Rain or Shine: 6 OF THE BEST outdoor sofas

Get set for a stylish summer...

If you want to enjoy your garden, patio or terrace for longer, it pays to invest in a seriously chic – and comfortable – outdoor sofa.

Depending on how much outdoor space you have, you could create a separate lounge area in a sunny spot away from the dining table.

Section it off with the sofa and the addition of an outdoor rug, some floor cushions, a garden parasol and some pretty lights for when the sun goes down – and you’ll have your own Ibiza style chill-out zone. Just make sure the tunes are on-point.

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Alternatively, if your garden is more petite than plentiful, place an outdoor sofa close to the dining or cooking area, so you have somewhere to sit and enjoy a pre-dinner sundowner or two. It beats perching uncomfortably on metal chairs – and Bo Concept’s Rome sofa, even comes with a built-in drinks rest.

Many of the latest models are made with outdoor fabrics, so can withstand a light summer shower, however they also have removable cushions, which can be brought in and stored during the winter months, to keep them looking good for longer.

See the Style Secrets behind creating a great outdoor space.

Those with timber frames will develop a beautiful patina over time, while those made of metal will need little, if any, maintenance.

Although, described as outdoor sofas, these seats would also suit a conservatory or undercover porch, and many are part of a larger collection that include dining sets, sun loungers and coffee tables.

So read on and see what’s best for your space.

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