This West Elm Outdoor Furniture is Every Summer Lover's Dream — Turn Your Backyard Into an Oasis

It's true what they say: West Elm outdoor furniture and an incredible summer go hand in hand. Act now to make the most of these amazing pieces, handpicked by our style editor

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My ideal summer evening? Hanging out on a patio, ideally sitting on some West Elm outdoor furniture. There are other brands out there, of course, but none that capture the perfect blend of style and functionality I love in a backyard piece.

Generally, outdoor furniture is a tricky one to purchase. You want it to look chic, but not too chic that it will rust or mold. It can't be so light it might blow away in the wind, but it also can't be too heavy or you could never move it when the seasons change. You probably want something budget-friendly, but know all too well that style and function go hand in hand with investment. And rightfully so. Starting at West Elm (and here's our West Elm editor's choice round-up, if you'd like to give that a read) is therefore a wise choice.

'High-quality outdoor furniture is specifically designed to withstand various weather conditions and the test of time,' says Aino Heinäsuo, head of design at ReDecor, a design simulator. While potentially more expensive when compared to inside-only buys, outdoor pieces are 'built to endure exposure to sun, rain, wind, and even freezing temperatures and snow. Therefore, it's crucial to invest in well-made pieces and ensure proper care to prolong their lifespan. With proper maintenance, good-quality outdoor furniture can last for many years, making them a worthwhile investment.'

That in mind, let's take a quick peek at some outdoor furniture that's worth the price tag, shall we?

Best West Elm Outdoor Sofas

Best West Elm Outdoor Sectionals

Best West Elm Outdoor Chairs

Best West Elm Outdoor Coffee Tables

What should you remember when buying outdoor furniture?

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Among other things, you want to 'prioritize quality over price,' Aino reiterates. 'While cheaper options may seem tempting, they often lack the durability needed to withstand outdoor weather conditions, leading to frequent replacements, and ultimately costing you more in the long run.'

Additionally, make sure you're buying an 'appropriate size [piece] for your space,' adds Traci Reeves, senior director of merchandising at Grandin Road. 'But most importantly – get what you love and make your outdoor space yours!'

Brigid Kennedy
Style Editor

Brigid Kennedy is a style editor at Livingetc.com, where she is responsible for obsessively combing the internet for the best and most stylish deals on home decor and more. She was previously a story editor at TheWeek.com, where she covered both U.S. politics and culture. She describes her design style as colorful and clean, and in her free time enjoys reading, watching movies, and curating impossibly niche playlists on Spotify. She lives in New York.