We just completed a gorgeous fire pit and now I’m on the hunt for the perfect outdoor stools to provide extra seating that will look great in the space and provide extra seating when needed.
We’re fans of built-in seating around fire pits… but we also want the ability to pull up closer to the fire… or push away from it… or squeeze more people in around it.
Built-in seating. Sweeping stone benches provide cozy fireside seating — and do double duty as amphitheater-style seating for up to 30 people for outdoor performances.
Flexible seating. Adirondack chairs and tree stumps… easy to drag (or roll) around where needed.
Combo of built-in and flexible seating. Boulders and massive stone slabs provide fixed seating; Adirondack chairs are movable.
New fire pit – looking for some stools to go around it
What we’re after is a space that adapts to the different ways people use it. I particularly like stools because they require very little real estate, they’re relatively inexpensive and they’re extremely versatile. A stool makes a seat for one; two stools support a plank for several to sit on. Not needed for seating? No problem – use the stool as a side table, ottoman, plant perch, serving tray. Push several together for a coffee table. Some can be flipped over and filled with ice and drinks, some can be used for storage. And whether they’re a simple tree stump or a bright shiny ceramic tuffet, stools add style and interest to any outdoor space.
Look below for my (current) favorite stools for outdoor use – most are under $200. (And some are not even stools at all – check out shower benches, side tables, planting containers and more for objects to use as stools.)
Mix rustic and refined, in a range of complimentary materials… metal, ceramic, wood…
Mix several styles and heights in the same color family…
There’s an amazing array of teak stools on the market… with lots of style and lots of character, these stools work in any garden… and don’t forget to add a kid-height stool in the mix (it works as a footstool too!)
Use stools to add a pop of color…
Try a cluster of different shaped stools in a single color or material…
Be bold – make a statement. Use a mix of styles in a similar palette. Or a range of shapes in a similar material. Throw in a wild card, riff off other materials used in the garden. Let me know how you use stools in your outdoor space.
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