The best garden furniture

June 1, 2016 / OLD news posts
  • ‘Basket’ armchairs by Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel, £1,845; ‘Mesh’ side table by Patricia Urquiola, from £590, all Kettal (kettal.com)

    ‘Basket’ armchairs by Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel, £1,845; ‘Mesh’ side table by Patricia Urquiola, from £590, all Kettal (kettal.com)

  • ‘Gio’ sofa by Antonio Citterio, £6,466, B&B Italia (bebitalia.com)

    ‘Gio’ sofa by Antonio Citterio, £6,466, B&B Italia (bebitalia.com)

  • ‘Romeo Outdoor C3’ light by Philippe Starck, from £1,146, Flos (flos.com)

    ‘Romeo Outdoor C3’ light by Philippe Starck, from £1,146, Flos (flos.com)

  • ‘Palissade’ side chair by Ronan and Erwan Bourollec for Hay, £159, SCP (scp.co.uk)

    ‘Palissade’ side chair by Ronan and Erwan Bourollec for Hay, £159, SCP (scp.co.uk)

  • ‘ Honey’ rug in mustard, from £99, Indian ocean (indian-ocean.co.uk)

    ‘ Honey’ rug in mustard, from £99, Indian ocean (indian-ocean.co.uk)

  • ‘Ahnda’ chair by Stephen Burks for Dedon, £3,042 as pictured, Leisue Plan (leisureplan.co.uk)

    ‘Ahnda’ chair by Stephen Burks for Dedon, £3,042 as pictured, Leisue Plan (leisureplan.co.uk)

  • ‘Porcini’ side tables by Lorenza Bozzoli fro Dedon, £900 (top); £864 (middle); £1,122 (bottom), all Leisure Plan (leisureplan.co.uk)

    ‘Porcini’ side tables by Lorenza Bozzoli fro Dedon, £900 (top); £864 (middle); £1,122 (bottom), all Leisure Plan (leisureplan.co.uk)

Whether you have a luscious, expansive garden, a small urban courtyard or something in between, the approach to creating an outdoor room should be just the same as when you’re decorating inside. Think about how furniture will work together and the level people will be sat at – choose pieces with similar proportions and keep handy side tables close by. Comfort is key, so add plenty of squidgy cushions in weatherproof fabrics. As for lighting, many brands now sell outdoor versions of their bestselling interior models. Finally, add colour with one of this season’s new outdoor rugs, which have been specially designed for exterior use.

Browse our gallery for the ultimate edit of outdoor furniture – the perfect summer update for your home!