As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s increasingly clear that it will alter more than just the way we experience summer. In fact, until researchers create a safe, effective and accessible vaccine, social distancing — which means keeping our gatherings outdoors — will remain the norm.
If you’re like me, you probably bought a few inexpensive, portable camping chairs when it seemed like something bigger and better wasn’t worth the investment. Clearly, it’s time for something a bit more functional, especially if you plan to host a few close friends for social distance hangs. Whether you have access to a backyard, a balcony, an apartment building roof or a patio, there’s a patio set out there to fit any space and budget. (And while you’re at it, try sprucing up your outdoor space even more with a few of our standout recommendations.)
How Do You Clean Patio Furniture So It Lasts a Lifetime?
No matter the size of your patio set, it’s always a fairly big investment — one that you hope will last years to come, if not a lifetime. Space willing, move furniture sets indoors during inclement weather or cover them during the winter months to protect against ice and snow damage. In addition to making sure outdoor sets are protected from the elements, you should learn how to properly clean your furniture, no matter the material.
Under $100: Table and Chairs for Two
It’s important to keep our social circles small these days — and maybe yours is really small. If so, there’s nothing wrong with that! In fact, it might help your wallet in the long run. There are a lot of nifty chair and table sets on the market, but this metal and textile three-piece outdoor bistro set is one of the best.
Under $250: A Real Conversation Starter
Need a few more seating options? The Costway 4-Piece Wicker Patio Conversation Set comes with a small table, loveseat and two chairs, all of which are made of high quality rattan wicker. Not only is it an easy way to completely furnish a small garden patio or balcony but it’s an unbeatable deal for the price.
Under $400: An Elegant Spin on the Classic Picnic Table
Looking for a functional statement piece? The Safavieh Rocklin Teak Brown 4-Piece Wood Patio Conversation Set is just that. With the sun-bleached charm of a casual living room set, the beautiful acacia wood table and chairs with beige cushions give your outdoor area a classy look.
Under $700: Room for the Whole (Socially Distanced) Family
Whether you’re trying to keep your gatherings under 10 people or less or you just want to fill out a larger space with more seating options, the Hampton Bay Crestridge 7-Piece Outdoor Patio Dining Set is a perfect choice. In fact, after setting it up, you’ll probably want to have breakfast, lunch and dinner outside from here on out — and we don’t blame you.
Over $1,000: Move Your Couch Potato Lifestyle Outdoors — and Keep It Classy
Maybe you really want to transform your outdoor space into a summer (or fall) oasis — and will spare no expense to do so. If you’ve ever wanted to bring the hotel-rooftop-pool vibe straight to your backyard, then you need not look any further than this Sanger 5-Piece Wicker Patio Conversation Set.