Are you after something a bit different from standard garden furniture? We’ve found 6 pieces that are comfortable and stylish
1. Life is a Beach deck chair
Pretend you are relaxing on the beach from the comfort of your own back garden with this Life is a Beach deck chair (above) designed by British artist Jacqueline Hammond for In-Spaces. Made from beech wood, the chair’s fun coastal design will add a modern twist to your outdoor space. And best of it, you can fold it up at the end of the day for easy storage. Dimensions: H105xW56xD102cm.
2. Bow hammock
What better way to spend warm summer days than unwinding in your very own outdoor hammock. This Bow design (above) from Living It Up is perfect if your garden doesn’t have an abundance of trees to attach a hammock to, as it comes with its own frame made from pre-treated larchwood, which can be left in the garden all year round. The large canvas will provide the plenty of space to take an afternoon nap or read a book, while you gently swing back and forth. Dimensions: H120xW300xD120cm.
3. Ocean Wave Relax hut
Get that holiday feeling at home with the Ocean Wave Relax Hut (above) by Alexander Rose at Out There Interiors. It has a really exotic feel and it great for offering shade on hot sunny days. The hut is made from environmentally friendly Viro fiber, which is weather resistant, and it comes complete with shower-proof cushions in a matching shade.
4. Breez Italian sun lounger
Don’t have a swimming pool? Who cares! Sun loungers are great for sunbathing, reading and relaxing on. Plus, if you choose one with a stylish design, they make a nice feature in your garden. This Breez lounger (above) by Rashid Karim for Talenti at Furnish.co.uk looks more like a piece of modern art than garden furniture. Its metal frame, which is treated to prevent corrosion and protect against rust, has an ergonomic shape and gorgeous sleek curves.
5. Trimaran Stripe indoor/outdoor pouffe
American designer Annie Selke has recently launched the Fresh American collection for Dash & Albert, which includes this hardwearing Trimaran pouffe (above). It is a really versatile piece that can be used indoors and out, owing to the fact it has been UV-treated, so it can be scrubbed, bleached and cleaned with a hose. Its classic nautical design (shown above in Denim) gives it a summery feel – perfect as an extra seat for picnics in the garden or as a stool to put your feet up on. Dimensions: H63.5xW58xD43cm.
6. Solar fabric
For outdoor furnishings with a difference, try this Solar fabric (above) from Extex. It has been printed with ink that contains photo-luminescent particles, which use solar energy to absorb light in the daytime and emit light when the surroundings are darkened. Basically, glow in the dark fabric! There are three colourways to choose from: Venus, Mars and Neptune, which each give off a slightly different-coloured light. According to Extex, its Solar fabrics will glow in the dark for several hours after just 5-30 minutes of exposure to lights or natural sunlight. The fabric is made from dyed acrylic and is suitable for upholstery and all soft furnishing applications. It is also soil, stain and water repellant.
For more inspiring garden ideas, check out our advice on how to Brighten up your garden for summer.