Six of the best – family-friendly garden furniture

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  • The warmer weather's here (finally), so get your garden looking fit for purpose with our garden furniture edit – and you’ll find it all on the high street.

    Crowd pleaser
    Family life seems to revolve around the garden come summer, so if you’ve got a large family, opt for crowd pleasing garden furniture like this. Made from hardwearing teak, the table seats six, but extends to an eight-seater if extra guests arrive. Six folding chairs are included, but are also sold separately in packs of two, should more be needed.

    Roscana Teak wooden six-seater dining set, £454, B&Q

    Corner combo

    Choose garden furniture to suit the size of your plot. This corner-shaped seating arrangement packs a lot into a small-space and includes modular sections that can be set up to create a left or right-facing arrangement. Made of all-weather rattan, it comes with a glass-topped coffee table and footstool.

    Sorrento corner set, £1150; Cantilever parasol with base, £175; Next

    Coastal style
    Like the lived-in look? This Acacia wood dining set has a distressed, weathered finish that will give your garden a coastal vibe (even if you live miles from the sea). The set includes a rectangular table and six folding chairs, or if you’d prefer a different arrangement it also comes as a table with bench and two carver chairs.

    Porto seven-piece garden dining set, £525, Tesco

    Space saver
    If you’re squeezed for space outdoors, consider folding garden furniture that can be stored out of the way in the shed when not being used. This compact bistro table and chairs set comes in bright kiwi green or muted stone and is perfect for a small patio or balcony.

    Folding Bistro garden set, £69.99, Homebase

    Family favourite
    Longline benches come in useful if you need to fit in a few more guests for a weekend barbecue and if you go for benches without arms – like these – you’ll be able to tuck them out of the way when they’re not in use. This sturdy Eucalpytus wood table seats six to eight.

    Drift eight-seater outdoor dining table and two benches, £599; Drift two-seater benches, £75 each; John Lewis

    Chic cover-up
    Keep your cool while you enjoy the outdoors. This glam hexagonal gazebo is easily assembled and includes sheer side curtains that will provide shelter from the heat of the day. The corner-shaped seating arrangement comes in a grey all-weather weave, complete with dark cushions and foot stool.

    Balinese hexagonal gazebo, £249.99; Balinese five-seater corner conversation set, £599.99, Dunelm

    Find ideas for summer entertaining here.

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