Whether you have an expanse of decking, a small patio or a tiny balcony, your outdoor space should not be overlooked if you’re giving your home a summer makeover.
Start by investing in some of this season’s best dining table, picnic bench and bistro set buys, then turn your attention towards floral parasols, colourful hammocks and comfy sun loungers.
With these additions you can transform your outdoor area into a space that’s tailor-made for relaxing and unwinding. Here’s our pick of the best bargain garden furniture this year!
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.
Ideal for lazy days: Coral tassel hammock, £75, Ella James
Nothing beats a lazy summer afternoon in the garden and what better way to enjoy one than in this vibrant coral-coloured hammock? Made from organic cotton, it has eco-friendly credentials to match its style ones. Simply hook the ends onto two tree branches or sturdy fence posts, hop on and start snoozing in the sunlight. Don’t forget the sun screen!
For al fresco dining: Jackson dining table, £329; Jackson dining bench, £159, both Dunelm
Dunelm’s Jackson range combines black metal legs with solid pine surfaces to create furniture with a contemporary industrial look. Bring some of that style to your garden with the Jackson dining benches and matching table, which offers space for up to eight people.
Beautiful bench: Indu metal slatted garden bench in Cobalt Blue, £175, Habitat
Weather you’re reading a book, feeding the birds or admiring your flower beds, a bench is the perfect place to park yourself. This classic design has been given a contemporary update with metal slats for seating and a bright cobalt blue hue. It’s colourful finish is powder-coated to help it withstand the weather and it’s also available in red and black.
Colourful canopy: Garden parasol in Ipanema Fruit, £18, Argos
If you find yourself wanting to take a break from the summer sun, seek sanctuary in the shade of this bright and cheerful parasol. This fruity number doesn’t just pack a colourful punch, it’s also height adjustable and has a wide, 1.6m diameter to provide a generously sized patch of cooling shade.
Fuss-free furniture: Metro lounge duo set in Orange, £199, Kettler
This low-maintenance bistro set would make a fabulous addition to any patio, balcony or garden. It’s part of Kettler’s brand-new Menos range and features a pair of dining chairs and an aluminium side table. The chair frames are made from galvanised steel to stop them rusting while the PVC used for the seating is UV stabilised to prevent it fading in the sunlight. It comes in orange, blue or green.
Elegant and easy to care for: Two-seater bistro set, £184.99, Wayfair
If you’re looking for outdoor dining furniture on the smaller side, then this bistro set is a perfect choice. Not only is it highly durable, thanks to its powder-coated iron frame, it’s also beautifully decorated with its mosaic-style tabletop and seating made from broken bits of ceramic plates.
Sunbathe in style: Suntime Monte Carlo sun lounger in Black, £85, John Lewis & Partners
Get your summer glow going by investing in the Monte Carlo sun lounger. It has a sleek, ergonomic design and comes with a head cushion to provide ultimate comfort. When the sun finally goes in at the end of the day, simply fold the lounger up and store it in a convenient corner until it’s time to catch some more rays.
Space saver: Orlando multifunction four-piece garden patio set, £249, George Home
Tight on room in your garden? Don’t worry, the Orlando multifunctional patio set has been designed with compact spaces in mind. It provides comfortable and stylish seating and dining space for four people, and when it’s not needed, it can be packed away into itself. Simply flip the tabletop up, slot the bench into the table and the stools slide in beneath the bench.
Classic comfort: Premium teak deck chair in Cricket Stripe, £110, The Stripes Company
Sometimes all you need to relax and unwind is an old-fashioned deckchair and this one from The Stripes Company is just the ticket. With its smooth teak frame, warm-coloured hardwood and blue, orange, green and beige cricket-stripe slip, what’s not to love?
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.