Adding an Outdoor Coffee Table to Your Backyard

A fully furnished outdoor living space is essential for hosting parties and gatherings in the warmer months. Once you've settled on proper patio seating, increase the function of your outdoor living space with an outdoor coffee table. These handy tables are available in a variety of beautiful styles to coordinate perfectly with your outdoor sofas or chairs.

Standard Coffee Tables

If your outdoor living space features a full-sized sofa or loveseat, a standard coffee table is the best choice. While other coffee tables may look too small, standard rectangular coffee tables are just the right size to enhance your outdoor sofa.

  • A standard outdoor coffee table is usually crafted of natural wood like teak or mahogany. These tables are sealed with a clear protective finish to minimize stains and scratches while allowing the natural wood grain to show through.
  • Some rectangular coffee tables are crafted of wood but are fully painted with washes of gray or white. These painted wood tables are strong and sturdy with a fresh and casual look.
  • Standard patio coffee tables are also available in lightweight metals like rust-proof aluminum.

Round and Square Coffee Tables

If your outdoor living space features individual chairs instead of a full sofa, a round or square outdoor coffee table is a more appropriate choice. These smaller tables still provide plenty of surface area for resting drinks and snacks but will not look bulky and overwhelming next to your lounge chairs.

While most rectangular coffee tables are crafted of a single material, many smaller tables feature mixed materials that create visual and tactile interest.

  • Tables with shiny aluminum frames and a glass tabletop are fresh and modern.
  • Tables with a metal base and a marble tabletop are effortlessly elegant.
  • Tables with wooden legs and a concrete tabletop radiate an unexpected mix of rustic and industrial design styles.

Storage and Ottoman Coffee Tables

If you're a fan of multi-purpose furniture, storage and ottoman coffee tables are a top choice. These patio coffee tables come with various special features that will greatly enhance your outdoor seating area.

  • A few standard coffee tables come with a basic lower shelf for storing miscellaneous items like books or magazines, extra glassware and sunscreen. Keep clutter contained by placing pretty woven baskets on this shelf.
  • Instead of open shelving, some storage tables are entirely hollow and feature a removable top surface. Inside, you can store outdoor essentials like extra pillows, throw blankets or pool towels.
  • Ottoman coffee tables often feature a wicker base and a cozy cushioned top surface. These handy tables can be used as a coffee table, as a footrest and even as an extra seat. Pair these tables with a sturdy serving tray to keep drinks from spilling onto the cushioned surface.

Your outdoor living space deserves just as much love as any indoor living room. Choose an outdoor coffee table that coordinates well in size and style with your chairs, sofas or loveseats. With options like standard rectangular tables, fancy round or square tables and useful storage or ottoman tables, you're sure to find the right backyard coffee table at Pottery Barn.