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The best outdoor furniture 2024: where to buy stylish patio furniture to spruce up your backyard this summer

This is our black book of the very best places to buy outdoor furniture from Wayfair, Target, Pottery Barn and more

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As the days get longer and the weather heats up, creating a stylish and comfortable outdoor space becomes a top priority. The very best outdoor furniture combines durability, functionality, and aesthetic appeal to help you turn your garden, patio, or balcony into a space you are proud to show off.

You should know that investing in quality outdoor furniture elevates your backyard experience. Whether you're looking to entertain guests or create a private oasis, our top outdoor furniture picks promise to deliver timeless appeal, statement style, outdoor durability, and year-round practicality, enabling you to extend your living space onto the terrace and beyond.

But finding furniture that fits your budget and style isn't always easy. Thankfully, I've covered interiors and gardening for years now, so I know a thing or two about bringing patio furniture ideas to life. Plus, I'm currently doing up my own garden, so this is a personal mission, too. So I'm leaning on all my insider knowledge to simplify your shopping and help you avoid making the most common outdoor furniture mistakes.

Here, I've compiled my expertise and hours of research to bring you the most comprehensive edit of where to shop for garden furniture in 2024. Some of the best-known brands are here (Wayfair, Target, Lowes), as well as some of your favorite fashion-forward brands (Lulu & Georgia, Serena & Lily, McGee & Co.) and a few new faces, too. Let's dive in.

Best Outdoor Furniture 2024

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While everything on our list is comfortable, stylish, and well-made, what makes the best outdoor furniture for you depends on how you plan to use your space. Are you looking to host al fresco dinners? Or simply looking to create a coffee spot for two?

Browse the sections below to shop everything from compact bistro sets to family-sized dining tables and statement furniture pieces that marry comfort, style, and longevity to style up your garden this summer.

Best outdoor table and chair furniture sets

The most essential outdoor furniture is a table and chair set. They're a cost-effective way to get your garden ready for entertaining. You could stick to wooden outdoor furniture, which is a classic for a reason, or branch out into aluminum and steel sets.

Best bistro sets

Bistro sets are the best outdoor furniture for small spaces: all you need is a little side table and a couple of chairs. They're designed for patios and balconies, but are also perfect for porches and verandas.

Best wicker and rattan outdoor furniture

As you shop around, you'll see retailers and designers use both terms refer to the same style of woven furniture. Wicker is a type of weave. You make it by weaving pliable plant matter like rattan or bamboo over and under hard canes to make a shape. Rattan is a material used in wicker-style furniture.

In the same way a house and bricks aren't identical, nor are wicker and rattan. Wicker furniture can be made of rattan, and rattan can be used to make wicker furniture, but they aren't the same. Whichever term is used, the overall effect is a classic style of lightweight, rot-resistant outdoor furniture.

Best metal outdoor furniture

Metal outdoor furniture is unfairly maligned. While expensive, wrought-iron furniture is incredibly hard-wearing and can last generations given the proper care. On the other end of the scale, aluminum is lightweight, cheap, and naturally rust-resistant, so is a great option if you're on a budget.

Best outdoor sofas and sectionals

Outdoor sofas instantly elevate a social space. They bring all the creature comforts of your living room out into the sun. A good outdoor sectional means you can host dinner and drinks on plush, comfortable seating that doesn't compromise on comfort. Once considered the height of luxury, you can now find outdoor sofas at competitive prices.

Where to buy outdoor furniture

If these options aren't working for you, but you know it's time to replace your outdoor furniture, you might just be inspired by one of our favorite outdoor furniture brands. From household names to luxury picks, these stores stock the very best.

McGee & Co.

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Delivering the perfect balance between classic and contemporary design, McGee and Co.'s outdoor furniture collection hits just the right note whether you're furnishing an outdoor living area in a modern urban setting, or a more formal patio. There are ranges of rustic yet elegant teak wood, wicker lounge sets with understated detail, and sculptural dining and coffee tables that are made to take centerstage and elevate your backyard set-up at any outdoor gathering.

For their Summer 2024 collection, founder Shea McGee wanted to create stripes, shade, and a spot to set your drink for a resort-like feel in your own backyard. Read all about her inspiration for the collection here.

Target

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If you shop smart, there's some great finds at Target. On-trend designs meet appealing price tags for value that luxury brands can't match. We're particularly impressed by the brand's collaborations with some of the most popular names on the interior design scene, including the Studio McGee Threshold collection for Target which offers the design studio's signature laidback yet luxe style on a budget, and the bold and vibrant Opalhouse collection in collaboration with Justina Blakeney's Jungalow.

Wayfair

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Wayfair is another excellent place for budget-friendly furniture. It has an enormous range of outdoor furniture and this breadth of stock means plenty of different styles. No matter your garden aesthetic, there'll be something on Wayfair to match it. In my time covering outdoor furniture, I've found that Wayfair really excels with accessories like fire pits and patio umbrellas, but their range of true furniture has plenty of gems.