Best garden furniture 2021: 18 must-have outdoor furniture designs

Discover this year's best garden furniture and transform your outdoor space with sunshine-ready sofas, alfresco dining sets and resort-worthy recliners

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A green metal garden table and chairs on a paved courtyard with greenery behind
(Image credit: Hay)

Looking for the best garden furniture? Our guide to the must-have outdoor furniture of the year will ensure you can maximize your outdoor space and make the most of your garden, courtyard, or balcony whatever the season.

From design-led outdoor dining sets to relaxation-ready outdoor sofas and resort-worthy sun loungers; we’ve sourced the best garden furniture to help you soak up the rays as soon as that sunshine hits. 

So whether you're hankering after a restful retreat in your backyard, embracing the season of outdoor entertaining, or simply looking to extend your living space out into the garden, read on to discover the best outdoor furniture on the Livingetc radar.

And once you have your alfresco dining space sorted, don't forget to browse our guide to the best barbecues to make sure your outdoor grilling is done to perfection!

The best garden furniture of 2021 

A minimalist dark green slatted metal outdoor table and chairs

(Image credit: Hay)

1. Hay Palissade Rectangular Table

Embrace alfresco dining with this smart outdoor range

Specifications
Size: H75 x W160 x D80cm
Materials: Powder-coated or galvanized steel
Colour options: Black, green, galvanised steel
Reasons to buy
+Timeless design+Suits a classic or contemporary garden+'See through' design works well in smaller spaces and doesn't block a vista+Wide range of coordinating outdoor furniture available
Reasons to avoid
-Metal can get hot/cold to the touch-Powder-coated steel needs repainting if chipped to prevent rusting

Contemporary yet classic, the elegant simplicity of the Hay Palissade collection works effortlessly in a natural or urban setting, creating a timeless outdoor dining space.

Designed by French brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the interplay of straight lines and fluid curves are formed from durable and weather-resistant powder-coated or hot galvanized steel, enabling the collection to endure the elements gracefully.

The linear ribbon design and curving silhouette of the rectangular outdoor dining table make it a great option for a smaller courtyard garden or outdoor area where you don’t want to block the vista with a solid form, and a wide range of coordinating outdoor furniture makes it easy to tailor an outdoor collection to suit your space and lifestyle.

A Japanese-style garden with a wooden outdoor sofa and armchair upholstered with grey cushions

(Image credit: Heal's)

2. Case Tanso Outdoor Sofa Armchair

Enjoy retreat-worthy Zen relaxation with this teak wood collection

Specifications
Size: H85 x W286 x D94cm
Materials: Grade A teak wood
Colour options: Natural with grey upholstery
Reasons to buy
+Relaxed lounging+Use indoors or out+Hardwearing weather-resistant teak+Low profile seating useful for zoning an outdoor area+Coordinating outdoor furniture available
Reasons to avoid
-Yearly maintenance with wood preservative necessary unless you let the hardwood weather naturally

Designed by David Irwin, a past winner of Homes & Gardens New Designer of the Year, the low-to-the-ground Tanso outdoor sofa armchairs and dining set epitomise relaxed outdoor lounging. Inspired by the refined simplicity of Japanese furniture, the collection fuses robust and weather-resistant grade A teak wood with a level of craftsmanship that makes the range suitable for either indoor or outdoor use.

Long revered for its outdoor durability, the natural oils present in teak hardwood mean the seating (minus the cushions) can be left outside in the elements to weather to a soft silver-grey over time, or the timber can be topped up with a wood preservative to retain the golden honey hues.

Available in a low-slung 3-seater sofa, armchair, table, and contemporary garden bench, this understated yet refined garden collection will bring Zen-like calm to your outside space, whilst grey padded cushions deliver plenty of outdoor comfort.

A black metal bistro set in a leafy green courtyard

(Image credit: Garden Trading)

3. Garden Trading Rive Droite Bistro Set

Make the most of small spaces with a folding bistro set

Specifications
Size: Table: H71 x Dia.90cm, Chair: H80 x W41 x D46cm
Materials: Powder coated steel
Colour options: Carbon, chalk, clay, forest green
Reasons to buy
+Timeless style+Compact size great for balconies or small gardens+Foldable chairs and table for space-saving storage
Reasons to avoid
-Metal can get hot/cold to the touch-Powder-coated steel will need repainting if chipped to prevent rusting-Cushions available separately

Is any garden complete without the classic metal bistro set? Perfect for a patio or balcony where space is tight, the timeless bistro design also works brilliantly in a larger garden to create an intimate pocket of seating in a hidden courtyard or tucked away in a side return to turn an awkward space into an alfresco destination. 

Available in carbon black, chalk white, clay or forest green, Garden Trading's Rive Droite bistro set comes in either the classic two seater table and chairs, or this larger four-seater option. Just add some comfortable seat cushions to complete the look (we like Garden Trading's striped seat pads, which are available in six different colour options).

Both table and chairs are foldable to make for space-saving storage during the winter months, and the lightweight design makes it easy to transport the set to wherever you want it in the garden.

A contemporary metal garden table and outdoor bench seats in a soft pink colour

(Image credit: Jennifer Newman)

4. Jennifer Newman Trestle Outside Table and Bench Seats

Great for large numbers; a spacious trestle table and bench seat

Specifications
Size: H75 x L240 x W76cm
Materials: Aluminium with polyester powder-coating
Colour options: Multiple
Reasons to buy
+Spacious dining for 8+ guests+Great range of contemporary colours+Low maintenance rust-resistant aluminium+Lightweight+Leave outside all year round+Coordinate with the indoor furniture range for a seamless extension outdoors
Reasons to avoid
-Metal can get hot/cold to the touch-No backrests to bench seats so not the most comfortable for extended periods

Also makers of one of the most stylish picnic tables we've come across - the A-Frame Bench - Jennifer Newman's Trestle outdoor table and bench seat dining set is available in a wide range of mood-boosting shades; designed with the intention to bring playful optimism to the outdoor space.

Crafted from highly durable and rust-resistant aluminium, the set can be powder-coated in an almost unlimited colour selection, including Newman's own standard colour palette, or any of the RAL Classic colours - allowing you to go as bright as you dare. 

Unlike with steel garden furniture, where the powder-coated finish is essential to protect the base metal from the elements, in this rust-resistant aluminium set the colour is purely aesthetic, so there's no maintenance required which makes this dining set perfect for exposed areas and ensures it can be left outside all year round. 

The outdoor Trestle design also echoes Newman's bestselling indoor Trestle table; perfect if you want to create continuity between indoor and outdoor rooms

A row of deckchairs with black metal frames and abstract printed fabric

(Image credit: Ferm Living)

5. Ferm Living Desert Lounge Chair

Laidback lounging with abstract print deckchairs

Specifications
Size: H77.5 x W63 x D66cm
Materials: Powder coated steel frame; PET yarn seat
Colour options: Multiple
Reasons to buy
+Great choice of abstract fabric patterns+100% PET yarn fabric seats recycled from post-consumer waste plastic+Slingback seats are interchangeable/replaceable
Reasons to avoid
-Armrests aren't the most comfortable-Metal can get hot/cold to the touch-Powder-coated steel will need repainting if chipped to prevent rusting

Graphic black powder-coated tubular steel frames are offset by textural handwoven sling seats in Ferm Living’s contemporary Desert Lounge Chairs. 

The collection showcases the Nordic brand’s move towards a more sustainable product line, with the interchangeable and replaceable woven seats created from 100% PET yarn recycled from post-consumer waste plastic - resulting in each chair repurposing the equivalent of 53 plastic bottles.

Taking their cue from desert sands, the eco-conscious loungers are available in several muted shades; from neutral cashmere-coloured weave to modern stripes and Ferm Living’s signature abstract geometrics. 

A great way to bring modern art into the garden, the chairs also look just as good indoors, making for a versatile seating solution.

A rattan outdoor sofa set by the side of a pool

(Image credit: OKA)

6. OKA Luccombe Armless Chair

Go classic with timeless rattan sectional seating

Specifications
Size: H67 x W78 x D86cm
Materials: Aluminium frame & polyurethane 'rattan'
Colour options: Driftwood, flint grey
Reasons to buy
+Configure seating to best suit your outside space+Low maintenance, weather-resistant PE rattan+Rust-resistant aluminium frame+Lightweight+Comfortable cushions included
Reasons to avoid
-Light-coloured upholstery can show marks quickly

Rattan garden furniture is perhaps the quintessential summer look, and this natural coloured weave offset by off-white cushions will create a relaxed look in either a contemporary or classic garden.

Sectional seating - either in the armless Luccombe chair or the Luccombe corner chair - allows you to configure a seating layout that best suits the outdoor space, whether that be via a spacious corner sofa or compact loveseat, and the addition of the Luccombe ottoman makes for easy transformation of either option into a relaxed chaise or daybed.

The polyurethane 'rattan' weave - available in the muted honey-coloured 'Driftwood' or darker 'Flint Grey' colourways - does a good job at emulating natural woven rattan, with the weather-resistant material a durable outdoor solution. And paired with a rust-resistant aluminium frame, this seating solution is a hardwearing and low maintenance option.

A wooden outdoor chair with reclining backrest and footstool

(Image credit: Skagerak)

7. Skagerak Between Lines Deckchair

A modern garden chair that will only get better with time

Specifications
Size: H90 x W61.5 x D93.5cm
Materials: FSC-certified teak wood
Colour options: Natural
Reasons to buy
+FSC-certified wood+Hardwearing weather-resistant teak wood+A wide range of coordinating outdoor furniture available
Reasons to avoid
-Yearly maintenance with wood preservative necessary unless you let the hardwood weather naturally

A modern interpretation of the classic Adirondack chair, just add some cushions to this clean-lined Scandinavian lounge chair and you have the perfect spot for a relaxed morning coffee.  

Designed to be passed from generation to generation, Skagerak's Between The Lines deckchair is crafted from FSC-certified teak sourced from sustainably managed forestry plantations. 

Protected from the elements by the high natural oil content of teak wood, you can let this contemporary outdoor chair weather to a silver-grey over time or apply furniture oil to maintain the golden-honey colouring.

There are also a good number of coordinating teak options in Skagerak's outdoor range - including well-crafted dining table and chairs, bench seats and sun loungers - making it easy to create a cohesive outdoor look.

An eco-friendly outdoor table and chair set

(Image credit: Very Good & Proper)

8. Very Good & Proper Latte Chair

A biocomposite chair made in the UK from hemp and recycled plastic

Specifications
Materials: Biocomposite hemp and recycled plastic & powder-coated recycled steel
Size: H81 x W50 x D55cm
Colour options: Natural, brick red, grey brown
Reasons to buy
+Reduced C02 footprint+Innovative and low maintenance materials+Stackable chair design
Reasons to avoid
-Powder-coated steel will need repainting if chipped to prevent rusting

Very Good & Proper's first venture into outdoor furniture, the Latte chair seeks to combine durability, design and sustainability in one.

The chair's seat is constructed from Swedish-made Trifilon; an innovative and weather-resilient biocomposite made from recycled plastic and hemp fibres, whilst tubular recycled steel in three powder-coated colour options make up the frame.

Made in the UK, and repurposing existing plastic and steel materials - along with the carbon sequestered by the hemp as it grows - results in a chair with a C02 footprint 85% lower than that of a typical plastic chair.

Designed in collaboration with the Paris-based design duo Amandine Chhor and Aissa Logerot of AC/AL, the Latte outdoor dining chair comes with the option of arms or a stackable armless build and is intended to be paired with the Canteen outdoor table, which sees an accoya timber tabletop and recycled aluminium frame continue the effort towards greater sustainability.

An outdoor sofa with cream upholstery and black metal frame

(Image credit: The Conran Shop)

9. Fold Outdoor 3-Seater Sofa with Arms

Sit back and relax; an outdoor sofa with a range of upholstery options

Specifications
Size: H72 x W264 x D97cm
Materials: Powder-coated stainless steel tubular frame; selection of cushion fabrics
Colour options: Multiple
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable cushioned seating+Multiple upholstery options+Quick-drying fabric+Low profile seating is useful for zoning an outdoor area+Coordinating outdoor furniture available
Reasons to avoid
-Powder-coated steel will need repainting if chipped to prevent rusting

Designed for The Conran Shop by award-winning British industrial designer Samuel Wilkinson, the Fold outdoor sofa wraps a powder-coated black tubular steel frame in a cocoon of easily removable and super comfortable fold-over cushioning.

Allowing you almost as many upholstery choices as you get when choosing the best sofa for your interior, the Fold is available in twelve quick-drying upholstery options - rare for an outdoor sofa that usually just come in one or two shades - allowing you to tailor the look to best suit your outside space.  

Upholstery options include the wish-you-were-here 'Bora Bora' fabric woven in Spain, the nautically-striped 'Strange Loves' upholstery crafted in Italy and the washable and waterproof 'Dolce' options.

A round pink concrete outdoor table with black rope chairs

(Image credit: MDF Italia)

10. MDF Italia Rock Outdoor Round Table

A colourful centrepiece for a wow-factor outdoor dining space

Specifications
Size: Ø 140 x H73cm
Materials: Concrete and steel
Colour options: Pink, green
Reasons to buy
+Statement design+Use indoors or out+Circular design is useful for smaller spaces
Reasons to avoid
-Concrete doesn't biodegrade so can be very hard to repurpose at the end of a product's lifespan-Heavy

Terracotta stone chips are used to colour the new outdoor version of Jean-Marie Massaud’s iconic Rock table, offering either a muted pink or dark green centrepiece.

The mottled terrazzo-effect surface adds further subtlety to this carefully balanced design that plays with all kinds of juxtapositions; contrasting delicacy and solidity, heavy and light, raw materials and refined finishes.

Pairing with the Massaud-designed Neil Twist outdoor chairs offers a further interplay of contrasting surfaces. High tensile strength, UV-resistant coloured cord is woven in a geometric pattern around tubular metal chair frames that themselves appear entangled like steel thread. 

If you're looking for the best garden furniture for outdoor entertaining, we don't think it gets much better than this wow-factor dining set.

A white sun lounger with wheels on wooden decking

(Image credit: Maisons Du Monde)

11. Maisons Du Monde Antalya White Aluminium Sun Lounger

A luxe-look, quick-drying sun lounger at an affordable price point

Specifications
Size: Ht83 x W203 x D72cm
Materials: Epoxy-coated aluminium & plastic-coated canvas
Colour options: White, taupe, black
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight with roller wheels for easy manoeuvre+Four adjustable backrest positions+Quick-dry plastic-coated canvas+Low maintenance rust-resistant aluminium
Reasons to avoid
-Metal frame can get hot/cold to the touch

In the UK opportunities for dedicated sun lounging may perhaps be few and far between, but all the more reason to be able to spring into action as soon as the temperatures do soar.

Luckily the Antalya sun lounger is built with quick and easy movability in mind, with a lightweight aluminium frame and stylish solid wheels with rubber grips that make simple of work of manoeuvring into prime position for catching the rays.

Ideal for the poolside or a coastal holiday home, the plastic-coated canvas is quick-drying and breathable, while the durable, rust-resistant aluminium frame won't mind being splashed by water or being exposed to salty sea air.

You can find more stylish ways to recline in our guide to the best sun loungers of the year.

A colourful rattan chair and striped deckchair in green and purple

(Image credit: Ames)

13. Ames Caribe & Maraca Armchair

Add tropical vibes with these eco-friendly garden chairs

Specifications
Size: H72 x W62.5 x D65.7cm
Materials: Recycled plastic threads; thermolacquered galvanised steel
Colour options: Multiple
Reasons to buy
+Contemporary colour+Eco-friendly recycled materials+Fairtrade initiative+Supports indigenous craftsmanship
Reasons to avoid
-Armrests not the most comfortable -Powder-coated steel will need repainting if chipped to prevent rusting

Inspired by the creative exuberance of South America, the high-backed Caribe armchair is woven by hand in Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast using the traditional ‘momposino’ technique to braid threads of brightly-coloured recycled plastic. 

The similarly happiness-inducing Maraca lounge chair benefits from the traditional skills of the indigenous Zenús women from Columbian Bolivar. Hand-dyed with seeds, leaves, nuts and roots that are fixed with salt and natural starch to create the vibrant colours, the chair's cotton sling-back seats are adapted from the women's traditionally woven hammocks.

Bright, beautiful and breathing new life into traditional craftsmanship, the collection will uplift even the dullest of days outdoors.

A wooden outdoor sofa and chair set on a gravelled patio

(Image credit: Cox & Cox)

12. Cox & Cox Ravenna Lounge Set

A relaxed lounge set for morning coffee outdoors

Specifications
Size: Chair: H89 x W66 x D70cm, sofa: H89 x W160 x D70cm, table: H41 x W100 x D60cm
Materials: Treated acacia wood
Colour options: Grey-washed acacia wood
Reasons to buy
+Hardwearing weather-resistant acacia wood+A wide range of coordinating outdoor furniture available
Reasons to avoid
-Wood not FSC-certified -Yearly maintenance with wood preservative necessary unless you let the hardwood weather naturally

For easy entertaining, a conversational set makes a great addition to an outdoor space, and this simple yet well-designed option from Cox & Cox will make a useful addition to either a classic or contemporary garden.

Crafted from grey-washed acacia, the elegant slatted set includes two armchairs and a three-seater sofa, both with comfortable pale grey seat and back cushions, plus a low-to-the-ground rectangular coffee table with a coordinating slatted wood tabletop.

The hardwood should weather the elements well with an infrequent top up of wood preservative, although it's worth bearing in mind the care instructions recommend storing this set indoors over winter to prolong its lifespan.

A garden table made from a large tree trunk base and glass table top

(Image credit: OKA)

14. OKA Silverstein Tree Trunk Table

Admire the wonders of nature whilst you dine

Specifications
Size: H78 x W240 x L130cm
Materials: Resin-sealed wood and toughened glass
Colour options: Natural
Reasons to buy
+Wow-factor centrepiece+Oval design useful for smaller spaces+Use indoors or out
Reasons to avoid
-Wood not FSC-certfied

Handmade from resin-sealed wood with a toughened glass tabletop, this statement dining table offers spacious dining for up to eight guests.

The petrified tree trunk base adds instant wow-factor to a larger outside space, but the clever oval-shaped tabletop can also work well in a more compact outdoor area, allowing plenty of room for guests to wander around the seating area.

Pair with contemporary outdoor dining chairs and you've got yourself an alfresco dining set that's sure to be a talking point amongst guests, drawing diners outdoors into the evening air to marvel at the wonders of nature.

A reclining outdoor chair designed with black wooden slats

(Image credit: Houe)

15. Houe Click Reclining Chair

Get horizontal with this simple yet effective reclining chair

Specifications
Size: H90 x W64 x L180cm
Materials: Bamboo, metal and plastic
Colour options: Black, green, sand
Reasons to buy
+Versatile alternative to a sun lounger+No mechanism - simply tip backward+Coordinating outdoor furniture available
Reasons to avoid
-Once you've reclined getting upright again takes a little effort

Epitomising the word laidback, Houe's Click reclining chair will get you from seated to horizontal with one gentle push backwards. 

Once reclined, the curved chair tips you into the optimal relaxation posture of legs just above heart level, whilst wide bamboo armrests offer the perfect support for your book - or cocktail - holding arm.

Opt for the simple black, olive green or the natural sand colourway to best complement your exterior style, or if you prefer a gentler recline there's also the coordinating Click rocking chair with its wide rockers that can add soothing movement to a summer's day.

A wooden outdoor corner sofa with grey cushions

(Image credit: Homebase)

16. Homebase Spirit Garden Corner Sofa Set

A budget corner sofa that's well worth snapping up

Specifications
Size: Corner Section: H64 x W79.5 x D79.5cm, sofa: H64 x W159.5 x D79.5cm, table: H34 x W79.5 x D79.5cm
Materials: Aluminium, FSC-certified teak wood, polyester
Colour options: Grey, navy
Reasons to buy
+A very affordable option+Lightweight and rust-resistant aluminium frame+Compact design useful for smaller spaces+FSC-certified teak wood+Built in drinks shelves
Reasons to avoid
-Cushions fairly firm

Affordable and contemporary, the Spirit outdoor corner sofa has a compact design which makes it a great option for smaller patios and courtyards.

Crafted from a lightweight and rust-resistant aluminium frame with weather-resistant FSC-certified teak wood detailing, the base unit can be left outside all year round, with just the seat and back cushions needing to be stored somewhere dry over winter. 

Considering all the cushions and a useful coffee table are included in the price, we think this is a great deal for what you're getting. Plus we're particularly taken with the built-in shelving units on either side of the seats - perfect for perching a drink or that all-important plate of BBQ. 

A white metal outdoor drinks trolley

(Image credit: Skagerak)

17. Skagerak Fuori Serving Trolley

Practise your outdoor mixology with this smart drinks trolley

Specifications
Size: H76 x W75 x D48cm
Materials: Powder-coated aluminium and teak
Colour options: White, green
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Roller wheels make for easy manoeuvre+Versatility to use indoors or out+Weather-resistant teak wood +Rust-resistant aluminium
Reasons to avoid
-Need to tilt the trolley to wheel it

Alfresco cocktail hour can now quite literally roll around quicker with the Fuori outdoor drinks trolley. 

Influenced by her Danish upbringing and Italian roots, designer Monique Consentino believes in aesthetics that combine core product functionality with sculptural sensibilities. 

The result? An easily maneuverable outdoor drinks trolley that showcases teak wood shelves and a powder-coated aluminium frame for enhanced weather-resistance, whilst smooth-running roller wheels ensure a zippy drinks service. 

A concrete outdoor table with a woven rope chair on dark grey decking

(Image credit: Barker & Stonehouse)

18. Barker & Stonehouse Geradis Campos Dining Table

Create impactful dining with this concrete outdoor table

Specifications
Size: H76 x W100 x D100cm
Materials: Fibre reinforced concrete
Colour options: Concrete
Reasons to buy
+Contemporary outdoor dining+Range of table sizes available
Reasons to avoid
-Hard edges aren't the most family-friendly-Concrete doesn't biodegrade so can be very hard to repurpose at the end of a product's lifespan-Heavy to move

Pay homage to Brutalist architecture whilst you dine alfresco on the squared-concrete Geradis Campos table.

Available from Barker and Stonehouse in four sizes of concrete dining and coffee table, plus two concrete-formed bench seats, these weighty propositions will ground a contemporary garden planting scheme, contrasting rigid form against an organic backdrop. We particularly like the hard-edged minimalism of the Geradis table juxtaposed against frothy ferns or ever-shifting grasses. 

Complete the industrial outdoor look with Barker and Stonehouse's rope and aluminium-frame Duke dining armchairs to play with contrasting materials.


How to choose the best garden furniture for you

Just as your indoor furniture plays an important role in the look of your interior, choosing the right garden furniture for your outside space will help to set the tone of your terrace, patio or decking. So firstly it's important to think about how you plan to use your outdoor space.

"If you’re looking to transform your garden into a relaxing retreat, opt for a luxurious lounge chair or sofa, so you can sit back, put your feet up and enjoy the great outdoors" advises Heal's furniture buyer Hannah Armstrong.

Whereas, if long evenings enjoying alfresco meals with friends or family are high on your agenda then think about creating a wow-factor outdoor dining space that will draw guests outside. A large table is a must if you love entertaining, but an intimate bistro set for two can be just as enjoyable. 

"The pleasure of eating in the garden begins with walking up to a beautiful table and chairs. So create a spectacle that everybody will be excited to sit down and eat at" says LuxDeco's interior director Linda Holmes.

And if you have a larger garden, the opportunities for adding outdoor seating are almost unlimited; consider a garden bench in a secluded corner, a comfortable reclining chair in a spot that gets the morning sun, a loveseat in that narrow side return that gets the evening light, or a sun lounger in a place that's drenched in afternoon rays.

Adding seating in unexpected places will create interest in all parts of the garden and ensure you maximise every inch of outdoor space.

For more inspiration on how to plan your outside space make sure to check out our patio ideas page.

Use garden furniture to zone an outside space

Just like indoors, you can play with the placement of your outdoor furniture to zone different areas of the garden. 

Having an outdoor lounge area close to the house will make it easier to spill out into the garden on days when the weather is good and makes for a practical family set-up so you can keep an eye on the kids, whilst a dining area surrounding the barbecue makes for mealtime logic, and a secluded seating area away from the house can create a restful retreat to relax in.

If you don't have hidden corners to work with, then adding outdoor rugs under groupings of patio furniture can help to zone a smaller space; check out our guide to the best outdoor rugs for our top picks.

When planning your garden furniture layout also make sure to consider the views you'd most like to enjoy as you relax, and, if possible, angle your seating to face the best aspects of the garden.

Get the right balance of style, function and comfort

When choosing outdoor furniture it can be easy to be swayed by style, but don't forget about functionality and comfort - especially when it comes to pieces you'll be sitting or laying on for a good chunk of time (weather allowing).

As Lux Deco's Linda Holmes explains: "Nobody wants to enjoy an outdoor garden party in a seat that’s bad for posture... pay attention to things like back support, cushioning, whether you prefer armrests or not, and if the seat’s deep enough. This way, any soirées will be more likely to go on into the evenings with everybody completely content and at ease in their surroundings".

You'll also want to ensure that comfortable seating is also as weather-resistant as possible so that you're not rushing outside every five minutes to snatch in upholstery when the dark clouds loom. 

"To minimise upkeep while maximising comfort, look for furniture that comes with weatherproof upholstery" says Heal's Hannah Armstrong, "waterproof and fade-proof acrylic fibers prevent mould and mildew, so can be kept outdoors with the lounger". 

And outdoor comfort doesn't just come down to the furniture. Adding one of the best garden parasols on our list will ensure there is plenty of shade during the hottest parts of the day, whilst centering furniture around one of this year's best outdoor heaters will ensure outdoor get-togethers can continue long into the evening.

Amy Lockwood
Amy Lockwood

Amy’s eye for colour, form and composition was honed in the design studio, creating prints for the interiors industry whilst studying textile design at Winchester School of Art. Here she developed her knowledge of key design principles and gained a deeper understanding of how a space can influence our sense of wellbeing, the ways we respond to our environment, and what we deem to be of value.


Amy’s own style is considered, contemporary and timeless, with a strong interest in contemporary craft and homewares that champion collaboration between traditional makers and innovative technologies. A belief that design must exist in balance with the natural world fuels her interest in exploring sustainable, circular, and regenerative design processes and underpins her passion for natural materials and responsible craftsmanship.


When she’s not writing about interior design or sourcing the latest homewares for Livingetc, Amy is most often found deliberating over the perfect shade of white paint, adding to her ever-growing plant collection, or printmaking in her home studio.