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.
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.
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.
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.
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