Looking for some new garden chairs to make the most of your outdoor space? Then you're in luck because the Ideal Home team has rounded up the best outdoor chairs available this year.
Whether you're looking for space-saving stackable outdoor dining chairs for alfresco entertaining or a comfortable outdoor armchair to relax in with a coffee, we've trawled the shops to find the most stylish, practical, and affordable options.
There are budget options from the likes of Homebase, B&Q, and Argos, and investment pieces from Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, and OKA, including timeless rattan garden chairs, contemporary Acapulco outdoor chairs, folding patio chairs, and much much more.
If you have a little more outdoor space to play with then make sure to check out our guide to the best garden furniture of the year too, but, if it's outdoor seating that you're after, then these are the garden chairs you'll want to snap up early before they sell out.
Best garden chairs of 2024
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Seats: 1 Size: H81 x W61 x D70cm Colour options: natural Materials: PE-rattan and powder-coated steel
Contemporary yet retro, this bamboo-effect outdoor chair is complemented by the wider Apolima outdoor furniture collection which includes plenty of stylish rattan-effect egg chairs, plus a loveseat, and a bistro set.
Seats: 1 Size: H86 x W51 x D60cm Colour options: natural Materials: PE-rattan and powder-coated steel
We love the simplicity of these Palma garden chairs. The 'see-through' design is perfect for a smaller space as the chair backrests won't block the view, and their lightweight design makes them easy to pick up and move around the patio.
Seats: 1 Size: H88 x W48 x D60cm Colour options: natural Materials: PE-rattan
They're certainly an investment, but these armless rattan-effect outdoor dining chairs will make a timeless addition to any outside space. Pair with a wood or rattan-effect dining table to complete the look, or mix and match with the rest of OKA's rattan garden furniture collection.
Seats: 2 Size: H79 x W55 x D60cm Colour options: mint green, charcoal grey, yellow, pink, turquoise Materials: polypropylene
Available in five colour options, including vibrant pink, blue, and yellow, these stackable polypropylene chairs are low-maintenance and space-saving.
Seats: 1 Size: H84.5 x W56 x D57.5cm Colour options: black Materials: resin and aluminium
Add some statement style with this sculptural butterfly-style outdoor dining chair. The all-black design is perfect paired with a bistro table, or used to complement a larger outdoor dining table.
Seats: 1 Size: H84 x W57 x D47cm Colour options: white, green, mustard, grey, black Materials: polypropylene
A design classic, Kartell's Masters outdoor chair looks just as good inside as out, and will instantly elevate any patio with its iconic silhouette. Lightweight and stackable, it's practical too.
Seats: 1 Size: H75 x W82 x L72.5 cm Colour options: blue, green, light grey, yellow Materials: polyweave and powder-coated steel
If you only want a single Acapulco-style garden armchair, or you want to be able to mix and match colours, then this Homebase option is a good price point and comes in four fab colourways.
Seats: 2 Size: H81.5 x W72 x D69cm Colour options: teal, green, dark grey, natural, hot pink, cobalt blue Materials: polyweave and powder-coated steel
This set of two Acapulco chairs makes for a reasonable price point, and there's a great selection of colours on offer, from neutrals to vibrant hot pink and cobalt blue.
Seats: 2 Size: H81.5 x W72 x D69cm Colour options: natural, black, avocado green, two-tone yellow Materials: polyweave and powder-coated steel
John Lewis & Partners' set of two Salsa Acapulco chairs are complemented by the brands wider Salsa outdoor furniture collection that includes a coffee table and bench seat.
Seats: 1 Size: H110 x W66 x D89cm Colour options: grey, teal, yellow Materials: polyester and metal
Available in grey, yellow, or teal this super-affordable folding chair offers a lot of features at a very reasonable price. The multi-position recline function elevates the feet and legs to give a sensation of weightlessness, and it folds away neatly for space-saving storage.
Seats: 1 Size: H92 x W59 x D110cm Colour options: eight prints and patterns Materials: FSC-certified timber
An outdoor classic, this year the humble deckchair has been given a modern update. Habitat's folding wooden deckchairs come in eight different designs featuring prints of zesty lemons, characterful leopards, or simple stripes.
Seats: 1 Size: H107 x W61 x D104cm Colour options: navy, beige, sage Materials: polyester and iron
The ultimate in outdoor lounging comfort, this padded reclining chair offers three adjustable positions, a comfortable padded seat and backrest, and folds up for space-saving storage when it's not in use. There are also three colour options to choose from.
Seats: 2 Size: H89 x W63 x D65cm Colour options: brown Materials: PE-rattan and aluminium
Rattan garden furniture offers a timeless look that blends well with a wide range of garden styles. This set of two rattan-effect garden armchairs is great value considering the low maintenance PE-rattan uppers and rust and weather-resistant aluminium frames.
Seats: 2 Size: H89 x W63 x D60cm Colour options: natural, grey Materials: PE-rattan and aluminium
A little more investment will get you this set of two Dante garden armchairs. PE-rattan and aluminium frames make for great outdoor durability and there's a wide range of matching furniture in the Dante outdoor furniture collection.
Seats: 2 Size: H90 x W60 x D72cm Colour options: natural, grey Materials: PE-rattan and aluminium
A classic curved silhouette makes this set of two rattan armchairs the epitome of the 'English country garden'. Lightweight yet robustly built, each chair is tested to withstand 20 stone (127kg) which exceeds the industry standard.
Seats: 1 Size: H90 x W68.5 x D88cm Colour options: natural Materials: acacia wood
Designed in America back in 1903, the Adirondack chair has become something of a design classic. Perfect for lounging around the fire pit, this acacia wood option features a distinctive fan backrest and reclined seat. The brand also offers a folding Adirondack chair if patio space is at a premium.
Seats: 1 Size: H98 x W69 x D89/94.5cm Colour options: natural, white, Prussian blue, terracotta, eucalyptus green Materials: acacia wood
This Adirondack chair is a contemporary take on the classic design, with the distinctive silhouette decked out in Prussian blue, terracotta red, white or eucalyptus green for a modern twist, as well as a natural acacia wood option.
Seats: 1 Size: H94cm x W74cm x D92cm Colour options: natural Materials: acacia wood
Why settle for solely laidback lounging when you can also add some rockers into the mix? This acacia wood rocking Adirondack chair is ideal for gently swaying back and forth on a dreamy summer's day. We defy you not to drift off...
Seats: 1 Size: H86 x W56 x D59cm Colour options: grey Materials: polyester and aluminium
If you need some outdoor dining chairs then it's hard to beat the price of this B&Q option – especially as it's made with a durable, lightweight and rust-resistant aluminium frame. The Textilene seat and back are quick-drying, and the stackable design allows for easy storage.
Seats: 2 Size: H107 x W56.5 x D56cm Colour options: beige, grey, black Materials: polyester and aluminium
It doesn't get much more affordable than this set of two garden chairs for under £60. They're made from quick-drying Textilene fabric with rust-resistant aluminium frames, have seven-position adjustable backrests, and are folding for space-saving storage.
Seats: 2 Size: H94 x W55 x D75cm Colour options: grey Materials: polyester and steel
This set of two outdoor chairs is made from powder-coated steel rather than aluminium so you'll need to cover them or store them inside in winter months to prolong their lifespan, but they're contemporary in design, affordable, and stackable to easily clear patio space when they're not in use.
How to choose the best garden chairs for your outside space
One of the key things to consider when choosing a garden chair is the size of your outdoor space.
If you have a compact patio then space-saving options like stackable outdoor dining chairs or folding garden chairs will allow you to expand the seating when you have guests over, and clear the decks for maximum outdoor floor space when they're not in use.
If you're blessed with more space to play with then a comfortable rattan garden armchair could be right up your street, or you could create a focal point by installing one of the best garden egg chairs of the year.
Next up, there are materials to consider.
The most affordable garden furniture tends to be made of either powder-coated steel or polypropylene.
Polypropylene or plastic garden chairs have the benefit of being relatively low-cost, lightweight, and low maintenance, although they will generally need storing under cover to protect from hard frosts, and may fade under prolonged exposure to the sun. Plastic chairs tend to come in a range of bright and cheerful colours and favour contemporary designs.