How to Use Indoor Furniture Outside

The trend in backyard living is creating spaces that look like they belong indoors. Materials for outdoor furnishings have come a long way, and look like they belong inside. However, if you have a covered patio, it’s possible to use indoor furniture outside. Mixing indoor and outdoor pieces will create an eclectic look that expands your home’s square footage with the feel of an outdoor room.

Here are some ideas to get your started:

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Use wingback chairs

Place them in your seating group or on the end of your outdoor rectangular table, mixing with your regular outdoor dining chairs. This will instantly update your patio or deck with a traditional twist, adding color and perhaps pattern to your space.

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Bring your sofa outdoors

Create the ultimate space to unwind by using your indoor sofa or loveseat on your covered patio or deck. Deep cushions will add the ultimate in comfort, and it will make your space inviting and luxurious.

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Add a decorative chest

Create a storage spot by using a decorative chest or nightstand as an outdoor end table. You can keep things like sunscreen, bug spray, towels and candles inside drawers. If you choose a colorful piece, you’ll add a pop of color, as well.

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Decorate with ceramic accents

Make sure to accessorize your space just as you would your indoor rooms. Ceramic accents can weather the elements, so choose decorative pieces as well as bowls or trays that can also be used for serving.

Protect your pieces

It’s important to know that indoor fabrics are at risk of fading as well as harboring mildew in damp conditions. Make sure your pieces are protected, or replace cushions with upholstery that is meant to be outdoors. In addition, wood pieces that are left outside should be treated with a weatherproofing sealant to prevent fading, splinters and rot. You can find a sealant at your local hardware or home improvement store. You can also choose a weatherproof paint that will protect wood or metal furniture from the elements.