The 10 Best Outdoor Sofas

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in May of 2020. Whether providing friends and family with comfortable seating at a barbecue or giving yourself a cozy place to enjoy naps in the sun, outdoor sofas are one of the best ways to upgrade any backyard or patio. Made from materials like synthetic wicker, steel, wood, and sturdy fabrics, they're built to resist the elements. They come in a wide array of shapes and sizes to suit any space. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Pamapic Rattan Sectional

2. Modway Upland Teak

3. Suncrown Round Daybed

Editor's Notes

June 17, 2020:

Whether it's reading a favorite book, enjoying a glass of lemonade, or simply nodding off under the warm rays, the main purpose of outdoor sofas is to allow people to more fully enjoy their time outside. With that in mind, we compiled our list with three things in mind: comfort, durability, and functionality in multiple spaces, like gardens, decks, balconies, backyards, and poolside.

Some of our favorite stand-alone selections include the Better Homes & Gardens Delahey Convertible Studio, with its ability to transform from a couch, to a chaise, to a futon, and the Modway Upland Teak, which is a pricier option, but really delivers with thick cushions and a high-end look.

In addition, we found that many people like to order all their outdoor furniture at once, which is why we've included several options that come in sets complete with matching chairs and coffee tables. The Tangkula Patio Set is an excellent example, and in fact includes two love seats and two tables, one of which doubles as storage. Other sets feature a modular design, like the Pamapic Rattan Sectional, which comes with seven separate pieces and stands out with its large size, excellent construction, and timeless style.

For added fun, we also included some non-traditional options, like the Giantex Glider, whose rocking motion offers an increased level of relaxation, and the Suncrown Round Daybed, which lends a resort feel to any outdoor space, and comes with a built-in shade to protect against the sun. If you're looking for something further outside the box, these selections of canopy porch swings and folding hammocks offer additional unexpected choices for outdoor seating.

One thing to keep in mind with all patio furniture, however, is wear and tear. Even though all selections on this list are made from weather-resistant materials, like synthetic rattan, teak, steel, and aluminum, the elements will take a toll on anything left outside for several seasons, and un-cared-for furniture can become broken and dangerous. For this reason, it's important to always check the condition of your sofas before you use them. We also recommend protecting your investment with a cover, like those featured on our outdoor furniture covers ranking.

Special Honors

Restoration Hardware Marbella Aluminum Classic The Restoration Hardware Marbella Aluminum Classic boasts luxe fabrics that resist mildew and fading, and is available in a plethora of colors. Each piece is sleek, stylish, and modular, which allows you to customize for any space, big or small. restorationhardware.com

CB2 Tropez Black and White Beautifully constructed from natural mahogany, the CB2 Tropez Black and White is a high-end option that looks like it came from a French resort. Its graphic print adds character, while its six-and-a-half-foot cushion provides ample seating. Plus, it's available with a matching umbrella and chaise lounge, all designed by Ceci Thompson. cb2.com

4. Walsunny 5-Piece Outdoor

5. Modway EEI-2923

6. Tangkula Patio Set

7. Christopher Knight Home Cape Coral

8. Better Homes & Gardens Delahey Convertible Studio

9. Suncrown All-Weather Couch

10. Giantex Glider


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on June 25, 2020 by Christopher Thomas

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