Warm weather calls for outdoor entertaining of all kinds, from midsummer night cocktail parties to low-key weekday dinners. In these instances, outdoor seating can make all the difference between a celebration that sinks and one that soars. After all, bulky or poorly arranged pieces can inhibit movement, hinder conversation, and make hosting cumbersome. That is decidedly not the case with these inventive patio ideas, which are as practical as they are arresting.
A daybed repurposed as a chaise, a banquette strewn with colorful pillows and cushions, a lounge suspended from the ceiling: These inviting displays are more than just seating options they create intimacy, make clever use of space, and are conversation starters in their own right. While your outdoor space may be limited to a rooftop or a fire escape at the moment, these rooms are full of outdoor seating ideas you can save for when you have the space for your own sprawling oasis or get inspired and create your own budget savvy interpretation now.