Finding the best garden furniture for your outside space will instantly transform your outdoor living area, providing you with somewhere to relax, entertain and dine alfresco, and enabling you to extend your living space out onto the patio or decking during the warmer months of the year.
There's a whole host of outdoor furniture styles to choose from, whether you're looking for a garden dining table and chairs, a relaxed outdoor corner sofa, or a sociable lounge set to arrange around one of this year's best BBQs in your outdoor kitchen.
In this edit, we've rounded up all of the Ideal Home team's top garden furniture buys, taking into consideration style, practicality – such as low maintenance upkeep and space-saving storage – durability, and, of course, budget.
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Best garden tables and chairs
Take advantage of alfresco dining whenever the weather is warm enough – or even when it's not if you add one of the best patio heaters – by investing in a quality table and chairs. If you have a small garden or balcony, a foldable bistro set is an excellent option that will allow you to maximise space when it's not in use. Or for larger areas, a timeless rattan dining table and chairs, or classic wooden dining set are both options that will weather the trends.
Seats: 2 Table dimensions: H71 x Dia.60cm Materials: powder-coated steel Assembly: fully assembled
This space-saving bistro set offers a stylish solution for small outdoor dining areas, allowing you to enjoy weekend brunch alfresco no matter the size of your patio, courtyard, or balcony. Available in five colour options, the compact table and two-chair set are all foldable so they can be stored away easily when not in use.
Seats: 4 Table dimensions: H75 x Dia.95cm Materials: powder-coated steel & PE-rattan Assembly: partial self-assembly
This stylish 4-seater dining set is a great choice for a modern outdoor space. Available in three colourways, each set is made from powder-coated steel and PE-rattan, so whilst the construction likely won't offer the same longterm durability as an aluminium frame, it is budget-friendly. There's also plenty of matching furniture.
Seats: 6 Table dimensions: H71 x W76 x L120cm Materials: powder-coated steel & fabric Assembly: self-assembly
Garden furniture is expensive, which is why this six-seater outdoor dining set – with chairs, table, and parasol included – is such a good deal. It may be a little basic, but you get a lot of seating for the money, and although the set is made from less weather-resistant steel, the fact the chairs are all foldable means that they're far easier to store away under cover during wet weather.
Seats: 4 Table dimensions: H74 x Dia.90cm Materials: PEFC-certified Malaysian hardwood Assembly: partial self-assembly
Made from PEFC certified Malaysian hardwood, this set of four chairs and hexagonal table make a classic and timeless addition to the garden. Wooden garden furniture does require a little yearly maintenance to prolong its lifespan – you can top up this set's teak oil finish with a wood preservative if you want to slow down its weathering – but the foldable design means its easy to store option away from the worst of the weather.
Seats: 6 Table dimensions: H75 x Dia.135cm Materials: PE-rattan and aluminium Assembly: self-assembly
Opt for the round or rectangular version of this aluminium-framed PE-rattan dining set and you'll get a hardwearing, durable, and timeless design that will suit a wide range of garden and patio styles. Low-maintenance and easy to care for, the rust-resistant aluminium frame means the set can be left outside all year round making for hassle-free alfresco dining. It's more of an investment as a result, but we think it's worth it for the longevity and comfortable seating it offers.
Seats: 6 Table dimensions: H76 x W195 x D95cm Materials: Teak wood, PE-rattan, and aluminium Assembly: self-assembly
This statement outdoor dining set is an investment, but it's both stylish and built to last, with the sturdy and durable teak wood table complemented by six lightweight and rust-resistant PE-rattan and aluminium-framed chairs. Both the table (that comes in a 195cm or 240cm width) and chairs are also available to purchase separately if you prefer to mix and match your look.
Best places to shop for garden tables and chairs:
- Wayfair: huge selection of outdoor dining sets
- Argos & Habitat: on-trend and affordable options
- John Lewis: stylish and durable outdoor furniture
- Homebase: affordable and good quality
- Barker and Stonehouse: luxury garden sets that are worth the spend
Best outdoor sofas
An outdoor corner sofa is the epitome of laidback summer living, offering a place to relax, get comfy, and socialise whilst you fire up one of this year's best pizza ovens. Choose an L-shape for big spaces, but a chaise is a compact alternative. Look for removable – preferably shower-proof – cushion covers for easy cleaning. Don't forget you will need somewhere to store them in prolonged inclement weather, too.
Seats: 4 Overall dimensions: 2 x H60.5 x W161.7 x D79.5cm Materials: Aluminium frame & polyester cushions Assembly: Partial self-assembly
A versatile modular design, deep cushions for comfortable lounging, and a lightweight, rust-resistant aluminium frame make this sofa set a great buy. This 4-Seater version comes with a footstool that doubles as a coffee table, as well as a side table and pull-out side shelf. If you need more space then there's also the 8-Seater Platform Lounge Set available that comes with a height-adjustable table to transform it into a dining set, or you can buy the Platform Height-Adjustable Garden Table seperately.
Seats: 7-9 Overall dimensions: H88cm x W270 x D270cm Materials: PE-rattan with aluminium frame & polyester cushions Assembly: self-assembly
If you have the space and you're after a showstopping garden centrepiece, then this rattan sofa set with a built-in firepit makes an impressive focal point. The PE-rattan corner sofa has a lightweight and rust-resistant aluminium frame and comes in three sections to make out-of-season storage easier. Two padded footstools double up as extra seating and the dining table features a lazy susan to make for seamless entertaining.
Seats: 3-4 Overall dimensions: H62.5 x W193 x D140cm Materials: PE-rattan with steel frame Assembly: self-assembly
This affordable chaise corner sofa offers compact seating for three (four at a push) with a cushion-topped footstool that doubles as hidden storage. Its affordability is down to the powder-coated steel frame which likely won't offer as much longterm durability as an aluminium-framed option, but, the price point is certainly tempting, and storing it in the garage over winter or adding an outdoor furniture cover should protect it from the worst of the elements.
Seats: 2 Overall dimensions: H81.5 x W145 x D64cm Materials: powder-coated steel & metal Assembly: partial self-assembly
It may not be as suitable for laying down and getting comfy as other garden sofas in our round-up, but if you're after contemporary seating that won't break the bank then M&S' Lois garden furniture collection offers some great pieces. This garden sofa bench seat is available in three colourways – teal, dark grey and a natural look – and comes with a range of matching Lois outdoor furniture so that you can mix and match pieces to create a lounge set perfect for your outdoor space.
Seats: 7 Table dimensions: H67 x W150 x D80cm Materials: PE-rattan and aluminium Assembly: self-assembly
This versatile rattan corner sofa dining set is a great investment. The weather-resistant PE-rattan upper with rust-resistant aluminium frame means it can be left outside all year round (minus the cushions), so no worrying about over-winter storage. You also get a lot of furniture for your money, with the five-seater corner sofa and ample dining table accompanied by two padded footstools that can be used to turn the sofa into a chaise for some laidback R&R, or used as extra seating around the table.
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Seats: 5+ Overall dimensions: H67 x W239 x D164cm Materials: Acacia wood Assembly: fully assembled
Delivered fully assembled (apart from the armchair), this acacia wood sofa offers generous seating and swoon-worthy good looks that are perfect for a contemporary courtyard or classic patio space. As well as the two and three-seater sofa, plus a generous armchair, the set also includes a spacious coffee table. There's also a great range of coordinating furniture, although you will need to factor in somewhere to store it over winter, or an outdoor furniture cover to protect it from the worst of the elements.
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Best places to shop for outdoor sofas:
- Argos & Habitat: affordable outdoor sofa sets
- Barker and Stonehouse: large range of stylish options
- Homebase: durable outdoor furniture at reasonable prices
- Garden Trading: timeless sofa sets that will weather the trends
- Maze Living: luxury weather-resistant investment pieces