| |

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Sitting Area

This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. All opinions are my own. 

It’s officially spring! And oddly enough, we’re starting to experience spring-like weather so that means more time spent outside on our deck. So I thought I’d share some tips and tricks for creating the perfect outdoor sitting area.

hawthorne park outdoor chair

Sitting Area Seating

We have two areas of our deck– the sitting area and the dining area. Our sitting area consists of the Better Homes & Gardens Hawthorne Park 4-Piece Conversation Set, which includes of a sofa, two chairs, and a coffee table. We’ve had it for almost three years, and it’s held up so well. It still looks new. One of the keys to outdoor furniture longevity is covering the sofa and chairs when we aren’t using them, especially when it’s going to rain. And in the winter, we store the cushions and pillows in our basement with the furniture frames covered on the deck.

Better Homes & Gardens Outdoor Furniture

Cozy by the Fire

It can get quite chilly at night, but one way to counteract that is with fire. There are tons of aesthetically-pleasing options out there. From fire columns to fire pits to tables with built-in fire pits. We decided to try out a patio fire pit table. The table comes with a removable cover on top so when the fire pit isn’t in use, the table can be used like a regular table, decorated with potted succulents.

fire pit table

Starting up the fire pit is very easy. Just remove the cover, open the door on the side of the table, and turn the dial to ignite the flame. The dial also lets you control how tall you want the flames to be.

The table also comes with polished glass stones. These look much better than the lava rock that comes with a lot of fire pit tables and columns I’ve seen. And if you want to mix things up and swap them out, it’s an easy change to make.

outdoor fire pit table

Perfect for warmth on a chilly night and roasting marshmallows.

fire pit table

Cafe Lights

Cafe lights are the perfect way to add some ambience to your outdoor area. I like when they are installed going back and forth across the space with a slight slack in the cord. If you live in a windy area, secure the cafe lights to the hooks with zip ties. And to remember how you hang the lights every year, mark the cord with a metallic Sharpie. I put little dots where the cords should meet the hooks.

cafe lights

Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Want to make your outdoor space feel more like a room and extension of your home? Add an outdoor rug to your sitting area. This 7′ x 10′ Woven Navy Jeweled Medallion Tapestry Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug is perfect for our deck. It helps define and anchor the sitting area. I love the pattern and fringe detail of the rug. Because it’s made of fade and weather resistant material, it can be left outside from spring until fall where we live.

Navy Jeweled Medallion Woven Outdoor Rug

Additional Surfaces and Seating

Need an outdoor end table? What about extra seating? Allow me to introduce you to the garden stool. It works perfectly as an end table and doubles as an additional seat for guests.

white garden stool

This white textured garden stool would work in almost any space. I like to keep my outdoor furniture and decor on the understated side so my plants can do the talking when it comes to adding colors. So while the garden stool is a plain white, the texture on the sides adds some extra visual interest.

garden stool

The Power of Pillows

Pillows are a great way to personalize your outdoor area. Want to add more color to your space, do it with pillows. Want to dial down the color but add some texture, do it with pillows. They also up the cozy factor. And outdoor throw pillows have come a long way in recent years, like this outdoor ivory pillow with tassels.

outdoor tassel pillow

I hope you found these tips for creating an outdoor sitting area helpful.

This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. All opinions are my own. 

Similar Posts


  1. Love this whole space! I really need to get a rug for my deck, and I love that one! So timeless and beautiful!

  2. Katherine says:

    This is so nice! Can’t wait for my puppy to be able to be trusted with fabrics so we can redo our deck! I want all of this!

  3. Looks fantastic! Love your back deck.

    1. I’m redoing my back yard right now and I can’t wait to set up an area like this! We’re going to set some posts and run lights back and forth. Will definitely be using the sharpie tip!

  4. Perfectly cozy! I can’t wait to put these tips to use when I furnish our new deck!

  5. Love all of it! Lights definitely make it so cosy. I love the other touches too. That stool/table is calling my name!!

  6. Love everything about it, especially the colors! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I love this whole vibe!! And that garden stool is very versatile. Looking forward to shopping some of these items. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. What a gorgeous space!! This would be so fun for entertaining (someday!) I love the rug and that fire table is to die for.

  9. That conversation set looks SO good. I can’t believe you’ve had it for three years already. Also, BHG makes the best cafe lights for the best price.

  10. I love the fire table, it looks lovely. We put our cafe lights on a smart plug so we can ask Alexa to turn them on/off. It’s been very handy.

  11. This looks amazing!!! It’s like another room!!! Walmart has really come through during this pandemic. I need a new outdoor coffee table and some new outdoor pillows – thanks for sharing these ideas!!!

  12. The fire table would be perfect for my deck. Yours looks amazing!

  13. Your deck is the perfect out door living space! Love the fire table.

  14. We really want to up our backyard game this year, and a fire table is on the short list. Good to know Better Homes and Gardens has good options local to us! Thank you!

  15. This is perfect! We just put a pool in and we are starting from scratch. I love your tips for making furniture last longer. And your outdoor is beautiful. Thanks so much for putting all your tips in this post. I know I’ll be referencing it a lot over the upcoming weeks!

  16. I’ve been thinking about getting our deck in order. Thanks for the rug recommendation because we need one desperately out there.

  17. I love this fire table, it’s exactly what we’ve been wanting. What a great inviting patio!

  18. Love all of this! We are moving soon and I’m super excited to get all new outdoor furniture and stuff ☺

  19. It looks so good! I love the garden store and the fire pit.

  20. Wow! Now I am convinced I need a fire table on my patio. This looks so cozy.

  21. I love everything but my fav is the white garden stool! Beautiful!

  22. Great tips. It is such a beautiful and relaxing outdoor space! Love the versatility of the fire table!

  23. An outdoor rug and cafe lights add SO MUCH to the space! This turned out amazing Chelsea! Love everything and I can’t wait for your peonies!!

  24. Brooke Gregg says:

    Great tip about using a metallic Sharpie to mark the

  25. I love the whole space but I need to update my rug game, I’m loving that one!

  26. Those fire stones look amazing!!

  27. Stephanie says:

    Looks great! I love the rug and appreciate all the tips. I am looking forward to creating a space like this on our new deck!

  28. This space is absolutely beautiful!

  29. I ordered this set and it’s being delivered tomorrow! I’m so excited (and hope it’s not too big for my space, but I’m going to make it work) Do you mind sharing what covers you have?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *