Even the best weatherproof outdoor furniture isn’t exempt from the elements, so it’s understandable if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on items that you know will show some wear and tear. The best place for outdoor starter sets? IKEA, of course. Whether you’re in the market for a table and chairs or plant holders and chic watering pots, the Swedish retailer has a huge selection of outdoor furniture and decor. These items are a good starting point, especially if your patch of nature is confined to a tiny city balcony.
Väddö Table + Chairs, $99
Prime for tiny balconies, this table and chair set folds flat for easy storage. And while the material may look like more expensive wood, it’s actually plastic; meaning that a quick wipe with a damp cloth is all that’s needed to keep this set looking brand new.
Need an outdoor kids table? Might as well make it chic. Add a bright pop of color to your space with this cobalt blue option. It works well as an indoor table, too, for when the weather prohibits outdoor tea parties.
Satsumas Plant Stand, $39.99
This ladder can serve as a place for your plants, or a vehicle on which to display a string of lights. Either way, it’s a perfect outdoor tool to dress up a balcony, patio, or even fire escape.
PS 2014 Plant Stand, $19.99
Need something a bit more multifunctional? This sleek, minimalist plant stand works well both outdoors and indoors. Use as a makeshift side table if you don’t actually need a home for your greenery.
PS 2017 Side Table, $24.99
Use this as a stool when you have extra guests who want to dine al fresco, or as a side table that can even be used as a bar station in a pinch.
Bittergurka Plant Pot, $9.99
Line the ledges of your balcony with these clean planters.
A cute plant stand on wheels means you can move your plant into different sunlit areas, depending on what it needs.
With two drop-leaf sides, this is the perfect table for small outdoor spaces: It can go from less than 8 inches to more than 4 feet wide.
Bittergurka Watering Can, $9.99
A watering can that’s also decor for your outdoor space. It’s the easiest way to add a pop of color and bring in a useful tool in the process.
This story was originally published on April 26, 2017. It was updated on March 25, 2018.
See more Ikea shopping guides:
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