Best wooden garden furniture: lounge sets, armchairs, planters and more

Naturally tough and beautiful, wooden garden furniture is a classic for a reason. Suitable for every type of garden design, wood is the most versatile garden furniture material around

best wooden garden furniture: Plumley 6 Seater Dining Set with Cushions
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Wooden garden furniture can be found in almost every garden at some point: everyone has enjoyed the warmth and pleasant texture of a nice outdoor dining table made from wood, or a set with folding chairs. The key to the popularity of wooden garden furniture is its versatility: there's hardly a garden design that wood won't go with, whether traditional or contemporary. 

Durability is key when it comes to choosing the best garden furniture, of course, and if you’re the sensible sort, it’ll probably be the first thing you consider. Jump down to the bottom of the page to our tips on how to buy the best wooden garden furniture for more information.

But looks have an important place in our wish list, too. In celebration of this marvellous material, we’ve selected the best wooden outdoor furniture in the shops right now to add a bit of pep and practicality to your patio or deck. 

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Our first choice is the Catania lounge set – stylish, well-built and pocket-friendly, the holy trinity of virtues for outdoor furniture, but there’s storage, planters, benches and more, so read on to find your new favourite addition. 

best wooden garden furniture set: Catania

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1. Catania Outdoor Lounge Set

The best wooden garden furniture set

Specifications
Best for: Lounging
Material: Polywood, powder-coated iron
Care instructions: Wipe with a dry cloth
Dimensions: Armchair: H70cm x W62cm x D67cm; Sofa: H70cm x W116cm x D67cm; Table: H35cm x W75cm x D55cm
Reasons to buy
+ Excellent value for a full lounge set + Hard-wearing and attractive 

Okay, it might seem like a slight cheat, but hear us out: our first choice patio set is remarkable in that it combines wood (polywood, to be precise) and powder-coated iron to perfection, for a blend of beauty and durability that’s exactly what we want from our garden furniture. The slatted wood and white-toned hardware gives a beachy Cape Cod vibe, while the sleek, open design of the arms and legs cut back on bulk for a design that gives the illusion of more space, ideal for smaller patios. 

Shop more wooden outdoor furniture sets at Made.com

ohn Lewis & Partners Longstock Round 4-Seater Foldable Garden Table, FSC-Certified (Teak), Natural

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2. John Lewis & Partners Longstock 4-Seater Round Garden Dining Table

The best wooden garden table

Specifications
Best for: Quality build
Material: Teak
Care instructions: Clean with a damp, soft cloth
Dimensions: H75 x W110 x D110cm
Reasons to buy
+ Durable and weatherproof+ Appealing rustic design 
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most eco-friendly wood choice

This six-seater dining table is made from FSC-certified teak. It’s a superb addition to the deck, with its sturdy, traditional rounded design and natural finish. It’s worth noting that made from teak, this table is quite resistant to adverse weather, but it's still sensible to store it indoors over the cooler months (which is easy, given the foldable design), and it’ll reward you with a table that the whole family can enjoy. 

Shop more wood garden tables at John Lewis

Mead Garden Outdoor Bench Set

3. Mead Garden Outdoor Bench Set

The best wooden garden bench

Specifications
Best for: Picnics
Material: Polywood, metal
Care instructions: Cover or store away in wet weather
Dimensions: Table: H76cm x W84cm x L150cm; Bench: H45cm x W41cm x L136cm
Reasons to buy
+ Comfortable and quirky rounded benches + Statement modern look 

Another fun take on the park picnic bench for home use, this Mead bench set from MADE takes the traditional slatted top and mixes it up a bit for an almost mid-century-modern look. The rounded edges on the table top and benches are a surprising comfort feature in the realm of garden furniture, and give the set a quirky look when not in use, while the contrast metal legs in a choice of on-trend teal or classic white keep things fresh and unexpected. A great alternative to a traditional table for modern gardens. 

Rowlinson Rectangular Planter

4. Rowlinson Rectangular Planter

The best wooden garden planter

Specifications
Best for: Planting
Material: Solid wood
Care instructions: Rinse as needed
Dimensions: H37cm x W40cm x D180cm
Reasons to buy
+ Ideal for smaller gardens + Deep and sturdy planter 

Many of us are turning to container gardening as a means of adding colour and life to our gardens without the bother of borders or beds, and this wooden planter is a wonderful way of going about it. Sturdily made from solid wood, the Rowlinson planter has been pressure treated to resist rot and stay strong in the face of adverse weather, and is deep enough to play host to herbs, fruits or vegetables as well as flowers for a simple way in to growing your own. 

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Plumley 6 Seater Dining Set with Cushions

5. Plumley 6 Seater Dining Set with Cushions

The best wooden garden dining set

Specifications
Best for: Family occasions
Material: Eucalyptus, stainless steel, polyester
Care instructions: Re-varnish when weathered
Dimensions: Chair: H86cm x W46cm x D57cm; Table: H73cm x H85cm x D140cm
Reasons to buy
+ Excellent value set + Durable hardwood construction 

As well as acing the traditional look we love in a classic outdoor furniture set, this package of dining table, six chairs, and seat cushions represents phenomenal value. If you’re being careful not to overspend in the garden but have already gone way over your rose budget (guilty), buyers have found that this eucalyptus hardwood dining set takes some beating for its durability, comfort and ease of assembly, and we love the little touches that belie the small price, like the cut-off corners and plush holly green cushions. 

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Chatsworth Outdoor Storage Unit

6. Chatsworth Outdoor Storage Unit

The best wooden garden storage

Specifications
Best for: Storage
Material: Untreated fir
Care instructions: Treat prior to using outdoors
Dimensions: H65cm x W105cm x D60cm
Reasons to buy
+ Beautifully contrasting materials + Can be used indoors and out 

You might not think there’d be much you could do, design wise, with garden storage. But think again, because Cox & Cox have come up trumps with this gorgeous unit. They say it’s suitable for indoor or outdoor use, but we think its sturdy build and natural materials would make it look right at home outdoors, storing wellies, pet paraphernalia, or anything else you can imagine. Wherever you put it, the combination of natural spruce, with its sun-bleached look, and the industrial-looking galvanised lid, is utterly swoon-worthy. 

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Greenhurst 2 Seater Hardwood Bistro Set with Grey Cushions

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7. Greenhurst 2 Seater Hardwood Bistro Set with Grey Cushions

The best wooden bistro set

Specifications
Best for: : Rustic style
Material: Acacia wood
Care instructions: Move indoors during extreme weather:
Dimensions: H78cm x W38cm x D34cm
Reasons to buy
+Durable acacia wood+Cushions included

For lovers of a simple, rustic style that can be folded away hassle-free, this bistro set is just the ticket. It'll make a great addition to country gardens. This set is made from one of the best types of wood for garden furniture: acacia, which means it will last a good while. The cushions at the backrest and seat up the comfort level, and the folding chairs make it very easy to move around and out of the way in winter.

More of the best bistro sets in our buyer's guide. 

best Adirondack chair: Anchor Garden chair

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8. Anchor Garden Chair

The best wooden Adirondack chair

Specifications
Best for: A stylish addition to your garden
Material: eucalyptus
Care instructions: Move indoors if possible during frosts
Dimensions: H81cm x D81cm x W71cm
Reasons to buy
+Solid eucalyptus construction+Generous sized back
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive than other options

This well constructed Adirondack chair is made from eucalyptus, which makes it weather-resistant and durable. The anchor detail is a lovely touch and, together with the pretty periwinkle blue colour, makes this chair the perfect addition to a nautical garden design scheme. Browse more Adirondack chairs in our buyer's guide. 

How to buy the best wooden garden furniture

Check maintenance

Despite its hard exterior, even wood needs a little love now and then, so be sure to check what kind of maintenance your new furniture needs. It's likely you'll need to give your furniture a seasonal clean at the end of the summer, and treat it to the occasional coat of wood oil or preservative to keep it sweet over winter. 

Store indoors or out?

It can also be prone to warping or splitting in reaction to changes in temperature, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s care instructions for more in-depth advice, lest your cups and cutlery go sliding all about the place come next summer. And, if you have little room to move it indoors over winter, ensure it's designed to be left outside – some woods withstand it better than others. Otherwise, look for foldable pieces that can be neatly stacked away.

Cushions included?

Most garden furniture benefits from added cushions – check whether your pick has cushions included or not.

For more know-how, find out how to choose garden furniture and check out our garden hub page. 

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