A Chic Alternative to the Fold-Out Lawn Chair, and 4 More Outdoor Seating Ideas
Just add rainbow-hued cushions and a cocktail.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 6:10 AM
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The world is slowly opening back up, but our appreciation for the escape right outside our door lives on. That’s why this season we’re investing in backyard seating that’s as comfortable as it is pretty. And to help with that, we’re doubling down on staycation vibes with outdoor furniture and custom-made cushions in sunny, saturated shades.
But we know that upholstering an entire outdoor sofa in top-of-the-line fabric is not cheap, so we recommend purchasing even just a yard or two to dress up a more affordable piece. And thankfully, maximalist fabrics can bring high impact to even the smallest accessories, like a Frisbee-size cushion in Pollack fabric on a CB2 chair.
To make the outdoor cushions in this story, we worked with the new Brooklyn-based custom upholstery company Stitchroom. The master seamstresses there can re-cover anything from headboards to banquettes to a full sectional, in any fabric you choose to provide. Not based in New York? Never fear—it takes mail-in orders, too. Here are our favorites paired with fun outdoor furniture, all of which deserve a place in the sun.
The linear PVC bands on this foldable lounger (the footrest tucks underneath) feel right at home with an equally fiery geometric textile. Now sit back and relax.
The New Lilac
What looks like sherbet-toned wicker is actually plush woven silicone layered over marine-grade foam, the perfect combo of sturdy and supportive, no cushion necessary.
This powder-coated chair already comes with a backrest, but tossing on a coin-shaped accent brings out the frame’s curves (and comfort level).
Easy Being Green
Elevate a Fourth of July barbecue staple with a corresponding cushion, covered in an abstract spin on the seat’s classic woven straps. Just like Jell-O salad, it’s an unexpected pairing that works.
Shades of Sunny
Transform any patio into a mini Jardin du Luxembourg with this loungy twist— peep the curved slats—on the Paris park’s timeless seating. Très chic.