We believe home design should be stylish and distinctive. Whether you're looking for a chic set of indoor/outdoor dining chairs or that perfect patio dining bench, finding seating that is comfortable, practical, and a natural extension of your interior design is essential to curating an al fresco space you love—and actually use. At Lulu and Georgia, our thoughtfully curated collection of outdoor dining furniture has something for every aesthetic, letting you create a space to entertain and share family meals in fresh air surroundings.
Not sure what style fits you best when shopping for an outdoor dining bench or chairs? Don't worry; we have you covered. Check out the tips below for ideas and inspiration as you choose the best elements to buy for your space.
Mind Your Material when Shopping Outdoor Dining Benches and Chairs
When shopping outdoor styles—checking materials and specs is your best friend. Different materials offer different advantages not just in look but also in how you live with the furniture. As you shop, try to picture the item in your space—not just in a photo spread moment but for a season or year.
For a dynamic layout or seasonal space, look toward lighter materials like all-weather wicker or aluminum. Don't think you can’t style it for comfort, even if you do like to keep your outdoor space flexible—something like this Katilin Indoor / Outdoor Dining Chair features a removable olefin cushion—offering a resilient performance fiber touch with an easy-care design so you can keep your look fresh all season.
If you enjoy a temperate climate and are leading with aesthetics, a wood like teak can blend into the organic environment while offering incredible resilience with a bit of care. Something more industrial like this Magan Indoor / Outdoor Bench, with its clean waterfall silhouette and concrete construction, can offer a stunning contrast. No matter the material, be sure to read any proper care instructions and store or cover furniture when not in use or during inclement weather.
Bring the Texture With an Eclectic Patio Dining Chair Set
Variety is the spice at your dinner table. We all know the pitfalls of overmatching design elements and ending up with an effect that just feels flat. Nowhere is this more true than with your dining set and where better to experiment with style than in your outdoor edits. A classic option is to offset armchairs at the head of the table—this London Indoor / Outdoor Dining Arm Chair can pair with the side chairs from the same collection or a similar style. Simple, timeless, with a touch of variety.
For something truly unique, consider going for an eclectic mix with your outdoor dining chairs. The key here is to keep at least one element consistent so the set has a sense of unity. You might opt for all black chairs of a different style or a collected mix where wicker is the common thread. This will keep your look cohesive and intentional—we want the result to feel chicly curated rather than cobbled together.
Keep Space Flexible with an Indoor/Outdoor Dining Bench
Depending on the size of your outdoor dining area and how you like to entertain—an outdoor dining bench might be a smart addition or alternative to chairs. For a smaller terrace or patio, dining benches are an excellent option for outdoor spaces with limited space for seating. Benches typically take up less space, allowing for larger groups of people to gather around the table.
A long dining bench seat can also offer advantages in terms of comfort—leaving room to pack in an extra guest but also plenty of room spread out. Styles like this Manila Indoor / Outdoor Dining Bench even have a backrest—perfect for those post-dinner sprawlers who like to lean back for coffee and conversation after a good meal.
Styling An Outdoor Dining Set to Love
Whether buying an outdoor dining bench seat for a large table or just looking for a chic pair of patio chairs for a sunlit bistro nook—dining seats are only as good as the set they fold into. In addition to anchoring your look with the perfect outdoor dining table, layering planters, and other small touches of decor—or anchoring the area with one of our outdoor rugs can help make the space feel more established. Find more tips for styling our outdoor collection to inspire your season.
One last note, don't forget to consider space—you want plenty of room to pull out chairs and move around the table. With any furniture, it’s always important to measure your area before purchasing. Outdoor spaces tend to be more open, but layout is still important. Even outside, you can mark out the floor plan with painter's tape to get an idea of the flow of the pieces in place.
However you style them, outdoor dining chairs and benches allow you the flexibility to showcase the nuances of your design aesthetic. Loved ones and visitors can immediately get a sense of who you are by seeing how you have extended your living space with thoughtful indoor-outdoor design.
When you shop outdoor dining furniture at Lulu and Georgia, you'll find pieces that will define and elevate the look and feel of your space. No matter what you're in the market for, we have a selection that offers a wide range of styles, colors, and materials to choose from. Check our outdoor inspiration page for more ideas on creating stylish al fresco spaces.Show Less