Best garden furniture – the best outdoor furniture brands to shop for a stylish patio

Our edit of the best garden furniture. Discover our top outdoor furniture recommendations for a stylish patio, including classic wooden garden tables and chairs and timeless rattan patio furniture from John Lewis, Habitat, and many more

The best garden furniture - a modern outdoor sofa set with grey seat cushions
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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.

We've also curated a list of the best outdoor furniture brands to shop, including the best patio furniture from John Lewis, Dobbies, Garden Trading and M&S, as well as affordable options from Argos and Habitat.

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Best garden tables and chairs

A black bistro set in a leafy courtyard

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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 a classic wooden dining set are both options that will weather the trends.

Best outdoor sofas

A contemporary garden corner sofa with wood frame with grey cushions

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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.

Best garden lounge sets

A grey outdoor sofa set

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A garden lounge set is a great way to add a dedicated relaxation or entertaining zone to your space. Add an outdoor rug and group your furniture around it – as you would in a living room – to create a sociable area where you can lounge with family or enjoy coffee with friends. Or, arrange around one of the best fire pits for a night-time focal point.

Best outdoor furniture brands

Searching for the best rattan garden furniture for a larger patio or the best garden chairs for a smaller outdoor space? These are the outdoor furniture brands you'll want on your radar.

Barker and Stonehouse outdoor furniture

A wooden outdoor table with black chairs in front of a wall with grape vines growing up it

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Barker and Stonehouse's outdoor furniture collection is extensive, and I'm yet to see a piece of furniture on the brand's website that I wouldn't be happy to have in my garden. 

It's also a particularly good place to shop garden dining tables – which can often be a tricky piece of outdoor furniture to source – as well as offering a huge range of garden sofas and lounge sets, both with and without built-in fire pits.

Pricing: £££-££££

Editor's pick: Beach Garden Dining Table

Shop the collection: Barker and Stonehouse outdoor furniture

Homebase outdoor furniture

A contemporary garden corner sofa with wood frame with grey cushions

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If you want to invest in garden furniture that will withstand the elements, then you need to look for outdoor furniture made either from hardwoods or with a rust-resistant aluminium frame. However, both of these materials can make for an expensive purchase. 

In my experience, Homebase is one of the best places for finding aluminium-framed furniture at a reasonable price point – probably because the brand's large amount of stores means they can manufacture in bulk and pass those savings onto the customer.

Pricing: £-£££

Editor's pick: Spirit Garden Corner Sofa Set

Shop the collection: Homebase outdoor furniture

John Lewis outdoor furniture

A rattan bistro set in a paved courtyard

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Similarly, although you will generally pay a little more than at Homebase or B&Q, the John Lewis outdoor furniture collection also offers a good selection of patio furniture made from durable acacia wood and rust and weather-resistant aluminium frames.

There's also a touch more design flair, with a good mix of styles to suit a range of gardens, including timeless wood and rattan garden furniture alongside far more contemporary designs. 

Pricing: ££-££££

Editor's pick: Dante Deluxe Garden Dining Armchair

Shop the collection: John Lewis outdoor furniture

Habitat outdoor furniture

A contemporary rattan seating set

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If you're looking for more affordable outdoor furniture, then Habitat is the place to look for stylish designs that won't break the bank.

Most of the brand's outdoor furniture collection is made from budget-friendly materials, such as powder-coated steel rather than aluminium frames. This makes the furniture more affordable upfront, but in order to prolong its lifespan you will need to factor in somewhere to store your purchases over winter to protect them from the worst of the elements.

Pricing: £-££

Editor's pick: Bamboo Effect Garden Sofa Set

Shop the collection: Habitat outdoor furniture

Dobbies outdoor furniture

A wicker-effect outdoor sofa with cream cushions on a paved patio area in front of a house

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A wide selection of stores means that there's usually a Dobbies somewhere nearby so you can test out the brand's outdoor furniture in person. And if there's not, the good news is that the brand has now started to put its outdoor furniture online too.

Each season sees a good mix of budget-friendly bistro sets and garden tables and chairs that are ideal for smaller patio spaces, as well as larger outdoor corner sofas and lounge sets for those who have a little more space to play with.

Pricing: ££-££££

Editor's pick: Sienna Outdoor Sofa Set

Shop the collection: Dobbies outdoor furniture

Garden Trading outdoor furniture

A black bistro set in a leafy courtyard

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If you have a little more cash to invest into your outdoor furniture then Garden Trading has plenty of swoon-worthy pieces that are designed to create a focal point on the patio. 

There are plenty of spacious outdoor sofas and large outdoor dining tables and chairs to choose from, as well as some great smaller space options such as classic metal bistro sets and space-saving outdoor bars.

Pricing: £££-££££

Editor's pick: Rive Droite Bistro Set

Shop the collection: Garden Trading outdoor furniture

Bramblecrest outdoor furniture

A rattan dining table and chair on a paved patio

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If you opt for rattan garden furniture you'll get a timeless look that suits a wide range of garden styles, and that offers practical and easy-to-care-for outdoor seating. 

Bramblecrest has one of the best selections of rattan garden furniture that I've come across, including classic rattan garden tables and chairs and luxury rattan garden sofas all with rust-resistant aluminium frames. Although that said, the brand also delivers plenty of more contemporary outdoor furniture as well.

Pricing: ££££

Editor's pick: Sahara Rattan Round Dining Set

Shop the collection: Bramblecrest outdoor furniture

Very outdoor furniture

A rattan outdoor sofa with grey cushions on a paved patio

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The rise of interest in outdoor living areas means that Very has expanded its outdoor offering considerably in recent years, and it's now a great source of affordable garden furniture.

Lines tend to be made of more affordable powder-coated steel rather than aluminium, but there are some good on-trend options at relatively low price points.

Pricing: ££-£££

Editor's pick: Athens Rattan-Effect Corner Set

Shop the collection: Very outdoor furniture

B&Q outdoor furniture

A rattan-effect hanging egg chair in the garden on a paved patio

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B&Q is another outdoor store that offers a mix of more affordable outdoor furniture constructed from powder-coated steel, as well as slightly more expensive – yet still reasonable by most standards – aluminium-framed furniture that has better outdoor durability.

The Apolima range – which includes the brand's bestselling Apolima hanging egg chair – is especially popular and tends to sell out quickly, so snap it up early on in the season if you can.

Pricing: £-£££

Editor's pick: Apolima Rattan-Effect Garden Egg Chair

Shop the collection: B&Q outdoor furniture

VonHaus outdoor furniture

A round wooden outdoor table and four chairs in front of a fenced patio area

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VonHaus is an online-only retailer with an outdoor product range that's expanded considerably in recent years.

Prices are usually very reasonable, and the brand always offers a good range of affordable wooden garden furniture – made from PEFC-certified Malaysian hardwood – which can be hard to find at any other retailer. It also has one of the best selections of Adirondack chairs that I've come across – perfect for arranging around one of this year's best fire pits.

Pricing: £-££

Editor's pick: Four-Seater Wooden Dining Set

Shop the collection: VonHaus outdoor furniture

Heal's outdoor furniture

A wooden garden sofa and chair in an outdoor space filled with tropical green planting

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Heal's outdoor furniture collection is more expensive than most brands included in this round-up, but it offers a great range of contemporary designer pieces all in one place. That includes outdoor furniture from Muuto, Kartell, Vincent Sheppard, and much more.

If money were no object then I'd be investing in the Tanso teak outdoor collection by Case, a hardwearing and weather-resistant range inspired by the simplicity of Japanese design. 

Pricing: ££££

Editor's pick: Tanso Teak Garden Armchair

Shop the collection: Heal's outdoor furniture

Dunelm garden furniture

A rattan bistro set on a patio with flowering plants in the background

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At the more budget-friendly end of the price spectrum is Dunelm. The brand offers a good selection of on-trend outdoor furniture each summer season, and this year is no exception with plenty of new pieces currently hitting down in-store and online.

In line with the lower price tags, most pieces feature powder-coated steel frames so they will need a little more shelter from the elements, but if you're looking for affordability the outdoor collection is well worth a look.

Pricing: £-£££

Editor's pick: Elland Two-Seater Bistro Set

Shop the collection: Dunelm garden furniture

How to choose the best garden furniture for your outdoor space

To find the best garden furniture for your outside space you'll first want to think about how you intend to use your outdoor area; do you want to entertain large numbers of guests, create a family-friendly garden, or create a space to relax and unwind amongst nature in relative solitude?

If you're blessed with a large patio then zoning the garden into outdoor 'rooms' can be a great use of space, adding a garden table and chairs that are spacious enough to host friends and family around a barbecue area in the 'outdoor dining' zone, and creating a more informal seating area with a corner sofa or lounge set to relax and socialise on in 'outdoor living room' area.

If space is more limited, then you may need to combine these areas, in which case a garden sofa set that features an extendable height riser table can be a worthy investment, allowing you to easily transform your seating from a daytime coffee spot into an alfresco dining zone in the evening. Alternatively, a chaise sofa, or an option that comes with padded footstools, will transform seating into a sun lounging space when the weather allows.

And, if space is at a premium then options that fold away can help you to maximise your square footage, with collapsible bistro sets offering a smart and versatile solution. Or you might just want to add a stylish egg chair, a couple of statement garden chairs, or one of this year's best garden benches to your outdoor set-up. Our small garden ideas page has plenty of small space inspiration.

A bamboo-effect outdoor lounge set

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Once you've decided on the type of garden furniture layout that will work best for your lifestyle, it's time to consider the materials that outdoor furniture is made from to ensure a durable investment.

If your budget allows, then we always recommend looking for garden furniture constructed from lightweight and rust-resistant aluminium or weather-resistant hardwoods like teak, acacia, or eucalyptus. These materials are more of an investment initially, but will weather the elements for years to come so are good value over the long term. 

If affordability is your key criterion right now then garden furniture made from powder-coated steel or softwood will offer a budget solution. However, these materials are less weather-resistant, so you'll need to factor in somewhere to store the furniture over winter or opt for an outdoor furniture cover to prolong your furniture's lifespan. You can also paint, stain or treat wooden garden furniture to protect it or add some colour to your scheme.

A rattan corner sofa set with an aluminium frame in a garden with an outdoor umbrella

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What is the lowest maintenance outdoor furniture material?

PE-rattan or polyrattan garden furniture is generally considered to be the lowest maintenance garden furniture. This is because the upper is made from a polyurethane plastic that has the benefit of being lightweight, waterproof, weather-resistant, and requires no regular upkeep other than a brush down to remove winter debris.

Look for PE-rattan garden furniture with an aluminium frame, as, unlike a powder-coated steel frame, aluminium is rust-resistant so can be left outside all year round without any upkeep or storage needs.

What garden furniture does not rust?

Unlike powder-coated steel, which is prone to rusting at joints and anywhere where the coating has become chipped, aluminium-framed garden furniture is naturally rust-resistant. 

For this reason, aluminium garden furniture can be left outside all year round making it a super low-maintenance option (although some manufacturers will still recommend sheltering it from the worst of the elements to prolong its lifespan even further). 

However, this does mean that aluminium-based outdoor furniture tends to be more expensive than a powder-coated steel alternative. The added durability can make it the better value investment longer term though.

How do you clean garden furniture?

As well as utilising one of the best patio cleaners alongside one of the best pressure washers to rid your outside space of any winter grime and algae, giving your outdoor furniture a quick clean will instantly transform your patio ready for spring. Our guide to how to clean garden furniture has all the top tips you'll need.

An aluminium garden lounge set

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How we selected the best garden furniture

You can click here to find out more about how we test products at Ideal Home. To find the best garden furniture for this round-up we visited the most popular outdoor stores, dived into the specifications to sort the wheat from the chaff, grilled the Ideal Home team for their expert knowledge, and asked friends and family for their top-rated products. We also took into account third-party opinions via online reviews.

Amy Lockwood
Ecommerce Editor

After studying Print Design at Winchester School of Art, Amy spent multiple years working in the interior industry, including styling and visual merchandising for many well-known brands. She’s now Ecommerce Editor at Ideal Home, offering expert advice on the best products for decorating your home and ensuring it functions smoothly. That includes sourcing stylish yet affordable furniture – from the best sofa beds for combining style, comfort, and function, to the best artificial Christmas trees for a stress-free festive season – helping our readers to find the best mattress for their sleep style, and testing top-rated dehumidifiers and air purifiers to narrow down the best-in-class.