Versatile Outdoor Seating Options for Large Gatherings

When you’re going to be entertaining a large crowd, you’re not the only one who has to be ready. You have to make sure your patio furniture is also up for the challenge. But when it comes to outdoor seating there are many things to consider. In addition to cost, color, style and fabric, the seemingly endless number of options can be quite overwhelming.

I have learned that planning is key. Use your existing outdoor furniture pieces as your focal point, and then add additional seating into your space to accommodate any number of guests. Introduce different outdoor seating options into your design to create instant visual interest and versatility.

Fifth & Shore Siesta Teak Dining Set
Fifth & Shore Siesta Teak Dining Set with Dining Bench

Here are 3 outdoor seating options to consider:

I love how versatile they are and how they can have a place almost anywhere inside or outside your home. Whether you prefer a backless bench, some of which can be as long as six feet and easily fit a few of your friends, or a smaller, more personal bench made for two, you can’t go wrong.

A dining bench is a great option when you’ve found that perfect outdoor dining table, but just can’t seem to find dining chairs that suit your taste. Another option is having both a dining bench along with dining chairs as part of your outdoor dining set—rustic, stylish and very versatile.

Sillage Sling Folding Chairs
Sillage Sling Folding Chairs

Folding Chairs
Another great option is a folding chair. These practical pieces are great for dinner parties or any other event when you’re expecting a large crowd. They don’t take up a lot of space and today’s options are very modern. There’s the sling folding chair with weather resistant fabric, or my personal favorite, the teak folding chair made with the highest quality teak wood.

Director’s Chairs
If you’re looking to move away from folding chairs and in the market for something different, try a folding director’s chair. These are the epitome of cool and feature a solid teak frame and durable Phifertex® fabric that is sturdy and comfortable. These stylish chairs fold for easy storage, but if you have the space, this seating option is perfect for that empty bit of space that’s in need of a little fun.

Entertaining a large crowd is no small feat. As the host, you want everyone to be well fed, happy and comfortable. With so many things to consider and keep in mind, taking the time to choose the right outdoor seating options, even if you’re short on time, is one step you can take to make sure everything goes according to plan.

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