Fire Pit Seating Area Design Ideas
Fire pits are a great addition to any outdoor living space. It provides family and friends a place to gather on a cool summer’s eve and brings a beloved camping experience to your own backyard. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy some roasted hot dogs or ooey, gooey S’mores! But in order to enjoy your fire pit, you and your guests need somewhere to sit. Why not let the fire pit design inform your choice of furniture, so your outdoor living space looks designed, rather than just thrown together.
Basic round fire pits are available in a variety of sizes and styles. Many, like the 39-inch Round Fire Pit from Garden Oasis, shown at right, are made from painted steel. Some have scrollwork and other elegant details, while others, like the Garden Oasis 26-inch Round Fire Pit, offer a more simplistic contemporary style. The Fire Sense 39-inch round fire pit combines cast iron with faux stone — a good choice if you want your fire pit to blend seamlessly into a stone-paved patio area.
A round fire pit makes a great centerpiece for nearly any type of patio seating. Opt to keep your fire pit seating area simple by sticking with practical yet stylish folding chairs. The Garden Oasis Wrought Iron Folding Chair pairs perfectly with a cast-iron or painted steel fire pit. Or, make things nice and cozy with a cushioned folding chair in a neutral color, like the outdoor padded chair from La-Z-Boy.
Square and rectangular fire pits are another popular option. Like their rounded peers, they come in decorative painted steel and lovely slate rock. A square or rectangular fire pit pairs well with patio furniture that mimics its straight lines and 90-degree angles. The Chicago Wicker Melrose collection offers a variety of contemporary chairs with straight lines. Available with or without arms, these comfy chairs let you design a fire pit seating area that’s both beautiful and highly functional.
A nice La-Z-Boy outdoor recliner, shown above right, also works well with a square fire pit. This ingenious chair brings your favorite part of the living room into the beauty of your backyard for the ultimate in comfort and relaxation for outdoor fire pit seating.
If you’re looking for a fire pit that’s a little more unique, you might consider a pagoda-style fire pit, such as this coated steel pagoda fireplace from Fire Sense, shown at right. Pagoda fire pits and fireplaces have a wonderful Asian-inspired aesthetic, so they work well with simple patio furniture. You might pair a copper-roofed pagoda fireplace with a set of Amazonia Ipanema Folding Chairs, offering minimalist style for a serene, spa-like setting. Complete the Zen-inspiring environment with a Garden Oasis Bay Window Gazebo, which mirrors the pagoda shape for a cohesive look — and lets you enjoy your fire pit even in the rain!
-by Amber Hilton