhance the look by splurging on one item, like an outdoor sofa. Then, add in budget-friendly chairs, thrift store finds, a few potted plants, and other decor to complete the look.Continue to 4 of 25 below.
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Relax Outside With Minimal Space
You can transform even the smallest of balconies into an outdoor oasis. Here, the homeowner placed an outdoor futon on her balcony and added plenty of greenery, twinkle lights, and candles. A sheer curtain on the railing adds a little privacy.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Host a Movie Night or Game Day
If you have a partially closed outdoor room, you may never spend your time watching TV indoors. This outdoor room is equipped with a TV and plenty of seating to gather for a movie night or a game with the family and close friends. The pattern of the wood chairs matches the TV stand, bringing a cohesive look to the space.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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Lighten a Moody Outdoor Space
We love an unconventional outdoor space, like this dark and moody one designed by Calimia Home. The black pergola and fence help the greenery pop. Light-colored furniture lightens the look and creates an eye-catching contrast.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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Have Dinner Outside
All you truly need to enjoy our outdoor space is a couple of chairs and a table. Here, Kateryna Gochar added two chairs and a table covered in a cloth to create a romantic spot for two people to enjoy dinner. The string lights add to the intimate feel.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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Provide Seating Options
With a large deck like this one, you can pick how to spend your time outdoors. One area features a table and chairs for outdoor dining and another area with a lounge chair perfect for afternoon naps.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Roast Marshmallows in Comfort
A combination of black and natural wood is a visually-appealing look. Here, Jenn Pablo, added black butterfly chairs around a wood-bordered fire pit for a clean, stylish look.Continue to 10 of 25 below.
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Hang Outside All Day
If your outdoor seating area is in a pergola or gazebo, a hammock chair is a great addition. Hammock chairs are budget-friendly, add style and save floor space so you can add more potted plants and other decor.Continue to 11 of 25 below.
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Create the Ultimate Outdoor Living Room
You wouldn't know this room is actually outdoors. Susanne created the ultimate outdoor retreat with a weather-friendly sofa, sofa pillows, a throw, a coffee table, decor and plants.Continue to 12 of 25 below.
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Add an Outdoor Rug
The oversized potted plants and outdoor sofa take center stage in this backyard, but the rug anchors the space. All the elements work together to create a space that feels inviting, relaxing and enjoyable.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Have a Picnic in Your Backyard
Skip the park and enjoy a picnic in your own backyard. Adding a picnic table to your backyard means more fun lunch dates with your loved ones, and a tabletop you can decorate for every season.Continue to 15 of 25 below.
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Create an Outdoor Area on a Balcony
No backyard? No problem. A stark white outdoor sofa gets a pop of color with bubblegum pink outdoor pillows that enhances the tranquil feel of this minimalist balcony.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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Spruce Up Poolside Seating
Is there anything worse than your legs sticking to those plastic pool lounge chairs? Jennifer added a daybed and stylish lounge chairs in lieu of traditional pool chairs to bring style and comfort.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Create a Welcoming Entrance
Oh, the long-forgotten front porch. If all you have on your current porch is a welcome mat and a potted plant, it's time to maximize that area of your home. Add a couple comfortable outdoor chairs to encourage morning coffee chats and late evenings enjoying time away from the hustle and bustle of life.Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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Skip the Cushions
Outdoor cushions get dirty quickly, so opt for furniture that's comfortable without them if you don't want to deal with the hassle. These lounge chairs in COTTAGE + SEA's backyard encourage napping, soaking in the sun, or gazing at the stars — no cushion needed.Continue to 19 of 25 below.
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Pick Your Favorite Seat
You have no shortage of seats in this sizable outdoor room designed by Herzen Stimme. If you prefer to sunbathe, there is a spot for that. If you prefer the shade, there is a spot for that too. Adding a variety of collected furniture over time will make your backyard feel warm and inviting when guests visit.Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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Don't Be Stumped on Seating
Who says you can't DIY your outdoor seating? This outdoor fire pit is small, so there wasn't enough room for multiple chairs. Instead, Ann added tree stumps as an ingenious way to add plenty of seating. The best part? The stumps fit seamlessly with its outdoor surroundings.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Construct a Fire Pit With Built-in Seating
Typically, when we think of outdoor seating, hardscaping is not top of mind. However, this DIY project by the duo behind the blog Charleston Crafted may change things. They created a cozy seating area consisting of a fire pit with built-in benches and planters using lumber and paver stones. The best part? Their project is assembled with construction adhesive, no messy mortar is required. The result is a fabulous outdoor nook perfect for roasting marshmallows on an open fire.Continue to 22 of 25 below.
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Rearrange Porch Furniture
The layout of your furniture can make all the difference in how inviting it is. Instead of placing the rocking chairs away from the house, these chairs face the side of the house, which creates a more inviting feel as guests walk up to the house.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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An oversized outdoor sofa can instantly make an outdoor room feel inviting, but it comes at a big price. If you don't have the budget to splurge on an outdoor sofa, DIY it. Here, Afro Bohemian Living made a sofa (and coffee table) using wood pallets. She painted it a light blue color for a refreshing look.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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Add Pops of Color to Your Outdoor Space
Do not forget to mix things up with pillows and throws, says Ariel Richardson from ASR Design. They can add fun patterns and colors guaranteed to punch up an outdoor space without breaking the bank. They can also be easily swapped out for different occasions and holidays.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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Bring a Resort Feel
The white and light wood porch railing adds a fresh look to this porch, so it only makes sense to carry that through to the outdoor seating. The white rope Papasan chairs paired with the wood table and wicker pendant light bring a high-end, resort look to the front entrance of this home.