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Posted by Linda Merrill | May 08, 2012

Designer Picks: 8 Great Outdoor Couches

Materials are more stylish than ever before and there is something for everyone’s style and budget in the outdoor category.

The Grandin Road Retro Outdoor Collection (via Grandinroad.com)Modern technology of weather resistant textiles and furnishings and deck builders have really opened the doors wide to the pleasures of outdoor living. Materials are more stylish than ever before and there is something for everyone’s style and budget in the outdoor category. Here are eight outdoor couches for your consideration.

Flower Market Outdoor Loveseat by MacKenzie-Childs: The outsized whimsy of MacKenzie-Childs is abundantly on display in the Flower Market Outdoor Loveseat. This exuberance piece has bold style and colors and would certainly brighten even the dullest day. Made of hand-woven resin wicker with powder coated metal accents on a wrought iron frame, the piece is made to withstand the elements. $3,100

Retro Squares Outdoor Glider Sofa at Grandin Road: This Retro Squares Glider sofa comes in three retro-chic colors of bright red, turquoise and lime green, plus white. The design brings to mind the classic painted turned metal patio chairs from the 1950’s that had a natural bounce to them for added comfort. A retro sofa like this could turn a remodeled deck in Cleveland or any other locale from great to fabulous. $499.00

The Weatherby Sofa from Pottery Barn (via PotteryBarn.com)

Weatherby Sofa from Pottery Barn: The Weatherby Sofa is made from responsibly harvested mahogany, whose natural oils and hard wood make it a great choice for outdoor furniture. The piece has been finished in layers of stain, paint and sealants for a durable finish that will stand up to seasonal elements. The cottage feel of the painted wood is inspired by the architecture of New England cottages. $1,548

The Chester Sofa by Deep Design (via dwr.com)

Chester Sofa design by Deep Design (Italian designers Raffaella Mangiarotti and Matteo Bazzicalupo) at Design Within Reach: Inspired by a classic Chesterfield sofa, this piece has been updated and is more an echo of the Chesterfield. This simple looking piece can be fitted with a lamp in the base which emits and ethereal glow from within creating a perfect soft lighting when the sun goes down. The piece is made in Italy and features a proprietary drainage system for outdoor use. $1,020

The Applaro Outdoor Sectional (via Ikea.com)

Applaro Outdoor Sectional from Ikea: The Applaro outdoor sectional is made from solid Acacia wood that has been glazed with acrylic paints to make it more durable during the summer months. The sofa can be used outdoors but should be stored in the off-season. This sophisticated looking sectional can be used in different configurations depending on available space.   $873.80

The Tillary Outdoor Sofa by West Elm (via WestElm.com)

Tillary Outdoor Sofa from West Elm: The Tillary outdoor sofa is a chic little piece that brings the party poolside. The weighted back cushions can be moved so sun-worshippers can always be facing the sun. The sofa is made with sustainably harvested woods with a polyurethane coating. $719

The Valencia Deep Bench from World Market (via worldmarket.com)

Valencia Occasional Deep Bench from World Market: The Valencia deep bench offers up an Indonesian feel and is constructed of mixed tropical hardwoods. The bench cushion is sold separately.  Fill the sofa with a colorful array of back cushions and really sink in.  $299 (bench only)

The Igloo Nesting Pod (via HomeInfatuation.com)

Igloo Nesting Pod design by Roberti of Italy: The Igloo Nesting Pod offers a private retreat from the wind and sun, and possibly nosy onlookers. Made of Sunweave white resin wicker over an epoxy coated aluminum frame, the piece is elegant and would be quite a conversation piece. The cushions are made from weather resistant Sunbrella®. $10,300

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