The Most Stylish Outdoor Ottoman For Your Summer Patio

Last Updated July 6, 2021 By Bella Zinti

Not only does an outdoor ottoman add style to your outdoor space, but it also provides a comfortable place to kick your feet up, balance your beverage, or pull up a seat during a backyard gathering. Plus, patio ottomans are great for creating an outdoor workspace on your porch, deck, or patio if you're still working from home this summer.

To help you find the perfect accent piece for your outdoor space, we've rounded up the best outdoor ottomans along with some helpful pointers on how to choose the right one for your particular patio setup.

What to Look for in a Summer Outdoor Ottoman:

When choosing between outdoor ottomans, here are a few things you'll want to keep in mind as you shop:

  • Material— First, you'll need to choose between primary materials. Are you looking for something made with affordable plastic, classic wicker, or elegant wood? Try to find a balance between style, functionality, and price.
  • Primary Function— Are you looking for footstools you can rest your feet on? Poufs to use as garden decor? Or a cushioned ottoman that doubles as a comfortable seat? Some outdoor ottomans can also double as a coffee table or outdoor storage.
  • Cushions— Many patio ottomans come complete with cushions or can be topped with the outdoor pillows of your choosing. If cushions come included, stick to products made with water-proof, weather-resistant outdoor upholstery fabric that can withstand sun exposure and summer storms.
  • Size— Be sure to measure the intended space to determine a rough estimate of the ottoman size you're looking for. It's far easier to measure now than it is to return or exchange products later.
  • Coordinates with Your Patio Decor— Consider the color scheme and decor style of your patio decor when deciding on things like color, material, and overall aesthetics.
  • Budget vs. Quality— While there are plenty of great-quality affordable outdoor ottomans on the market, it's worth spending a bit more if you spend a lot of time enjoying your outdoor space. A higher price point typically means higher quality materials that are designed to last longer.

The Most Stylish Outdoor Ottomans to Add to Your Porch, Patio, Deck, or Outdoor Space This Summer

Project 62 Colorblock Rainbow Pouf

Project 62 Colorblock Rainbow Pouf

Add a splash of color to your outdoor space this summer with this stylish Colorblock Rainbow Pouf from Project 62 at Target. The cube-shaped outdoor ottoman can be used as both a footrest or an extra place to sit at summer barbeques and backyard parties. It is made from UV-resistant fabric with a color-blocked design made from woven dotted strands for an eclectic, boho-chic finish.

Material— Polystyrene frame with 100% polyester fabric

Dimensions—14 in h x 18 in w x 18 in d

CB2 Estela Herringbone Patio Ottoman

CB2's sophisticated Estela Herringbone Patio Ottoman is both eye-catching and minimalist at the same time. The stylish outdoor footstool was designed in collaboration with Brett Bedlock of Brett Design, who drew inspiration for the product from French industrial design.

The lightweight ottoman is made in Indonesia using weather-resistant faux rattan woven with an eclectic herringbone pattern. The color variation and texture play perfectly against the stool's sleek, polished stainless steel frame. While it's versatile enough to complement a wide range of outdoor furniture, it looks particularly nice paired with the coordinating Estela Herringbone Lounge Chair.

Material— Faux rattan with stainless steel frame

Dimensions—24.5 in w x 15 in d x 15 in h

Williams Sonoma x AERIN East Hampton Outdoor Coffee Table Ottoman

The Williams Sonoma x AERIN East Hampton Outdoor Coffee Table Ottoman combines the classic look of wicker patio furniture with modern materials that are built to last. It's faux wicker woven material is made from HDPE resin with superior all-weather durability and a powder-coated aluminum frame that won't rust.

The versatile ottoman was designed in collaboration with Aerin Lauder, who drew inspiration from the aesthetic in her Hamptons home. Its rectangular shape makes for the perfect footrest, breakfast table, or makeshift workstation. Though the cushion pictured is not included, the ottoman pairs perfectly with William Sonoma's outdoor pillows (sold separately), made from performance fabric that's water-, stain-, fade-, and mildew-resistant.

Material— Woven HDPE resin wicker

Dimensions—28.5 in w x 24 in d x 14.25 in h

Threshold Wicker Patio Pouf

Threshold's Wicker Patio Pouf is one of the most versatile outdoor ottomans on the market today. The weather-resistant wicker pouf has a rounded shape and minimalist light brown color that brings a casual, relaxing feel to your back patio or entertaining outdoor area.

The simple shape and durable materials make it perfect for kicking your feet up while you relax or balancing your plate while you tend to the grill or play backyard games with your dinner guests.

Material— Wicker

Dimensions—22 in w x 14 in h x 22 in d

CB2 Outdoor Basket Ottoman

This elegant Outdoor Basket Ottoman from CB2 was designed by Brett Bedlock exclusively for CB2. The sophisticated design features a faux rattan woven basket that sits atop a black powder-coated frame. Consider it the perfect place to kick your feet up while you read a book, work on your laptop, watch the sunset, or enjoy your morning coffee.

While the versatile design could be paired with a wide array of outdoor couches, chairs, and other furniture, it looks exceptionally stylish with Bedlock's coordinating Outdoor Basket Chair. CB2 recommends covering or storing the ottoman indoors during inclement weather or when not in use to keep the product in tip-top shape.

Material— Faux rattan with a coated iron frame

Dimensions—21.25 in w x 21.75 in d x 16 in h

Anthropologie Mod Fret Clive Indoor/ Outdoor Ottoman

This practical Mod Fret Clive Indoor/Outdoor Ottoman brings an instant dose of glamour and sophistication to your entertaining space. The unique sky blueprint was designed exclusively for Anthropologie by Philadelphia-based painter Kevin O'Brien.

Thanks to a simple circular silhouette, a removable slipcover, and a cushy, polyester foam-fill cushion, it's suitable for use in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Use it as a seat, a convenient footrest, or just a handy place to keep your drink.

Material— Polyester

Dimensions—15.5 in h x 34 in dia

Crate & Barrel Chapala Outdoor Teak Ottoman with Cushion

Crate & Barrel's Chalala Outdoor Teak Ottoman with Cushion draws inspiration from handmade wooden sculptures to bring a regal feel to your deck, porch, or patio. The stylish teak ottoman is made in Indonesia from FSC-certified teak wood with a wire-brushed finish that brings out the natural colors and textures of the luxurious teak wood.

The half-moon-shaped foam cushion features a fully removable cover made from Dacron outdoor upholstery fabric that's both durable and washing machine-friendly. To protect the teak, you'll want to cover or store the ottoman during inclement weather and maintain the warm wood color by using Crate & Barrel's Golden Care Teak Protector (or leave it unfinished to weather into a silvery grey).

Material— FSC-certified teak wood

Dimensions—23 in w x 14 in d x 17 in h

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Bold Stripe Outdoor Ottoman Pouf

This conversation-starting Bold Stripe Outdoor Ottoman Pouf brings something unique to your outdoor space without breaking the bank. The square fabric ottoman from Hearth & Hand with Magnolia was designed exclusively for Target by Chip and Joanna Gaines, the design duo behind HGTV's hit show Fixer Upper. It pairs well with all types of outdoor furniture and can be used as everything from a footrest, to a spare seat, to a decorative accent piece in the corner.

Material— Outdoor fabric

Dimensions— 18 in h x 18 in w x 18 in d

Pottery Barn Indio Collection x Polywood Ottoman

When it comes to outdoor ottomans, few offer the high-quality materials and durable design of this Indio Collection x Polywood Ottoman available at Pottery Barn. The minimalist piece is crafted in the USA from a unique recycled plastic material called Polywood that's finished with color-stay technology to resist fading, stains, splintering, cracking, peeling, and UV damage. It can handle all weather conditions, ranging from hot summer sun to winter snowstorms. Plus, it wipes clean with just a damp cloth and a bit of soapy water.

Just like all of Polywood's other products, it's backed by a 20-year warranty. Note, the cushion is sold separately, allowing you to choose between a simple white pillow or one in a print or color that really makes your space pop.

Material— Polywood recycled plastic

Dimensions—27.5 in w x 24 in d x 15.5 in h

West Elm Paradise Outdoor Ottoman

This all-weather Paradise Outdoor Ottoman from West Elm is versatile, durable, and incredibly comfortable. The plush, weather-resistant cushion is designed with a high-resiliency polyurethane foam core and a zip-off cover for easy washing. Indonesia's handwoven from all-weather wicker resists fading, sagging, and cracking and has a rust-proof, powder-coated aluminum base and legs.

The ottoman is available in three versatile shades: light grey, sunshine yellow, and natural brown. Pair it with an outdoor sofa or West Elm's coordinating Paradise Outdoor Lounge Chair to create your own backyard oasis.

Material— Wicker with aluminum frame

Dimensions—23.8 in w x 17 in d x 11.5 in h

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About the author

Bella has a Bachelors degree in interior design, is a master gardener. She designs nourishing outdoor & indoor spaces guided by the practice of Feng Shui.