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How to Use Your Outdoor Furniture Indoors

by Cathy Carr

A bright, white living room filled with ferns and indoor trees. A wicker couch and matching wicker chair and coffee table, with a black woven circle chair sit at the center of the living room.

Long gone are the days of ugly plastic outdoor chairs and grimy frosted glass. These days, outdoor furniture is a force of fashion all its own, and outdoor kitchens and patios have become a hub of home entertainment, rather than an afterthought used only for Fourth of July barbecues.

Because of this shift of style, you can easily find outdoor furniture sets designed to be just as beautiful and classy as any indoor furniture. So why not make the most of them? Outdoor furniture is durable and easy to clean, making it great for people with kids or pets. Plus, if you find a truly stunning set, like the ones at our store, no one will ever guess that your furniture wasn’t designed for indoor use! Here are a few ways to get double the use and double the value from your furniture, by using outdoor furniture inside.


Beyond Plastic

Outdoor furniture has evolved far beyond the flimsy white plastic of yesteryear. These days, wicker, metal, wood, and canvas are all used to make high-quality outdoor furniture – all materials that look right at home in your home, as well! Not to mention, they make a totally unique addition. Wicker might still be used for the occasional nursery rocking chair, but it’s not that common to see indoor furniture made of wicker. Your new furniture will be a unique, stand-out addition to your home that’s sure to catch any guest’s eye. So don’t worry about running short on options! Outdoor furniture is just as diverse and versatile as indoor.


Style It Your Way

Because there’s such a wealth of options when it comes to outdoor furniture, you can find pieces to match just about any style. A round, wicker chair is just the thing for a mid-century modern home, while a trendy metal and wood side table works perfectly in an industrial loft. Textured wood and earthy canvas look right at home in a boho living room, and bleached wooden chairs put the finishing touch on any Scandinavian kitchen. There are hundreds of ways to mix and match! Check out this guide to some of the most popular home design styles for some help picking the outdoor furniture that matches best.

A white picnic table and matching benches set with elegant, white flatware and candles in a yellow room. Wicker chairs sit on either side of the table. 

Be Picky

Be careful of collecting too many pieces from disparate furniture sets – there’s a fine balance between tastefully mix-and-matched and just plain funky. The outdoor-indoor look works best when you pick out your furniture based on a theme or collect a matching set. A collection including a couch and two chairs, or a full dining, set are great ways to rock this look while keeping your style cohesive.


Get Transitional

The best part about using outdoor furniture indoors? You can move it right back out again! If one day you decide to invest in some fancy leather seating, you don’t have to let your carefully curated outdoor furniture collection go to waste – just move it out onto your patio! Or if you aren’t quite convinced to go all out on the outdoor look, you can just use your outdoor furniture in the living room during the winter when you won’t be lounging on the patio anyway.


Just like that, your home has a totally new and innovative look, all thanks to the magic of outdoor furniture! Show off your style any way you like, and be sure to stop by our store for all the latest and greatest in outdoor furniture design. We have everything you need to help your home look its best when you bring the great outdoors in.