Finding the best garden furniture for your outdoor space is essential to maximising every square inch of where you live, whether that's sourcing a foldable bistro set for a bijou balcony, finding a perfectly-proportioned corner sofa for kicking back and relaxing on the patio, or sourcing a garden dining table and chairs for outdoor entertaining.
The best garden furniture needs to be stylish, practical, and ideally, great value, because once you start hunting around for some of the best rattan garden furniture, or the wooden outdoor dining set of your dreams, you'll soon come to realise that garden furniture certainly doesn't come cheap!
As such we've rounded up some of the Real Homes team's go-to stores when looking for the best garden furniture at a great price, with collections from Habitat, Homebase, Dunelm, La Redoute, and many more.
Plus, if you'd like advice on what to consider when you shop for outdoor furniture, you'll find plenty of top tips on which materials to look out for, what the most low maintenance outdoor furniture is, and whether garden furniture can be left outdoors all year round in our buying advice section at the bottom of this page.
And once you’ve chosen the best garden furniture for your outdoor space? Why not 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 sit back, relax, and pour that ice-cold drink... ahhh bliss!
The best garden furniture to shop in 2023
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Homebase is usually at the top of our list for great value garden furniture, offering modern and stylish designs with a good mix of affordable powder-coated steel and hardwearing aluminium garden furniture at good prices. Plus, the brand's bestselling Spirit garden sofa is back for another year, offering contemporary design crafted from rust-resistant aluminium and durable teak wood at a great value price. And even better, our Homebase discount codes offer some extra savings.
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Aldi's garden furniture collection gets bigger and better each year, and with more lines now available to purchase or pre-order online as well as in-store, it's now even easier to shop too. The brand's hanging egg chair is a sell-out each season, which is hardly a surprise considering it's one of the cheapest on the market, and this year sees plenty of other stylish bargains, including a rattan-effect chaise garden sofa for under £300 and some super on-trend outdoor lounge sets.
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As well as catering to all our DIY needs, B&Q also stocks a large range of gardening essentials, including a good selection of reasonably priced garden furniture. We love the stylish bamboo-effect Apolima outdoor collection, including its swoon-worthy standing egg chair, the space-saving Maevea rattan-effect lounge set and Pilares rattan bistro set, and the contemporary aluminium and eucalyptus wood Akoa coffee set.
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4. Argos Home
If you're looking for stylish garden furniture that won't break the bank, then Argos Home is a great option, especially now it's the sole stockist of Habitat's contemporary outdoor furniture collection. Think Scandi-style bamboo-effect lounge chairs and dining sets, compact rattan garden sofas with hidden storage, and space-saving folding metal bistro sets that are perfect for an apartment balcony or small space living. Plus, our Habitat discount codes page offers some great ways to save. Shop now: Argos garden furniture (opens in new tab)
5. Barker and Stonehouse
If you're in a position to invest in some statement garden furniture set then Barker and Stonehouse has a great range of contemporary options - think concrete dining tables and wow-factor butterfly chairs - for statement alfresco dining, as well as timeless rattan options. The brand's outdoor furniture tends to feature weather-resistant aluminium and durable hardwoods, so prices are more expensive, but, if you're looking to create an outdoor living area that will become the focal point of the garden, this is outdoor furniture that will withstand the elements longterm.
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6. John Lewis & Partners
As well as John Lewis & Partner's own brand range, the retailer also offers the more affordable ANYDAY collection, plus offerings from rattan outdoor furniture favourites Kettler, and great value bistro sets from the likes of EMU. As usual, the brand achieves a good mix of great design and good value in its ranges, with a focus on quality designs that feature weatherproof aluminium frames and hardwearing hardwoods.
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A great place to source contemporary garden furniture, MADE focuses on stylish seating and dining options that are perfect for an urban courtyard, but work just as well in a modern family garden. You will pay a little more than most high street retailers for the brand's focal point designs, plus, the retailer is somewhat renowned for its (often very) lengthy lead times... but, if you want garden furniture that stands out from the crowd and offers plenty of wow-factor, it's hard not to be seduced by its eye-catching offering.
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Dunelm offers a wide range of indoor and now outdoor furniture, that's always big on value. Its garden collection features a range of own-brand designs, as well as options from Charles Bentley, Norfolk Leisure, and many more. We especially like this season's modern and affordable Ibiza corner sofa set, the Acacia and Rope lounge set, and the bamboo-effect Singapore conversation set and matching Singapore hanging chair.
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9. La Redoute
French online retailer La Redoute is a great option for sourcing something a little bit different for your patio space. It offers a great mix of classic wooden bistro sets and practical outdoor furniture, alongside some super contemporary on-trend designs. The brand's online sales are also well worth keeping an eye out for, with some hefty sitewide discounts regularly making an appearance.
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Whatever the time of year, and whatever your budget, you can pretty much be guaranteed to find garden furniture options to suit at Wayfair. The brand prides itself on curating one of the biggest selections of indoor and outdoor furniture going, and as such you'll find everything from anti-gravity deckchairs to rattan garden sets listed on its online storefront. Just be aware that pricing and discounting can change on an almost daily basis, so if you find a good deal, its best to snap it up rather than delay.
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A great selection of modern garden furniture and some refreshingly low pricing makes the VonHaus garden collection a bit of a find. There are compact corner sofas that are great for smaller patios, on-trend lounge sets, and some statement garden chairs, alongside good value zero gravity deckchairs and rocking loungers that are perfect for lazy days in the sun.
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12. Robert Dyas
For no-frills garden furniture that's good on value, then Robert Dyas offers a huge selection of affordable outdoor seating, including reasonably-priced garden dining tables and chairs, cheap sun loungers, plus plenty of outdoor extras including some of the best hot tubs, garden parasols, and outdoor bean bags.
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What's the best garden furniture for your outdoor space?
Finding the best garden furniture for your outside space means sourcing a set that best suits your lifestyle and the ways you want to use your garden, patio, decking, or balcony.
Are you looking to entertain friends and family outdoors? In that case you'll want to make sure you have plenty of outdoor lounge seating to host large numbers. A conversation or coffee set that combines a garden sofa and outdoor armchairs could be a good bet, or if you have a little more space, then a corner sofa is a great way to maximise seating. Options that combine footstools or even hidden storage in the chaise section will make the most of your space.
Is a summer barbeque is high on your agenda? Then the best garden furniture for your patio might look like a spacious outdoor dining table and chairs that ensure guests can sit, eat and drink alfresco. If you want to combine lounging and eating, then look for a garden corner sofa that offers an adjustable height table that can transform from coffee spot into a location for dinner. And if space is tight, a bistro set is the perfect option for two.
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.
What's the most durable outdoor furniture?
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 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, such as the best garden swing seats, 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.
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.
When's the best time to shop for garden furniture?
Stay informed about when and where to find the best deals on outdoor furniture at our dedicated garden furniture sales page.