Ideal v Great Deal – splash out or save on gorgeous garden furniture

Open the patio doors onto an outdoor space that's brimming with practical style

Garden furniture has come on leaps and bounds in the last decade. Corner sofas have usurped the swing set, plastic pots have been outclassed by chic ceramics and even the humble deckchair has been made over in designer fabrics.

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What's more, stylish pieces have become a lot more affordable. Which means you can get the look for less like never before. We've picked out our ultimate buys and their bargain doppelgängers, so you can create the garden of your dreams on any budget.

The deck chair

deck chair with wooden frame in designed print

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You'll find this traditional seaside favourite all over the high street this year. Pick from a classic stripe or something more modern.

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Ideal: Rocking deck chair in green stripe, £75, Garden Trading
Great deal: Marquee wooden deck chair in grey, £49.95, Homebase

The tray

tray in round shape with dotted design

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You'd be dotty not to serve up summer cocktails

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Ideal: Marimekko focus tray, £64, Trouva
Great deal: Helsinki round tray, £6.50, Sainsbury's Home (on store only)

The planter

planter in colourful design with wooden stand

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Fill one or both of these pretty planters with colourful fuchsias, dahlias or busy lizzies for an instant hit of summer colour.

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Ideal: Patterned pot on wooden legs, £39.99, Very
Great deal: Yellow planter, £14, Sainsbury's Home (in store only)

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The outdoor rug

outdoor rug in white and grey design

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Outdoor rugs are definitely a 'thing' this year. Use them to cover up a less than perfect patio or slightly dodgy decking.

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Graphite Samode indoor/outdoor rug, £125, Trouva
Great deal:
Grey Nirvana outdoor rug, from £49, Dunelm

The fire pit

cast iron and steel fire pit

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If – or rather when – it turns chilly of an evening, fill one of these with logs or charcoal. You'll be toasty again in no time.

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Ideal: Nordic steel fire pit brazier, £168, The Farthing
Great deal: Idbury cast-iron fire pit, £85, Garden Trading

The parasol

parasol square in grey colour

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Get the look for less: Ideal v Great Deal – splurge or save on key pieces for a relaxed eclectic look

A shady spot is essential in any summer garden. And let's be realistic – there are days you'll also need shelter from a sudden shower.

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Ideal: Ethimo holiday parasol square in grey, from £2,296, Houseology
Great deal: Malta grey parasol, £60, B&Q

With our great buys, your garden will be summer ready in no time.

Amy Cutmore

Amy Cutmore is an experienced interiors editor and writer, who has worked on titles including Ideal Home, Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, GardeningEtc, Top Ten Reviews and Country Life. And she's a winner of the PPA's Digital Content Leader of the Year. A homes journalist for two decades, she has a strong background in technology and appliances, and has a small portfolio of rental properties, so can offer advice to renters and rentees, alike.