30+ Splendid Contemporary Backyard Patio Ideas


Table and chair materials run from exotic tropical hardwoods, to powder-coated metals, to all-weather wicker. Always choose outdoor furniture made of a material based on weight, style, and most importantly, durability. Avoid patio furniture that will rust, splinter, or rot easily.

If your style of entertaining involves hours around the dining table, or you do not have another place to sit after dinner, buy dining chairs with soft outdoor cushions for extended comfort. Choose from contemporary, classic, tropical, or rustic cushion designs that fit your overall patio design.


If you need to move your patio furniture often to meet your space needs, lighter weight pieces are the easiest to move. The main drawback to lighter outdoor furniture is the chance of furniture pieces blowing around on very windy days.

If needing a table for a particular outdoor event, you can always use an indoor table, folding or card table, or a picnic table to help. Just cover the table with a thick tablecloth for a very nice look. A tablecloth covering a long table makes a great a buffet-style table setting. Or try using a quilted blanket to cover a picnic table.

As for picnic tables, they are no longer as drab and plain as they once were. Today they are made in a variety of sizes and designs, and actually complement patios and decks of all types.

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