take a seat: 8 of the best outdoor chairs

Will we get another heatwave – or won't we? Either way, summer is shaping up, the mercury is rising and it looks like there will be enough sunny days to warrant creating a cool and convivial outdoor living space by investing in some decent outdoor chairs and other garden furniture.

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What better way to while away a warm afternoon or balmy evening, than by spending time in the garden, or on the terrace or balcony? Whether you choose to sit back, relax and enjoy your latest holiday read or invite friends and family over for a long and lazy lunch, some stylish outdoor chairs will set the tone.

Our edit includes those at the top of the range, such as the Duval-Alexander club chair from McKinnon & Harris to other more affordable options like the super-cool Palm Springs chair from Raj Tent Club.

There's plenty in between too, with Gallic charm from Fermob, a modern take on tradition from Vincent Sheppard and laid-back luxe from Saba Italia.

Expect high design from Petite Friture, easy modern style from Out There Interiors and all-out elegance at Dedon.

Want a little shade from the sun? Check out these pretty parasols.

These seats will work as well in a garden room or conservatory, so whether the season ahead brings us rain or shine, our edit of the best outdoor chairs ahead will keep you ahead of the style stakes into summer and beyond.

Find inspiration for gardens and outdoor living spaces here.

Ahnda wing chair in White Quartz, £3,900, Dedon at Leisure Plan

Ahnda wing chair in White Quartz, £3,900, Dedon at Leisure Plan

This chair is part of a collection that includes a lounge chair, sofa and coffee table so you can create an elegant alfresco arrangement.

duVal-Alexander club chair, from £6,430, McKinnon and Harris

duVal-Alexander club chair, from £6,430, McKinnon and Harris

This chair has an aluminium frame and the cushions can be covered in a selection of Perennials and Sunbrella outdoor fabrics.

Roenne garden lounge chair in Pigeon Blue, £535, Out There Interiors

Roenne garden lounge chair in Pigeon Blue, £535, Out There Interiors

Sit back and relax with your favourite summer read in this stylish seat.

Roenne garden lounge chair in Pigeon Blue, £535, Out There Interiors

Roenne garden lounge chair in Pigeon Blue, £535, Out There Interiors

Sit back and relax with your favourite summer read in this stylish seat.

Week-End chair in Blush, £840 for 2, Petite Friture at Twentytwentyone

Week-End chair in Blush, £840 for 2, Petite Friture at Twentytwentyone

Vertical and horizontal slatted metal seats and backrests combine with an oval-shaped frame creating a strong graphic presence in the garden.

Palm Springs metal chair in Aqua, £250, Raj Tent Club

Palm Springs metal chair in Aqua, £250, Raj Tent Club

Bring some Palm Springs luxe to your conservatory or outside space with this low-slung number.

New York Soleil garden armchair, £1,300, Saba Italia at Go Modern

New York Soleil garden armchair, £1,300, Saba Italia at Go Modern

Cool and comfortable, this gorgeous garden armchair by Sergio Bicego has inter-woven polyethylene ropes (available in six colours) and a tubular metal frame painted white or black and specifically treated for outdoor use, so will suit a number of spaces.

Loop lounge chair in Indigo, £430, Vincent Sheppard

Loop lounge chair in Indigo, £430, Vincent Sheppard

Taking its influence from classic wicker outdoor furniture, this chair captures a traditional form with a modern edge.

1900 Cabriolet chair in Verbena, £375, Fermob at Barbed

1900 Cabriolet chair in Verbena, £375, Fermob at Barbed

Fermob’s forge is still in full swing today, bringing this French style iron armchair to life for a Gallic vibe in the garden.