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Best garden furniture: our favourite outdoor tables and chairs

From stylish outdoor furniture to cheap garden chairs, give your outside space a style boost with our pick of this year's best practical, budget-friendly garden furniture

Published: March 25, 2022 at 12:00 am
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Whether you have a large garden lawn with decking or a tiny outdoor space should definitely not be overlooked if you’re giving your home a summer makeover.

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If you're getting your garden ready for summer, start by investing in some of this season’s best dining table, picnic bench and bistro set buys, then turn your attention towards colourful parasols, dreamy hammocks and comfy sun loungers.

With the right garden furniture you can transform your outdoor area into a space that’s tailor-made for relaxing and unwinding. To make the final result even more special, style your furniture with some hardy outdoor cushions or placed on top of an outdoor rug. And don't forget some garden wall art to add extra personality to an outdoor entertaining space.

Here's our pick of the best garden furniture this year - and when you're done, don't forget to boost your entertaining set-up with our round-ups of the best BBQs, pizza ovens and chimeneas for this summer!

The best garden furniture

Whether you like al fresco dining or deck chair lounging, these budget-friendly outdoor furniture pieces will spruce up your space in no time.

Charles Taylor Wooden Dining Set

Charles Taylor Wooden Dining Set

This Charles Taylor wooden dining set from Dunelm offers a complete outdoor entertaining set-up, as it includes a table, four chairs with seat pads and a parasol with a base, too!

This solid, attractive set is made of sturdy timber and Scandinavian redwood and arrives fully-assembled - so no sweating in the sun over an instruction manual!

Fiam Amigo Sun Lounger

Fiam Amigo Sun Lounger, John Lewis

For total control of your sunbathing, look no further than the Amigo lounger from Fiam at John Lewis, which slides into three different angles plus lying flat, letting you find the perfect position everything from sitting down with a book to splaying out under the sun.

Its navy fabric and silver aluminium frame look super-stylish, as well - not a surprise, as it's made in Italy - giving you glamorous riviera poolside vibes even in your humble garden.

Bregnac hammock

Bregnac hammock la redoute

Nothing conjures up the image of blissful summer days more than a hammock, the perfect place to recline in the shade and let the hours drift away. Of course, nothing would send your idyll crashing to the ground faster than a flimsy hammock, so we love La Redoute's sturdy Bregnac. Made of thick polycotton and fastened with multiple woven fixings, it will keep you rocking peacefully all day.

Yuri garden bench

Yuri garden bench

Made.com's Yuri collection combines sweeping 1960s curves and eye-catching on-trend tones to create stunning garden furniture, including this spacious poly-rattan bench.

Also available in green and pink, we are partial to the elegant teal and black design above. Just remember to cover your bench during rain to keep in prime condition for years to come!

For more stylish seating options, take a look at our favourite hanging egg chairs and cocoon chairs.

Habitat Bamboo Garden Chair

Habitat Bamboo Garden Chair

With its intricate design and stylish high-end look, these bamboo garden chairs from Habitat at Argos look far more expensive than their £50 price tag.

Perfect as a standalone for relaxing in the garden with a book, they're smart enough that a set of 4 or 6 would look fabulous around an outdoor table. In fact, they would even look good indoors, as an accent chair in a boho living room or bedroom.

Wicker corner sofa

Alexandria 4 Seater Garden Corner Sofa

An outdoor sofa is just the job for bringing the inside out and enjoying your garden in comfort during the warmer months. This smart set corner sofa lounge set from Homebase can seat up to four people. Made of stylish grey wicker with a powder-coated steel frame, it comes with sofa cushions and a wicker table topped with toughened glass for holding your drinks and snacks.

Habitat wooden deck chair in Geo Orange

Habitat wooden deck chair in Geo Orange

Geometric patterns are really in right now, so why not embrace the retro graphic look with this bold orange design from Habitat, available at Argos. And forget about the flimsy models you might hire at the beach - with a solid wood frame and three adjustable height settings, this is a deck chair where you can truly lay back and relax.

Amsterdam 2 Seater Bistro Set

Best cheap garden furniture set

Simple, stylish and easy to clean, we love this bold blue bistro set from Zipcode Design, available through Wayfair. Made of strong, weather-resistant metal, this is a budget-friendly set that will last in all seasons - plus, it's easy to fold and put away when the sun goes down. If you prefer more neutral tones, the set is also available in taupe.

Geisha Fuchsia Parasol

On a sultry summer day, a parasol is a must if you're planning on spending the whole day outside without getting some painful sunburn. We just love the delicate design of this one from Dunelm - the bright fuchsia shade will brighten up your garden in no time!

Josper Low Metal Firepit, Black

No summer get-together is complete without some drinks around a firepit, and this one from Made.com is one of the nicest we’ve come across this year. We love its simplistic Scandi design and matte black metal finish, but the thing we love the most is the fact that the bowl isn't fixed to the base, making it super easy to dispose of waste after use.

If you’re after something more glam, you can get a version with a shiny brass frame instead of a black one – whichever you opt for, just make sure you’ve got the marshmallows ready for toasting!

Warm White Outdoor Festoon Lights

Best outdoor lighting

Switching up your outdoor lighting – whether it’s a huge expanse of grass or a tiny balcony – will completely transform the feel of your space, even if everything else stays as it is. These outdoor lanterns from Lights 4 Fun, for example, will give a garden table, patio or decking area a holiday feel with 6 hours of ambient glow. If you want to take it one step further, team them with some coordinating festoon lights – your garden will feel magical in no time!

How to care for your outdoor furniture

Garden furniture may be made to withstand the weather, but it still needs some TLC now and then. Check out these expert care tips from Protek to keep your wooden garden furniture looking fresh and new.
  • Waterproof your furniture

The number-one enemy of wooden garden furniture is water, which can cause swelling and damage. Mould can also take hold of wood and frost will attack any exposed areas. Protection by waterproofing is key here – you can also add a splash of colour at the same time. Look for waterproof coatings that contain fungal inhibitors to protect the surface beneath from mould while still allowing the timber to breathe. Old coatings can be painted over if they’re water-based and repaired.
  • Prepare furniture before painting

Before you start adding a fresh coat, however, make sure you prepare the furniture. Start by cleaning the surfaces with a damp cloth, then allow them to dry. Next, use a stiff brush to strip off any loose paint or sand down the wood, before wiping it clean. If you’re not doing this on grass, then protect the floor with a waterproof dustsheet and use a synthetic brush that’s small enough to reach into tight corners.
  • Use a primer

Protek Royal Exterior paint acts as a great base coat, so it can be applied without a primer, however if it’s a light colour then it may need a primer and a knotting agent to prevent tannin staining. Two to three coats are recommended to build colour depth. Wooden garden furniture can also be made to look as good as new with Protek Royal Exterior Superior Wood Finish. This long-lasting, breathable protection has a soft lustre that allows the grain to show through. It’s also water-based and has a low VOC content. It’s available in a wide range of colours for £17.99 per litre. Find out more at protekwoodstain.co.uk.

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