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12 Outdoor Seating Ideas

Now that the weather is warming up in most areas we will be spending more time outside. Whether you have a small balcony or a large yard, you will need to have a place to sit and relax. Here are some ideas of creative seating for your outdoor space!



Not only does a covered seating area protect you from the harsh sunlight, but it is instantly more cozy and intimate. If you do not have a covered patio or a pergola, here are a couple of options.


You could build a bench with posts and then add fabric as a cover. I love how sturdy and permanent this option is.


This option also uses fabric and seem so rustic and romantic. This could be applied for a permanent covering or as a temporary solution for a party.


storage bench

If storage is something you need, benches are a good way to serve both your seating a storage needs. This is on my to do list this summer since I have four boys who have endless outdoor toys! There are so many options for every style. This white one has clean lines and is so fresh.


There are even easy DIY plans available if you want to build one yourself. You can add more of your own personal touch and be creative on the use of materials.



I love the look of a stone bench. And with added cushions and pillows it can bee a comfortable place to hang out. This one looks so inviting!

cinderblock bench bhg

And if you want a DIY version, why not try using cinder blocks instead. It is kind of like building blocks for adults!

Another idea I have seen used a lot lately is to pour a cement bench. Some are large square seating areas and others are round.  It is a modern take on outdoor seating.


I love using items that might get tossed out to make something new. So I thought these next ideas were really fun.


These old tires were given new life as a hanging bench. I think they would be cute as ottomans or side tables as well.

bath tub chairs

And while these bathtub sofas may not be for everyone, they certainly would be a conversation starter! Look at the items you already have and think of new ways you could use them. You may have outdoor seating already and you didn’t even know it.


pallet sofa

Pallets have become a popular building material lately. And with wood becoming scare in some areas, it is good that we have this option. This bench makes me want to curl up with a good book


When you think of pallet furniture you may think of something rustic but they can be transformed into any style. I love this example because the first few times I saw it I didn’t realize it was made out of pallets!



I love bringing things together that may not belong together and finding a way to unify them. Paint is a fabulous way to do that. I bought thrift store chairs and painted them all a different color. When painting wood chairs like these, make sure they are clean, sand them a little, prime, and then paint using a quality paint that will adhere. You may want to seal them as well with a weather proofing sealant.

eclectic chairs

This same idea is applied here. I love the vintage metal chairs they chose. It is so colorful and makes you want to plan a party! If you are painting metal make sure you use a wire brush to remove all the lose paint and rust. Use a metal primer and then a paint meant for metal that will be outdoors.

There are so many choices for outdoor seating. Make sure and pick something that fits your own unique style. Add some sunshine, a cool drink, and you are ready to enjoy your outdoor space!

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2 Replies to 12 Outdoor Seating Ideas

  1. Great ideas! I need to add a pergola to my back porch. It is way too sunny in the morning but I’d love to sit out there for breakfast. I also love the different colored chairs.

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