Whatever time of the year it is, it's always a good idea to get your outdoor space into shape with the right garden furniture. Whether it's an outdoor dining set with table and chairs, or a pair of rattan sun loungers for your patio, this article is here to show you how!
It’s no secret that garden furniture can run well into the thousands of pounds, especially if you have a big garden or a large family. However, there are definitely some deals to be had. From bargain sofa sets to a little luxury for your lawn, we've ranked the top 10 best garden furniture sets in the UK on Amazon, Argos, John Lewis and eBay!
We’re sure that the hope is you’re going to be spending plenty of time on your outdoor furniture, so it’s worth considering a few things before you jump straight in to buying. In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at the most important factors to contemplate when buying garden furniture online.
The first thing to consider is the type of furniture you want. Of course, there are many, many different styles, but you'll generally find that all garden furniture can be grouped into two categories, depending on whether you want a set for lounging or dining. Let’s take a look at each separately.
When it comes to lounging sets, it's all about relaxing. You can expect big comfy couches, smaller coffee style tables and possibly a couple of chairs thrown in for good measure. You may even want some sun loungers so you can soak up the rays in peace.
Lounging furniture sets tend to be larger and are often designed to fit into the corners of patios and terraces. Opting for a set that can be tucked away will save you space, the only problem is not everyone has enough space to put bulkier furniture in the first place.
If you would prefer to eat al fresco during the summer months, a dining set will be better suited to your needs. These come in an array of sizes, from 2 to 8-seater options and more, all of which are built around creating the perfect dining experience. For that reason, you can expect higher tables with sturdier tabletops.
Another advantage of this style is that if you’re short on space, there are dining options that can be folded away and stored. That said, these will be less stable, and are generally for smaller crowds.
It might seem obvious, but as with any furniture you’re going to want to make sure that you have enough room in your garden to accommodate the set. Too big and your space will be dwarfed by large furniture, too small, and the set can look lost.
You’re going to want to make sure that you leave at least 60 cm or more around the set for traffic flow, this will allow you to move around it comfortably. The only time this isn’t necessary is if the furniture is on a balcony or in a small garden, where available space is at a premium!
The good news is that whether you’re opting for lounging or dining, there are sets in all manner of sizes regardless of style. This will make it easy to find the perfect one to match the space you have in the garden.
Luckily, with furniture sets for the UK, weatherproofing is a given. This is why you'll see a lot of metal, rattan and glass (for tabletops). All these materials are capable of standing up to the unrelenting wet weather. The only material you'll need to keep an eye on is untreated wood, as it can rot if left exposed.
Most outdoor furniture is pretty easy to look after. Woods, rattan and metals can all be wiped down, and will standing up well to both heat and moisture. The most effort will go into maintaining glass, and not because it’s difficult to care for. Glass tabletops are quicker to dirty, so may require more frequent cleaning.
Finally, different materials give different looks. Of course, this is largely down to personal taste. However, we would recommend treating the garden as you would any other room in the house. Find styles and colours that suit your garden. For example, if you have an iron fire pit, maybe iron frame furniture would look better.
One last thing to consider is whether your purchase comes with any additional goodies. In particular, you'll want to find out whether the set comes with cushions or not, as these will provide additional comfort when you’re relaxing on your new furniture. It will also save you purchasing them separately yourself.
Depending on how much you love the sun, you might want furniture that comes with a parasol. This is particularly useful if you don’t have much shaded you can escape to during the hottest part of the day. Parasols usually come with dining sets, so you're less likely to find them included with lounging furniture.
Now that you’re clued up on what to look for, it's time to share our ranking list of the top 10 best garden furniture sets in the UK. We've found plenty of options that range in both size and design, so you're sure to find something that perfectly fits with your garden!
|Set Includes||Table, 8 chairs|
|Dimensions||Table -155 cm diameter, parasol - 3 m|
|Materials||Rattan, glass, metal|
|Accessories||Parasol, cushions and ice bucket|
|Set Includes||Bench, 2 chairs, coffee table|
|Dimensions||Table – 71 x 41 x 39.5 cm, chairs – 57 x 55 x 82 cm|
|Set Includes||Table, 2 chairs|
|Dimensions||Table - 72 x 65.5 x 115 cm, chairs - 72 x 55.5 x 55.5 cm|
|Materials||Aluminium, glass, PVC|
|Set Includes||Small table, 2 chairs|
|Dimensions||Table – 40 x 51.5 cm, chairs 82 x 80 x 68 cm|
|Set Includes||Sofa, table, 2 stools|
|Dimensions||Total size – 220 x 200 cm|
|Set Includes||2 loungers, table|
|Dimensions||Table – 50 x 50 x 51 cm, lounger - 117 x 68 x 113 cm|
|Materials||Metal frame, woven fabric (unspecified)|
|Set Includes||Table, 2 chairs|
|Dimensions||Table – 60 x 70 cm, chair – 94 x 37 x 40 cm|
|Set Includes||Table, 2 benches, 2 chairs|
|Dimensions||Table – 74 x 90 x 140 cm, bench – 45 x 140 x 40 cm, chair - 86 x 53 x 59.5|
|Set Includes||2 tables, bench, 2 chairs|
|Dimensions||Table 40 x 70 cm, sofa – 80 x 111 x 71 cm, chair - 80 x 61 x 71 cm|
|Set Includes||Table, 4 chairs|
|Dimensions||Table – 70 x 79 cm, chairs – 77 x 47 x 47 cm|
6-Piece Garden Furniture Set
Ipanema 4 Seater Sofa Set
Richmond 6 Seater Wooden Patio Set
Mosaic Table and Chair Set
Set of 2 Zero Gravity Sun Loungers & Folding Table
Palma 6 Seater Garden Mini Corner Table and Chairs Set
2 Seater Rattan String Bistro Set
Cassis 2-Seater Garden Bistro Table & Chairs Set
Rattan Garden Furniture Set
Savannah 8-Seater Dining Table and Chairs
A Perfect Sized Set for a Variety of Different Gardens
Bring a Sense of Fun and Joy to Your Outdoor Space
A Neutral Design for Almost Any Garden
Add a Little Decorative Charm to the Garden
Lounge by Name, Lounge by Nature
A Seat for Everyone in the Family
A Retro Design With Woven Chairs
A Contemporary Design From a Quality Company
The Ideal Outdoor Furniture for a Catch up Session
Perfectly Sized for Your Next Soiree
|Set Includes||Table, 4 chairs||2 tables, bench, 2 chairs||Table, 2 benches, 2 chairs||Table, 2 chairs||2 loungers, table||Sofa, table, 2 stools||Small table, 2 chairs||Table, 2 chairs||Bench, 2 chairs, coffee table||Table, 8 chairs|
|Dimensions||Table – 70 x 79 cm, chairs – 77 x 47 x 47 cm||Table 40 x 70 cm, sofa – 80 x 111 x 71 cm, chair - 80 x 61 x 71 cm||Table – 74 x 90 x 140 cm, bench – 45 x 140 x 40 cm, chair - 86 x 53 x 59.5||Table – 60 x 70 cm, chair – 94 x 37 x 40 cm||Table – 50 x 50 x 51 cm, lounger - 117 x 68 x 113 cm||Total size – 220 x 200 cm||Table – 40 x 51.5 cm, chairs 82 x 80 x 68 cm||Table - 72 x 65.5 x 115 cm, chairs - 72 x 55.5 x 55.5 cm||Table – 71 x 41 x 39.5 cm, chairs – 57 x 55 x 82 cm||Table -155 cm diameter, parasol - 3 m|
|Materials||Metal, glass||Rattan, metal||Wood||Metal||Metal frame, woven fabric (unspecified)||Rattan, wood||Rattan, metal||Aluminium, glass, PVC||Rattan, glass||Rattan, glass, metal|
|Accessories||Parasol||-||Cushions||-||Cushions||Cushions||-||Cushions||Cushions||Parasol, cushions and ice bucket|
Whenever the weather warms up, we all want to get outside and make the most of our outdoor space. Whether you've got acres, or just a few square feet, there's no better time to get your patch prepared for the summer sun. From BBQs to hot tubs, we've found some more of the best gear for your garden!
While we may be experiencing some pretty cold weather right now, hopefully, searching for a new garden set will provide you with the glimmer of sunshine that we all desperately need right now. Whether you're looking to host for family and friends, or take some much needed you time, there's sure to be something for everyone!
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