Upgrade your outdoor living space for summer entertaining with these popular picks

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Warm weather is here and it’s time to get outdoors. One of the best parts of summer is being able to enjoy the outside of your home. Whether you are looking to entertain or just want to relax under the stars, we have found the outdoor furnishings you need for a put together look.

Updating your outdoor space will give your house a clean, fresh look for summer. There are options for spaces of all sizes and budgets that will have a huge impact on your home’s appearance.

If you have a smaller space or a front porch you are looking to update, a sitting area is the way to go. A classic choice would be a set of rocking chairs. The Polywood Presidential Rocker is a favorite option that is made with fade-resistant recycled lumber. You can get each chair for $230.71 to $332.11 shipped, depending on your color choice. For a more seaside look, you might want to go with Adirondack chairs. Polywood’s Folding Adirondack chairs range from $228.64 to $292.43 shipped and come with a 20-year manufacturer’s warranty. A garden stool is the perfect way to finish off your seating area. I like the Safavieh Castle Gardens Collection stool for $104.39 shipped. For an all-in-one option that will save you a little money, Target offers the Christopher Knight Home Rodolfo 3-Piece Wicker Patio Bistro Set for $398.99 shipped.

For those with a larger space, conversation sets will take your living room outdoors. The Hanover Metropolitan 5-Piece Lounging Set offers maximum seating made from durable and weather-resistant vinyl wicker. You can get this spacious sectional for $1,855.63 including free scheduled delivery. If you are looking for something a little smaller and more affordable, Home Depot has the top rated Hampton Bay Beverly 4-Piece Patio Seating set for $799.99 shipped. The set comes with 2 chairs, a love-seat and a coffee table for a complete seating area that has a limited 2-year warranty. If the wicker look isn’t for you, Target has the Threshold Walton Motion Conversation Set for $353.99 shipped. It has a clean look, coated steel frame and chairs with a rocking motion. You can also add outdoor pillows to personalize the style of your new seating, Target and Pottery Barn have a variety of options.

Outdoor dining sets come in all shapes and sizes. If you are looking for a large, high-end table that will stand the test of time, go with the Trex 6-Piece Surf City Dining Set for $2,339.94. Trex, known for its durable decking materials, use the same maintenance-free materials to make this table that comes with a 20-year limited warranty. For something a little more affordable, the Amazonia Arizona 5-Piece Eucalyptus Round Dining Set is a classic choice. For $755.97 shipped, you can comfortably sit 4 at a durable 100% eucalyptus table. On a balcony or smaller deck area, you can go with a bistro table. Hampton Bay’s Marshall 3-Piece Set is made with a heavy-duty steel frame and comes with neutral seat cushions for $349 if you ship to store, or $404 shipped to home.

Bring together your dining and lounging spaces with an outdoor rug. A stylish option is the top-rated Safavieh Courtyard Collection 8×11 Navy and Beige Indoor/ Outdoor Area Rug for $197.86 shipped. This outdoor rug is made from high-quality polypropylene and is both mold and mildew-resistant. For something more affordable with a fun pattern, Home Depot has the Hampton Bay Navy Medallions Outdoor Rug for $92 shipped. You’ll be surprised by how well a rug will bring your outdoor space together.


On cold summer nights, a heater is a welcome addition to any outdoor space. The best-selling Fire Sense Commercial Patio Heater will give you the warmth you are looking for. It comes in a range of finishes for $133.99-$235.43 shipped. You can also improve the ambiance of your space with a fire. The Landmann Savannah Garden Fire Pit is a best-seller for $109.99 shipped and comes with a protective screen.

Outdoor entertaining comes with cold beverages, so why not find an attractive way to keep them close by. The Artland Oasis Party Tub with Stand is an easy solution for $45.99 Prime shipped. If you want something a little larger, the Suncast Resin Wicker Cooler can hold 72 cans and comes on casters for easy movement. At $96.99 shipped, it will blend seamlessly with your outdoor furniture.

Finishing touches will really elevate your outdoor space, lighting is an inexpensive and fun way to do that. The Bulbrite Outdoor String Lights with Incandescent Bulbs for $64.99 shipped will cover a large area and have a commercial grade decorative cord that will hold up to the elements. If you are looking to cover a smaller area, Smith & Hawken’s Heavy Duty Drop String Lights are the perfect choice for $22.49, get two sets and you’ll receive free shipping. You could also go with outdoor lanterns to really boost the ambiance.

Planters comes in an endless number of styles and sizes, but a fun and unique way to add some greenery to your patio is the Gronomics Vertical Planter. It not only provides a growing environment for your plants, but it serves as a living art piece. For $228.62 shipped it comes with a lifetime warranty. If you are looking for something a little simpler, the Minimalist White Ceramic Succulent Planter for $22.50 Prime shipped is a nice touch for your table, as is the rustic Esschert Aged Terracotta Flowerpots in a Metal Basket for $32.40 Prime shipped. Succulents are a great choice for filling your new flower pots since they love the warmth, and require very little maintenance.

Be the envy of the neighborhood with these finishing touches for outdoor living. Whether big or small, decorating your outdoor space will make for a fun summer. Don’t forget the bug spray!

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