How to Furnish Patio Furniture on Pea Gravel

patio furniture on pea gravel

Pea gravel patios are an economical and versatile solution, perfect for any Mediterranean-inspired patio idea. Their permeability and versatility makes them easy to use with rustic stone walls and rattan furniture for an inviting Mediterranean-style setting.

Furnishing a pea gravel patio can be challenging. Sinking, sliding and wear and tear issues often arise when placing patio furniture onto pea gravel surfaces.


Pea gravel patios provide an economical, low maintenance surface that’s ideal for seating areas, yet their shifty nature makes it challenging to secure furniture in place. To reduce friction use casters on chairs and tables with wider legs or choose furniture with less shifting; additionally landscaping fabric should be placed beneath the gravel to prevent weed growth.

Though pea gravel does deter some weed growth, windblown seeds can still get lodged into it and require periodic weeding. Furthermore, walking barefoot on pea gravel may be uncomfortable, limiting its use as a patio option in outdoor designs that feature frequent foot traffic.

To reduce the impact of shifting pea gravel on chairs and tables, landscaping fabric should be placed underneath its surface. This will help stop weeds from sprouting while providing a solid base for furniture. In larger areas, hand tampers or plate compactors may also be utilized to compact down the gravel for increased stability.

Another way to prevent furniture from sinking into pea gravel is with chair casters, available from most hardware stores and home improvement centers. Designed specifically to move over various forms of flooring – pea gravel included – easily, they can also be secured under chairs and tables to ensure they remain firm positions.

Some parks and schools use tennis balls sliced open into slices to protect furniture against sinking into gravel, creating a more permanent solution. Although this solution may not be appealing, it serves well in protecting both furniture and preventing its sinkage into it.

Weed Control

Pea gravel boasts an all-natural, textural aesthetic that pairs beautifully with rustic or Provence decor. Available in various hues such as buff, rust brown, shades of gray and white hues – pea gravel also provides a soft cushion underfoot compared to pavers or concrete pavement, making it suitable for outdoor dining areas as well as suppressing weeds in garden beds or accenting trees and shrubs in driveways and beds.

When using a pea gravel patio, furniture stability must be prioritized. Due to its unsteady surface, chairs and tables may shift and sink causing discomfort for all involved. To counteract this problem, using sturdy materials such as rubber, pavers or wood as underpinning for legs of furniture provides a secure foundation; furthermore it would be prudent to purchase items with evenly distributed weight distribution or that don’t require as much mobility is ideal.

Protecting the base of your furniture with an edging material to prevent weeds from penetrating gravel surfaces is also key, and is often affected by regular traffic on this area of furniture. An alternative would be adding tennis balls as a layer around its base to offer extra protection and reduce regular cleaning needs.

One way to prevent weeds from taking over your pea gravel patio is by layering landscape fabric over the soil before pouring the pea gravel on top. This prevents sunlight from reaching the ground, which prevents any new seeds from germinating and sprouting weeds from germinating and taking hold.

Use a solution of vinegar, dawn dish soap and salt to spray any weeds that do grow in your pea gravel and kill them without harming grass or flower beds. Using this technique will also minimize how much weed killer you need to buy and apply to your lawn. If you end up purchasing weed prevention paper or an herbicide – be sure to maintain it well to safeguard the pea gravel against damage over time.


Pea gravel patios provide a warm and welcoming outdoor space, but are less stable than hard surfaces such as natural stone or pavers. Rocks shift and degrade over time, so proper upkeep of pea gravel requires regular retamping, raking and adding fresh material as necessary. Although pea gravel may not look as appealing compared to traditional patio materials such as natural stone or pavers, pea gravel may still be an affordable solution that won’t break the bank when maintaining.

One of the best features of a pea gravel patio is that it requires minimal digging, helping reduce site disturbance and haul-off costs. This makes it an excellent option for gardeners with limited time or resources as well as those living in more rural areas where space for standard patios may be scarcer. Pea gravel is easy to install in various shapes and sizes making it suitable for curvilinear patios as well as landscapes incorporating natural elements.

Maintaining a pea gravel patio requires diligent weed control measures. To combat them, cover the surface with landscaping fabric before installing gravel, which will stop dirt mixing with rocks and encouraging new growth. In addition, using a leaf blower regularly remove any debris blown onto it; and occasionally raking will ensure evenness and density across its entirety.

Pea gravel patios should also take into account that their rocks may be painful for bare feet due to uneven and slippery surfaces that could cause discomfort and accidents. You can minimize this problem by regularly retamping your patio and adding an additional cushion with crushed or screened rocks as an underlayment layer beneath the gravel – or use extra layers for cushioning purposes like crushed and screened rock below it all for additional padding.

Most furniture wear and tear occurs at its base, so it’s crucial that any metal or wood pieces you place on a pea gravel patio are protected from unnecessary wear. With metal tables or chairs, plastic feet may help shield their legs from grazing against the gravel surface; with wooden pieces you could place a ring of stones around its base in order to shield its legs from scraping against one another and scraping against scraped surfaces.


Pea gravel’s permeable qualities make it an excellent choice for patios, as water passes easily through it without pooling on top. Incorporating plants helps reduce water and fertilization needs for them as well. Unfortunately, its permeability can create difficulties when furnishing your patio: sliding, sinking and wear and tear issues caused by its many nooks and carries can arise as can slide marks on top. Thankfully, there are various hacks you can employ to overcome such challenges.

As an example, landscaping fabric can help prevent soil from seeping through pea gravel, while 2 inches of coarsely-textured base rock (commonly referred to as crushed rock) over it will serve to stabilize it and provide support. You will require about 1.5 yards for an 16×16 foot patio space – ordering more may allow you to refill pea gravel as necessary.

Protecting furniture on a pea gravel patio requires using either a protective pad or plastic base; most wear and tear is concentrated at the base of each piece of furniture, where metal pieces may become vulnerable due to sharp gravel edges while wood may become scratched or even corroded over time. Plastic, however, resists scraping from gravel more readily while being less susceptible to corrosion or rot damage.

Another solution would be to switch out your pea gravel for something more durable like pavers or concrete. Although these solutions tend to be more costly than pea gravel, they can add stability to your outdoor layout. Before installing any patio space, be sure to evaluate its capacity to support all necessary furniture and accessories. Likewise, steep grades should not be utilized because this would lead to shifting pea gravel that becomes difficult to navigate or maintain; depending on your lifestyle needs you may find that concrete or paver patios better suit it.