Just like furniture for inside the home, outdoor pieces are best when they serve more than one purpose. That's why our ears perked up when we learned about Brookbend's line of multi-purpose outdoor furniture - like the cabinet above that opens up to serve as a buffet.
A couple of Brookbend's pieces jumped out at us as being perfect for small outdoor spaces. As the name suggests, the Storage Buffet Server (shown in the first image above) works as both storage and a sideboard or even a makeshift dining table. The front doors open for easy storage while the top and the top door lift open to create a large buffet surface.
The small storage box (second image) and the storage buffet cabinet (third image) are also great outdoor storage options for small spaces. The small box can be used as storage for outdoor cushions and the like or, with an ice bucket insert, can be used as an ice chest. And of course the buffet cabinet is like having a big wardrobe for outdoors - perfect for cushions, gardening supplies or even outdoor dining essentials.
Unlike a lot of outdoor furniture, Brookbend's line is made out of western red cedar, chosen "specifically because it is free of knots and has a straight grain, which discourages warping and cracking of the furniture when the wood is exposed to weather." This means less time caring for the furniture and more time enjoying the outdoors. In addition to these storage options, Brookbend also makes dining tables, seating and bar carts.
(Images: Brookbend Furniture)