The seating area of your outdoor space is one of the main focal points—after all, it is the spot where you intend to gather with your family and friends and spend a lot of time. When selecting the style of seating you use to fill the space, you have a huge range from which to choose. Understanding your space’s aesthetic, capacity, and personal preferences will help narrow down your choices so that you can make your selection from among the many outdoor seating options.
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Characteristics to Look For

For any outdoor furniture, durability is a must. Our weather can be harsh with high winds, heavy rain, and salty air. Materials like aluminum, teak wood, steel, or high-pressure laminate are excellent options to withstand the elements here in South Florida.

If your space is small or if you have a lot of elements in your backyard, then storage space might be a high priority for you. With some clever planning and construction, you can incorporate storage into your outdoor seating so that your furniture is not only stylish and comfortable but also multifunctional.

Indoor-Outdoor Couch: To easily accommodate large groups of people with a cozy atmosphere, try opting for a sectional couch that is rated for outdoor use. These are classic pieces of outdoor furniture that provide an excellent gathering space. Materials range from plastic to wood or even lightweight metal frames, with a huge variety of comfortable cushions. Bring the cushions inside to prevent the fabric from fading.

Bistro Set: If you have limited space, a bistro set may suit you perfectly. A bistro set consists of two chairs and a small table that are usually foldable and thus easily stored out of the way when not in use. They are usually made of steel and come in a variety of styles and colors to suit your outdoor space. Whether you enjoy a Mediterranean look, a cute cottage vibe, or a sleek modern aesthetic, you will find plenty of options to choose from.

Multi-Functional Benches: Since a bench is just a platform on which to sit, you can get creative in how you incorporate them into your outdoor space. A low stone or brick wall can double as both a bench and a border to your yard or one of your garden beds; a hollow bench serves as storage for any accessories or tools you need while entertaining or cooking outside.

Covered Daybed: If you prefer relaxing over entertaining, a daybed could be an excellent outdoor seating option for you. This will upgrade your backyard from comfortable to downright luxurious. A daybed is an ideal spot to relax, whether you’re poolside, fireside, or garden-side. Add in a canopy to provide shade during the hottest hours of the day, and you won’t ever want to leave. Get a waterproof cover to protect the bed when not in use, and just be sure to either store or secure any cushions that are not already attached to the frame.

Ground Yourself: If you want, you can forego frames altogether and opt for a collection of cushions, pouffes, and bean bags as your outdoor seating. These items are great for families with lots of kids or just the young at heart. They create a cozy and playful atmosphere in which to relax and enjoy your outdoor space. Add a low coffee table to hold drinks and food, and you’re good to go.

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