14 Patio Furniture and Accessory Picks to Create an Oasis at Home

published Aug 9, 2023
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Everything’s better with a little sunshine. From morning yoga on the balcony to afternoon meetings and post-dinner drinks on the patio, there’s not a single task that can’t be improved al fresco — and all right from the comfort of your home, if you’re lucky enough to have a bit of outdoor space.

Of course, said outdoor space is only as enjoyable as the gear it’s decked out with. To make the most of warm summer days and balmy summer nights, followed by fresh fall days and crisp fall nights, you want your patio stocked to the brim with everything you could need for the perfect outdoor day at home. And we mean everything — from a waterproof Bluetooth speaker and a personalized fan to a cozy lounge chair and a towel that won’t slide off it (finally!). Shop 14 of our favorite must-have outdoor patio essentials below. 

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Bluetooth Speaker

Nothing completes the perfect summer day quite like an atmospheric playlist. Whether you prefer to play Taylor Swift’s Eras tour setlist on repeat or mellow out with some Jack Johnson, this Bose Bluetooth speaker pumps crisp tunes on your balcony and beyond. With crystal-clear sound, a 12-hour battery life, and waterproof materials (it even floats!), this device is bound to become your new go-to gadget.

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Soft-Sided Cooler

With this Maelstrom cooler on your team, you can say goodbye to lukewarm soda and skunked beer for good. Insulated with an impressive five layers, it keeps your sips frosty for up to 12 hours, so you can crack a cold one, twist open a rosé, or hydrate with some water without going into the kitchen. Bonus: It also has a trio of storage pockets, an integrated bottle opener, and an easy-to-open Velcro top.

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Lounge Chair Cover

Sick of readjusting your towel every time you make the slightest movement? Yeah, same. This lounge chair cover combines preppy stripes and a cozy terry-cloth feel with a fitted pocket design, which nestles over the top of your chair so you can lounge slip-free. Choose from a selection of fun shades, like classic navy or vibrant orange.

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Portable Bonfire
Solo Stove
was $399.99

Don’t forget about life after sundown. If you want to add some ambiance to your next barbecue or romantic deck date night, look no further than Solo Stove’s Bonfire 2.0. This smokeless fire pit helps you achieve the perks of an open flame without any hassle, thanks to an extremely portable design, removable ash pan, and 360-degree airflow technology. No patio? No problem — snag a petite tabletop “fire pit” instead for a similar vibe at a fraction of the cost (and space). All that’s left for you to do? Break out the s’mores ingredients, of course.

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Outdoor Pillow Covers

Your patio needs a few key design elements to feel as homey and happy as possible. If you haven’t already decked out your outdoor chairs or couch with pretty pillows, now is the time. This chic pillow cover duo from Sweetshow comes in a whopping 38 (!!) colors and four sizes, so you can find the perfect complement to any patio decor. An important note: Don’t forget to buy the pillows separately!

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Convenient E-Reader
was $139.99

Summer is prime time to work your way through your TBR pile, and the Kindle Paperwhite makes it so easy. The waterproof design boasts up to 10 weeks (yes, weeks) of battery life, plus a 300 ppi glare-free display allows you to read comfortably in sunlight or in shade. The best part? It can store hundreds of books, so you won’t have to leave your patio to switch up your genre midday.

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Luxe Umbrella
Bed Bath & Beyond
was $120.44

Channel all the vibes of your favorite vacation destination with this charming striped umbrella, which will instantly transform your patio into a cabana. This set comes with an adjustable umbrella and base, so you can set it up and enjoy. Hot tip: Tilt the umbrella to get maximum shade as the sun moves throughout the day.

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LED Bistro Lights

Ever notice how an outdoor cafe feels instantly more charming once the bistro lights turn on? That’s what we like to call ambiance. Bring those cozy vibes to your patio or backyard with this waterproof and shatterproof string of LED Edison bulbs from Amazon. Choose from various lengths, ranging from 24 feet to a whopping 96 feet, to help you create the French-bistro-fairy-garden-twinkle-kingdom of your dreams.

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WiFi Projector

Why not take your next movie marathon outdoors, too? This WiFi-enabled projector easily syncs with your phone to cast your favorite movies and television shows with incredible clarity. Use it against the side of your house at night, or hang a white sheet taut for a clearer picture. (For a more affordable version, check out this model.)

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Pair of Lounge Chairs

Let’s be honest: Most outdoor lounge chairs don’t exactly have a reputation for being comfortable. If you find yourself constantly readjusting your incline, then it’s time you upgrade. With a 160-degree recline and breathable mesh body, these chairs are designed to make you feel like you’re floating. Plus, each chair comes with a detachable holding tray — so you’ll have a spot for your tablet, phone, and drink.

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Mosquito Defense

If there’s one thing that can ruin a good time — and fast — it's mosquitos. No matter where you live, those pesky little buggers probably rear their ugly heads for at least a few months throughout the year, cutting your outdoor time short in the evening. This portable, powerful mosquito repeller dispenses an undetectable vapor that wards off mosquitos within a 20-foot radius. Post up a few on your back patio, or pack one during your next camping trip to avoid ending the night covered in bites.

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Handwoven Hammock

If taking a seat isn’t your style, try an afternoon nap in a cozy hammock. Yellowleaf is the go-to brand for high-end resorts and beach clubs, so expect a quality hammock that feels like you’re lounging on a cloud. The key lies in their triple-weave construction, which combines 150,000 ultra-soft loops of yarn to cradle you weightlessly. The designs are totally flexible to your space — tether the ends to existing poles on your patio, or spring for the standalone frame for a dedicated spot to snooze.

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Portable Personal Fan
was $24.99

This mini personal-sized fan is the next best thing to a personal cabana assistant. Banish stale summer air and sweltering temps with its mini-but-mighty motor and dual speed settings. It also contorts into two folding designs, so you can go hands-free, and boasts a flashlight on one end for when the sun goes down.

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Yard Game
L.L. Bean

Ladder toss is one of those quintessential summer lawn games, so you can’t go wrong investing in a quality set you’ll have for years to come. This L.L. Bean design is made from durable New Zealand pine wood and comes with its own carrying case. On a budget? Opt for an inexpensive (and oversized!) outdoor tic-tac-toe set.