Patio, Lawn & Garden

6 Modern Patio Furniture Ideas for a Large Family


Traditionally most patios featured a charcoal grill and a few wooden folding chairs. In today’s setting, the patio has transformed into an extension of the living space. It comes with all the comforts of the living space, such as modern appliances and comfortable and elegant modern furniture.

According to recent studies, a patio is increasingly becoming a major factor when new homeowners seek to buy a home. If you have a patio that you want to give an extreme makeover or have moved into a new house with a patio that needs furnishing, this guide can help you with ideas for the furniture you should consider.

Add Shade

Even when you could have a roofless outdoor space, having roofed backyard structures is best for several reasons. One, it helps protect your furniture during bad weather, which can help increase your furniture’s lifespan.

If there is no way of building a structure or if you feel like it will negatively affect your backyard aesthetics, you may consider investing in patio umbrellas to shelter you from extreme heat from the sun in summer and rain.

Patio umbrellas come in many styles, shapes, and sizes. You only have to choose one that best fits your needs. You also have to consider the colors because you do not want to have one with colors that don’t go well with the theme of your patio.

Wheeled Furniture

When spending time on your patio, you will realize that the ideal position for enjoying your day will change with every passing hour, especially on sunny days. This is because the shades will shift positions, and you will probably want to sit where the shadow is.

Considering that some outdoor furniture, like a sofa, may be relatively heavy to lift when changing positions, having wheels on your patio furniture can be a great idea and can help move your furniture around much more easily.

Outdoor Sofas

During hot summer months, almost every person would appreciate spending time outdoors, but only if they can have the comfort of the living area outdoors. So, investing in quality sofas for your outdoor space would be an excellent idea.

If you entertain guests regularly or have a large family, buying sofas that accommodate your large family or guests is best. Sofas are best for a patio with a roof because bad weather can affect the fabric.

Large Dining Sets

When enjoying being outdoors with guests, you do not want to interrupt the outdoor environment by having to go inside the house to eat. So you may want to invest in a large dining table and chairs.

The size of your outdoor dining space should be determined by the size of your family and the number of guests you usually entertain. If you are considering setting up your dining table in a space that does not have a roof, you have to consider going for a weatherproof option.

If you are unsure about what dining set will withstand harsh weather conditions, you may want to seek help from a home decor expert.

Create More Than One Outdoor Space

Another idea for modern patio furniture is opting for more than one outdoor space if you have an extra-large patio space. For example, you could have the main outdoor living space with a roof but create other spaces in the open space and at secluded corners where you can enjoy privacy when you want to.

When creating your spaces, you could also designate a certain purpose for each space. For instance, you could have one for entertainment with all the amenities of your indoor space, like an outdoor TV and music system.

Another space can serve as a bar area where you entertain guests with drinks. The ideal furniture for the bar area should be a high table and bar stools.

Every space can have a unique type of furniture best suited for its purpose. When holding a big party, all the spaces can become one big space for your guests.

Foldable Chairs

Most conventional patios mainly featured a few foldable chairs, and that was it. While you may want to upgrade your patio with better furniture and accessories, the good old foldable chairs still have their purpose in your outdoor living.

First, they are best for patios with no roof because you can put them away when you need to. If your location experiences harsh winters, you would not want to have your furniture in an open space, so a foldable chair would be ideal because they are easy to put away until the weather is ideal.

Also, they can help add additional seating space when you have more guests than your outdoor sofas can handle, for example, when you have a party. After the party, you will only need to fold them and put them in the garage for use when another need arises.

Mel Bartholomew
Mel Bartholomew, a gardener with an illustrious career spanning over 18 years, is our go-to expert for Patio, Lawn, and Garden. He obtained his BA in Horticulture and has become an author on sustainable gardening practices. Joining our website, he has been a driving force in promoting eco-friendly and efficient gardening techniques. His prior experience includes managing a public botanical garden and hosting garden design workshops. His hobbies revolve around his love for plants, with a particular interest in cultivating rare orchids and bonsai.

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