Let the party begin! Turn a beautiful day into a relaxing summer soiree with outdoor bar furniture. The perfect complement to entertaining, bar sets and serving carts are all you need to keep refreshments and party supplies organized and within arm’s reach.
Outdoor Bar Furniture Ideas & Inspiration
Start with stylish outdoor bar furniture and let the inspiration follow. Options from full-size outdoor bar sets to petite serving carts means you can find the perfect piece to suit the size of your space (and the parties you plan to host).
For large patios and decks, a full-sized counter and bar stools is a smart addition to your outdoor dining set - your tabletop will be more spacious with a designated place for beverages nearby. However, if you prefer more intimate gatherings, a bar cart stocked with simple essentials will do, too. Just remember to keep your bar or cart stocked with a variety of refreshments, including some non-alcoholic options, and sturdy outdoor drinkware so guests can enjoy your deck or patio in a carefree manner.
Popular Outdoor Bar Furniture Styles
Outdoor bar furniture is just as chic as its dining and lounging companions. Designs range in materials from wood to wicker and span styles from coastal to contemporary, so there is a little something for everyone.
Popular modern styles feature clean lines and sturdy materials, such as acacia wood or weather-resistant wicker. While some outdoor bars can be purchased with matching bar stools, it’s also fun to consider selecting your bar stools separately for a look that is unique to your space. Double-check that your bar stools can withstand the elements, however, and are the appropriate height for the countertop of your bar.
If you find your outdoor bar set is lacking in personality, add a few elements of outdoor decor. Bookend your bar top with a couple of lanterns or add a throw pillow to each seat. A small potted plant looks chic on a serving cart, too.
As with all outdoor pieces, it’s important to protect your bar furniture from the weather. While most materials can withstand occasional rain, more severe weather, such as high winds or snow, may require your bar set be covered or put away in a storage shed or garage. Patio furniture covers come designed specifically for outdoor bars and are often large enough to cover bar stools, too.
When it comes to sunny days, however, keep in mind that a little shade might be necessary for both the comfort of your guests and the lifespan of any non-fade-resistant accents, such as seat cushions. Consider a patio umbrella that easily adjusts to provide shade wherever it’s needed most.