Project Guide

How to Style a Fire Pit

Portable Fire Pit Ideas
A fire pit on a patio
  • Portable firepits come in a variety of sizes and styles.
  • Asses the size of your outdoor living space and make sure that you have enough room to move around and seat your guests comfortably.
  • Gather around table top fire pits with a set of outdoor chairs for a simple setup that encourages conversation and relaxation.
  • Cauldron-style fire pits burn wood slowly and is shaped like a bowl, which is useful for radiating heat around your space. 
  • For smaller backyards, choose compact and portable options so you can re-arrange the patio space as needed.
Stationary Fire Pit Ideas
People roasting marshmallows around a fire pit
  • Chimineas are formed like a chimney, so the smoke is forced upward and away. They radiate heat and the design works great as a visual staple in your backyard. Arrange your patio furniture around them for a central place to stay warm on cool evenings. 
  • Larger fire pits made of brick or stone pavers take up more space in your backyard, but they offer more heat and can be the finishing touch to spacious outdoor designs. Add a loveseat, curved sofa or outdoor chaise lounge for spacious comfort around the fire. 
  • Hang string lights around the perimeter of your patio to add a soft glow that complements the flames.
  • Tip: Read our guide on how to build a fire pit for a DIY installation option.
Gas Fire Pit Ideas
People gathering around a fire pit
  • Gas fire pits typically operate with propane or a dedicated gas line that connects to your home, so there’s less flexibility with the installation location. Make sure to place these on a hard surface like pavers and in an area away from the home free of vegetation. 
  • Most come equipped with a small platform around the top for placing things like snacks and beverages. Style this area with outdoor dining chairs and side tables for a functional spot to enjoy an small meal or post-dinner nightcap.