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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Garden chairs need to be comfortable and good-looking and weather-proof. After all, you’ve worked hard to create the perfect garden, either by planning a fabulous patio or designing a beautiful deck. So, 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. 

After reading, why not check out our guide to choosing garden furniture?

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

Specifications
Material: Steel and rattan
Dimensions: H81.5cm x W72cm x D69cm
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.  

Garden Trading SET OF 2 HAMPSTEAD CHAIRS

(Image: © Garden Trading)

2. Garden Trading SET OF 2 HAMPSTEAD CHAIRS

A sculpture piece, perfect for bringing character to greenery

Specifications
Material: bamboo
Dimensions: H82cm x W55.5cm x D57cm
Set: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Lightweight and weatherproof

Take your morning cup of coffee out to the garden; this lightweight but sturdy all-weather bamboo chair has been mounted onto a stainless steel base and will do just fine in any type of weather, although the manufacturer does recommend covering it if left outside for long periods of time. We love the unusual shape, which makes for a welcome contemporary update on the traditional rattan look.  

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

Specifications
Material: Fabric, rattan, metal
Dimensions: H185cm x W100cm x D103cm
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

Specifications
Material: Teak and metal
Dimensions: H45cm x W140cm x D37cm
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

Specifications
Material: Eucalyptus wood and polyester
Dimensions: H90.8cm x W57.6cm x D133cm
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

Specifications
Material: Steel, Polyethylene, Polyester
Dimensions: H90cm x W57cm x D52cm
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.  

Design Project by John Lewis No.096 Lounging Armchair

(Image: © John Lewis & Partners)

7. John Lewis No.096 Lounging Armchair

A gorgeous indoor-outdoor armchair perfect for any setting

Specifications
Material: acacia, polyester weave
Dimensions: H92cm x W76cm x D78cm
Set: No
Reasons to buy
+ Elegant for indoors but sturdy for outdoors

This chair created by John Lewis's Design Project division has all the design credentials of an indoor armchair, but is made from durable acacia a dense rope weave that make it perfect for outdoor use. It can also be matched with a sofa from the same range. Classy and comfy.

Itapema stackable garden armchair

(Image: © Maisons du Monde)

8. Itapema stackable garden armchair

Think French bistro style with an extra punch of colour

Specifications
Material: resin, metal
Dimensions: H78cm x W72cm x D66cm
Set: no
Reasons to buy
+ Easy to stack if buying multiple

Bring a chic, ultra-modern design to your garden with this stackable chair make from lightweight and weather-resistant resin. Get several of them to create a trendy outdoor dining area perfect for BBQs

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