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 a garden sofa for putting your feet up when the sun's out.
To help with the hunt for the best garden furniture for your outdoor space we've rounded up some of our favourite finds, from in-stock bistro sets to buy-it-now sun loungers and stylish hanging garden chairs.
We've also included some of the best 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 best garden furniture stock finder at the bottom of this page.
And once you’ve chosen the best garden furniture for your outdoor space? Make sure to check out our guide to the best BBQ's to get your alfresco dining sorted. Then all that’s left to do is get out the suncream and pour that ice-cold drink. Ahhh bliss!
Best garden furniture 2021
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 sofa set comes with a slatted wood topped coffee table, but we love the extra space for drinks and plates at then end of each sofa unit. Perfect for laidback lounging.
The Acapulco chair's popularity shows no sign of waning, and we love these brightly coloured options that bring tropical fun to the garden.
One part comfortable lounge chair and one part sculptural outdoor feature, the design adds a modern and contemporary touch to an outside space.
Opt for a matching set, or pick and mix colours for an eclectic look . Just add cushions and you have the perfect spot for an alfresco morning coffee or evening sundowner.
Find more stylish seating options in our edit of the best garden chairs.
Alfresco dining just got serious with this spacious outdoor table and six dining armchairs.
Made from powder-coated aluminium with a scratch-resistant concrete ceramic tabletop, this contemporary dining table and chair set is designed to be left outside all year round.
Cushions will need storing inside over winter, but the quick-drying fabric and micro-porous foam padding mean they'll be ready to sit on soon after a short shower.
A bistro set makes a great addition to a wide range of outdoor spaces. You can add alfresco dining to the smallest of balcony spaces with this space-saving option, or create an intimate dining space for two in a secluded corner of a larger garden.
This folding metal table and chair set is also super easy to store thanks to its compact design. Just add cushions and an afternoon tea for two.
You can find more ideas like this in our guide to the best metal garden furniture.
The squared design of this rattan sofa set adds a contemporary look to an otherwise classic rattan garden furniture option.
Use the padded stool as extra seating when guests come to visit, or pull up next to the sofa to create a relaxation-ready chaise and put your feet up.
Find more outdoor rattan ideas in our guide to the best rattan garden furtniture.
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 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.
Discover more laidback options in our full round-up of the best sun loungers.
There’s no need to compromise on style when it comes to your garden furniture with Barker & Stonehouse's fashion-forward outdoor dining collections.
Extend your living space into the garden by choosing design-led outdoor furniture that reflects your interior style, and create a continuous flow from indoors to out during the summer months for a seamless entertaining and relaxing experience.
Available to buy separately, we love Barker and Stonehouse's on-trend black butterfly chairs contrasted against the industrial-look ‘Beach’ garden dining table in solid teak - so much so we’d be happy to have this dining set indoors all year round.
Now, did someone say barbeque?
This reclaimed wooden tabletop with powder-coated distressed metal frame will add industrial vibes to your outdoor space.
The table comes with two sets of legs 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 doesn't mean compromising on style.
Stylish, practical and perfectly designed for small spaces, Habitat’s Trough 2 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.
Get comfortable on this contemporary outdoor sofa and garden armchair set.
Angular aluminium frames, with weather-resistant khaki powder-coating, are padded with generous pale grey cushions in this good value lounge set which includes a eucalyptus wood-topped coffee table.
The perfect place for kicking back and relaxing with friends and family when the weather gets warmer.
Modern graphic shapes and minimalist silhouettes make up Danish brand Hay's Palissade metal garden furniture collection.
The carefully considered fluid curves make this range of outdoor armchairs, garden benches, sun loungers and tables surprisingly comfortable to sit on, whilst the clean-lined Nordic design ensures a contemporary yet timeless look that blends effortlessly into a wide range of garden styles.
For more benchseat options take a look at our guide to the best garden benches.
A hanging egg chair has to be one of this year's most sought-after items of garden furniture. 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 seat.
Once you've nestled into the plump UV-resistant cushions we're pretty sure this indoor-outdoor option from Cox & Cox will become your favourite garden hideaway. Hang from its freestanding base or rest on the metal hairpin legs included.
Find more options in our edit of the best hanging chairs of 2021.
For rattan garden furniture with a difference, MADE's Yuri outdoor collection definitely delivers.
Made in Italy, this sturdy steel bistro set is finished in EMU'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.
Classic English design meets Scandinavian cool in Cox & Cox’s new Ravenna garden furniture range. Crafted from whitewashed acacia wood, we love the simplicity of the minimalist slat-back seating which will create a restful retreat in the garden.
Available in a range of styles and sizes, from spacious daybeds to refined bench seats and space-saving foldable outdoor dining sets, we especially like having the ability to mix and match furniture to suit individual outdoor areas.
The lounge set includes a three-seater outdoor sofa, two armchairs and a coffee table, with all seating equipped with comfortable ecru cushions.
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How to choose the best garden furniture
Where to start when choosing the best garden furniture? Firstly think about how you want to use your outdoor space – do you want to entertain (when we can once more) in which case plenty of seating will be vital, are you a sun worshipper who wants lightweight loungers you can move easily to follow the sun, or is the summer barbeque high on your agenda in which case a comfortable outdoor dining table and chairs will be key.
You'll also need to think about how big your outdoor space is and what storage options you have available; most of the best garden furniture is 'weather-resistant' meaning to prolong its life the manufacturer will recommend storing it inside during inclement weather. If you don't have much garage or shed space then look for options that are a bit more durable and can withstand the British winters, foldable options for space-saving storage, or consider furniture that is multipurpose and can be used indoors and out.
Cushions are another thing to consider; the more the merrier when the sun is shining and you're relaxing in comfort, but they will need somewhere dry to over-winter, so depending on your storage options sometimes using your own indoor cushions over the summer can be a better bet than garden furniture that comes with its own seating pads.
Choosing the best garden furniture material
Choosing the best garden furniture material is essential. There are four main choices: wood, rattan, metal, and man-made materials.
If you have a shed or conservatory, you needn’t worry about your furniture getting wet or damaged. If not, you will need to choose the best garden furniture material to withstand the elements.
Wooden garden furniture is a classic, natural choice that will complement most gardens. Rustic or modern, light or dark – there are lots of options. If your garden has decking, choose a wood type and colour for your furniture to harmonise with it, which doesn’t mean you need an exact match, just enough similarity to avoid clashing colours and textures.
For outdoor use, go with a tough hardwood that can be left in the garden year-round. Teak, an ever-popular choice for garden furniture, is exceptionally durable thanks to its very high oil content. Almost completely rain-proof, it rarely rots, dents or warps, so makes for a good investment. Keep it in good condition with an annual coating of sealer.
Other good, tough timber garden furniture options include oak, eucalyptus and acacia. They are all hardwoods that can hold their own against the weather, although they are not quite as hardy as teak, so will benefit from oiling once a year.
The downside of wooden furniture? Some larger pieces can be heavy; this means they won't get tipped over in the wind, but they won't be easy to move around the garden regularly either.
Choose the best wooden outdoor furniture with the help of our guide.
Rattan garden furniture is the ideal buy for recreating the relaxed look of a traditional country cottage garden (whether you live in the country or city). Lightweight, it's generally easy to shift around the garden – handy if you like to follow the sun with your lounger.
What's the difference between rattan and wicker? Rattan is a strong and durable natural material (made from a vine) that can stand up to the British weather; a tell-tale sign of high-quality rattan is that it should be consistent in texture and colour. You might find that the rattan you're considering is synthetic (see faux rattan below), which is where wicker comes in...
Wicker relates not to a separate material, but to a weaving style (think rattan furniture), and while it can be made from natural materials, such as bamboo, it is usually crafted from a sturdy, weather-proof synthetic, typically resin.
Ready to choose a rattan garden set? Consult out guide to the best rattan garden furniture.
Metal garden furniture is perhaps the most versatile of all materials for garden furniture. It can be traditional in style – think intricate wrought iron pieces – to modern and industrial. Metal integrates easily into every kind of garden, from country cottage to rooftop terrace, and can be powder-coated for a colour finish.
Cast aluminium is strong, durable, does rust or flake if left out in wet weather, and is generally very low-maintenance. Despite being hardy, it is a very light material, making it portable – perfect if you like rearranging your garden furniture, or simply want to move into the shade when it gets too hot. There is a slight disadvantage to its light quality, however: if it’s windy, it is likely to blow over. Aluminium also absorbs heat, so chairs will be more comfortable topped with soft padding.
Take a look at our pick of the best metal garden furniture.
Steel garden furniture, powder-coated to protect it from rust, is heavier than aluminium furniture, making it a more suitable material for garden benches or dining tables that will seldom be moved. If the coating begins to chip, it should be restored immediately or the furniture will rust.
Find out how to revive metal garden furniture in our guide.
Wrought iron has a traditional, intricate look especially suitable for a period property. Garden furniture made from wrought iron is heavy, which makes it more appropriate for benches or tables that will not be moved often. The heavy weight also makes it unsuitable for lawns, which it will sink into. Wrought iron can rust and will benefit from an anti-rust treatment, for example powder-coating.
Metal garden furniture requires about as much maintenance as wooden pieces. A dry brushing followed by a wash with warm water and a mild detergent will keep it as good as new. If you make sure to take care of any chips in the coating, it can remain outside all year round, but, as with any other type of garden furniture, over-wintering in an outhouse or garage will increase its longevity.
Man-made or plastic garden furniture offers a lightweight alternative to the heavier and more durable options, making it easy to move and generally much more affordable.
The best garden furniture for easy storage
Where will you put your furniture when the long summer days are over? While some materials can sit happily outdoors all year round, investing in covers extends the life of garden furniture and if you can store it in the garage, all the better – folding chairs have an advantage. Cushions must be brought in. To keep them fresh, check the instructions for cleaning them and make sure they’re completely dry before storing to avoid mildew.