15 best garden chairs 2021: The most stylish outdoor seating

The best garden chairs for soaking up the summer sun; folding picnic chairs, stylish egg chairs, comfortable reclining seats and outdoor hanging chairs

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Best garden chairs 2021: folding chairs, egg chairs for the garden, picnic seats and outdoor dining chairs
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Looking for the best garden chairs? Whether you’re after a folding garden chair for easy storage and transportation, outdoor dining chairs for alfresco eating, a stylish garden egg chair for curling up with a good book, a cheap and cheerful picnic chair, or one of this year’s must-have hanging chairs, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve rounded up the best garden chairs that are in stock and available now, as well as some options with the shortest lead times and pre-order dates that we think are worth the wait. 

This year garden furniture is flying in and out of stock quicker than ever before, so bear in mind you may need to move fast to snap up some of these best buys. Although retailers are restocking lines as fast as possible, so if something is out of stock now it may reappear online in a few week's time. 

If you need more than just seating to make your outside space summer-ready, then check out our guide to the best garden furniture, otherwise read on to discover the best garden chairs of 2021.

The best garden chairs

Best garden chairs 2021 - acupulco - Homebase

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1. Acapulco Garden Chair

Best acapulco garden chair for colourful outdoor seating

Specifications
Size: L72 x W82 x H75cm
Materials: Polyurethane 'rattan', steel
Seats: 1

Welcome summer to the garden with these bright and colourful Acapulco chairs from Homebase. 

Tropical shades and generous seating make them the perfect place for an afternoon in the sun or an evening chillout. 

Best garden chairs 2021 - Best adirondack chair, best wooden garden chair - Habitat

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2. Habitat Seville Wooden Lounger

Best adirondack chair; a great value wooden lounger

Specifications
Size: H98.5 x W68 x D145cm
Materials: FSC certified wood and MDF
Seats: 1

The Adirondack chair is a garden classic, and we love this contemporary pale grey - and very affordable - option from Habitat. 

The curved footrest and gently sloped chair back make the ideal spot for putting your feet up and relaxing on a warm summer's day. 

Best garden chairs 2021 - Best hanging chairs - Best garden swing chair - Amazon Vienna Hanging Egg Chair

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3. Dawsons Living Vienna Hanging Egg Chair

Best hanging chair for outdoors (with shortest lead time)

Specifications
Size: H195 x W95 x D95 cm
Materials: Polyurethane 'rattan' & metal
Seats: 1

Already one of the best prices around for a hanging egg chair, this affordable black hanging chair comes with base stand, moveable headrest and seat cushion included, making it even better value. 

It also currently has one of the shortest lead times of any hanging egg chair, with stock available for dispatch in early April.

For more gravity-defying seat options see our full guide to the best hanging chairs.

Best garden chairs 2021 - Best folding chair, deckchair - Fiam John Lewis

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4. Fiam Dondolina Steel Frame Deckchair

Best folding chair for outdoor meet-ups

Specifications
Size: H96 x W82 x D63cm
Materials: Steel frame, PVC, polyester
Seats: 1

This folding outdoor chair is a great option for seating on the move. Its compact size makes it ideal for throwing in the car and taking to a friend's garden, the beach or camping. 

Weighing in at just 4.5kg it's also a great lightweight option for moving about the garden, and its easy folding mechanism makes for space-saving storage when the sun isn't shining. 

Best garden chairs 2021 - Best bistro chairs, metal - La Redoute

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5. Ozevan Set of 2 Folding Metal Chairs

Best metal bistro chairs; the perfect folding patio set

Specifications
Size: L38 x H83 x D45 cm
Materials: Metal with epoxy paint finish
Seats: 2

Great for compact spaces like small courtyards and balcony areas, these metal bistro chairs are fun, colourful and practical; folding away when not in use to make sure no space is wasted. 

Team with the matching bistro table and you have a compact and affordable outdoor dining set that won't break the bank.

Best garden chairs 2021 - Best garden dining chairs - La Redoute

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6. Set of 2 Rubis Garden Chairs

Best garden dining chairs for alfresco eating

Specifications
Size: H78 x W50 x D52.5cm
Materials: Synthetic polyester rope, epoxy finish metal
Seats: 2

Gathering outside for a meal in the sunshine with friends and family has to be one of the best bits about summer, and these poly rattan and metal chairs will ensure your alfresco eating is done in style. 

The contemporary design and comfortable shape mean you'll want to linger outside even longer. Just make sure you check out our best BBQ buys to ensure dinner is grilled to perfection.

Best garden chairs 2021 - Best rattan garden chairs - La Redoute

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7. Olmetta Rattan Garden Chair

Best rattan garden chair for a modern look

Specifications
Size: H75 x W58 x D56cm
Materials: Natural rattan
Seats: 1

A rattan garden chair is the English country-garden classic, and this shapely rattan chair from La Redoute adds a contemporary twist to the traditional design.

The curvaceous silhouette is formed from natural woven rattan, making this a more environmentally-friendly option than the polyurethane 'rattan' outdoor furniture often favoured for its weather-resistance.  Just make sure this chair is stored indoors during wet weather and when the sun comes out get outside and enjoy.

For more natural and synthetic rattan lookalikes, check out our guide to the best rattan garden furniture.

Best garden chairs 2021 - Best picnic chair, best cheap folding garden chair - Argos

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8. Habitat Folding Metal Picnic Chair

Best cheap picnic chair for affordable outdoor seating on the move

Specifications
Size: H80 x W49 x D53cm
Materials: Metal and fabric
Seats: 1

Cheap and cheerful, this affordable picnic chair from Habitat is a brilliant option for extra seating when guests come round. 

It's also perfect for packing up and taking out on an adventure with a lightweight, foldable design ensuring it's easy to move and stow away. 

Best hanging chairs 2021 - Best egg chair - Best garden swing chair - Cox & Cox

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9. Cox & Cox Indoor Outdoor Hanging Chair

The best hanging egg chair for the garden (that stands too)

Specifications
Size: H185 x W110 x D130cm
Materials: Polyethylene 'rattan' & metal
Seats: 1

This rattan-effect egg chair offers all sorts of versatility. Use indoors or outdoors to ensure you get full use of it all year-round, and either hang from the metal base stand included to turn it into a stylish hanging chair, or rest it on the metal legs provided.

We love the perfectly circular shape and comfortable UV-resistant cushioning with armrests and headrests for ultimate relaxation.

Best garden chairs 2021 - Best deckchair - John Lewis

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10. Geometric Print Deckchair Sling

Best deckchair for the garden at a great price

Specifications
Size: L113 x W49cm
Materials: Wood, polyester
Seats: 1

A deckchair is the ultimate summer day essential, and this very affordable option from John Lewis comes in a wide choice of sling-back seating fabrics.

Foldable so it can be stored easily away when not in use, a deckchair is a brilliant option if you don't want bulky garden furniture taking up space outdoors all summer long.

Best garden chairs 2021 - Best statement garden chairs 2021_ folding chairs, egg chairs for the garden, picnic seats and outdoor dining chairs - MADE

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11. Yuri Garden Lounge Chair

Best statement garden chair for a modern outside space

Specifications
Size: H94 x W94 x D75cm
Materials: Polyrattan, steel
Seats: 1

For wow-factor design, this statement rattan Acapulco chair will definitely get guests talking. 

Available in two different colourways, each featuring a striking two-tone design, plus a matching bench seat and coffee table, this is the perfect garden set for a contemporary outdoor area. 

Best garden chairs 2021 - Best garden rocking chairs 2021_ folding chairs, egg chairs for the garden, picnic seats and outdoor dining chairs - Argos

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12. Steel Rocking Chair

Best garden rocking chair for an evening aperitif

Specifications
Size: H87.5 x W55.5 x D87.5cm
Materials: Painted metal
Seats: 1

Just when you thought spending an afternoon sat in the sunshine couldn't get any more relaxing, along came the garden rocking chair. 

This affordable black metal design just needs a couple of cushions and you'll soon be 'rocking' the night away. 

Best garden chairs 2021 - Best garden armchairs - Garden Trading

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13. Pair of Hampstead Armchairs

Best outdoor armchairs for two

Specifications
Size: H79.5 x W72 x D73.5cm
Materials: Polyethylene 'bamboo', powder-coated steel
Seats: 2

Get comfortable with this pair of generous outdoor armchairs; the perfect spot for a lazy afternoon with a book or early morning coffee whilst you watch the garden waking up.

Crafted from weather-resistant polyurethane 'bamboo' with powder-coated steel frames you don't need to worry about the odd spring shower - just rescue the removable cushions and wait out the rain.

Best garden chairs 2021 - Best wooden garden chairs 2021 folding chairs, picnic seats and outdoor dining chairs - B&Q

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14. Virginia Wooden Chairs Set of 2

Best wooden garden chairs; compact, folding and affordable

Specifications
Size: H79 x W38 x D49cm
Materials: Acacia wood
Seats: 2

A great price for two outdoor chairs, this wooden chair set (with table available separately) are practical and functional. 

Made from acacia wood and with hinged folding mechanisms for easy storage they're a great option for the patio or balcony.

For more solid wood options explore our best wooden outdoor furniture guide.

Best hanging chairs 2021 - Best hammock chair - Best garden swing chair - Eberhart Wayfair

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15. Wayfair Eberhart Hanging Chair

Best hammock chair for the garden

Specifications
Size: H120 x W98 x D98cm
Materials: 100% Cotton
Seats: 1
Reasons to buy
+The most affordable hanging chair option+Use indoors and outdoors
Reasons to avoid
-Will need bringing indoors overnight and in bad weather

A great affordable hanging chair option, this cotton hammock chair is lightweight, easy to store when not in use, and perfect indoors or outdoors for year-round use. 

It comes with wooden spreader bar and all the essentials for indoor hanging from a joist, but it doesn't have a stand, so you will need to make sure you have a sturdy tree branch, porch or pergola you can hang this from outdoors.

Amy Lockwood
Amy Lockwood

After completing a major house renovation, Amy discovered what she had always suspected; that decorating is the best part. She joined the Real Homes team in 2021 to share her love for all things interior, finally putting all those hours spent agonising over the best white paint to good use in Real Homes’ carefully researched buying guides, and helping readers to find the best furniture, decor, and furnishings to create the home they've always dreamed of. 

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