February 21, 2024

Garden furniture buying guide

Bring on the good times in the great outdoors. Create a look you love in your garden and make the most of long summer days. Choose a stylish dining set for entertaining friends and family, or a comfortable sun lounger where you can unwind after a hard week at work. We have everything you need to enjoy your outdoor space that little bit more.

With so many different styles of garden furniture available, how can you decide which set is going to be right for your outdoor space?

We’ve used our garden expertise to select the five main things that we think are most important when choosing your garden furniture:

Space & Size


Social life



What size furniture set do I need?

The space you’ve selected for your furniture should be level and away from any outdoor hazards. Measure the total area and then you’ll have a good idea of the space that’s available for your furniture and what sized pieces will be able to practically fit there. It’s tempting to go for the largest set you can accommodate, but you’ll need to make sure that you leave enough room to comfortably walk around it and are able to pull out or recline chairs if necessary.

Once you have your area planned out you’ll see that we have something to suit every type of space, from little bistro sets, to large dining sets and outdoor sofas.

2 Seater sets

Sometimes it is also known as bistro sets, this combination of a small table and two chairs are a compact and cozy choice when you’re limited on space. Perfect for balconies, they’re often foldable or stackable so you can enjoy a table for two when you need it and more space when you don’t.

4, 6, and 8 Seater tables and chairs

Garden dining sets come in similar sizes to their indoor counterparts. Depending on the space you have available and the number of guests you’re planning to invite round, you can choose between versions with 4, 6 or 8 seats. If you’re planning to do some outdoor dining, look towards getting a table and an appropriate number of matching chairs – rattan garden table and chair sets are a popular choice. If you’re looking for a similarly sized set with a more informal feel you could also try a bench set, ideal for relaxed alfresco dining.

What style of garden furniture should I choose?

In general, the style of the garden furniture you choose should complement the age and design of your home and your garden. Wooden furniture is a good fit for more traditional looking properties, while metal furniture tends to look better in more contemporary spaces. Rattan garden furniture is a great choice for most properties as it can add a rustic touch of elegance to both older and newer styles.

Caring for wooden garden furniture

Wooden garden furniture can be left to weather naturally or if you’d prefer you can use a wood paint or stain. This will help to prolong the life of the furniture and match it to the overall look and color scheme of your garden.