More Than Meets the Eye: Multifunctional outdoor furniture

We know you expect a lot from your outdoor furniture in terms of style, comfort and construction. And we encourage you to expect even more. Our outdoor collections include pieces that offer a little something extra, easily shifting to suit whatever the day – or the moment – brings.

CHANGING FUNCTIONS

On the subject of accommodating outdoor furniture, there’s no better place to start than our Tatum Convertible Table. Sometimes dinner outdoors evolves into drinks or a spirited night of board games. With the push of a button, you can change activities without moving to a different table. Tatum adjusts to any height from 9 to 29-1/2 inches tall, to function as a dining table, a coffee table or even a desk. What’s more, the tempered-glass top also extends to 63 inches long to seat up to six adults – or provide a little extra elbow room if game night gets intense.

The Kiera Multipurpose Valet is another chameleon of outdoor entertaining. Some days it might be a pool caddy, with two teak shelves for holding fresh towels and a laundry bin below for damp towels. Other days, perhaps it transforms into a drink station, with ample space for serving and supplies above a convenient waste bin.


HIDDEN FEATURES

We love designs that offer an unexpected utility, such as built-in beverage tubs that keep refills in easy reach. Styles like the Luca Buffet Table and Teak Bar Cart conceal the removable tubs beneath sliding tabletop panels, while our new Danson Teak Dining Table integrates access directly into the tabletop. For stashing a cooler’s-worth of beverages, look to outdoor furniture pieces with pop-up tops, such as the Nietta Coffee Table, Malika Pop-up Table and the ottoman of the Baleares Latte Daybed.

On the topic of Baleares, some of our more sizable outdoor furnishings actually consist of multiple pieces that boost their utility. For example, you can keep all five pieces of the Baleares Daybed to yourself to form one luxurious bed. Or separate the settee, ottoman and curved benches to create a seating area. Along those same lines, the Pasadena Teak Coffee Table can serve as a space’s primary tabletop, yet it includes two removable wedges that can be used as end tables.


SMART STORAGE

Some of our favorite outdoor furniture pieces provide tabletop and storage space. That’s why storage tables, such as our Harper collection, are essential for outdoor spaces.

Our multitasking Frances Teak Storage Cabinet expands upon this concept. The spacious interior can store chair cushions up to 19 inches deep. And when it’s time for hosting and the cushions come out, it clears the way to create a serving area stocked with essentials. A hinged top accesses a shallow cabinet, perfect for napkins, flatware and other party supplies.

Hardworking furniture pieces such as these make outdoor living that much easier. For more solutions, including seating and table options, check out all our outdoor furniture collections.

February 8, 2021

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