Outdoor Bar Furniture Buying Guide

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Your Complete Guide to Buying Outdoor Bar Furniture

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As summer approaches and the air gets warmer, there is nothing quite like enjoying a refreshing beverage with friends and family in your own backyard. Whether it’s the slow sipping of coffee or the brisk swigging of cocktails, or perhaps plunging into hours of card games, the call for an evening revelry demands a central space. And what better way to satisfy that need than by creating a stylish and practical outdoor bar area?
Outdoor bar furniture is ideal for those who enjoy entertaining and hosting parties, and it’s an excellent option to create an attractive atmosphere in your outdoor living space. However, with so many options on the market, choosing the right outdoor bar furniture can be a daunting task. In this buying guide, we’ll explore some key considerations to help you select the perfect outdoor bar furniture for your space.

What Is Outdoor Home Bar Furniture?

Outdoor home bar furniture usually consists of a higher table, typically bar-height or counter-height, accompanied by matching tall chairs or stools. The elevated height of bar furniture allows you to sit or stand comfortably while enjoying your drinks, meals, or conversations. The addition of footrests in bar chairs also provides extra comfort and support for those seated.
This type of furniture is perfect for outdoor spaces like patios, decks, and pool areas, as it creates a welcoming and stylish atmosphere for entertaining guests. You can host a cocktail party, play a board game, or have a deep conversation with friends or family in the outdoor bar area. A well-designed bar area with comfortable seating and a well-stocked bar is sure to impress your guests and provide you with a comfortable space to enjoy.

Home Bar Furniture

Points to Consider Before Buying Outdoor Bar Furniture

Outdoor home bar furniture is available in a wide range of styles, colors, and designs, making it possible to find the perfect items that suit your taste and budget. But before you make a purchase, there are several things to consider to ensure you choose the right bar set for your space.

  • Space: Where would you plan to place the bar furniture in the yard? Measure the area to make sure that you have enough space for the bar set you want. Consider the number of guests you typically host and plan how many seats you’ll need in your outdoor bar area.
  • Materials: If the furniture is likely left outdoors year-round, you need to consider how the material will look over time. Look for materials that are durable and weather-resistant, such as teak, aluminum, wrought iron, or polyethylene lumber. Avoid materials that are prone to rust, corrosion, or fading.
  • Maintenance: How often do you usually clean the yard? If you don’t want to spend too much time on furniture maintenance, it’s best to choose a bar set that is low maintenance and easy to clean.
  • Style: Choose a style that complements the overall aesthetic of your outdoor space. Consider the color, design, and finish of the furniture, as well as its shape and size.
  • Comfort: Look for chairs and cushions that are comfortable to sit in for extended periods. Ensure that the bar table and chairs are the right height for all members of your family. Take into account the height of your tallest and shortest family members.
  • Price: Consider your budget when selecting an outdoor bar set. Look for affordable sets without sacrificing quality or durability.
  • Assembly: The sets should be easy to assemble, or that come with clear instructions and all the necessary hardware.
Outdoor Bar Set

How to Shop the Perfect Bar Furniture for Your Space

Although finding the perfect outdoor bar furniture for your space can be challenging, don’t feel overwhelmed by the various considerations. Here are 7 steps that can assist you in finding the right bar furniture.

STEP1: Plan and Measure Your Outdoor Area for the Bar Furniture

If you purchase outdoor bar furniture without measuring your outdoor space, you may end up with furniture that is too big or too small for the area. This can cause problems such as limited space for moving around, awkward seating arrangements, and difficulty fitting furniture into the desired location.

Therefore, measuring your outdoor space is quite important before making a purchase.

You may already have a clear idea of where to put the upcoming bar table and chairs, but if you haven’t decided, it’s time to make a move. A patio or balcony that extends along the side of your house will provide the ideal setting for the perfect bar furniture. Of course, any other area you like is possible.

When considering the area for your bar furniture, it’s important to think about the number of guests you plan to host. A 3-piece bar set is a popular option for more intimate gatherings, while a 5-piece bar set is more suitable for entertaining up to four people.

Patio

Additionally, you should consider the placement of the bar set in relation to other furniture or objects in the area. You don’t want the bar set to block any walkways or doorways, or to be too close to other furniture pieces. It’s recommended to leave at least 3 feet of space around the bar set and between pieces so that people can easily move in and out.

Once you’ve decided, start by marking the area with tape to help you visualize the space. Then, measure the width and length of the area carefully and make a note of the numbers.

Keep in mind that the dimensions of the bar set may vary depending on the manufacturer, so be sure to check the specifications of the bar set you are interested in. Then, compare the dimensions with the measurements of your marked area to ensure that the set will fit comfortably.

STEP2: Pick the Right Material Type

There are many kinds of materials available for outdoor bar sets in the market. When purchasing, you need to consider various factors of the materials, such as durability, appearance, maintenance, surface, comfort and so on. The material you select for your outdoor bar set should be weather-resistant and fadeproof, ensuring that it will last for years.

Bar Furniture Material

Here are some popular materials for outdoor bar furniture from which you may pick based on your budget.

Softwoods

Outdoor chairs are commonly made using softwoods like cedar, pine, and spruce due to their availability, affordability, and workability. However, the softness makes it more susceptible to scratches, dents and other damage.

Softwoods
  • Pine and other softwoods are generally cost-effective and more renewable than hardwoods.
  • Not durable enough and prone to rotting and insect infestations.
  • The lower density make it prone to warping, twisting, and cracking.
  • Poor weather resistance and short service life. It requires consistent cleaning and staining if placed outside.

Hardwoods

Hardwoods, like oak, are often used to make high-end outdoor furniture because of their durability, strength, and resistance to weather and decay. Hardwood furniture is typically heavier than its softwood counterparts.

Hardwoods
  • Hardwoods is a moderately expensive choice for outdoor furniture.
  • Oak and other hardwoods are known for their strength and durability, making them difficult to scratch, dent, or damage.
  • Weather resistant. Hardwoods are less prone to damage from insects, moisture, and decay.
  • The heavier weight makes it difficult to transport and handle.
  • Food and drink spills can affect the wood surface, so it must be stained and protected regularly.

Teak

Teak outdoor furniture is known for its warm, golden color and its unique grain patterns. It is highly valued for its durability, strength and natural resistance to weather, decay and insects.

Teak
  • Because of its desirable qualities, teak is more expensive compared to other materials.
  • Teak is naturally resistant to weathering, rot, and insects, making it durable and long-lasting as a material for outdoor use.
  • It can be left untreated or oiled to maintain its natural color, as it will produce its own oil.
  • To avoid the appearance of “silver rust”, teak must be rubbed down and cleaned frequently.
  • The only color available is teak.
  • It can be heavy and difficult to move around.

Wicker

Wicker is a woven material that allows for comfortable outdoor seating in hot weather. However, since the material is extremely brittle and degrades, it is not suitable for long-term outdoor use.

Wicker
  • It’s a very affordable option.
  • The light weight makes it easy to move around, but it is also vulnerable to high winds.
  • Not weather-resistant. It may fade in direct sunlight and become brittle or crack over time.
  • The rattan design is full of aesthetics, but it also makes cleaning and maintenance difficult.

Aluminum

Outdoor bar sets frequently feature aluminum as a material of choice, as it offers exceptional lightweight, durability, and resistance to weather conditions.

Aluminum
  • Aluminum is very affordable and cost-effective.
  • Lightweight and durable features make it a popular choice.
  • Tough and resistant to rust and corrosion.
  • Low maintenance and easy to clean.
  • It may not be sturdy enough, especially in windy conditions.
  • Aluminum can get hot in direct sunlight.

High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Lumber

The durability, low maintenance and eco-friendliness of HDPE lumber make it an increasingly popular material for outdoor furniture. Made from recycled plastic, it is an environmentally sustainable option.

HDPE Lumber
  • Combined with Marine-grade hardware, HDPE lumber is resistant to moisture and corrosion, and not susceptible to cracking and splintering, ensuring durability.
  • Weather resistant and fadeproof. With a special coating treatment, it can withstand the UV rays of sunny days as well as the harsh weather conditions of wind, rain and snow.
  • It is easy to clean and maintain, requiring only occasional cleaning with soap and water to keep it looking its best.
  • HDPE Lumber comes in a variety of styles and colors.

STEP3: Choose the Right Bar Tables and Chairs

Having settled on the materials, now it’s time to select the right bar tables and chairs that actual fit your patio. Start by considering the dimensions of the bar table and chairs.

Height Matters

You may find that there are two phrases to describe the height and think they are the same: counter height and bar height. Well, they are technically different.

Counter-height tables are around 34 to 36 inches tall, with chairs that have a seat height of around 24 to 26 inches, while Bar-height furniture, on the other hand, are around 28 to 30 inches, which pairs well with a bar table that is around 40 to 42 inches in height.

Bar-height & Counter-height
Bar-height & Counter-height

The difference between counter height and bar height can affect the overall experience. Counter-height tables and chairs are well-suited for dining and casual entertaining, whereas bar-height furniture is better for standing or perching on a bar chair rather than sitting down for a meal.

When selecting the right height, consider the intended use and the height of family members. Make sure to check for enough legroom before finalizing your purchase. Allow approximately 10 to 13 inches of space between the top of the bar chair and the underside of the table to ensure maximum comfort when sitting.

Select the right size

Now that you’ve considered the number of seats and measured the space in the first step, it’s easy to pick the right size of bar furniture that fits your space.

Make sure there is enough space around the table for people to move around comfortably. If you’re looking for outdoor bar tables and chairs for two people, make sure to allocate at least 8 feet by 5 feet of space on your patio. This will provide enough room for two bar chairs and a small bar table.

For outdoor bar tables and chairs designed for at least four people, you will need to allow for more space. A good rule of thumb is to allocate at least 12 feet by 8 feet of space, providing enough room for four bar chairs and a larger bar table.

select the right size for bar furniture

Decide the type

After determining the height and size of your bar table, it’s time to consider the shape and function of the table.

It is often more convenient to choose a set of bar tables and chairs. If you prefer to shop for them separately, here’s a detailed guide to help you out:

  • Bar Table

Outdoor bar tables come in various shapes, such as round, square, and rectangular. Round tables are ideal for small spaces and intimate gatherings, while rectangular tables are suitable for larger spaces and can seat more guests. Choose a shape that fits your available space and suits your needs.

If you plan to use your outdoor bar table during the daytime, consider getting one with an umbrella hole. There is an umbrella hole in the connecting table of Serwall Bar Height Adirondack Chairs, which allows you to add an outdoor umbrella for shade and sun protection.

Serwall Bar Height Adirondack Chairs
  • Bar Chair

Many high-quality bar chairs feature seats and backrests that are contoured and ergonomically designed, which allows them to provide long-lasting comfort. Below are some types of chairs:

Bar Chair Backrest
Bar Chair Wide Armrest
Bar Chair Waterfall Front
1. Back vs. Backless

Backless stools take up less visual space, making them ideal for small outdoor spaces. However, chairs with backrests offer more support and are more comfortable for extended periods.

2. Arm vs. Armless

Bar chairs with arms offer additional comfort and support, making them ideal for extended periods of sitting. However, armless chairs take up less space, you can conveniently push the chair under the table when not in use.

3. Stationery Vs. Swivel

Stationary chairs are sturdy and stable, making them ideal for larger groups. On the other hand, swivel chairs offer more flexibility and are easier to move around, making them ideal for smaller groups.

In conclusion, choosing the right bar furniture requires careful consideration of various factors such as height, size, shape, and function. With the right bar furniture, you can enhance your outdoor entertaining experience and create lasting memories with friends and family.

STEP4: Determine a Bar Style to Fit Your Space

The style and color of your outdoor bar furniture should reflect your personal taste and complement the overall design of your outdoor space. With a little creativity and imagination, you can make it the ultimate gathering spot for friends and family.

If you prefer a classic style, you may want to consider a bar set featuring elegant lines and a vintage design. This style of furniture creates rustic vibes, perfect for a bucolic courtyard. If you’re feeling more adventurous, select a bar set with elaborate patterns or decorations, such as a vintage metal set with scrolling detailing.

Or maybe you’re on the lookout for something minimalist, then a bar set with clean lines and modernist design would fit the bill. Materials like aluminum or HDPE lumber can be used to create a sleek and contemporary look, suitable for the stylish courtyard.

Bar Style

When choosing the color of your outdoor bar furniture, consider the existing colors in your outdoor space. If your patio has a lot of greenery, a bar set in a light color such as a white set may complement the surroundings. However, if your outdoor space is more neutral, you can add a bold and vibrant color to make a statement. A bright color like red or yellow can also add a pop of fun and excitement to your outdoor space.

In Serwall, we offer outdoor bar furniture in a variety of colors for you to choose from. Pick the pieces that match your outdoor style to enhance the aesthetics of your space.

Colors of Bar Set
Black/ Blue Dianne/ Burgundy/ Dark Grey/ Teak/ Turquoise/ White

STEP5: Accessorize

For more comfort and aesthetics, soft cushions and umbrellas can be used as outdoor accessorize.

Take into account the material, color, and size while choosing cushions. Polyester and other weather-resistant textiles are excellent choices for cushions since they are durable and easy to maintain. Pick colors that go well with your bar set and outdoor decor. For size, make sure the cushions fit snugly and securely on the chairs.

Patio umbrellas offer protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays, keeping you and your family cool and comfortable while enjoying the bar. When choosing an umbrella, consider the size, shape, and material. Offering a variety of styles, colors and sizes, patio umbrellas in Patiomall will be a versatile addition to your outdoor decor.

Market Umbrella

So What’s The Verdict?

As you can see, choosing the perfect outdoor bar set for your space is a fun and exciting task that requires careful consideration of multiple factors, such as style, materials, size, and accessories. Keep in mind to prioritize comfort, durability, and versatility. By following the tips and tricks outlined in this buying guide, you can find the ideal outdoor bar set that suits your unique style and needs. Enjoy creating an oasis where you and your family hope to gather and unwind for years to come.

Shop SERWALL Outdoor Bar Furniture

At Serwall, our outdoor bar sets are made from high-quality HDPE lumber that is weather-resistant and able to withstand the sun and rain all year round.

Recommend the following bar furniture for your unique outdoor space:

Designed in classic Adirondack style, Bar Height Adirondack Chairs with Connecting Table can be placed on a porch or balcony for a romantic corner setting. The contoured slatted design provides comfortable support for your back and legs, allowing you to sit back and relax completely.

Lakebay Bar Table and Arm Chairs

Lakebay Bar Table and Arm Chairs features a modern style. This set comes with a large square table and two high chairs, perfect for intimate conversations. Get ready for a romantic evening with this bar set that offers plenty of room for cakes and cocktails.

 

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