As warmer weather heats up your outdoor space, make full use of it with the addition of outdoor side tables and other outside furniture. Lay in the sun by the pool, read a book as you soak up some rays or entertain guests with a meal on a balmy evening. At west elm, we have accent tables, outdoor rugs, dining tables, dining chairs, garden benches, plant stands and loungers to transform your patio or backyard into whatever extension of your home you want it to be.
Provide casual outdoor seating in the form of decorative wood benches. Go for a static or folding design, with or without armrests and either with the natural wood colouring or a pretty stain to make it stand out. For poolside relaxation or to stretch out on your patio or decking, a lounger is just what you need. An adjustable headrest lets you switch between sitting and lying positions while wheels at one end help you move it around easily. Enjoy more space with a large chaise-style lounger that has an attached side table for your refreshing drink. Or invest in a set of loungers with a matching side table between them. For large outdoor spaces, you can’t beat a daybed with plush cushions to sink into.
Entertain guests with a casual barbecue, fun cocktail party or large seated meal. Create a room outside with the right furniture and decor. An expandable dining set caters to small and large groups, so you’re never caught unawares as more guests turn up to join in with the fun. More people can squeeze in together on benches than chairs, but foldable chairs are easy to dot around and store away again afterward. Choose a dining table with a hole in the centre to accommodate your garden umbrella and provide shade while you’re eating.
Sectional outdoor furniture provides more comfortable seating. The size and design depends on the space you have available but can include chairs, a chaise lounge, side tables and a corner table. Decide whether you want armrests or not and choose a matching ottoman so you can put your feet up. Jazz up the cushions using decorative cushions that tie in with the decor of your outside space. Pull the look together and provide softness underfoot with an outdoor rug that really makes it feel like a separate room even though it’s outside.
Add colour to your dining area with plants and flowers dotted around on decorative pedestal plant holders. Serve drinks in style using a handy bar cart that has wheels and a handle for maneuverability plus convenient sections for bottles and glasses. When you’re ready to head back inside, pack any throws and decorative cushions away in attractive storage trunks that blend in with the surroundings.