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19 of the best sun loungers for summer 2021

It’s time to catch some rays! Top up your sun tan in style at home this year with these designs to suit all gardens

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Whether you have your own pool or just a sunny patch of garden to enjoy, there’s nothing more relaxing than stretching out and soaking up some much-needed vitamin D. And with holidays still being delayed or cancelled, it’s a pleasure that we should begin enjoying at home.

To help you recreate those lazy summer moments, we have put together the definitive edit of the best sun loungers you can buy now. From timeless high-end designer picks to tropically coloured finds and even a spot of bamboo for those boho summer vibes, there’s something to suit every type of sun worshipper.

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1 ‘Highline’ sun lounger, The Conran Shop
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The Conran Shop

One for the minimalists, this design, exclusive to The Conran Shop, is also a choice that’s kinder to the planet – 30% of its aluminium frame is made from recycled material. Plus, its fabric seat and backrest promises never to fade in the sun. That crisp, white look (it’s also available in black and green) will last for many years. £695, conranshop.co.uk

2 ‘Alize’ sun lounger, Fermob
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Fermob

The concept behind Pascal Morgue’s design is one of purity and lightness. Not only is it stackable for easy storage, but it’s also more slender than many sun loungers, making it a perfect option for smaller gardens. Its pastel shades are also very on trend – we love ‘Cactus’ (pictured) and the beige ‘Nutmeg’. £599, madeindesign.co.uk

3 ‘Rafael’ sunbed, Ethimo
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BERNARD TOUILLON

With its driftwood-like back made of either pickled or brushed teak, this design by Paola Navone is ideal for creating seaside chic in any setting. Covers are available in a range of Rubelli fabrics, while the tapered base creates space for you to rest a book or cocktail. £2,200, ethimo.com

4 ‘Trampoline’ sun lounger, Cassina
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Chaplins

Patricia Urquiola is said to have wanted her ‘Trampoline’ collection to display the joy of outdoor living. You can certainly sense the fun in this design. With its rounded edges and soft, playful dimensions, it is as guaranteed to put a smile on your face as a sunny day. £4,395, chaplins.co.uk

5 ‘Palissade’ sun lounger by Hay
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Klaus L Moeller

The ‘Palissade’ range of outdoor furniture has quickly become iconic, so the arrival of this new chaise longue (or sun lounger) is something to celebrate. Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, its simple and graceful powder-coated steel lines look effortlessly modern. £709, scp.co.uk

6 ‘Mistral’ sun lounger, Roda
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Roda

Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for al fresco experts Roda, this sun lounger looks elegant in teak and olive-hued woven belts, but it's a tough cookie. Teak is a wood that will withstand corrosion and the fabric chosen is both soft, but brilliantly weather resistant. £2,091, conranshop.co.uk

7 ‘Tango’ sun lounger, Dedon
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Dedon

This design by Richard Frinier, the man sometimes dubbed ‘the king of outdoor furniture’, has a sensual, curved quality. Its swooping armrests bring to mind ripples on the ocean, which is the kind of view you can daydream of while you relax in your back garden. £3,180, leisureplan.co.uk

8 ‘EOS’ sun lounger, Case
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Case

Fully weather resistant and proven not to rust, this sun lounger by British designer Matthew Hilton is a practical and elegant option for gardens, decking and poolside. It was awarded the prestigious Design Guild Mark Award back in 2016 for its durable beauty. Also available in white. £665, heals.com

9 ‘Contour’ sun lounger, Knoll
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Knoll

In production since the release of Knoll’s iconic ‘1966’ collection, this sun lounger was originally designer by Richard Schultz for Florence Knoll’s own seafront home in Miami. Made of aluminium and weather-resistant polyester, it’s made to survive as well as its legacy. £2,112, conranshop.co.uk

10 ‘Gossy Bamboo’ sun lounger, SKLUM
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SKLUM

For those who crave some boho vibes in their garden, this affordable bamboo design by SKLUM fits the bill. Fast growing and highly sustainable, bamboo is also a eco-friendly material choice that will keep your conscience clear as you daydream in the sun. Just add hammam towels to complete the look. £189.95, sklum.com

11 ‘Aston Cord’ sun lounger, Minotti
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Minotti London

The braided seat back of this elegant option looks as though it's offering you a cosy hug. Sitting back in its padded embrace, you’re sure to get that summer holiday feeling. From the painted metal frame to the polypropylene cord back and waterproof fabric covers, this design is hard wearing and available in five natural colours. From £6,120, minottilondon.com

12 ‘Snooze’ sun lounger, Emu
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Emu

As its name suggests, this sun lounger is ideal for lazy naps in the sunshine, with its generous dimensions meaning you can really stretch out. Created by designers Alfredo Chiaramonte and Marco Marin, it's available in ten two-tone colour options that range from the daring likes of ‘Peach and Scarlet Red’ to the fresh ‘Mint and Green’ (pictured). £561, nunido.co.uk

13 ‘Canasta’ sun lounger, B&B Italia
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B&B Italia

This Patricia Urquiola design is the absolute height of poolside chic. Interlaced in a contemporary oversized pattern inspired by Vienna straw, the water repellent seat fabric of this luxurious sun lounger is extremely comfortable, and the option of a sun shade ensures you’ll never overheat. £7,343, chaplins.co.uk

14 ‘Shibusa’ sun lounger, Paola Lenti
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Paola Lenti

Made of turned bamboo, this design by Francesco Rota is naturally beautiful. Its simplicity has a Japanese edge, with the backrest and seat crafted from tatami fabric. Although designed for use outdoors, this sun lounger does require more care than some – it prefers not to be in direct contact with the elements and to be covered overnight and out of season. £9,476, chaplins.co.uk

15 ‘Imba’ sun lounger, Moroso
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Moroso

Created using the type of woven threads usually used to make fishing nets, this design by Federica Capitani is handwoven, adding an organic touch. Available in sky blue, bright red and a bumble bee-like yellow and brown, this is a sun lounger that’s as radical as it is relaxing. £1,008, moroso.it

16 ‘Noa’ sun lounger, Meridiani
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Meridiani

Don’t be fooled. Although this sun lounger’s look is inspired by the functional look of camp beds, it's a seriously luxurious buy. To its nautical rope-like seat and backrest you can add a selection of accessories, from a simple head cushion to the mattress and iroko side table, pictured here. Price on application, fcilondon.co.uk

17 ‘BM5565’ sun lounger, Carl Hansen & Søn
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Carl Hansen & Son

Technically more a deck chair than a sun lounger, this piece by Danish designer by Børge Mogensen – developed for his own balcony in the 1960s – is an elegant choice for sun worshippers who favour sitting over a more horizontal approach to tanning. Fold it down and it's easy to hang on a wall, making it a super choice for those short of space. £820, skandium.com

18 ‘Jambi’ sun lounger, Habitat
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Habitat

Looking to give your garden a tropical feel without spending the earth? This carnival bright design, made of plastic and wicker, is the quick and fun update you need. It packs flat for easy storage and, if you do want to keep it out all year, it’s hardy enough to survive. £150, argos.co.uk

19 ‘Panama’ sun lounger, Talenti
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Talenti

Palm leaves moved by sea breezes and pebbles smoothed by the pull of ocean tides were the fittingly calming inspirations for the design of this outdoor furniture collection by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba for Talenti. Those influences are visible in the pleasing rounded quality of this sun lounger's hardy aluminium frame. £1,644, vivalagoon.com

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