9 Cozy and Creative Seating Ideas for Your Backyard Fire Pit
By Sarah Finazzo • March 14, 2023
Fire pits naturally add warmth and coziness to a backyard, but you have to have the right seating to keep your guests happy and comfortable! The right seating options can transform your fire pit into a favorite destination for friends and family to enjoy.
From classic adirondack chairs to reclining lounge chairs, the possibilities are endless. In this blog post we will go over some important things to consider when shopping and share some inspiration!
Relaxing Comfortably: What to Consider!
When considering your fire pit seating options, there are several things to think about, including:
- Space: Consider the size of your fire pit and the amount of space you have available for seating. You'll want to choose seating options that fit within the available space without feeling cramped or crowded.
- Comfort: Comfort is key when it comes to fire pit seating. Make sure to choose seating options that are comfortable for you and your guests to sit in for an extended period of time. Think about your preferences - are you okay with something low to the ground? Do you want arms rests? Swivel chairs? Cup holders? Are upright benches too hard on your back? Do you prefer plush cushions?
- Style: Your fire pit seating should match the overall style of your outdoor space. Choose seating options that complement your existing decor and create a cohesive look.
- Durability: Since your fire pit seating will be exposed to the elements, it's important to choose materials that can withstand outdoor conditions. Look for seating options that are made from weather-resistant materials or make sure you have an easy place to store things like cushions and pillows.
- Flexibility: It's a good idea to choose seating options that can be easily moved around to accommodate different group sizes and seating arrangements.
- Safety: Safety is important when it comes to fire pit seating. Make sure to choose seating options that are a safe distance from the fire and won't pose a fire hazard.
- Materials: Consider what hardscape your fire pit is on top of and what options will work best.
Wayfair Danny Wicker Patio Sofa
What size should a fire pit seating area be?
The size of a fire pit seating area can vary depending on several factors, including the size of the fire pit, the number of people you want to accommodate, and the available space in your outdoor area. However, as a general rule of thumb, the ideal size for a fire pit seating area is around 10 to 12 feet in diameter.
This size allows for ample space for seating and also provides enough room for people to move around comfortably. A 10 to 12-foot diameter seating area can accommodate a group of six to eight people comfortably, with room for additional seating options if needed.
It's important to keep in mind that the size of the seating area should also take into account the size of the fire pit. You'll need to make sure there is enough clearance around it to ensure everyone is a safe distance from the flames.
Fire Pit Seating Ideas
Now let's delve into some specific fire pit seating ideas so you can see what could work in your space!
Adirondack chairs are a classic outdoor seating option that provide a comfortable and stylish option for relaxing around a fire pit. Whether it's the classic wood version or the poolside lounger, they're an easy alternative that are comfortable and look great.
Overstock Hanlee Outdoor Adirondack Chairs
Terrain Teak Adirondack Chairs
Folding Beach Chairs
We love these versatile chairs for an outdoor living space, especially if you are limited on space or expect to have many guests. The Terrain option even has sturdy armrests if that's a priority when you are shopping.
Terrain Weekend Backpack Teak Lounge Chair, Stripe
Wayfair Folding Beach Chair with Cushions
A sectional sofa is a great option if you want to provide ample seating for larger groups. Today there are never-ending options when it comes to shapes (curved sofas, l shaped sofa, different lengths), materials and colors. Whether you want natural tones or a bright red to pop against your landscape, you can find a style at any price point.
Wayfair Ducan Outdoor Patio Sofa
Fire Pit Benches
A bench is a great option for a backyard. Whether it's around a fire pit or tucked into a quiet garden. You can find benches in any style, color or budget. Built-in benches are another favorite at Tilly to maximize a space if you are okay with a permanent option on your patio or deck.
Terrain Terrace Teak Dining Bench
Rocking chairs are a comfortable and relaxing option that can be enjoyed while watching the fire. You can find any color to match your fire pit style. We love the below from a simple classic choice to one with this cushions for extra comfort.
Wayfair Outdoor Homes Rocking Chair
Overstock Corvus Salereno Wicker Rocking Chairs
Seating for a Round Fire Pit
Curved sofas can help maximize the seating capacity around a fire pit, as they can accommodate more people than traditional straight sofas or chairs. They also allow for better use of space by following the contour of the area around the fire pit. When done right a curved seating arrangement can look very sophisticated and like it was custom designed for your round fire pit.
Overstock Nuon Curved Wicker Sectional
Outdoor Bean Bags or Pillows
Outdoor bean bags are a fun and casual seating option that can be easily moved around to accommodate different group sizes. If you are gathering around a traditional fire pit (vs. a closed outdoor fire place for fire pit table) you'll need to keep these a good distance from the fire pit to avoid sparks, but they can be a comfortable and versatile option.
Wayfair Large Outdoor Bean Bag Chair
Overstock Jaxx Juniper Outdoor Bean Bag Chair
Swing chairs are usually suspended from a stand or a beam and won't take up too much space, but provide lots of swinging fun.
Extra Foldable Chairs
Portable and lightweight foldable chairs can be great to have on hand in case your party is larger than usual. They are easy to move around and store away when not in use.
Terrain Folding Teak Side Chair
Fun Fire Pit Accessories
There are many fun fire pit accessories that can enhance the enjoyment of your outdoor space. Here are some ideas:
- Marshmallow roasting sticks: A classic fire pit accessory, marshmallow roasting sticks are perfect for roasting marshmallows, hot dogs, or other foods over the fire.
- Fire pit cooking grates: If you want to cook more elaborate meals over your fire pit, a cooking grate can be a great addition. This accessory can be used to grill vegetables, meats, and other foods.
- Fire pit spark screen: A fire pit spark screen is a safety accessory that prevents embers and sparks from flying out of the fire pit. This can help keep your outdoor space safe and prevent accidents.
- Fire pit poker: A fire pit poker is a tool used to move logs and adjust the flames in your fire pit. It can also be used to rearrange the wood and ensure the fire burns evenly.
- Outdoor blankets: Outdoor blankets are a cozy addition to any fire pit seating area. They can be used to keep warm on chilly nights and add a cozy touch to the space.
- Outdoor games: Outdoor games like cornhole, bocce ball, or horseshoes can add a fun activity to your fire pit area. They can be enjoyed with family and friends and provide a great way to pass the time around the fire.
- Mosquito repellent candles: Add some mosquito repellent candles to keep the mosquitoes at bay.
- Bug spray: Traditional bug spray is another option to consider to keep them from visiting you and your guests.
- String Lights: Hang some string lights to create a warm and cozy atmosphere in your backyard.
Good luck updating your fire pit space. If you liked this article, read more aboutlandscaping around your fire pit.
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