Before you begin shopping for outdoor furniture, it’s important to determine the purpose of your outdoor space. Will it be a lounge-worthy outdoor living space or a fully outfitted alfresco dining area? Will your patio furniture complement any outdoor structures, such as a pool, fire pit, or pergola? Will your outdoor space be multifunctional with separate areas for different activities?
Outdoor seating options include patio sofas and sectionals, patio chairs, outdoor lounge chairs, and outdoor hanging chairs. Outdoor dining furniture includes outdoor patio tables and chairs which range in size from large outdoor dining sets to compact bistro sets. If you prefer not to choose furniture à la carte, select an outdoor patio set. Such sets – outdoor seating sets, patio dining sets, bistro sets, and more – include matching pieces, enabling you to furnish your entire outdoor area with ease.
After you decide on the function of your patio furniture, it’s important to choose outdoor furniture that can withstand the climate and weather conditions where you live.
Outdoor Furniture Materials
Not all wooden outdoor furniture can withstand the elements. Look for pieces crafted of teak, which is naturally weather-resistant. With proper oiling, teak furniture is water-, mildew-, and insect-resistant. Teak outdoor furniture is also some of the most striking outdoor furniture, featuring a honey-gold finish that weathers to a silvery patina over time.
The durability of metal outdoor furniture depends on the material. Powder-coated aluminum outdoor furniture is durable and lightweight. Wrought-iron outdoor furniture features a timeless look, but it can rust if not properly protected from inclement weather. Stainless steel outdoor furniture is sleek and water-resistant, but, like wrought-iron furniture, it can be cold and firm without cushioning. Both wrought-iron and steel outdoor furniture is durable enough to resist tipping during strong winds.
Synthetic outdoor furniture, including plastic and resin wicker furniture, is some of the most affordable. These types are lightweight and easy to clean.
At Herman Miller, explore a range of outdoor furniture designed to last.
Herman Miller Outdoor Furniture
Herman Miller’s outdoor furniture selection includes outdoor lounge furniture and outdoor chairs designed for comfort and relaxation. The Eames Aluminum Outdoor Lounge Chair, with weather-resistant fabric and a matching outdoor ottoman, is a smart choice for patios, backyards, and balconies in need of outdoor lounge chairs.
Suitable for use as outdoor lounge chairs or outdoor dining chairs, Herman Miller’s Magis Chair_One and Magis Stool_One are eye-catching geometric metal outdoor chairs, made of die-cast aluminum with a powder-coated finish for long-lasting durability. If you’re looking for more minimal outdoor chairs, opt for the Magis Troy Plastic Chair, Magis Chair_First, or Magis Air-Chair – all lightweight, durable chairs that stack for easy storage during inclement weather or in the off-season.
Complete a patio bistro set with a pair of Magis Folding Air-Chairs placed around an outdoor-friendly Nelson Pedestal Table or Magis Table_One outdoor bistro table. To explore and compare all outdoor chair options from Herman Miller, shop outdoor chairs. For tables, shop outdoor tables from Herman Miller.