A Buying Guide for Outdoor Coffee Tables

An outdoor coffee table is a great piece to add to your entertaining space, especially for smaller homes. Just a small coffee table and two chairs can create a lovely seating area on an unused patio, making your living area feel instantly larger.

EcoChic has a diverse line of coffee tables, all of which are solid teak and ideal for outdoor use. So we’ve thought quite a bit about how you can choose the right outdoor coffee table for your style. Here are some things to consider as you’re weighing your options.

Apocalypso mosaic boatwood coffee table

Source: EcoChic, Apocalypso Coffee Table


Evaluate Your Coffee Table Needs and Your Outdoor Space

Do you need some low seating around the side of the deck so that you can see the view? Try bench seating around a coffee table, which maximizes space for guests and allows for storage underneath.

bench seating with storage and coffee table

Source: DesignSponge

Do you need lots of room for food and drinks? One or two coffee tables can move around and function as informal dining surfaces.

small flexible outdoor coffee tables

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

If your living space is small, you can even bring your indoor coffee table outside to use in your patio space when entertaining. EcoChic tables, like the Catch-22 Coffee Table pictured at the top of this post, are ideal for this.


Add a Unique Coffee Table to a Matched Patio Furniture Set

Buying a full patio furniture set is often more convenient and affordable than buying separate pieces. Sets come in different configurations: eating table, chairs, and umbrella, or sofa, loveseat, and coffee table.

glass coffee table with patio set

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

To create your own unique look, add additional furniture pieces to your set. A one-of-a-kind coffee table paired with a standard patio set is a great way to boost the visual interest, injecting color and variety. The overall look is much more upscale.

outdoor coffee table with matched patio set

Source: Thrifty Decor Chick


Choose an Outdoor Coffee Table as a Piece of Art

You may want to make the extra investment in a truly remarkable coffee table as the focal point of your conversation area. Painted wood tables, like our boatwood pieces, add a hit of color while keeping that natural texture.

Source: EcoChic, Hunky Dory Coffee Table

An intricately carved wood table is another possibility.

carved coffee table

Source: Victoria Pearson via House Beautiful


Use Your Coffee Table for More than One Function

Ottomans are a great coffee table choice, serving as a spot to rest your feet, a place to sit, or a surface for a tray of drinks, depending on the day.

ottoman coffee table

Source: West Elm

Fire pits are now widely available and affordable. Coffee tables that incorporate fire pits add extra ambience and function to your entertaining.

fire pit coffee table

Source: Castelle


Whichever coffee table you choose, make sure that the design and look of the piece is a good fit. Evaluate the quality and type of materials. Consider your needs for seating, storage, and flexibility. The right coffee table will maximize the beauty and usefulness of your outdoor space.

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.