Best garden furniture 2021: the 15 must-have outdoor designs

Discover 2021’s best garden furniture and transform your outdoor space with sunshine-ready sofas, al fresco dining sets and resort-worthy recliners

Best Garden Furniture 2021 - Outdoor Seating for Spring Summer
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Our edit of the best garden furniture for 2021 will ensure you’re ready to maximize your outdoor space this spring and summer.

Spending time outside has been proven to enhance both our mental and physical wellbeing, so even it's just a few moments in the garden with your morning cup of coffee, sourcing the best garden furniture will make it easier to get some mood-boosting fresh air.

Design-led deckchairs, outdoor sofas built for relaxation, resort-worthy sunloungers, and modern alfresco dining sets; 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, planning ahead for outdoor entertaining, or looking to extend your living space out into the garden for the summer months, read on to discover the best design-led garden furniture of 2021.

  • Indoor lounging more your thing? Check out our guide to the best sofas of 2021.

Best garden furniture of 2021 

Best Garden Furniture - Outdoor Sofa Heal's

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1. Heal's Tanso Outdoor 3 Seater Sofa

Best garden furniture; retreat-worthy Zen relaxation

Size: H85 x W286 x D94cm
Materials: Grade A teak wood
Reasons to buy
+Relaxed lounging+Versatility to use outside or indoors+Hardwearing teak wood 

Designed by David Irwin, a past winner of Homes & Gardens New Designer of the Year, the low-to-the-ground Tanso outdoor sofa and armchairs 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 as suitable for indoor use as outdoor.

Available in a low-slung 3-seater sofa, armchair, table, and contemporary garden bench, this contender for 2021's best garden furniture will bring Zen-like calm to your outside space. 

Best Garden Furniture - Ferm Living Desert Lounge Chair

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2. Ferm Living Desert Lounge Chair

Best garden furniture; laidback lounging

Size: H77.5 x W63 x D66cm
Materials: Powder coated steel frame; PET yarn seat
Reasons to buy
+Eco-credentials+Add contemporary art to the garden with handwoven graphics and abstract geometrics

Graphic black powder-coated tubular steel frames are offset by textural handwoven sling-seats in Ferm Living’s Spring Summer 2021 Desert Lounge Chairs. 

The new collection showcases the Nordic brand’s move towards a more sustainable product line; the removable seats are woven from 100% PET yarn, recycled from post-consumer waste plastic with each chair repurposing the equivalent of 53 plastic bottles.

Taking their cue from desert sands, the eco-conscious loungers are available in four muted shades; from neutral cashmere-coloured weave to modern stripe and Ferm Living’s signature abstract geometrics. A great way to bring some contemporary art into the garden.

Best Garden Furniture - Outdoor Dining Table & Chairs Hay Palissades

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3. Hay Palissade Rectangular Table

Best garden furniture; smart alfresco dining

Size: H75 x W160 x D80cm
Materials: Powder-coated or galvanized steel
Reasons to buy
+Clean-lined simplicity+Wide range of chairs, tables and benches to mix and match 

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

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

The linear ribbon design and curving silhouette make the Palissade one of the best garden furniture options for smaller courtyard gardens or outdoor areas where you don’t want to block the vista with a solid form.

Best Garden Furniture - The Conran Shop Fold Outdoor 3-Seater Sofa with Arms

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4. Fold Outdoor 3-Seater Sofa with Arms

Best garden furniture; outdoor sofa-surfing

Size: H72 x W264 x D97cm
Materials: Powder-coated stainless steel tubular frame; selection of cushion fabrics
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable cushioned seating+Variety of upholstery options

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 fold-over cushioning.

Available in twelve quick-drying upholstery options, including wish-you-were-here Bora Bora woven in Spain and the nautically-striped Strange Loves crafted in Italy, the Fold sofa is the ideal spot to get comfortable outdoors. 

Best Garden Furniture - Outdoor Table & Chairs MDF Italia

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5. MDF Italia Rock Outdoor Round Table

Best garden furniture; colourful centrepiece

Size: Ø 140 x H73cm
Materials: Concrete and steel
Reasons to buy
+Eye-catching colour+Contemporary shaped concrete

Terracotta stone chips are used to colour the new outdoor version of Jean-Marie Massaud’s iconic Rock table. 

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 geometric pattern around tubular metal chair frames that themselves appear entangled like steel thread. 

For the best garden furniture for entertaining, we don't think it gets better than this wow-factor outdoor dining space.

Best Garden Furniture - Skagerak Between Lines Deck Chair

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6. Skagerak Between Lines Deckchair

Best garden furniture; design-led deckchair

Size: H90 x W61.5 x D93.5cm
Materials: FSC-certified teak wood
Reasons to buy
+Hardwearing FSC-certified teak+Weathers well outside

Add some cushions and this clean-lined Scandinavian lounge chair is the perfect spot a morning cup of 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 beautiful silvery-grey over time or apply furniture oil to maintain the golden-honeyed colouring.

Best garden furniture 2021 - colourful garden funiture - Heals Eos

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7. Eos Outdoor Rectangular Table Rust

Best garden furniture; a colourful outdoor furniture range

Materials: Powder-coated aluminium
Size: Table: H73 x W162.5 x D78cm
Reasons to buy
+A great way to add contemporary colour to the garden+Wide range of complementary outdoor furniture

Awarded the Furniture Maker's Design Guild Mark, the minimalist Eos collection from Case Furniture includes a variety of complementary outdoor furniture, including dining and armchairs, bench seats, sun loungers, tables and stools. 

Opt for classic black or white, or add colour to even the most dismal of days with our favourite; the rust red option. 

Best Garden Furniture - Conic Sunlounger

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8. Cane-line Conic Sun-lounger

Best garden furniture; resort-worthy recliner

Size: H40-83 x W78 x L220cm
Materials: Aluminium frame, SoftTouch fabric cushions
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight aluminium and roller wheels for easy manoeuvre+Comfortable quick-dry cushions+Gas spring for easy reclining

We’re all craving a good dose of poolside relaxation, but if international travel remains off the cards this year, we’ll be aiming to bring the resort to us with Cane-line’s luxury Conic sunlounger. 

Quick-dry upholstered cushions and a simple gas spring reclining mechanism will allow us to lay back in comfort the minute the sun peeps out from behind the British clouds, whilst a lightweight powder-coated aluminium frame and rear wheels make for easy manoeuvring. Perfect for following the rays. 

You can find more reclining options in our guide to the best sun loungers

Best Garden Furniture - Outdoor Chairs Ames

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9. Ames Caribe & Maraca Armchair

Best garden furniture; eco-friendly colour-clash

Size: H72 x W62.5 x D65.7cm
Materials: Recycled plastic threads; thermolacquered galvanised steel
Reasons to buy
+Eco-friendly recycled materials+Fair trade initiative+Supports indigenous craftsmanship

Travel to more tropical climes in your imagination, if not in body, with Sebastian Herkner’s Spring Summer 2021 collection for Ames. 

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.

Best garden furniture 2021 - best garden chairs - Menu

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10. WM String Indoor Outdoor Dining Chairs

Best garden furniture; indoor outdoor dining chairs

Size: H80.5 x L52 x D47.5cm
Materials: Epoxy lacquered steel
Reasons to buy
+Use indoors or out for maximum versatility

For versatile and contemporary dining seating Menu's WM String chairs look great indoors or out. 

Opt for the high-seated dining chair or low-to-the ground armchair depending if you're eating or lounging. 

Best garden furniture 2021 - garden table and outdoor bench seats - Jennifer Newman

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11. Trestle Outside Table and Bench Seats

Best garden furniture; seat 12 people on this trestle table and bench seat

Size: H75 x L240 x W76cm
Materials: Aluminium with polyester powder-coating
Reasons to buy
+Spacious dining for up to 12 guests+A great palette of colour options+Coordinate with the indoor furniture range for a seamless extension outdoors

Also makers of one of the most stylish picnic tables we've come across - the A-Frame Bench - Jennifer Newman Studio's SS21 outdoor launch includes the spacious eight or twelve-seater Trestle table and bench seats.

Designed with the intention to bring playful optimism to the outdoor space, the bright powder-coated colours and sociable seating set-up makes for mood-boosting alfresco dining. 

Best garden furniture 2021 - statement garden table - OKA

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12. Silverstein Tree Trunk Table

Bets garden furniture; statement garden table

Size: H78 x W240 x L130cm
Materials: Resin-sealed wood and toughened glass
Reasons to buy
+Wow-factor outdoor dining

Handmade from resin-sealed wood with a toughened glass tabletop, this outdoor/ indoor dining table offers spacious seating for eight.

Pair with contemporary outdoor dining chairs, such as the WM String chair from Menu, and you've got yourself a statement alfresco dining set that's sure to be a talking point amongst guests.

Best garden furniture 2021 - best reclining chair - Houe

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13. Houe Click Reclining Chair

Best garden furniture; get horizontal with this reclining chair

Size: H90 x W64 x L180cm
Materials: Bamboo, metal and plastic
Reasons to buy
+Not sure if you want to sit or lie down - do both

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 form elevates your legs to the optimal relaxation posture of just-above-heart-level, whilst bamboo armrests offer the perfect support for your book, or cocktail, holding arm. Bliss.

Best Garden Furniture - Fuori Outdoor Drinks Trolley

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14. Monique Consentino Fuori Serving Trolley

Best garden furniture; outdoor mixology

Size: H76 x W75 x D48cm
Materials: Powder-coated aluminium and teak
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight aluminium frame and roller wheels for easy manoeuvre+Weather-resistant teak wood 

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. 

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

Best Garden Furniture - Barker & Stonehouse Concrete Table

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15. Geradis Campos Dining Table

Best garden furniture; contemporary outdoor dining

Size: H76 x W100 x D100cm
Materials: Fibre reinforced concrete
Reasons to buy
+Contemporary outdoor dining

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 industrial outdoor dining look with Barker and Stonehouse's rope and aluminium-frame Duke dining armchairs.

Maximise your outdoor space beyond the best garden furniture

Once you've chosen the best garden furniture to transform your outdoor space from occasional use into all-summer-long additional living space, there are plenty more ways to maximise your outside area. 

Enjoy the full alfresco dining experience with our guide to the best barbecues and outdoor kitchen ideas that will keep food, drinks and conversation flowing late into the evening. Or get to grips with the best in contemporary landscaping in our modern garden ideas.

And if your outside space is more bijou than bountiful, find out how to make brilliant use of a smaller space with these balcony ideas.