Enjoy Al Fresco Dining with Outdoor Dining Chairs

Dining outdoors is a great way to enjoy some fresh air and soak up some vitamin D. With a comfortable and stylish set of outdoor dining chairs in your backyard, you can host fun parties and events outdoors whenever the weather's nice.

Chair Types

To create a functional and cohesive outdoor dining space, choosing the right chair type is very important. These outdoor chairs come in many distinct designs that work best in certain spaces.

  • Classic armchairs feature mid to high backs and arms at either side of the seat. This classic design works well with most outdoor patio dining tables.
  • Folding chairs are a space-saving solution for small porches and balconies. These dining chairs are available with and without arms and can be easily folded away when not in use.
  • Bar stools are generally about one and a half times as tall as regular outdoor dining chairs. These stools should only be paired with outdoor bars or bar height tables.
  • Dining benches are a great choice for those who often host large gatherings. By eliminating the wasted space between chairs, benches allow you to fit more guests around the table. The absence of backrests also creates clear sight lines and a casual vibe.
  • Banquettes are similar to dining benches but also feature back support for added comfort. Banquettes can be used as seating around the dining table or around a patio coffee table.

Chair Materials

Outdoor dining chairs are available in a variety of materials to complement any existing patio furniture. Some are more traditional while others exude contemporary glamor.

  • Wooden dining chairs are a classic choice with a rustic, natural feel. Teak is a popular wood choice for outdoor furniture as it is especially strong and durable.
  • Metal dining chairs are beautifully modern and come in a variety of stylish colors.
  • Wicker furniture is popular for outdoor spaces as it blends well with the natural surroundings and is easy to keep clean.
  • If you can't decide on the right look, you can also mix and match different chairs to create a unique blend of modern and traditional styles.

Must-Have Accessories

Once you've settled on the right patio dining chairs for your outdoor dining area, consider adding the following chair accessories to enhance and protect your furniture.

  • Outdoor chair cushions will not only make your chairs more comfortable but can also add color. Some cushions are included with the chairs while others are sold separately.
  • Brightly colored or patterned cushion slipcovers are also great to have for a quick way to transform the look of your chairs. These zippered slipcovers easily slide over your chair cushions to give them an instant makeover.
  • To keep your cushions looking their best, fabric protectant sprays and cleaners are available to prevent or treat stains. There are also many other handy furniture care kits available, including multi-purpose furniture cleaners and furniture touch-up kits.
  • Furniture covers for your patio dining chairs are another great investment. Whenever you're not using the chairs, simply cover them with these thick fabric covers to protect from rain, sun bleaching, animal damage and much more.

Create the ideal outdoor dining space in your backyard with beautiful outdoor dining chairs from Pottery Barn. Choose from modern or traditional styles then finish the look with cozy cushions and other outdoor accessories.