10 patio sets you need for dining outdoors this fall
Who said outdoor dining is just for summer?
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Our outdoor spaces have been more than necessary during the time of quarantine. During the summer months, they allowed us to enjoy the fresh air, take in some Vitamin D, and have some socially distant hangouts. Now that the weather’s getting chilly, there are still some ways to extend your outdoor space into fall and that includes a great patio dining set (and a good patio heater).
Patio sets are a great way to serve warm meals and still enjoy gatherings outdoors, though they are a bit more tricky to pick than a summer dining set. You’re going to want to steer clear of metal pieces (which will be cold to the touch in the frigid air) and instead look for pieces with warm tones that will match your fall decor (think leaf wreaths and plenty of pumpkins). Below, you’ll find 10 highly-rated outdoor dining sets that are perfect for fall.
1. A simple wooden dining set
You can’t go wrong with a wooden dining set. It’s basically a blank canvas. You can spruce up the seating with some comfy autumnal cushions and add a fall-themed table runner or centerpiece to set the scene. This one from Wayfair has more than 300 reviews and a 4.4-star rating. Reviewers love it because it’s easy to assemble and looks even better in person.
2. A patio set with comfy cushions
Yes, this patio set does have a steel frame, but it also has plush cushions for a comfortable autumn night. The best part of this set has to be that there is no assembly required, and the chairs are stackable for easy off-season storage. Reviewers say the cushions are very thick and the tan color should fit with most styles.
3. A nine-piece set that easily stores away
This dining set offers plenty of seats (eight to be exact) thanks to the four ottomans included. It has a contemporary look, is durable, and the rattan material means the chairs won’t be freezing to the touch in the fall weather. Even better, it’s easy to store away for the winter as the ottomans slide under the chairs, which slide under the table for a compact square.
4. A super popular dining set at Home Depot
With almost 1,700 reviews and a 4.5-star rating, this might be the most popular outdoor dining set at Home Depot. It features a table and six padded, spring motion chairs that are quite comfortable. Reviewers particularly love the construction of this set, how easy it is to assemble, and all the compliments they receive on it.
5. A three-piece wooden set
There’s something about a wooden table with two benches that’s oh-so-rustic and captures the spirit of fall. That’s what makes this a great outdoor dining set for the season. This one, in particular, has iron legs that give it an industrial flair and would be perfect with some small pumpkins as a centerpiece. Reviewers say it’s quite durable and has lasted one shopper over two years—even while living near a beach.
6. A wicker set that’s quintessential for fall
Wicker furniture definitely fits into the rustic and fall vibes you want for your outdoor space. Plus, the ash gray color of the wooden table and wicker chairs is a nice change from iron and brown wood. Reviewers absolutely love the charm of this set and love how easy it was to assemble.
7. A bright table with room for decor
While you might not think to use a bright, white table in the middle of fall, hear me out: it’s ideal for decor. Pumpkins, dried corn husks, and warm-colored plates will all pop against the white background. This set is also on the smaller side, making it great for smaller porches or patios and reviewers say its sturdy and easy to assemble.
8. An investment piece that will last for years
For a high-quality outdoor dining set that’s worth the investment, check out this five-piece set from the Royal Teak Collection. It comes with four gray wicker chairs that pop against the wooden table. Even better, the table has a drop leaf design that makes it easy to move or tuck away whenever you need more space. The teak wood is also resistant to rotting, bug infestation, and effects of weather, meaning it will last you for years to come.
9. A set that looks more expensive than it actually is
Sometimes you want a simple set that will hold up to weather and children. Available in gray or brown, this set is light and inexpensive, but still encapsulates the style for autumn. It features wicker chairs and a glass table, and there’s absolutely no assembly required. Reviewers say it's great for small spaces and that it looks like it costs more than it actually does.
10. A wicker set with a ton of cushion options
One of the easiest ways to personalize your patio set is by changing the cushion color. This outdoor dining set on Wayfair has 11 cushion colors to choose from—with maxim beige, sunset red, and tikka orange being the best options for fall. It has over 700 reviews and a 4.7-star rating, with reviewers raving how high-quality the set is and that they love that the cushions velcro to the chairs.
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