Rain or Shine: 6 OF THE BEST outdoor sofas

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 – andBo Concept's Rome sofa, even comes with a built-in drinks rest.

Many of the latest models aremade 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.

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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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Rome sofa, £2,345, Henrik Pedersen for BoConcept.

Rome sofa, £2,345, Henrik Pedersen for BoConcept.

This sleek design even has space at the end to place a chilled glass of Chablis and some nibbles.

timeless sofa, £3,348 with two scatter cushions, Gandia Blasco at Chaplins.

timeless sofa, £3,348 with two scatter cushions, Gandia Blasco at Chaplins.

This chic aluminium-framed sofa comes in a range of irresistible ice cream shades, that perfectly suit alfresco afternoons in the sun.

Meridien three-seat sofa, £3,088, ethimo at Houseology

Meridien three-seat sofa, £3,088, ethimo at Houseology

This 3-seater sofa has a teak and aluminium frame. The timber will develop a beautiful silver-grey patina over time. Loose cushions in a shower-proof fabric and a rain cover are both available separately.

Burford garden woven two-seat sofa, £419, John Lewis & Partners

Burford garden woven two-seat sofa, £419, John Lewis & Partners

Made with FSC certified Acacia wood and synthetic wicker, this seating has shower-resistant cushions so can withstand a typical British summer.

Vimini two-seat sofa, €4,535, Patricia urquiola for Kettal.

Vimini two-seat sofa, €4,535, Patricia urquiola for Kettal.

Designed by Patricia Urquiola, this smart sofa is inspired by 1950s wicker basket chairs.

Tibbo three-seat sofa, £8,640, Barber & osgerby for dedon at Leisure Plan.

Tibbo three-seat sofa, £8,640, Barber & osgerby for dedon at Leisure Plan.

Designed by Barber & Osgerby, this is a new addition to the Tibbo outdoor range. The cushions are removable and there's a coffee table and dining set in the same elegant style.