21 best garden chairs – stylish outdoor seating

The best garden chairs on the Ideal Home team's radar – from timeless rattan chairs to affordable deckchairs, practical outdoor dining chairs, and much more

A selection of the best garden chairs featuring four colourful Acapulco-style outdoor seats
(Image credit: Homebase)

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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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.