8 best outdoor chairs for your garden

Traditional rattan to modern concrete sculptures, we’ve put together a list of the best outdoor chairs to bring style and relaxation to your garden

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You’ve worked hard to create the perfect garden, either by planning a fabulous patio or designing a beautiful deck. Now all that’s left to do is find some stylish pieces of garden furniture to make your garden summer-ready. Whether your garden features solitary corners made for relaxing with a book or a pocket-sized patio area perfect for enjoying a glass of wine, our selection of the top outdoor chairs will provide you with plenty of inspiration so you can enjoy the best of the British summer. 

When it comes to deciding on the best outdoor chairs for your garden, make sure you consider the material and maintenance requirements of your choice. Rattan pieces such as the House by John Lewis Salsa Garden Chair can stay outside all year round but hanging chairs, sun loungers and metal furniture may need to come inside once autumn comes round. 

You should also watch out for whether you’re paying for one chair or two; not all outdoor chairs come in pairs and you don’t want to end up paying over the odds for a full set. 

The best outdoor chair

1. House by John Lewis Salsa Garden Chair Set of Two

Rattan, but not as you know it

Material: Steel and rattan
Dimensions: H81.5xW72xD69cm
Set: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Six stylish colours to choose from 

These Salsa garden chairs from John Lewis will certainly draw the eye, especially if you like the look of the Saffron and Heatwave colours. They’re perfect for bringing a touch of summer to your garden and thanks to their metal and rattan composition, they can remain outside all year round, serving as a reminder of summer even in the dingiest of winter weather.  

MILTON Round Concrete Garden Stool

2. MILTON Round Concrete Garden Stool

A sculpture piece, perfect for bringing character to greenery

Material: Concrete
Dimensions: D34xH43cm
Set: No
Reasons to buy
+ Can be bought alongside a matching table 

Take your morning cup of coffee out to the garden; this sculpture-esque garden chair (or stool) certainly brings something different to the table, with its soft mushroom design contrasting with the cool industrial connotations of concrete.  The stool isn’t just somewhere to sit; it’s somewhere to place pots and it’s surprisingly light according to reviewers, so you can make sure to position it in just the right spot.  

Copa Garden Hanging Chair

3. Copa Garden Hanging Chair

A sultry rattan swing piece that’ll blend in with the natural flora and fauna in your garden

Material: Fabric, rattan, metal
Dimensions: H185xW100cmxD103
Set: No
Reasons to buy
+ A relaxing place to chill out 

Described by the brand as groovy and graphical, this outdoor garden chair is all about relaxing with a difference. Featuring a vibrant, jungle-like colour scheme, the Copa garden hanging chair has been designed to stand out and fit right in all at the same time. The chair comes with a comfortable, padded cushion, while the outside unit is weather resistant enough to remain outside all year round.  

RAVEN Teak And Metal 3 Seater Garden Bench

4. RAVEN Teak And Metal 3 Seater Garden Bench

A modern take on the garden bench, this is the perfect buy if you love to have guests round

Material: Teak and metal
Dimensions: H45xW140cmxD37
Set: No
Reasons to buy
+ Can also be purchased alongside a table and an additional bench 

Boldly simplistic in its design, this garden bench, with its natural teak finish will blend beautifully into your garden greenery. With space for three people to sit, it’s a great piece of furniture to have if you host garden parties. Habitat mention that it’ll weather over time, bringing a character and warmth to the outdoor chair. It can be purchased alongside a table and an additional bench for a stylish outdoor dining set.  

John Lewis Venice Steamer Sunlounger FSC-Certified

5. John Lewis Venice Steamer Sunlounger FSC-Certified

No summer garden set up is complete without a sun lounger

Material: Eucalyptus wood and polyester
Dimensions: H90.8xW57.6cmxD133
Set: No
Reasons to buy
+ Strong and study 

There’s nothing wrong with buying a cheap metal sunlounger until you sit on it and it collapses inwards on itself or topples over backwards. This outdoor chair is made from strong eucalyptus wood and has been well constructed to defy the sunlounger curse. The chair offers five reclining positions, perfect for sunbathing and reading, while the seat pad should provide plenty of comfort for long stints in the garden.  

Set of 2 Copa Garden Dining Chairs

6. Set of 2 Copa Garden Dining Chairs

A statement pair to accompany our swinging chair

Material: Steel, Polyethylene, Polyester
Dimensions: H90xW57cmxD52
Set: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Patterned and playful 

If you like the eccentricity of the Copa Garden Hanging Chair, then you should certainly make room for this dining chair set, too. Blending summery tones of blue and red, these chairs are modern and playful and will make the perfect choice if you’re looking to brighten up any patio or decking area. The outdoor chairs are made from polyrattan, so they’re weather resistant to an extent – just ensure you bring them inside when the weather turns.  

Pya Garden Rocker

7. Pya Garden Rocker

A funky rocker – the perfect outdoor chair for an after work drink

Material: Powder coated iron, plastic
Dimensions: H88xW66cmxD87
Set: No
Reasons to buy
+ Eye-catching design 

When an outdoor chair is called a rocker, it certainly makes sense for it to have a rocking design and that is what designer Pya has gone for with this eye-catching blue and red weave. Whether you’re looking to relax in your garden with a glass of wine or you’re looking for the perfect piece of furniture to brighten up your balcony, this rocking chair from Pya should be just the ticket.  

PARC Set Of 2 Orange Metal Folding Chairs

8. PARC Set Of 2 Orange Metal Folding Chairs

Think French bistro style with an extra punch of colour

Material: Powder coated metal
Dimensions: H80xW41cmxD45
Set: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Fold away for easy storage 

Bringing French café culture and vibrant colour to your back garden, balcony or terrace these folding chairs are charming, punchy and functional all in one. They’re also available to purchase in Sage Green, black and white and paired with a matching table, make a trendy outdoor dining area perfect for BBQs

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