Long gone are the days when outdoor furniture was considered a design afterthought. Whether you live in year-round sunshine or unpredictable seasonal weather, it’s worth it to give your backyard a little decorative TLC. Utilizing an outdoor coffee table is a quick and effective way to spruce up your deck or patio.

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Why Are Outdoor Coffee Tables Good For Backyards?

Outdoor coffee tables provide much-needed space for entertaining family, setting down drinks and snacks, and kicking your feet up. Plus, they’re less committal than a full-fledged outdoor dining table. While not really a setting for a three-coarse meal, an outdoor coffee table still anchors guests, laying out a place for meeting and mingling.

Coffee tables also help build structure within a wall-less outdoor space. Surround your coffee table with a few steel garden side chairs, wood lounge chairs, or wicker outdoor sofas. A comfortable patio lounge delivers the perfect spot to watch your kids play or simply admire the natural landscape.

Brown Design Group faced two outdoor sofas toward a granite top outdoor coffee table poolside
Design by Brown Design Group / Photo by Laura Hull

What Style Outdoor Coffee Table Should I Choose?

A round mosaic coffee table with steel legs is a no-fuss option for a small brick patio area. It helps preserve space, but also still provides enough leg room for chairs and a pop of color, too. Low, narrow cocktail tables also work great when surrounded by a long outdoor sofa and a few lounge chairs. If you’re not sure what style of table to go with, consider an outdoor farmhouse coffee table. Outdoor farmhouse coffee tables are fairly style agnostic and pair easily with a wide array of landscaping styles. Its rustic form also looks particularly cozy beside an outdoor fireplace.

How to Maintain Outdoor Coffee Tables

The key to outdoor furniture is maintenance. For wood coffee tables, a light seasonal spray-down with a hose, some mild detergent, and a sweep of furniture polish will suffice. Wicker furniture requires vacuuming, a wash with a mild oil-based soap and warm water, and ample dry time. Metal coffee tables also need a gentle wash with a mild, non-detergent soap. Apply touch-up paint to scratches to prevent rust.

Lead image: Design by KES Studio / Photo by Meghan Beierle-O’Brien


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May 23, 2022

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