The new Bellevue store changes the outdoor furniture market
Yardbird brings ease and eco-consciousness to patio furniture. Sponsored by Yardbird.
BELLEVUE, Wash. — This startup is taking outdoor furniture into the future.
“bird yard is an outdoor patio furniture company,” explained Yardbird co-founder Bob Dillon. “We produce high-end furniture and we are a direct-to-consumer brand.
The Minnesota-based company just opened a Bellevue showroom, making it one of 12 it has across the country, and the only one in the Northwest. They design, manufacture and market quality outdoor furniture. Eliminating the middleman means they can sell it for around a third of the price of their competitors. Yardbird is also the only outdoor furniture manufacturer that uses plastic pollution from the oceans in its manufacture. A wicker set can hold about 2000 plastic bottles.
“We saw an opportunity to have a significant environmental impact – fifty percent of our wicker comes from ocean-impacted plastic,” Dillon said.
Purchases are made online or in the showroom. Free design tips and tools like wood cutouts take the hassle out of planning. Color choices are few, per design. Sunbrella-covered pillows and accessories add pops of color. Customers do not pick up the furniture in person, but place an order. The furniture is delivered and installed free of charge.
“We have a lot of consumers reacting to this and saying thank you for making everything so simple,” Dillon said.
These are three things this expert considers to be trending in outdoor living right now. Dining tables, modularity and cozy with the fire.
“Fire tables are a trend, it extends the season a bit, great for having friends and family over to enjoy the outdoors,” Dillon said.
Dillon said Yardbird chose the Seattle area for a new showroom because the outdoors is every Northwest’s happy place — and his company is happy to furnish it.