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Time to talk? What to consider when buying a conversation set

Have you caught yourself wondering “what exactly is a conversation set?”You’re not alone!

Confusion reigns, and we’re here to clear the air. A conversation set is simply coordinated patio furniture, designed to encourage great gatherings.

Whether your visit includes two or twelve, these sets turn your outside space into an extension of your cozy living room.

Depending on your needs, 

you can find sets conducive to one on one chats or game night with a crew.

Ready to seek your own set? Consider these options in seating, style, and material.

Table Of Contents

  • Seating

    • Sofa Centric

    • Sectional Focus

    • Special Arrangements

  • Style

    • Modern

    • Rustic

    • Bungalow

    • Coastal

    • Retro

  • Material

    • Wicker

    • Metal

    • Wood

    • Plastic

    • Cushions

  • Furniture of Dalton



Conversation sets are all about gathering. Let your seating style reflect your space and aim.

Prefer individual seating? Choose a group of chairs centered around a sofa.

Want room to lounge? Opt for a roomy, all-in-one sectional.

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A sofa seating group consists of a couch that seats two to three, surrounded by individual chairs.

This option allows for shifting arrangements. Options can range from a 3 piece set to a group that will seat 8 or more.

Ottomans make luxurious footrests for a few, or extra seating for a crowd.

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A sectional seating group is made up of linked, modular pieces that join to form a single unit.

Sectionals are great for large spaces and provide ample lounging for small parties, or plenty of seating for the whole crew.

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If the gathered group is the main appeal, choose a u-shaped sectional, or a sofa and chair set that will work in the round.

This draws the energy to the center of the group, and makes conversation the focal point.

If your outdoor space includes a great view, like a lush garden or water feature, choose seating to take advantage of the sights.

L-shaped sectionals give everyone the best view in the house.

Symmetrical seating adds a touch of formality, while asymmetrical arrangements are modern and quirky.

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When considering a conversation set, you may want to seek a certain style. Here’s a quick offering of options: 


Contemporary style conversation sets are often over sized and minimal.

They offer plenty of room for lounging, with streamlined, geometric style.

Common Frame Material: Steel or aluminum

Example: deep set, streamlined sectional

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This is a cozy, casual style that tends to be warm and welcoming. Cue images of a log cabin retreat, and look for natural materials, including timber, hide, and cotton duck.

Common Frame Material: Weathered wood

Example: Adirondack chair

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This utilitarian style focuses on simple, sturdy forms. Like the Craftsman home it is designed to reflect, the furniture is well crafted and made to last.

Common Frame Material: Solid hardwood

Example: Oak rocking chair

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A relaxed style, equally at home by the pool or the sea, this type is easy-breezy. Look for lightweight frames with white upholstery.

Common Frame Material: Resin coated wicker or rattan

Example: Chaise Lounge

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A contemporary style that reflects a vintage vibe, retro sets usually provide a pop of color and a splash of fun.

Look for mod, geometric shapes that add quirky personality to a space.

Common Frame Material: Powder coated metal

Example: Acapulco Chairs

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Retro Patio Furniture


Because Conversation Sets for the Patio are designed to live outside, make sure to choose materials that can hold up to the elements.

Start with a sturdy frame, and top with all weather cushions. Here are some of our favorite hardy materials:

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If you’re after the classic woven look, choose modern patio sets cast or coated in resin.

These are weather resistant and lightweight enough to lug around.

If you live in a high wind area, you may want to head for heavier options.

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Metal is the longest lasting, most durable frame option around.

Aluminum is the lightest and requires the least maintenance of the metals.

Cast or wrought iron is a great stay-put option due to its heft, and steel makes for the strongest frame you can find.

Look for powder coated, UV resistant finishes that will keep seats cool in the sun while deterring rust. For high quality finds, seek seamless welds.

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For a warm, natural look go with wood framed furniture.

Denser woods like teak and eucalyptus resist water and have a long life span.

Cedar is a softer wood with a rosy glow, still known for its durability (see evidence of this in rural cedar fence posts).

Wooden furniture will require some maintenance, including occasional sealants or oil treatments.

Seek sturdy, mortise and tenon joints and avoid furniture held together with glue.

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This is often the cheapest choice, highly portable, but less durable than other options.

If you’re set on plastic, opt for marine grade polymer, made of High Density Polyethylene. HDPE will hold up to the elements, and is 100% recyclable.

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The gold standard of outdoor fabrics is 100% solution dyed acrylic yarn, the foundation of top notch Sunbrella brand.

This material resists UV rays and water, staving off fading, staining, moisture and mildew.

Spun polyester with a UV coating is the next best option, quick to dry but less resistant to fading.

For comfy cushions that hold up over time, choose Dacron- a durable foam padding, wrapped in polyester.

This option keeps its spring better than polyester fill or foam alone.

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From arrangement to frame, you are now armed and ready for serious conversation.

However you gather, you can sit in style with this info in hand. Choose wisely, and sit well!

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