20 Different Outdoor Furniture Shapes to Consider when Decorating
Decorating a patio is an art form these days. There are so many options on the market. In this article I set out to present 20 different outdoor furniture shapes for readers. My reasoning is the first decision to make is to determine what shape of furniture fits your lifestyle. It could be a dinette set, chaise, or a sofa that may best suit your family when you think about spending time outside and enjoying life. As I worked on this piece, I was surprised by the number of choices available. All of the pieces shown here are from the same furniture maker which should make it easier to pick out what looks best for you.
This armchair is a fun piece. The squared off look provides a stable base even on windy days. It features a comfortable set of arms and a deep seat cushion to provide an easy seating experience.
This modern outdoor chaise features a very “minimal” look. It has a low profile as it sits close to the ground. The curvature of the chaise matches that of a natural laying down position of the spine.
An outdoor bar stool is always a classic choice. This model has a cushion strap that goes underneath the bar stool to secure from sliding or wind. Bar stools generally promote socializing so if you imagine there to be a lot of talking among friends and family, bar stools can certainly help facilitate the conversation.
This outdoor lounge seating is one of the more eye catching pieces. This design has gained popularity over the last few years. I like to think of it for “nesters”. If you like to sink into a “nest area”, either by yourself or with a partner, this is a good choice. The one drawback is if you prefer to also be more upright at times, this design is less supportive of that seating position.
An outdoor furniture set like this one is an all in one approach to providing seating needs for family and friends. This model features boxy styling in its armchairs, loveseat, and accent tables. One consideration in looking at sets is if you will need all the pieces in the set and can it fit into your patio or outdoor area. It is easy to buy too much furniture where the outdoor space becomes cramped.
This patio furniture set features more of an accent seating theme. There are four smaller accent chairs centered around one small table. A good feature about this set up is the smaller space requirements and the ease in which the chairs and tables can be moved around. This table would be too small for gaming such as cards, dominoes, or a board game.
This outdoor coffee table is a good fit for any type of chair where you may want to stretch your legs out onto. The table could also provide a place to place drinks or a plate of food while eating outdoors.
Here is the second example of patio seating shaped like a nest where 1-2 people can comfortable lounge. When I think of reading a book outdoors this piece has its appeal. Hopefully, if you are serious about this shape you have additional room where some other pieces can be added to offer a variety of seating choices. The other drawback is if you get thirsty this one will be really hard to climb out of and make your way for another beverage!
The cube table is a great choice since it can serve as a footrest, side table, or a decorative piece. I do like the shape if you tend to have high winds in your city of residence. This table is less likely to blow over with its squat cube shape.
The patio bistro table gets its name after the shapes of bistro tables found in Paris for example. As an accent table the bistro design has a lot of character and is more eye catching than more square examples. The only concern would be the tendency for a table to be blown over or knocked over due to its less stable base. If you do have glass bottles or drinking glasses this could create a safety hazard.
The patio furniture table here is a bit taller than an everyday coffee table. This could be used as an accent or a taller version of a coffee table. Its overall design is very simple with four legs and one connecting piece for each set of table legs.
This outdoor love seat makes me think of a beach resort destination with top notch accommodations and service. The attached canopy creates an allure of wealth and a stunning visual for any visitors to see. The outdoor seating can accommodate from 2-3 people comfortably. The fact that you would sit more upright in this shape of furniture would be a benefit if you were trying to keep an eye on children who might be playing or swimming in a pool.
This is the sister to the cube table but in an outdoor coffee table format. The low profile table provides a great place for setting down plates, placing drinks, and resting feet. Much like the other cube, this design does well in more windy areas as its base is very stable.
This small outdoor bench features a cushion that is strapped underneath the base to ensure it stays in place. A bench such as this provides extra seating for guests or family and is a piece that moves around easy. If your family is constantly moving outdoor furniture around, this may be a good furniture shape. Also, children can sit comfortable for periods of time without back support so this may work well for them.
This is the traditional shaped outdoor armchair that is universal for many decorating environments. The chair serves as a good pool side piece to soak up the sun or supervise children. It also, works as a gaming chair or outdoor dining chair. Having the right type of backrest is important in this shape of furniture to make sure that you can sit comfortably for extended periods of time.
This outdoor loveseat goes back to the more boxy designs shown earlier. This is a wonderful piece that encourages sitting close with family or friends. If you prefer to have cushion seating this is a good choice and one that can make it more comfortable. You may also be able to lie down on this piece and rest your head on the arms while outdoors.
Here is an armless outdoor chair that provides maximum cushions and seating for a single person. The biggest drawback is not having arms. If you require an armrest to sit comfortably, this is not the right furniture shape for you. I do think this design is a great eye catching piece, but you must think about functionality for your family. Perhaps, this style can be supplemented by other shapes to create a variety of seating options.
No list of outdoor furniture shapes would be complete without highlighting a pool chair. This shape is another universal product that has been around for many years. Now, in the wicker variety pictured here, there is not an adjustable element to the chair. Nevertheless, this furniture shape is very comfortable when sunbathing at the pool.
This outdoor coffee table has a neat design element with the open area in the center of its shape. This is a variation of the “cube” shapes featured earlier. The open space does create a place for storage in addition to its decorative element. Because of its more boxy shape, it would do well in windier environments.
Hopefully by looking at the 20 outdoor furniture shapes you have gotten some ideas about what may work best for your family in decorating a patio or outdoor area. Furniture design keeps changing and its inventiveness brings new shapes onto the market every year. I am sure that I missed many more shapes that exist today, but hopefully you got a good start by looking over these designs. Making an great outdoor haven has its benefits as it brings friends and family together outside of the home. Picture source: Motif Modern Living.