There are few things more enjoyable than strolling around your garden, basking in its beauty. Sometimes, however, you may want to sit down—to rest your feet, relax with family or just soak in all that nature has to offer. As we transition into the warmer months, now is the perfect time to spruce up your outdoor spaces with cozy furnishings. From an outdoor sofa with comfortable cushions to elegant dining sets, here is a roundup of creative garden seating ideas that will make your outdoor space a dreamy destination on those beautiful summer days.
Create a full living room outside complete with a plush sofa, chairs, and a coffee table or a fire pit to gather around. A large sofa with weather-resistant upholstery will create a common area and focal point in your garden. With a variety of options, designs, sizes, and upholstery materials available, you’ll be able to find the perfect outdoor sofa at our Charleston furniture stores.
If you’re looking for a place to lounge in style, teak lounge chairs are a great place to relax and enjoy yourself outdoors. Place several around your garden for sunbathing or group them together on a porch so you can chat more comfortably with family members. Durable wooden lawn chairs, like our Adirondack Chairs, can even stay outside during the winter months so you don’t have to worry about moving them around.
If you have a small garden and just want one place to sit and read a book without needing a picnic blanket, consider classic teak or wrought iron bench. While a larger bench, like our Kings Cross Bench, is a permanent fixture in your yard, smaller benches can be moved around if you need additional seating at your outdoor dining table. By adding some cushions, you can transform a standard bench into an inviting seat. You’ll find benches in a variety of colors and styles at our Charleston furniture stores.
Dining Table Set
Most people enjoy having a dining table outside to enjoy barbecues, picnics, and dinners al fresco. Depending on your tastes, you might prefer a traditional teak table, like our Rose Table, or one with a more elaborate design like our Creekside Table. Whichever table you decide on, we’d recommend placing it close to the back door, or to your outdoor kitchen if you have one. This way, you can quickly and easily move from the cooking to the table.
Adding a couple of ottomans/poufs to your backyard can provide additional seating without taking up a lot of space. Typically used to complement your chairs as a place to rest your feet while lounging, ottomans, and poufs like our Trimaran Indoor/Outdoor Pouf can also be used for seating. Their small size makes them easy to move around, and they can double as extra seating when guests come over at the last minute. Kids also love sitting on them because it feels like they have a special small seat.
Similar in size to a pouf, a stool is another charming seating option for your garden. Adding garden stools to your garden will add places to perch as well as an attractive garden accessory. Investing in a few stylish garden stools, like our Chantilly Garden Stool will allow you and your guests to enjoy more time outside without having to retreat inside at every break. Place your stools around your flower beds and seating areas for extra flair.
If you’re looking for an elegant outdoor seating solution, consider a daybed made of durable performance fabric, like our Heron Daybed. Daybeds are designed for both sitting and sleeping, so you can relax and read a book, or you can take a nap in the sun. Daybeds come in a variety of styles and materials, so you’re sure to find one that works well with your garden’s theme or design aesthetic.
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If you’ve been scratching your head wondering how to make use of your garden in the summer, it can be as simple as adding a few unique seating arrangements to bring everyone together. Garden seating can be both decorative and functional, giving you a nice place to relax with your friends and family while also bringing in some unique elements of design into your yard that you might not have considered before. Stop by any of our three interior design stores in Charleston to shop our large collection of outdoor furniture and performance fabrics.
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Kings Cross Bench
Made from 100% Grade A teak, this wooden bench is the perfect, classic outdoor furniture piece for any porch or backyard.
A Southern staple, the classic adirondack chair will never go out of style. Perfect for spring and summer.
Chantilly Garden Stool
This outdoor safe garden stool is the perfect accent table inside and outside your home.