Seat Yourself: Extra Seating for Outdoor Spaces

While we love an expansive outdoor sofa and lounge chairs, or maybe a sectional with a chaise, not every outdoor space – or lifestyle – calls for a traditional seating collection. Sometimes you need something a little more, a little less, or a little out of the box.

Or maybe you have a seating collection but need ways to create additional seating occasionally.

With that in mind, here are five outdoor seating alternatives, ranging from the small-sized and multi-purpose to the portable and stackable.

Small-space sets

Love the concept of a traditional seating arrangement but have limited square footage? We’ve sized several of our collections – including Palermo, Cassara and Vista – specifically for balconies and small patios. They pack the same comfort and style as their full-size counterparts.

Accent stools

They may primarily function as plant stands or side tables, but we shouldn’t forget these got their start centuries ago as garden stools. So they’re perfect for grabbing a quick seat.

Poolside loungers

If your prime gathering spot is more poolside than patio, your ideal seating is going to look and function much differently. Consider water-loving styles like our Folding Poolside Seat and Soleil Water Lounger, which will keep you comfortable while you keep cool.


Today’s not-so-humble ottoman is more than a footrest and chaise-maker. In a modular arrangement, it can serve as a coffee table. Depending on the size, it’s also a comfortable seat for one or more.

Stacking chairs

Want a versatile piece that won’t require a permanent commitment of precious square footage? We hear you. Styles like our Café and Harper Dining Chairs provide full-time comfort and polish when you want it – like when the whole family arrives – then easily stack away.

As you consider your options, remember that your outdoor space isn’t so different from your indoor living room: Mixing and matching these seating styles will make it feel all the more personal and functional.