The best garden furniture will transform your outdoor space into a stylish and Instagram-ready haven for summer 2022 – very necessary as the first signs of spring are starting to emerge. From sun loungers to hanging egg chairs and outdoor rugs, we’ve rounded up rattan garden furniture, wooden garden furniture and all the decor and accessories for your balcony/courtyard/patio/lawn – whatever outside space you have that needs a bit of a spruce up. Inspired by the return of the sell-out Aldi Hanging Egg chair, which landed on the supermarket’s website for the first time today.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a huge outside space (or great weather) to reap the benefits of the great outdoors. Seating is a necessity: a simple garden bench or a couple of stylish garden chairs will provide you with somewhere comfy to enjoy a cup of tea in the morning. Or, if you love spending summer evenings barbecuing, choose from a small bistro set or garden table and chairs that can seat ten to create the perfect hosting space for you. If you’re living in a rented property and don’t have much freedom when it comes to mixing up your interiors, transforming your outdoor area is a great compromise.
What is the best company for outdoor garden furniture?
If we’re talking about quality of garden furniture, there are a few sites we’d recommend you make a beeline for. Made.com is great for stylish small garden furniture that’ll last for years, though delivery times are a tad longer. John Lewis has an extensive offering – particularly when it comes to larger garden table sets and corner sofas, while Cox & Cox is an absolute treasure trove for garden accessories, think photogenic AF picnic blankets, fringed canopies and hammocks.
Outdoor furniture can be expensive, so for more purse-friendly options look to sites like Wayfair and Aldi. Their offering might be small, but it’s super affordable and delivery is great. Keep an eye on their garden furniture section for plenty of outdoor steals, including the aforementioned sell-out hanging egg chair the entirety of Instagram went wild for which is back in stock today. Race ya to the check out!
What is the best garden furniture to buy?
This totally depends on what you’re after. The best garden furniture for you will depend on how big your space is, what you want to use it for and how many people you might be entertaining. If you’ve got an empty corner and lots more space, you might consider a corner sofa like this lounge unit from Made.com. We’ve also found tonnes of stylish sun loungers and inflatable pools to bring poolside chic to your back yard, plus garden parasols to protect you from the blazing sun. If you’ve just got a balcony to play with and you’re after the best garden furniture for small spaces, a set of two outdoor dining chairs might be enough.
What is the strongest material for garden furniture?
Wrought iron garden furniture is generally considered to be the most durable kind of garden furniture, and luckily it’s readily available. That said, all of the garden furniture in this edit has been built to last, as long as you look after it properly. This John Lewis bistro table and chairs set, for example, can be folded away to save space but also boasts a four-layer electroplated coating, giving it a tough and scratch resistant all-weather finish suitable for outdoor use all year round.
Which rattan garden furniture is best?
Ah, this question always comes up. We’ve narrowed it down to two favourites. The Topa Garden Corner Lounge Set is ideal for larger spaces and will fit all your guests comfortably. If you’re doing up a balcony, this Calamus Rattan Chair comes in at a close second. It’s durable and hardwearing but also fits into that trending rattan theme.
We also love Made.com for rattan-style garden furniture. Their Swara garden sofa is chefs kiss while their Lyra hanging garden chair is to die for. Imagine kicking back with a new book in that?! They’ve also released a set of two Lyra armchairs to match – which cost £200 for the pair. You know what to do.
Want more outdoor content? Head this way for the best BBQs, over here for the best pizza ovens for al-fresco dining and in this direction for picnic blankets that you can use in your garden/in the park/on the beach. We’ve also got picnic sets to go with them (think hampers, picnic wine glasses and bamboo plates), fire pits for a Love Island garden upgrade, plus the best patio heaters to keep you toasty as the sun goes down.
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