How you arrange your patio furniture can be just as important as the furniture itself. No matter what shape and size patio you have, there’s an arrangement that’s a perfect fit. Here are five of the most common arrangement styles:
1. Chairs and couches around a central low table
This is one of the most standard configurations. A combination of chairs and loveseats will encircle a low, rectangular table. This allows for easy conversations and plenty of room to set drinks when you don’t have to keep an eye on the backyard.
2. End to end seating along a corner
When you have guests with children, no one wants to sit with their back to the pool and the turf. Rearrange your seating sit it forms a forward-facing “L” shape along one of the back corners of the patio. This lets everyone keep an eye on the children without cutting off the conversation.
3. Create sections without walls
High-backed chairs and couches can help define patio spaces. If you have a wide patio, use one half for seating and set the highest piece of furniture with it’s back to the other half of the patio. That neatly blocks out the “sitting” area and the “play” area.
4. Circular seating for a large gathering
Just like the first configuration, this is perfect for when you have lots of adult guests over. Put two tables in the middle with a gap in between them and then surround them with patio chairs. Line that gap up with the patio door if possible so there’s both walking room and a chair for everyone.
5. Separate spaces for work and relaxation
Sometimes your outdoor living space needs to be just right for you to focus. Square a patio chair in front of a low table so you can see across the backyard, and put smaller tables to your left and right. Then you have a space for your laptop, your book, and a refreshing drink.
Loaded with important information about the different types of patio furniture materials and styles as well as great style tips from our team of designers, you’ll find everything you’ll need to help you create your own backyard escape. As an added bonus, we’ve also included a useful checklist that you can complete and take with you when you go shopping for patio furniture.