This year the best garden furniture is flying out of stores quicker than ever before - as you'll probably have discovered if you've been searching for the perfect patio set, best outdoor table and chairs, or the ideal garden sofa for kicking back and relaxing when the sun's out.
To help with the hunt for the best garden furniture, we've rounded up some of our favourite finds, from classic bistro sets to contemporary sun loungers and stylish hanging garden chairs.
We've also included some of the best garden furniture buys that have a short lead-time or are available to pre-order. We think these pieces are worth the wait, but if you need outdoor seating now, then make sure to check out our in-stock garden furniture finder after our main product selections.
And once you’ve chosen the best garden furniture for your outdoor space? Create the ultimate outdoor relaxation area with our guide to the best hot tubs, or get ready to cook up an alfresco storm with our guide to the best BBQ's. Then all that’s left to do is get out the suncream and pour that ice-cold drink... ahhh bliss!
The best garden furniture of 2021
Best garden dining sets
Extend your dining space out into the garden and enjoy alfresco living with our top picks of the most stylish outdoor tables and chairs.
Alfresco dining just got serious with this contemporary outdoor dining set from Furniture Village offering a spacious table and set of six dining armchairs.
A wrap-around concrete-look ceramic tabletop brings statement style to the garden, whilst the scratch-resistant table surface is designed to withstand many an outdoor meal.
Even better, the powder-coated aluminium dining table and chairs are designed to be left outside all year round - so you don't need to worry about storage - and the comfortable outdoor cushions are made from quick-drying, mould-resistant foam that means they'll soon be ready to sit on, even if they get left out in a shower.
If you're looking for an outdoor dining set that won't break the bank, then this fun four-seater bistro table and chairs from Habitat might just hit the mark.
Made from steel with a bright red powder-coated finish, this contemporary outdoor set makes a playful addition to a family garden or will add cheerful colour to a patio or terrace.
For long lazy lunches in the sunshine, the table also has a parasol hole ready for you to add some much-needed shade.
Best garden sofa sets
For the ultimate in outdoor relaxation, a comfortable corner sofa, lounge set or garden chaise longue will create the perfect place to enjoy the good weather with friends and family.
When the sun comes out we want to spend as much time as possible outdoors, so we think it's well worth making it as comfortable outdoors as in with the best garden furniture.
A garden sofa is a brilliant way to enjoy some comfortable downtime on the patio or terrace, and this FSC certified teak wood corner sofa with rust-resistant aluminium frame and contemporary pale grey cushions is a great option.
The Spirit outdoor sofa set from Homebase comes with a slatted wood-topped coffee table, but we also love the extra space for drinks and plates at the end of each sofa unit; perfect for laidback lounging.
The squared design of the Camber garden sofa set from Furniture Village adds a contemporary feel to this otherwise timeless rattan garden lounge set.
The comfortable corner sofa comes with a low-to-the-ground coffee table, perfect for resting your drinks on, and a useful padded stool that can double up as extra seating, or be pulled up next to the sofa for putting your feet up.
Best garden chairs
If your garden - or budget - isn't large enough for a full garden furniture set, then make the most of the good weather with a comfortable garden seat.
The Acapulco chair's popularity shows no sign of waning, and we love these brightly coloured options that bring a tropical touch to the garden.
One part comfortable lounge chair and one part sculptural outdoor feature, the Acapulco garden chair from Homebase brings a modern and contemporary feel to an outside space. Opt for a matching set, or pick and mix from the pink, yellow, blue and white colourways for an eclectic look.
Just add cushions and you have the perfect spot for an alfresco morning coffee or evening sundowner.
A hanging egg chair has to be one of this year's most sought-after pieces of garden furniture, and once you've nestled into its plump cushions we're pretty sure this indoor/outdoor hanging chair from Cox & Cox will become your new favourite garden hideaway.
The perfect spot for a moment's solitude, you can curl up with a book and escape from the world in the sanctuary of this secluded cocoon chair.
Even better, this woven poly-rattan egg chair comes with a choice of standing or hanging options - either rest on the stylish metal hairpin legs or hang the chair from the freestanding metal base to sway gently with the breeze.
- Discover more seating options in our full round-up of the best garden chairs or our edit of the best hanging chairs for the garden.
Best garden tables
Sometimes shopping for key items separately makes it easier to create the look you want. If an outdoor dining set isn't for you, consider these standalone outdoor dining tables that can be mixed or matched with the dining chairs of your choosing.
This simple yet stylish outdoor trestle table from Barker and Stonehouse will create a statement outdoor dining area, perfect for entertaining or serving up an alfresco meal.
The hardwearing solid teak tabletop rests on graphite black aluminium legs that lend a contemporary industrial feel, whilst the robust design and moisture-resistant materials ensure this outdoor table can withstand the elements.
Available to buy separately, we love the contrast of the curvaceous black butterfly chairs against the straight lines of the solid wood dining table.
This vintage outdoor dining table from Nkuku, with its reclaimed wooden tabletop and distressed metal frame, will add industrial vibes to your outdoor space.
The table comes with two very useful sets of legs, enabling you to make it into the perfect height for dining or a low-to-the-ground coffee table. Matching foldable metal dining chairs - that are actually reclaimed Indian cinema seats - complete the look.
Repurposing existing materials is a much more eco-friendly approach than extracting more raw materials from the earth, and this outdoor/indoor dining set shows that definitely doesn't mean compromising on style.
Best bistro sets
If you're looking for seating for two for a compact courtyard garden, or space-saving foldable furniture for the balcony, a compact bistro set will create an intimate outdoor dining experience.
Made in Italy, this sturdy steel garden bistro table and chairs set from EMU is finished in the brand's 4-layer electroplated coating to protect the table and chairs from moisture and extend the set's lifespan.
A good selection of colour options - from classic black and white to more colourful contemporary options - and a compact design make this bistro set a great alfresco option for any garden, patio or balcony. Even better, the folding design makes for easy storage.
We especially like the fact that the table surface is a little larger than most bistro sets allowing two people to dine comfortably with plenty of room for plates and drinks.
Stylish, practical and perfectly designed for small spaces, Habitat’s Trough two-seater bistro set is our top choice for balconies or tiny patio areas where every square inch of space needs to be maximised.
Able to be left outside all year round, the ingenious fold-out table is hinged to a standing trough planter which can be filled with your favourite potted plants, or cocktail-making ingredients… whilst foldable bistro chairs are hidden behind the hinged table when you want to store them out of sight.
We think it’s the perfect place for sharing a glass or two of something refreshing during the long summer evenings ahead.
Best sun loungers
When the warm weather hits there's nothing better than topping up your Vitamin D levels outdoors, and these garden recliners are perfect for some serious R&R in the sunshine.
For poolside glamour - with or without the pool - Maisons Du Monde's Hurghada sun lounger offers luxe styling at an affordable price point.
Foldable for easy storage, the minimalist aluminium frame and quick-dry plastic-coated canvas seating is simple yet functional, with on-trend colourways of black, white, taupe and colourful terracotta and khaki green ensuring a high-end look at a fraction of the price.
The Adirondack chair is a garden classic, and we love this contemporary pale grey and very affordable option.
Crafted from FSC certified timber, the Seville garden lounger from Habitat is perhaps a more versatile option than a classic sun lounger and will make the perfect spot to admire the garden, even if the weather is too cold for sunbathing.
The gently sloping seat and backrest tilt you into a position perfect for relaxing, while the curved footrest is the ideal height for putting your feet up.
- Find more laidback options in our best sun loungers round-up.
Best rattan garden furniture
A classic outdoor material, opt for natural tones of rattan garden furniture for a timeless addition to the garden, or shake things up with contemporary woven colour.
We love the versatility of this rattan sofa set. The glass-topped table is height adjustable, meaning it can transform from a useful coffee table throughout the day into a taller dining table for alfresco dining - so no more balancing plates of BBQ food on your lap!
The compact corner sofa dining set from Furniture Village is a useful size for smaller gardens or compact patio spaces, but the padded bench seats also offer useful extra seating, so you won't be short of room for guests.
Even better, the bench seats can also be pulled up next to the sofa to transform it into a relaxing daybed. And there's two - so no fighting over who gets to put their feet up!
Proving that rattan isn't just for classic country gardens, the bold Yuri garden chair from MADE will add tropical colour and contemporary sculptural design to any outdoor space; from an urban roof terrace to a modern patio area.
- Find more options, from spacious rattan corner sofas to compact rattan bistro sets in our full guide to the best rattan garden furniture.
Best wooden garden furniture
Teak, acacia or eucalyptus, whatever the hardwood the best wooden garden furniture is strong, durable and works effortlessly in a classic or contemporary outdoor space.
If you're after an outdoor dining set that will accommodate a good number of guests, then this acacia wood garden table and chairs set from Dakota Fields is a reasonable price for the amount of seating it offers.
The classic design comes with eight folding garden chairs and an oval wooden dining table - although we think it comfortably seats more like six to give enough elbow room for alfresco dining.
The table is foldable too, which makes for space-saving storage when the weather isn't good enough for outdoor entertaining.
Classic English design meets Scandinavian cool in Cox & Cox’s Ravenna garden lounge set.
Crafted from whitewashed acacia wood, we love the simplicity of the minimalist slat-back seating which will create a restful retreat in the garden.
The lounge set includes a three-seater outdoor sofa, two armchairs, and a coffee table, plus soft grey cushions to ensure ultra-relaxed lounging.
- Find more wood options, from teak to acacia, in our full guide to the best wooden garden furniture.
More in-stock garden furniture
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You can also stay informed about the best garden furniture sales and when and where to find the best deals on outdoor furniture at our dedicated garden furniture sales page.
What is the best garden furniture to buy?
When choosing the best garden furniture for your outdoor space it's important to consider how you want to use your garden.
Are you looking to entertain friends and family outdoors? In that case, the best garden furniture for you might involve plenty of outdoor lounge seating or a comfortable garden sofa that will create a relaxed and sociable ambience.
Is a summer barbeque is high on your agenda? Then the best garden furniture might look like a spacious outdoor dining table and chairs that ensure guests can sit, eat and drink alfresco late into the evening.
Do you want a place to relax and chill out? A comfortable daybed, sun lounger, reclining chair or deckchair is a blissful way to lay back and enjoy a warm summer's day.
The best garden furniture also makes a great way to zone your garden. Just like we use furniture to create dedicated spaces indoors, arranging garden chairs and sofas around a coffee table will create an intimate relaxation zone, an outdoor dining table and chairs ready and waiting next to the BBQ will make for a versatile outdoor kitchen area, and a hanging chair or comfortable lounge chair at the end of the garden will create a restful retreat.
How to store garden furniture
Once you've found the best garden furniture for your outdoor space - and potentially invested a good amount of cash into the purchase! - you'll want to prolong your outdoor furniture's lifespan, which often means storing it somewhere dry over winter.
Most garden furniture is classed as 'weather-resistant', meaning that to prolong its lifespan it's recommended that it should be stored somewhere dry and temperate during inclement weather - and especially over winter - so it's worth considering what storage options you have available.
If you don't have much garage or shed space then look for garden furniture that is highly durable - like teak wood which can weather the elements due to its naturally high oil content - or compact folding options that make for more space-saving storage.
You could also consider furniture that is multipurpose and can be used indoors and out - that way you can still enjoy it inside when the weather isn't playing ball.
If storage indoors isn't an option, then it's worth investing in a good furniture cover to protect your patio furniture from the worst of the elements. Just make sure you look for a breathable option that allows air to circulate as this will reduce the risk of mould or mildew forming under the cover.
What type of outdoor furniture is the most durable?
There are lots of different materials that are used for garden furniture, some more durable than others, and most have their pros and cons which will need weighing up.
Read on to find out how different garden furniture materials compare, and which will be the most durable solution for your outside space.
What is the best wood for garden furniture?
Wooden garden furniture is a natural material and a classic choice that will complement any garden. Rustic or modern, light or dark – there are lots of options to choose from. For maximum durability look for tough hardwoods that can withstand the elements and offer a robust and sturdy design.
Teak is a popular choice, both for its aesthetic appeal and its exceptional durability. The wood's naturally high oil content repels moisture meaning it takes many years - even generations! - before it rots. You can allow teak wood to weather naturally to a beautiful silver-grey finish, or keep it topped up with an annual coat of sealant to prolong its lifespan.
The longevity of teak garden furniture makes it a great investment, however, this does mean it's generally more expensive than other options. The slow-growing habit of the teak tree also increases its price and means it's important to look for furniture made from forests that have been managed sustainably so teak resources aren't depleted.
Other good, tough timber garden furniture options include acacia and eucalyptus. Although generally considered slightly less durable than teak, they are still hardwoods that can hold their own against the weather, and as they are faster growing they are generally more affordable options.
With all wood-based products make sure to buy those that have FSC certification. This is the best indicator currently available to show that the forest your wood has been sourced from is sustainably managed, with new trees planted for each one harvested and the tree stock carefully maintained to ensure wildlife and the forest ecosystem is not damaged beyond repair.
- If you want your garden furniture to last, then avoid cheap softwoods which even with protection are unlikely to last more than a few years. Quite often these will be described as just 'wood' or 'timber' in a product description so it's worth asking the retailer a few questions to find out a bit more - and to enquire about FSC certification before investing your money.
- If your garden has decking, choose wooden garden furniture that will harmonise with it in terms of tone and colour. This doesn’t mean you need an exact match, just enough similarity to avoid clashing. Over time you could also bring the wood tones closer together in tone by using the same sealant or stain on both.
- Wooden garden furniture makes for a comfortable user experience, warming gently in the sun, and not feeling too cold to the touch even in winter - although it will absorb the damp after a rainfall!
- See our guide to the best wooden garden furniture for stylish teak, acacia and eucalytpus options.
Does metal patio furniture rust?
Just like different types of wood exhibit differing levels of durability in the face of the elements, so too different types of metal have differing levels of durability and hold up better or worse to the risk of rust.
Even if you aren't buying a garden furniture set that is obviously made from metal, it is often used as a framework to add strength to Polyrattan and even wood furniture, so it's worth understanding the main differences between metals.
Aluminium is a strong, durable, and rust-resistant metal that is generally very low-maintenance as it doesn't rely on a protective barrier to prevent it from rusting.
Despite its strength, it's a lightweight metal, meaning garden furniture crafted from aluminium will benefit from the best of both worlds; a sturdy frame that's also easy to move about the garden - and much easier to carry into the shed or garage if you want to store it away for winter than heavier metals.
Steel is commonly used for garden furniture and is quite often the cheapest metal option. However, steel is highly corrosive which means when exposed to moisture it will oxidise and rust quickly, although this can be avoided by treating the metal surface with paint to form a barrier. It's also a heavy metal, making garden furniture trickier to move.
Powder-coating is the most common type of barrier applied to steel and extends the lifespan of steel garden furniture considerably. However, it can be difficult to completely protect the steel surface, especially where joints and screws can damage the surface coating. If the powder-coating begins to chip, it should be restored immediately or the furniture will soon begin to rust.
Wrought iron is another popular metal for garden furniture, especially decorative patio furniture where it can be used to create intricate scrollwork detailing.
Wrought iron has a higher carbon content than pure iron which gives it some resistance to moisture, but it still needs protecting with primer and paint to stop it from slowly corroding over time.
Wrought iron garden furniture is also very heavy, which makes it more appropriate for benches, tables and permanent seating that won't be moved often.
- Metal absorbs the heat quickly so can become very hot when the sun is shining and very cold when it's not. On the flipside, the bonus is that any rainfall can be wiped off metal garden furniture quickly and easily after a downpour as it will sit on the surface and won't be absorbed, as with wood.
- Metal is a very hard surface, so you'll probably want to add cushions to any metal seating you buy - this is a great way to add a splash of colour to the garden though!
- See our guide to the best metal garden furniture for the most stylish aluminium, steel and wrought iron options.
Can you leave rattan garden furniture outside?
In many of our minds, rattan garden furniture is the quintessential summer look. The open weave design, usually in soothing natural tones, is visually light and appealing, creating a relaxed and laidback look in the garden.
Traditionally associated with country cottage gardens, it's a great style choice for a classic or formal garden, and with more contemporary designs now common-place it's also a great choice for urban roof terraces or a modern patio.
But, how durable is rattan garden furniture, and can you leave it outside?
Natural rattan furniture is an organic material made from fast-growing tropical plants which are woven together to form the distinctive structure. Because the plants are so fast-growing it is generally considered a sustainable option. However, natural rattan can dry out and become brittle in sunlight, and exposure to rain will lead to mildew and rot, so although a rattan chair is a lovely option to sit out in on a warm summers day, you will need to bring it back indoors overnight to protect it from exposure to moisture.
What we now generally consider as 'rattan' garden furniture is actually a plastic polymer - commonly dubbed PE-rattan or Polyrattan - which is not a natural material but a man-made synthetic plastic designed to imitate the rattan look we love.
Polyrattan is far more durable outdoors than natural rattan, and some manufacturers say their Polyrattan furniture can be left outside all year round, whereas others recommend storing it indoors over winter.
The difference in durability is often down to the metal frame that the Polyrattan is woven around. A cheaper steel frame that's uncoated will soon rust under exposure to the elements, whereas powder-coated steel has an additional barrier to protect it, and a naturally rust-resistant aluminium frame is likely to weather the best of all frame options - so it's worth checking the small print to find out exactly what your garden furniture is made of.
- Find out how to quickly refresh rattan ahead of the summer season with this top tip for reviving rattan garden furniture with a simple kitchen essential.
- See our guide to the best rattan garden furniture for the most stylish natural and Polyrattan options.
How to clean and paint garden furniture
Already have some garden furniture that you want to freshen up? Find out how to get ready for the good weather with our guide to how to clean garden furniture, and if you're ready to switch up your style then head over to our top tips for painting garden furniture or discover our DIY expert's top advice for how to paint metal garden furniture.
More outdoor inspiration
So, you have your garden furniture on order and are ready for the sunshine, but wait! What else might you need to create the perfect outside living space?
Check out our guide to the best garden parasols for stylish shade solutions, stop dusk from spoiling the fun with our guide to the best outdoor lighting to carry on the garden party into the evening, and zone your floor space with the best outdoor rugs.
Want more outdoor inspiration? Make sure your garden is ready to wow with these easy garden ideas or create the patio of your dreams with these stylish patio ideas. And if your patio needs a spruce up before your garden furniture arrives? Give it an instant makeover with our guide to the best patio cleaners.