The summer sales are well underway, making this the perfect time to spruce up your outdoor space, or add the finishing touches to your well-tended garden. With so many great deals, it's hard to know where to start, but these are some of our top picks from the current crop of garden furniture and accessories.
'The sun is shining and customers are shopping. Sales of outdoor living
furniture were up 100% this weekend against the same dates in 2015, with
trend forecasters correct in that woven furniture is the best material
of the summer. Barbecues continue to outperform last year and parasols
are also selling well as customers embrace the heatwave,' according to
This FSC-certified eucalyptus table and chair set has a real modern dining feel. Big enough to seat a family or lay out a buffet/picnic-style meal, we're foreseeing relaxed family barbecues and informal Sunday lunches whenever the sun comes out to play. Plus, because it's reduced to clear in the summer sale, you've effectively got a bigger food budget!
Naples Outdoor Furniture Collection, prices from only £48-£287, John Lewis (opens in new tab)
Not to rain on anyone's parade but it's always best to be
prepared should the forecast say 'showers' on the day of hosting an
outdoor gathering. That's where a generous-sized, easy-to-assemble
gazebo could pretty much save the day. Taking a more positive stance,
it's also a great buy to provide a sheltered spot on sweltering hot
days; ideal for gardens that may not have any shady tree cover.
Steel Gazebo, now only £65 (was £80) Wilko (opens in new tab)
Stool, side table or handy cooler? Why choose, when you can have all
three? The top of this nifty neutral-coloured woven design lifts off to
unveil a double insulated cool chamber, which is ideal for storing
drinks or snacks while you're relaxing outside. No reason to interrupt
that unputdownable book now!
Peter Cool Stool/ Rattan Outdoor Ice Cooler by Keter, £34.99 (was £39.99), Amazon (opens in new tab)
Add a homely feel to your garden with this cool outdoor rug! Practical as it is beautiful - it's great for covering up an old patio and providing comfort underfoot. It's a clear winner for those looking to add maximum their outdoor style credentials on a minimal budget.
Jacquard outdoor rug, now only £87.50 (was £175) Cox & Cox
A modular sofa for the great outdoors! What's not to love? This bench-style seat can be formatted to fit your space or your mood. The cool cream-cushion and warm wood combination is timeless and fresh as a summer daisy. It's currently 70% off in the summer sale...we'll race you to it!
Rigby 3-Seater Sofa Set with Cushions by Safavieh, £519.99 (was £1,731), Wayfair (opens in new tab)
Add colour to any garden space while protecting yourself from the sun. This bright garden parasol, with its easy to use crank handle, can be angle-adjusted to maintain a shady spot throughout the day. Or, if the rain starts during a gathering, to shelter! Smart and stylish - our favourite combination.
Shanghai parasol, £84 (was £120), Debenhams (opens in new tab)
Nothing, no nothing, says summer like a barbecue. That casual, charry,
smokey air, the chatter and excitement, the complete overindulgence.
It's probably the novelty, but don't get caught out - make sure you're
ready to hit the grill when the sun peeps out with this smart Outback
bbq. It's fitted with Lava Rocks which vaporise the excess fats and
juices, so you have less to clean up! We like that concept.
Outback Excel 300 Gas BBQ, £129 (was £199), House of Fraser (opens in new tab)
Furniture bargains: Up to 50% off all garden furniture sets, Marks & Spencer (opens in new tab)
Neat bistro table: Maui black bistro set, £109 (was £179) Made.com (opens in new tab)
A corner of comfort: Manhattan cool corner sofa & ottoman, £165 (was £220) George (opens in new tab)
Light up the night: Mozart outddor ceiling pendant, £30.99 (was £89), Marks & Spencer (opens in new tab)
Child's Play: Fabulous Flamingo Teepee, £70 (was £100), Notonthehighstreet (opens in new tab)
We'll be keeping an eye on all the latest Black Friday discounts so you don't have to. Check out Black Friday 2016 - the best kitchen, home and furniture deals
Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
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