The 15 Best Places to Buy Outdoor Furniture Online
Shopping for outdoor furniture can be overwhelming, but it's a lot easier if you know exactly where to look. Many of the largest retailers and department stores have huge selections of patio furniture, so the options can be overwhelming.
To simplify your search, we've rounded up the best places to buy outdoor furniture online—no need to step foot in a store. We spent hours researching where to buy patio furniture online, and we considered factors like return policy, shipping fees, and product selection while choosing these retailers. And just in case you need some patio inspiration, we picked out two recommendations for each of the outdoor furniture stores on our list.
Whether you're looking for an outdoor sectional, a patio conversation set, or chaise lounge chairs, you're bound to find something that works for your backyard from these retailers.
Keep reading to learn more about the best places to buy outdoor patio furniture online.
Our Top Picks
Bed Bath & Beyond
The Home Depot
Crate & Barrel
Black Rooster Decor
How to Shop for Outdoor Furniture Online
Before placing an order for outdoor furniture, make sure you're aware of the site's return policy—especially the number of days you have to initiate the return. The timeframe can vary based on the site, product type, and payment method. While some places will happily send a return shipping label for free, others require you to pay for return shipping costs and occasionally even restocking fees. If the retailer has physical locations, you might be able to bring back the items to your local store to avoid return shipping fees.
Some outdoor furniture stores provide free shipping on every online order, while others specifically exclude furniture from their shipping promotions. Consider whether you're willing to pay for delivery fees, and if not, seek out a site that doesn't charge for shipping. Other retailers will give you the option to upgrade your delivery method to white glove service, which often includes furniture assembly and package removal. Another thing to keep in mind about shipping is delivery time. If you need a patio dining set for an outdoor party in a few weeks, make sure you pick an option that will arrive in time. Most of these stores will show the estimated delivery date at some point before you checkout.
Outdoor furniture can be expensive, especially if you're furnishing your entire backyard or patio at once. Consider looking for retailers that offer payment plans or financing options, which could be through Affirm, Klarna, Afterpay, or the store credit card. Some services will even split your purchase into equal interest-free payments. Just make sure that you can handle the payment frequency and amount before signing up.
Questions You Might Ask
How do I find the best outdoor furniture for my space?
If you aren't sure where to begin, Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design at The Home Depot, suggests doing some planning before you order anything. "You'll want to consider size, location, climate, and how you plan to use your space," she said. "I always recommend starting to think through these factors while sketching a layout of your outdoor living area on grid paper."
Fishburne also suggests thinking about how you actually use your backyard or patio. For example, people who frequently have outdoor parties might need "versatile patio furniture like stackable chairs and tables for extra guests." But if you primarily use your backyard to relax with your family, you might prefer an oversized outdoor sectional to curl up on.
What should I look for when shopping for outdoor furniture?
Once you figure out where you'll be shopping, the next step is deciding exactly what to buy. One of the most important things to think about is longevity because you want your investments to last for many seasons. "Look for durability in all outdoor furniture, especially if the pieces will be in an uncovered area and exposed to the elements," Fishburne said. That could mean looking for pieces made with durable materials (like aluminum) and acrylic fabrics (like Sunbrella or CushionGuard).
Another factor to consider is the amount of outdoor space you have. Apartment balconies might only be able to fit small bistro sets, while spacious patios will need larger sectionals, conversation sets, or dining tables and chairs to feel complete.
How do I keep my outdoor furniture in good condition?
Most brands typically recommend storing your outdoor furniture inside during the winter and some suggest using patio furniture covers as protection from inclement weather. Fishburne also recommends keeping patio furniture cushions in covered areas when it rains, which will help them last longer. For regular maintenance, always check the care instructions for your specific pieces. You can also check out our tutorial on how to clean outdoor furniture using products you can find online.
Take Our Word for It
This story was written by Amina Lake Abdelrahman, a commerce editor for Real Simple with nearly four years of experience writing about home products. To write this article, she spent hours researching where to buy outdoor furniture online, considering factors like the selection of products, return policy, shipping fees, and more. Amina also received expert tips from Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design at The Home Depot, on what to look for in outdoor furniture.