The best metal garden furniture

Strong, beautiful and built to last – what’s not to love about metal garden furniture?

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Teak has long been accepted as king among garden furniture materials, but when it comes to embracing modern cool, Baroque elegance and more styles besides, sometimes only the best metal garden furniture will do. We’ve rounded up the finest options the shops have to offer this summer to make sure your patio, deck or lawn is outfitted in impeccable style.

Whether sitting, standing, or settling in for a long evening is on the agenda, there’s something here to see you right. Stuck for space? Our top tip for small gardens is the LG Outdoor Casablanca Firepit Lounge Set from John Lewis, which encompasses four chairs and a cosy circular table with an integrated fire pit: warm your hands, grill up some sausages, or even replace with an ice bucket for a sparkling soirée. 

Further on, there’s romantic French-style seating, loungers big enough for two, and even indoor-outdoor storage for those with a penchant for plants or no space for a shed. To find the pieces that’ll work for you, keep reading below.

The best metal garden furniture set

1. LG Outdoor Casablanca 4 Seat Firepit Lounge Set

Like its big-screen namesake, this set is an instant classic

Specifications
Best for: All-in-one solution
Type: Lounging set
Material: Powder-coated metal, ceramic, polyester
Colours: Black, grey, cream
Reasons to buy
+ Integrated fire pit + Attractive mosaic tabletop 

A full set of garden furniture can mean many things and come in many configurations, but this outdoor set from LG at John Lewis has to be one of the best yet. Ideal for smaller spaces that don’t have room for a separate lounging and dining area, it integrates a small fire pit into the round dining table to create the best of both worlds. Whether cooking on the included grill insert, swapping the fire for an ice bucket and chilling a bottle of something sparkling in the middle, or just chilling out, this four-seater dining set is sure to create all the ambience you need. 

Charles Bentley Steel Heart Dining Set

2. Charles Bentley Steel Heart Dining Set

Bring a bit of European finesse to the patio with this French-inspired dining set

Specifications
Best for: Shabby chic
Type: Dining set
Material: Steel
Colours: Grey, cream
Reasons to buy
+ Delicate scrollwork design + Non-rusting and weather-resistant 

You might find yourself lunching in Petersfield rather than Paris, but you can still capture a little Gallic magic with this ornate metal dining set, just as at home in a shady corner of a suburban garden as parked up outside a continental bistro. The intricate scrollwork adds a touch of delicacy to an otherwise quite unforgiving material, but it’s not as dainty as it might at first seem. With a durable steel core and tough powder-coated finish, it’s rust and weather-resistant, so while that may not be good news for anyone who likes really shabby chic, it’s great for anyone who wants a pretty but low-maintenance outdoor setup. 

Cox & Cox Elegant Metal Lounger

3. Cox & Cox Elegant Metal Lounger

Room for one more? This two-person lounger is just right for sociable summertime sits

Specifications
Best for: Couples
Type: Sun lounger
Material: Iron
Colours: Silver
Reasons to buy
+ Room for two or a comfortable one + Ergonomic curved surface 

'Metal' and 'lounger' might not be the first words you’d think to pair while on the lookout for comfy garden furniture, but this one from Cox & Cox is our number one for a relaxing read (or snooze) in the garden. Its French-inspired metal scrollwork, not unlike that of our previous pick, is supremely elegant, decorative but not too fussy, and its gently curved profile offers a more natural sit than a completely upright or right-angled chair. Best of all, it’s just the right size for two, so you can snuggle up with a blanket in front of the fire pit if you want to, or just keep all that space for yourself.

Rosedale Garden Shelving

4. Rosedale Garden Shelving

Add capacity and style to any outdoor space with this shelving unit

Specifications
Best for: Storage
Type: Shelving unit
Material: Metal
Colours: Green
Reasons to buy
+ Versatile indoor-outdoor piece + Weatherproof finish 

Whether for storing tools and twine, or adding container planting capacity to a small patio, a garden shelving unit can come in very handy, and this is one of the most attractive and sturdy options out there. Its Gothic and lattice details add a little antique je ne sais quoi while the sage green paint brings everything straight up to date, and again, while it might look delicate, it’s made of tough stuff thanks to a strong weatherproof finish. Finally, two generously-sized shelves give you plenty of room for pots, seed trays and anything else you can think of.
 

Catania Garden Dining Set

5. Catania Garden Dining Set

Welcome the whole clan round – it’s no sweat with this stylish, sturdy garden dining set

Specifications
Best for: Large parties
Type: Dining/lounging set
Material: Powder-coated iron
Colours: White, grey
Reasons to buy
+ Subtle weatherproofing+ Large seating capacity 

If our first two furniture sets are options for cosy get-togethers, then this is certainly one for big parties and big families. When the whole clan descends for a sunny Sunday barbecue, the Catania garden dining set from MADE ensures there’s ample seating, with a spacious corner sofa and bench fitted around the generous dining table. Comfy enough for lounging but strong enough to survive life outside, it boasts powder-coated iron hardware and weather-resistant plush cushions – detachable for convenient storage and cleaning – for the best of both. 

Pyramid Living Flame Patio Heater

6. Pyramid Living Flame Patio Heater

Snuggle up in style with this modern patio heater

Specifications
Best for: Cosy evenings
Type: Patio heater
Material: Stainless steel, aluminium
Colours: Silver
Reasons to buy
+ Looks good on or off + Protective quartz tube 

Seating and surfaces aren’t the only practical metal pieces out there to add functionality to your garden – a patio heater can be endlessly useful in extending the use of your garden into the evening and through those chillier months, and this one is our top pick. The obelisk design looks good even without a flame going, thanks to its elegant streamlined profile and brushed metal finish, and the single flame inside its contemporary quartz tube adds to the overall modern effect. It’s this tube that also keeps things safe when there are curious kiddos running around, without sacrificing looks. 

Royalcraft Valentino Arch Bench

7. Royalcraft Valentino Arch Bench

Tough but beautiful, this arched garden bench adds a romantic touch to any corner

Specifications
Best for: Stylish seating
Type: Bench
Material: Powder-coated steel
Colours: White
Reasons to buy
+ Seating for one or two + Can be used to support climbers 

This beautiful bench, with its romantic cottage garden air, could be just the thing for creating a cosy nook in your outdoor space. Reviewers said it assembled easily, with a gorgeous shabby chic finish to the cream paintwork that really looks the part, and while it won’t provide the shelter of a traditional solid arbour, there’s a lot to be said for that intricate metalwork. Leave it open to shine for itself, or follow the lead of one reviewer, who used it as a decorative support for climbing plants – either way, the powder-coated steel frame is sure to be able to handle it. 

Williston Forge Anderson Tractor Swivel Bar Stool

8. Williston Forge Anderson Tractor Swivel Bar Stool

These garden stools are tops for aspiring bartenders

Specifications
Best for: Bars
Type: Bar stool
Material: Metal
Colours: Silver, brown
Reasons to buy
+ Amazing industrial design + Handy step-up bar at base 

The industrial interiors trend has been steadily making its way to the outdoors too, and that’s certainly no bad thing when it creates standout pieces like this swivel bar stool. With a deliberately aged and ‘found’ look, it has instant vintage appeal, no patience, primping or artful rusting required.

Even better, it arrives fully assembled, so you can pretend you spent months scouring flea markets for old milk vats even if you’re not the handiest with a screwdriver. With a slim integrated bar at the base, it’s designed to be easier for even smaller table guests to climb onto, and the ergonomically curved seat holds sitters firm throughout the longest evenings. 

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