Above all else, patio furniture needs to be weather proof. If it isn’t, no matter how good it looks or how comfortable it is, it isn’t going to last you very long. But unfortunately that means that all too often people end up getting either super utilitarian furniture that doesn’t look so great, or attractive but less practical pieces that won’t be looking so good after a season or two. Zuo’s island-inspired collection of outdoor furniture offers the best of both worlds, in flexible packages designed to fit almost any sized patio.
So what sets Zuo’s patio furniture apart? Their outdoor tables, chairs, and lounges are designed to be supremely weather resistant, with epoxy-coated aluminum frames that won’t rust in any weather conditions, covered in UV treated polypropylene, a synthetic woven material that looks a little like black wicker but that’s weatherproof and won’t fade or crack over time. The tabletops are made of tempered glass, like the one on this Railay Pub Table, again to be incredibly durable, and even the cushions, like those on this matching Railay Pub Stool, are made of UV and moisture resistant polyester that won’t fade or lose its supple feeling, and is easy to wash.
Zuo’s entire line of patio furniture is designed to these high standards, and despite the heavy focus on durability, they don’t look at all utilitarian. In fact, something like this adjustable Hampton Outdoor Bed (which has four reclining areas for two to sit together or opposite each other) is an excellent pair for a tropical, tiki-themed outdoor space – great for poolside or for a deck or large balcony with a view. The design is simple and easy to accessorize (especially with Zuo’s colorful, water resistant outdoor pillows), and has a perfect, slightly exotic charm that will compliment your outdoor area.
No matter how big or small your space, there’s something in this collection for you. In fact, many of their more compact patio furniture sets, like this Turtle Beach Table Set and matching Chairs are perfectly suited for smaller or less frequently trafficked areas. All the chairs fit neatly underneath the table top when not in use, for a clean, uncluttered space, but can pull out to accommodate four around a comfortable, intimate table when needed.
For something a little larger, there’s this Agadir Table and Chair Set- a slightly bar-styled piece of patio furniture that, again, can seat up to six on tall bar-style stools that fit right under the long, thin table. I love this table for outdoor entertaining – specifically if you have an outdoor kitchen on a large patio. You can easily seat your nearest and dearest for tapas and cocktails without taking up your entire patio with an oversized table.
Sometimes making a piece of furniture safe smart is as simple as breaking it into smaller pieces. This Curaco Daybed is a great example – with a two-piece structure that works like a bed when the two pieces are pushed together, a lounge with the foot rest pulled slightly out, or two entirely different seating areas (a sofa and a bench) in a pinch. Plus, the yin-yang shape adds a nice, relaxed curve to your space (and maybe even a little balance and harmony!).
If you have the opposite problem – not a cramped deck but a very large one, especially one that plays host to a large number of guests – Zuo has patio furniture for you, too. Their modular collections, like this Ipanema Patio Furniture Set, are among my favorite. Combining a Curved Bench, Round Corner Sofa, and a Rectangular Bench, the Ipanema set offers a supremely flexible design. Depending on what pieces you choose, you can make anything from the curved, dual sided bench pictured above to a long, straight bench with curved ends – the sky is really the limit. If you’re feeling creative, you can make anything from a snaking two sided bench, an island of seats, a ring around your space, or anything in between – however big or small you need, and in any (or multiple) configurations depending on your entertaining style. The best part? They’re easy to change at will.
Zuo’s Noronha Patio Furniture Set is similar, but with different pieces to choose from, including a Middle Sofa, Corner Sofa, Armchair, Ottoman, and Coffee Table. This wide selection gives you more flexibility for long, straight spaces, but also with the option to make small, intimate corner nooks, or individual poolside lounges. For a big, sprawling deck, one of these sets is easily your best choice – it’s simple to make your design match because all the pieces fit neatly together. If you need to change your configuration for a larger or smaller group, a modular set like this gives you the flexibility to do so, where a large, built-in piece of patio furniture, like a large bench bordering your deck, is going to leave you stuck with a single layout.
What are you looking for in your new patio furniture? Do you have a large deck or a small one? Do a lot of entertaining, or just want a comfortable place to lounge? Let me know in the comments!