It is my fervent wish that I blink and it’s suddenly summer… baring global warming, it’s safe to say summer is a few months away from Seattle. That being said, spring is the perfect time to think about your outdoor decor situation. A quick, easy, and affordable way to update your patio is with a cute side table. Luckily, there are tons of affordable outdoor side tables on the market right now!
The side table you see pictured is one that I designed for Anthropologie back in the day, but it never went into production! I’ve been hoarding it for at least 4 years, ha. It’s not exactly weather-friendly, so in the winter we have to bring it inside. If you want to see more of our backyard oasis, definitely check out last year’s One Room Challenge reveal!
source: Solomon indoor/outdoor side table from Anthropologie.
Cute & Affordable Outdoor Side Tables (a quick & easy way to update your patio!)
I like to think of outdoor side tables as similar to pillows. They are like the icing on a cake… not totally necessary, but really nice to have. And they perk up the place! A chic side table serves the purpose of giving guests a place to set down their drink. But if you go for a cute one… well, then you’re making your space look more curated and designed!
Here are some outdoor side tables that have caught my eye this spring:
- bongo short side table
- stone/concrete side table
- blue and white indoor/outdoor stool
- hammered metal accent table
- round metal accent table
- wicker hourglass black/white end table
- metal side table
- pawn side table
- white outdoor side table
- cast small concrete end table — I am obsessed with the texture on this one!
- black faceted outdoor stool
- concrete indoor/outdoor stool
- cream textured garden stool
- dark grey concrete side table
- concrete and acrylic outdoor side table
- white metal side table
- cement outdoor accent table
- natural glazed side table
- wood and cement outdoor accent table
While shopping, make sure your table is actually meant to go outdoors. Look for descriptions like weather resistant, all weather, or outdoor-safe. In terms of materials, I prefer terra cotta, concrete, or ceramic. You can also choose metal, rattan, or wood — just make sure the wood is properly sealed! Nothing is worse than finding ruined furniture at the end of winter.
Sources, right to left, top to bottom:
- concrete accent stools
- concrete patio side table — ok, this one is a biggg splurge, but it’s just so pretty. I had to put in the most. Don’t @ me.
- colorfade indoor/outdoor side table
- metal side table
- Mabel side table
- terrazzo side table
- glazed ceramic stool
- Calo indoor/outdoor side table
I also tried to share side tables that could double as extra seating for guests in a pinch. Then, when it comes to what ‘affordable’ means to me, I aim for less than $200 per table. To get the most bang for your buck, I recommend signing up for the retailer’s email mailing list so that you can be notified first of a sale or coupon code.