Comfortable and attractive furniture plays a huge part in how much you enjoy your outdoor experience. But more often than not, your first look at your old outdoor furniture reveals that it needs a little makeover. If you are experiencing some confusion regarding backyard furniture, don’t worry. Here is a list of five must have furniture pieces for your backyard.

Patio Umbrella

Your backyard furniture is meant to give you an exhilarating outdoor experience. However, you won’t be able to do that with the sun beating down on you. Hence the patio umbrella. There are many different types of patio umbrellas and choosing the right one for yourself consists of much more than just picking the perfect color.

Most people who are looking for an umbrella to accompany their patio table (already fitted with a specially designed hole) choose a ‘residential’ type of umbrella owing to its low cost and its ability to fit into such a patio table. However, the pole of the umbrella often causes problems if you’re sitting directly across from someone. The solution is to use a ‘cantilever’ umbrella. Such umbrellas have a pole that sits on the side, which gives the impression that the umbrella is hanging over the table.

Table and Chairs

One of the primary questions you should ask yourself before selecting a table is how you intend to use it. If you are planning to use your backyard for hosting barbecue dinners, you should choose a dinner set. You can get anything from five to nine piece sets for your friends and family. If you need only that large of a table every now and then, you should choose an extended dining table. If you are looking for an ideal table for a small space, you can opt for a Bistro set, which often come in standard as well as balcony height models, and can be paired with decorative seat cushions.

Outdoor Chaise Lounge

Although chaise lounges are traditionally used for indoor seating, they have evolved over time to include variations that work very well in outdoor spaces. A typical outdoor chaise lounge should offer you an adjustable design, which allows you to raise or lower the backrest as needed. If you are looking for a formal and comfortable outdoor living room, you should go with a ‘Cabana’ styled chaise lounge. If you are looking to grab a bit of sun while outside, you should go with a ‘Sling’ chaise lounge that has a minimal design.


It is an unspoken rule that when the sun comes up, it’s time to start barbecuing. Natural gas grills are good, but they can never produce the same taste as a charcoal grill does. In fact, some people would say that only charcoal barbecue is real barbecue. Hanover offers a variety of multi-functional Kamado Grills to provide the ultimate grilling experience in your own backyard. With the thick ceramic walls you can reach high searing temperatures or maintain a low temperature for “Low and Slow” style smoking.

The most important criteria to be kept in mind before purchasing your barbecue grill is the surface area. The ideal arrangement is 100 square inches for every person having dinner with you. For example, if you plan to cook for five people, the surface area of your charcoal grill should be 500 square inches. The grill surface should be of cast iron grates, which are naturally non-stick and which tend to distribute heat more evenly.

Cushions and Pillows

A lot of people make the mistake of focusing only on furniture, however, there isn’t anything that can turn up the comfort dial like decorative pillows and cushions. You should choose cushions based on the furniture you have selected. If you chose a lounge, it would be a good idea to buy a large pillow. If you have bought a dining set, one cushion for every chair should be enough to make dinner more comfortable. Since the pillows and cushions are going to be outside, their fabric should be chosen carefully so that it doesn’t fade away within a week.

Always remember that your backyard is an extension of your home, so choose your furniture in such a way that it gives you and your family the comfort of home while enjoying the weather.