When I lived in Manhattan I dreamed of having outdoor space. Then I moved to the suburbs and got my wish — lots of land. Which is great, it really is. But between my front yard, driveway, and back patio, I’ve got a lot of space to fill. And patio sets don’t always fit the bill. Sure, a big honking sectional is great for groups, but sometimes you want light, portable options that you can move from area to area. Or you want a pop of color or a dash of complimentary to accent that big honking sectional.
I’ve rounded up 12 super cute seating options that will work on apartment balconies, estate patios, and everywhere in between. A mix of bohemian, comfortable and uber-practical options, you’ll find a seat for every type of person and every type of living space below.
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Gray Woven Andalusia Outdoor Chair
I’m relaxed just looking at this chair. While it appears to be comprised of string, it’s actually made of all-weather wicker. The neutral two-tone palette will complement any seating you already own, and if you want to create a matchy-matchy set, you can also score the Andalusia Outdoor Bench on sale right now for $279.99.
Black and White Kilim Pouf
Want to add immediate style to your outdoor living room? Get this pouf. Perfect for groups (and kids who don’t need the back support), this one is crafted from polyest thread woven from recylcled plastic bottles — meaning it can withstand the great outdoors all season long.
Galena Outdoor Lounger
I love this chair for its surprising two-in-one feature. Park it facing your favorite backyard view and when you’re feeling a little sleepy, just pull out the built-in ottoman (that neatly hides under the seat when not in use). The eucalyptus wood will add a touch of sophistication to any patio.
Alden Bistro Chair, Set Of 2
You can never go wrong with a set of bistro chairs! Whether you flank your bigger pieces with them, or sit them with a small table (Urban Outfitters sells a matching one), the Alden Chairs’ hairpin legs and caged metal construction will be a pretty accoutrement to what you’ve already got on hand.
Maya Circle Chair
Retro chairs are having a major moment, and I’m loving this one from Urban Outfitters. Whether you opt for the sunny yellow hue or the dusty blue, the chair’s graphic look will be your patio’s statement piece.
Mercury Row Curnutt Patio Chair, Set of 2
I’m nothing, if not practical. Which is why stackable seating make me very happy. Pull these sleek polypropylene chairs out of your basement or closet when a few (dozen) extra friends show up. And then wipe them down at the end of the night and put them away again … or keep them out all year round. And they come in seven punchy colors, too!
Ikea for the win! This beauty is framed in acacia wood and has polypropylene ropes, so it’s maintenance-free for you, but oh-so pretty for your guests to look at.
Stackable Lounge Chair
With a deep seat and reclined back, this chair offers the comfort of an Adirondack, minus the bulk. I own Adirondacks and love them, but they are heavy AF and difficult to move around the yard. Which is why I am loving these chairs (did I mention they’re stackable?!). Put two on your front law and two in the basement that you can bring out when friends join you for a glass of wine. Plow & Hearth sells matching ottomans, so you’ll have a spot for your appetizers, too.
Sling Chair with Tassels
Let me count the ways, I love this lounger. Long known for their teak-and-fabric sling chairs, Serena & Lily updated their classic this summer with on-trend tassels. The result? Effortless and chic all in one. Perfect poolside, beachside or grill-side.
Threshold French Café Wicker Folding Patio Bistro Chair
French bistro chairs are so hot right now. But while everyone else is putting them in their new, all-white kitchen, we’re taking them outdoors. I love this foldable option from Target that looks like wood but is actually aluminum. Keep them out all summer, or fold them up and store them in a bench until your party is about to begin.
Jaxx Ponce Outdoor Lounger
My kids play in our driveway all day, every day. And because they’re kids, and because I’m their parent, I have to watch them. But you know what’s not fun? Sitting in a crappy foldout chair while giving them free throw pointers. Enter: The incredibly comfortable, incredibly cute line of outdoors-ready bean bag chairs by Jaxx. The fabric — which can be zipped off and throw in the washing machine, hallelujah! — stays cool on even the hottest days and feels like a luxurious chair you’d find at a fancy Miami hotel. Bonus: Your kids will love them as much as you.
Delfi Pink Woven Ottoman
Part-ottoman, part stool, this multipurpose piece of furniture is a no-brainer. The pop of pink is the perfect accent to light or dark seating and the ottoman’s iron core makes it super sturdy for holding humans or a big ol’ wine bucket. The best part? If you get a few of them (and why wouldn’t you at this price?), you can stack ’em!
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