Best Outdoor Sofas — Here’s Where to Buy the Most Comfortable, Stylish Seats This Year

From sectionals to loveseats, these outdoor sofas will transform how you use your backyard — and now's the perfect time to pick up a bargain, too

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Spending time outdoors is something most of us enjoy when the weather's nice, but traditional outdoor furniture often lacks the comfort of indoor decor, making it harder to truly relax in your backyard. Even the best outdoor sofas rarely provide adequate R&R. This led me to think, ‘There has to be a better way!’

Fortunately, recent advancements in outdoor textiles have made them softer to the touch, opening up a whole new world of brilliantly cozy outdoor furniture that can transform your backyard into a true outdoor living room.

Interior designer and furniture expert Shawn Zar says, ‘An outdoor sofa anchors your space. It’s where everyone will naturally gather.’ To enhance that resort-like, outdoor living feel, Shawn suggests positioning your sofa ‘with a view, maybe facing the garden or pool.’ Sound relaxing? Exactly.

I consulted experts, read reviews, and sifted through countless offerings from the best outdoor furniture brands to make my final selection. Here are the 12 most durable, stylish, and comfortable outdoor sofas available. You’re just one scroll away from creating the outdoor living room of your dreams.

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Best Modular Outdoor Sofas

red outdoor modular sofa

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Modular outdoor sofas are systems that allow you to build your perfect seating arrangement by piecing together individual elements. They often include armchairs, too, so that you can round out your outdoor seating in a cohesive way. 

Best wicker sofas

a modern wicker sofa

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Wicker gets a bit of a bad rap for outdoor furniture, and yes, while some examples of  this type of outdoor sofa can feel a little dated, there are plenty of designs that use wicker, rattan and more in modern, interesting ways. 

Best outdoor love seats

an outdoor loveseat

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Loveseats aren't only a better fit for small backyards, but they're also often more budget-friendly, too. Here are three that are perfect for compact spaces, while bringing a taste of the luxuriousness of an outdoor sofa. 

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an indoor outdoor sofa

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As outdoor textiles evolve, furniture that doesn't look or feel like traditional outdoor furniture is becoming a huge trend for patios and decks. Think plump, fully-upholstered sofas and textiles you wouldn't expect to see outside. 

'Deep and comfy sectionals with great lines and great fabrics like boucle and linen-like materials are now possible for outdoor upholstery,' explains interior designer Amy Kalikow.  'Rounded sofas, creatively designed chairs, and unique coffee tables in concrete or stone are all possible to help make outdoor living as great as indoors.’ 

Best indoor/outdoor sofa

Editor's pick

Kalis Indoor/Outdoor Sofa, Anthropologie

This indoor/outdoor couch from Anthropologie is probably one of the best examples of outdoor furniture that wouldn't look out of place indoors too. 

What is the best outdoor sofa material?

According to Rafi Friedman, President of Coastal Luxury Outdoors, ‘Materials, and to a lesser extent finishes, are key to durability.’ He elaborates, ‘Aluminum is a great material, as long as it's thick enough to withstand some stress and covered with a high-quality paint or enamel to prevent corrosion. Injection-molded plastic is cheap and light, but a composite material like Trex is much more durable. Natural materials like wicker or cedar can also be good choices’ for an outdoor sofa.

So, which should you pick? Consider your needs and the look you’re aiming for. If you want something low-maintenance and have the budget, a teak wood or metal outdoor sofa might be your best bet. On the other hand, if you’re looking to save some money and don’t mind a bit of upkeep, there are excellent plastic options available too. Always read the product descriptions to ensure the material fits your lifestyle and requirements.

When is the best time to buy outdoor sofas? 

The best discounts on outdoor sofas typically appear right after prime buying season — a.k.a. when summer ends. In the Western Hemisphere, this means September through October. 

However, you can still find excellent outdoor sofas throughout the year! June, July, and August are when retailers unveil their latest outdoor sofa collections, making it the perfect time to buy the most design-forward, on-trend pieces. Plus, you can still score deals during this window — Memorial Day and post-Memorial Day sales often feature significant discounts in the outdoor furniture sector.

Check back here year-round for updated deals and the latest on-trend outdoor styles to keep on your radar.

Hugh Metcalf
Editor of

Hugh is the  Editor of From working on a number of home, design and property publications and websites, including Grand Designs, ICON and specialist kitchen and bathroom magazines, Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture, impactful interiors and green homes. Whether moonlighting as an interior decorator for private clients or renovating the Victorian terrace in Essex where he lives (DIYing as much of the work as possible), you’ll find that Hugh has an overarching fondness for luxurious minimalism, abstract shapes and all things beige. He’s just finished a kitchen and garden renovation, and has eyes set on a bathroom makeover for 2024.

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