How to Decorate With a Futon on an Outdoor Patio

Futons have found their way into homes and college dorm rooms across the world. Their simple structure and adjustable form allows for a variety of uses. A futon is a perfect patio accessory when a simple design with table and chairs is not sufficient for the space. Decorating with an outdoor futon is a fun home improvement project.

Step 1

Choose an outdoor friendly futon.  Many futons are made from materials that do not hold up well in an outdoor environment.

For a patio design, choose a futon that has a metal, wrought iron, wicker or natural wood frame. 

Step 2

Select weather-resistant fabrics.  Most futon cushions do not have weather resistant fabrics and fade over time, so a sheet, blanket or slipcover can be used to protect the original materials.

Fabrics in light colors tend to fare better in an outdoor world, but black is always a friendly outdoor option. 

Step 3

Add pillows and blankets.  An outdoor futon design requires the use of [throw blankets](https://society6com/throw-blankets?utm_source=SFGHG&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=3784) and pillows to make the outdoors warm and friendly.

Lightweight blankets and throws add color and texture to a futon.  Use blue and white china colors, or black and red floral prints for a dramatic appeal.

Step 4

Complement the area with a wood or wicker tray table placed next to the patio futon.  Place a potted plant and a carafe of water on the tray.

A couple of fine pieces of stemware bring luxury and elegance to the space.  Place a lightweight linen cloth or [hand towel](https://society6com/bath-towels?utm_source=SFGHG&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=3436) over the arm of the tray.

Things You Will Need

  • Weather-resistant slipcover, sheet or blanket
  • Throw blankets and pillows
  • Tray table
  • Linen cloth or hand towel

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