Best Places To Shop For Outdoor Furniture In The North Bay

August 13, 2013 5:00 AM
Few things can add to the pleasure of summer like outdoor living. And nothing enhances outdoor living more beautifully than the right furniture. An adirondack chair, for example, a well-made hammock or a Norumbega swing can help to transform a weed-filled empty lot into an oasis of peace and relaxation. And those aren’t your only options. Outdoor furniture can range from wrought-iron classic English garden furniture to top-of-the-line elegance in handmade teak to rustic log-built furniture of the simplest sort. Here are some places to shop for the full range of possibilities so you can take mini vacations in your own backyard.

Marin Outdoor Living
1281 Andersen Drive, Suite H
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 257-8811

At Marin Outdoor Living, the specialty is sustainable outdoor furniture as sturdy and reliable as indoor furniture. The furniture at Marin Outdoor Living is constructed using Brazilian Walnut (one of the hardest woods available), stainless steel, marine-grade polyboard and natural fiber. This is designer-grade furniture, equal in quality to the best indoor decoration. It’s not the cheapest, but certainly among the best. This is the place to go to decorate an outdoor environment that is truly upscale.

Terra Patio & Garden
258 Bolinas St.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 331-1603

Terra Patio & Garden offers classics like an adirondack chair and rockers as well as comfortable benches and swings. If your yard is going to be full of children, you will be interested in its impressive play structures that will help the little ones create memories to last a lifetime. Terra also provides hot tubs and spas. With this wide selection, it is no wonder that it is often cited as one of the best outdoor furniture outlets in the North Bay. Customers report that they appreciate finding so much in one place, and the extensive inventory allows for prices that are very competitive.

English Garden Furniture
128 Mitchell Blvd.
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 492-1051

English Garden Furniture offers rust-proof furniture in styles ranging from traditional Georgian to the most streamlined and modernistic. Constructed of solid cast aluminum, this furniture is definitely designed to stand up against the heaviest weather. From dining sets to lounge chairs to planters, these sturdy pieces will deliver a feeling of permanence and stability as the seasons change from year to year. This is furniture that will be there for your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren over the generations.

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The Wooden Duck
1848 Fourth St.
San Rafael, CA  94901
(415) 453-0345

In Berkeley (where else?), the factory for The Wooden Duck manufactures rustic outdoor furniture from reclaimed wood. The results are simultaneously beautiful and simple, with a weathered look that simply cannot be matched by any other method. Additionally, the use of reclaimed wood allows the shop to offer pieces at a wide range of price points, some for under $100 ranging to more than $1,000. It is no wonder that quite a few restaurants in the Bay area, when seeking a casual and rustic feel, make use of furniture from The Wooden Duck. If being green is important to you, a visit to The Wooden Duck should definitely be on your agenda.

Beach House Style
779 Center Blvd.
Fairfax, CA 94930
(415) 454-3138

This popular boutique in the elegant Marin small town of Fairfax really knows how to bring on the funk without any junk. The owners scour flea markets, antique stores, estate sales and whatever else to find those perfect casual touches for vacation living. Beach House Style has a wide variety of items from the perfect beach house wall fixtures to just the right chair for lounging in the yard. New (to you) stuff comes in all the time.

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Charles Kruger is well known in the Bay area as “The Storming Bohemian” ever since he entered the Bay Area cultural scene in the summer of 2009, attending 90 cultural events in 90 days and blogging about it. This project was successful enough to warrant a mention in The New York Times. His coverage of Bay area theatre can be found at

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