Want your outdoor living room to look and feel just like your indoor living room and thought you couldn’t?
With more people spending more time outdoors, our outdoor spaces are being more and more decorated and curated. So why not make your outdoor living room look and feel just as decorated, comfortable, cozy and beautiful as your indoor space.
With one of these featured outdoor ‘indoor sofa look-a-likes’, you can achieve this.
Outdoor Sofas vs Indoor Sofas
The differences between indoor and outdoor sofas are few but, somewhat obvious.
The main differences are the design styles which may seem obvious to the naked eye, and less obvious, the fabrics used for the upholstery and cushions and the materials used for the frames.
Sofa Design Styles
The design styles of outdoor sofas is usually obvious. The arms and base tend have more open air styling – meaning that they are not fully upholstered as with most indoor sofas.
This means a different look but also an outdoor sofa tends to look less comfortable due to the hard surfaces on the arms versus an upholstered soft sofa arm and back.
Part of the reason for these differences in design was due necessity. Because the materials available for outdoor furniture in the past were not as accessible or durable enough for outside use (mostly the fabric), designs had to focus on the hard frames and not the soft upholstered part of a sofa.
While that is still true for the most part, times and materials have changed, and so have outdoor sofa designs.
The other major difference is the fabrics and materials used to manufacture each type of sofa.
Outdoor sofas require frame materials which are weatherproof or weather resistant such as teak wood, aluminum, stainless steel, resin wicker, genuine wicker or cast aluminum. Indoor sofas do not require the same amount of care in the frame materials as most will be fully covered in fabric.
As well, the fabrics used for indoor versus outdoor sofas need to be different. Obviously, an outdoor sofa will require fabric which will withstand all weather conditions including heat, sun and sun’s rays, cold, wind, and of course, water and rain. One of the best fabrics for upholstering outdoor sofas and cushions is Sunbrella.
Most of the sofas featured here are covered with Sunbrella fabrics – considered one of the best outdoor fabrics on the market – making them super durable and long lasting as well as fade, stain and mold resistant.
Outdoor ‘Indoor Sofa Look a Likes’ Sofas
Today, with the improvement in materials including the outer upholstery fabrics, specially selected woods and cushion inserts, there are many outdoor sofa styles which look just like or mimic an indoor sofa style. So much so, that you can actually use these sofas either indoors or out.
Let’s take a look at some of our featured outdoor sofas which look just like your indoor sofa.
1. Akoya Outdoor Essentials Milan 5 Piece Outdoor Furniture Sofa Set
This sofa sectional seating set by Akoya Outdoor Essentials could have been photographed in an indoor setting and it would be stunning. However, it has been designed and made to be outdoors.
With the addition of decorative outdoor throw pillows, the outdoor ‘indoor living room look’ living room is even more convincing.
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2. Wade Logan Anushri Sunbrella Outdoor Sofa
Even though it is made with all weather wicker, the design is more reminiscent of an indoor sofa – due to the solid weave of the wicker as well as the solid frame covered in wicker – very modern
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3. Modway 5-Piece Sunbrella Outdoor Patio Sectional Sofa
Based on the photo, you cannot even tell that this sofa sectional is either outdoors or is obviously and outdoor sectional – when, in fact, it is an outdoor sectional.
It is not only beautiful, it is available in your choice of white, gray or dark blue.
In a completely different outdoor setting, this Modway outdoor sectional in navy blue is just as at home in this mountainous backyard deck – as it could be in your mountain home living room.
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4. Latitude Run Jericho Sunbrella Sectional Sofa
Who would know that this sectional sofa was made for your patio or backyard?
It definitely resembles an indoor sectional that I have owned personally but I could not put mine outdoors.
This large L shaped outdoor sectional is made for the outdoors but most certainly looks like an indoor sectional sofa.
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5. Mobital Redondo Sectional with Sunbrella Heather Grey Fabric
A very modern outdoor sectional looks like some of the designer sectionals made for your indoor living room. Due to popularity, this outdoor sofa may not be available.
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6. Bernhardt Monterey Patio Sectional with Cushions
Classic styling and superior fabrics make this sofa sectional with lounge chair by Bernhardt a perfect addition to your outdoor patio.
This sofa really looks like it could be a classical addition to your living room – even perhaps moreso than your outdoor patio.
It is available in a variety of fine upholstery fabrics and colors made specifically for the outdoors.
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7. OASIQ Riad Outdoor Patio Sectional with Sunbrella Cushions
With its half-open frame design, this outdoor sectional would work in an open air open concept home in your indoor living room but, works equally well for your outdoor living room.
Its back is also covered in padded cushions for great comfort – exactly what you expect from any indoor sofa sectional.
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8. Orren Ellis Tilly Deep Seating Sofa with Cushions
When I see a sofa like this one by Orren Ellis, I immediately think of a living room or den sofa. It looks just like an indoor sofa.
The main difference are the materials used in manufacture – including the weatherized metal frame and the weather resistant Sunbrella fabric upholstery.
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9. Bernhardt Avanni Patio Sectional with Sunbrella Cushions
For those with a large patio, deck or backyard living space, this very large and customizable sectional by Bernhardt, can be used indoors or out.
At first glance – and come to think of it – second and third glances, this Bernhardt Avanni sectional looks just like an indoor sofa.
And if you are familiar with the furniture brand Bernhardt Furniture, you know they are dedicated to classic styling paired with outstanding quality.
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10. Orren Ellis Norway Outdoor Patio Sofa with Sunbrella Cushions
Resembling a very famous designer styled sofa, this metal framed, Sunbrella cushioned modern sofa could easily be transformed from an outdoor living space to a indoor space with a modern flare.
Pair this with a few more mid-century modern accent chairs and you have an indoor living room design scheme – that you can layout on your pool patio.
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11. Kartell Pop Outdoor 3-Seater Sofa with Cushions by Piero Lissoni with Carlo Tamborini
So unique with the clear acrylic frame, this indoor outdoor sofa will add a modern style and comfort to any space, indoors or outdoors.
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12. Tommy Bahama Outdoors La Jolla Teak Outdoor Patio Sofa with Sunbrella Cushions
Another example of an indoor / outdoor sofa is this one by Tommy Bahama Outdoors. While this teak frame does have more of an outdoor feel because of its open framework. However, simply add multiple throw cushions to soften the wood arms and this could easily be moved indoors.
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13. Canora Grey Colburn Mahogany Outdoor Patio Sofa with Sunbrella Cushions
Another great example of a sofa which looks just like its indoor counterpart is this fully upholstered sofa by Canora Grey.
With its all upholstered style – almost slipcovered styling – along with the various back throw cushions, this sofa truly looks like a traditionally styled indoor sofa. Most would not expect to see this type of sofa outdoors but, today, we can.
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14. Summer Classics Bali Outdoor Teak Patio Sofa With Cushions
While this sofa may have a slightly more ‘outdoor’ styling due to its open ends, it could still be used in an indoor living room – especially one which is in a tropical climate or for one who loves a casual, yet elegant look.
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15. Frontgate Cabrillo Sofa – an Exclusive
While this sofa looks just like a sofa you would purchase for your living room, it has features which make it completely suitable – and actually manufactured – to be enjoyed outdoors.
It has durable aluminum frame is powdercoated, Frame is backed by an industry-leading 10-year structural warranty, Includes integrated seat cushions and removable back cushions, All-weather cushions are a reticulated quick-dry foam, Fully upholstered in 100% solution-dyed fabric that resists mold, mildew and fading – and is easy to clean.
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16. Four Hands Opal Outdoor 2pc Sectional in Faye Sand
From Alchemy Fine Home, this outdoor sofa by Four Hands could be easily used in your indoors or out.
Bring a hint of old-Hollywood glamour outdoors with this soft, sculptural sectional. Plush cushioning all around is upholstered in UV-resistant, water-repellent, quick-drying fabric. Cover or store inside during inclement weather and when not in use.
This modular sofa sectional has a generous sizing of 41.25″L x 134″W x 31.5″H. A measurement of over 41 inches deep brings true meaning to the term, deep seating.
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For a similar outdoor chair resembling an indoor piece of furniture, you may like this Hazel Outdoor Chair done with full upholstery and wooden legs.
And just when you thought you could not get more indoors-y with these versatile sofas and chairs, check out this fully upholstered swivel chair – looking just like a side chair you would place in your living room or bedroom.
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17. Covelle 4 Piece Modular Sofa Set
While still in the texture of wicker-look, it is solid and without any open frames, making it suitable for a coastal, beach or casual home indoor living room
This set features: All-weather wicker is handwoven over a powdercoated aluminum frame, Premium wicker construction resists mold, mildew, fading and splintering, Frame is backed by an industry-leading 10-year structural warranty, Cushionless design, with hidden layer of 2-1/2″-thick reticulated foam beneath wicker, and most importantly or for super convenience, there is no more positioning or storing cushions.
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18. Portofino Sling 8 Piece Sunbrella Outdoor Deep Seating Set
Being fully upholstered including the arms, backs and fronts, this outdoor sofa set looks like it could fit right into any indoor living room.
I especially like these outdoor patio chairs as accent chairs indoors.
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19. Santa Monica Outdoor Sectional and Swivel Chairs
Just like your indoor living room seating set up, this sofa and chairs set will make you feel right at home outdoors. Just add your favorite drink and snack and enjoy your time outside.
This super comfortable weather tolerant outdoor living room furniture is also importantly made in the USA – meaning it will be of the highest quality and is not a piece of foreign-made fast furniture.
20. Roma Outdoor 4pc Sectional with Ottoman
For the ultimate in both modernity and comfort outdoors, this Roma outdoor sofa sectional will fit the bill perfectly.
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Protect Your Outdoor Sofa
One last note before you leave. Please protect your sofa. As much as most of the fabrics used on these sofas, sectionals and cushions are Sunbrella – considered one of the best outdoor fabrics on the market – they will still last longer and look great for a long time with some protection when not in use.
It is an investment and you want it to last as long as possible.
Protecting your outdoor sofa with a protective cover will ensure your sofa has a long life.
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Choose your Outdoor ‘Indoor Look a Like’ Sofa
As you can see, if you love the look of your indoor sofa and would like to have one just like it on your outdoor patio, you can.
With the improvements in outdoor fabrics and materials, designers and manufacturers have come out with outdoor sofas and sectionals which look just like your indoor sofas but will be able to withstand the outdoor elements appropriately.
You just need to choose which indoor-looking outdoor sofa your like best.
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