I hate to say it, but I’m a stickler when it comes to seating. I don’t like benches, stools, logs, backless chairs of any kind. I like overstuffed, big furniture that I can sink into and relax.
That’s why I spent a fortune on my camping chair that goes with me to the beach or anywhere I’ll be sitting outside. It’s also why we have large plastic Adirondack designed chairs in our yard. Interestingly, many people who build fire pits in their yard incorporate some sort of bench seating, which is good for accommodating a lot of people and saves the hassle of moving chairs to the area, but it’s not great for comfort.
But my preferences are just that… mine. That’s why this collection includes all types of fire pit seating ideas. I organized this into DIY fire pit seating ideas, patio furniture, camping furniture and wrap it up with some unique seating that’s not all that common.
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There are 4 types of DIY fire pit seating options. They are benches, rocks, logs and stairs. Here they are.
Because benches are the most common DIY option, we include a wide variety of designs and ideas.
Curved wood DIY bench on a patio next to a fire pit.
Elaborate stone built-in patio bench wrapping around a propane fire pit.
Flagstone bench and retaining wall around a large boulder fire pit on small oval patio in the backyard.
Curved brick bench around a circular brick fire pit on red brick patio. Patio chairs complement the bench.
Flagstone fire pit patio with curved stone bench in the middle of a sprawling backyard.
L-shaped brick bench around a rectangle propane fire pit table on flagstone patio.
Custom built gray stone l-shaped bench around a square custom built-in above-ground wood-burning fire pit on gray-blue flagstone patio.
Bench fire pit seating for a large gathering of people with several rows of benches around a circular fire pit in sunken fire pit area.
Semi-circle red brick patio bench on a circular patio around a circular propane fire pit.
Wood deck bench with back in l-shape around a red brick above-ground fire pit.
Here’s a relatively comfortable built-in stone patio bench with back around a stone circular propane fire pit on backyard patio.
Built in wood bench on deck wrapping around a fire pit (with screen top). This is a two-tier deck – the fire pit area is placed a good distance from the house.
Simple DIY wood benches placed around a rock fire pit. This is about as simple as it gets for DIY fire pit seating.
Stunning gray flagstone circular fire pit patio with curved matching flagstone built-in bench. Learn how to build this fire pit and patio area here. Logs
Not my favorite seat, but in a pinch you can cut up a bunch of logs and use them for seating.
Or lay large logs on the side for log benches to be used around a fire.
Rocks and Boulders
While not terribly comfortable, I love the look of these large flat-topped boulders used as seating around a patio fire pit. Stairs
If you have a multi-level patio you can use the stairs as a place to sit around a fire pit. Patio Furniture
Here’s an example of ample seating using a variety of matching patio furniture that includes chairs, loveseats and sofas.
Here are some lovely and comfortable wood patio chairs around a fire pit table. This is a good arrangement for a smaller patio.
We have these faux plastic Adirondack chairs in our yard. They’re inexpensive and comfortable. These are a great seating options for around a fire pit.
For authentic seating, you can splurge on real Adirondack chairs and place them around a fire pit like this photo example. Talk about a beautiful and inviting setting.
This is my kind of fire pit seating – large overstuffed patio armchairs with ample space around fire pit on a large patio.
I love this small round patio with fire pit next to a stunning backyard pool. The wicker chairs have cushions and plenty of space creating a very comfortable sitting area around the fire pit. I could sit there for hours.
Another example of multiple patio chairs with three small side tables around a large patio fire pit. The multiple side tables are a nice touch – everyone has a place to put their drinks, devices, etc.
Here’s an example of rustic seating around a patio fire pit – these are rustic log chairs that look great and are reasonably comfortable.
This is awesome – two curved well cushioned patio sofas wrapping around a circular patio fire pit table on a deck with incredible view of the ocean.
Here’s an example of two patio sofas around an attractive rectangle propane fire pit table on covered patio.
White Adirondack chairs circle a round brick fire pit on a garden brick patio.
Here’s an example of rustic log-style rocking chairs placed around a large patio fire pit.
6 contemporary patio armchairs with several matching side-tables around a huge patio fire pit. The side tables could double as additional seating.
Three large sofas wrap around a large stone rectangle propane fire table.
Adirondack chairs around a rock-style fire pit. Seating includes benches around an adjacent picnic table. Camping Furniture
While you could sit on inflatable camping furniture, it might not be the best option if a stray spark strikes it… that’s the end of your seat. Below we set out the different types of seating for campfire.
Here’s an example of folding camp chairs around a camp fire pit.
I’m a big fan of gravity chairs. If you can haul them along camping, do so. These are very comfortable.
If you need lots of campfire seating, here’s a three-person folding camping sofa.
This folding director-style camping chair with table is actually pretty comfortable.
In a worst case scenario you sit on a small folding camping stool.
Here’s a fire pit with built-in wood storage and sitting bench.
Here’s an example of metal benches doubling as wood storage as seating around a matching round fire pit.
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