The Idealist

Is there anything better than spending a warm, sunny day relaxing outdoors? Something about blue skies and sunshine seems to lift your spirits. The mild spring weather is finally starting to give the first glimpses of summer, which means it’s time to create your perfect outdoor space. Need some inspiration? Check out our top 10 ideas for garden furniture.

1. Garden furniture – bistro living style

Outdoor spaces are great for summer gatherings, so make sure you have plenty of seating and table space for yourself and guests. This bistro table from Habitat (£150) is a stylish piece with plenty of function. A small round table seats everyone close to each other and encourages conversation.

2. Sit back

Finding good outdoor furniture can be tough. Rattan is a great choice because it’s durable without being too hard. Pick up a few black rattan dining chairs from Habitat (£80) for seating around your bistro table.

3. Add a pop of colour

If a plain table isn’t your style — or if you’re looking for less formal outdoor furniture — this House by John Lewis Salsa Table (£99) is the perfect choice. It comes in four bright and very on trend colours, and it’s just the right height for a conversation set. Personally we like the Ceylon blue and the saffron.

4. Outdoor living room looks

Outdoor seating doesn’t have to be in the form of boring old garden chairs. This Three Seater Sofa from John Lewis (£500) has a synthetic wicker frame with white cushions, giving it a natural appearance that will be right at home in your outdoor wonderland.

5. Somewhere to plonk the G&T

For entertaining, you can never have too much tabletop space when you’re outdoors, but too many tables can make a visual mess of your garden. These outdoor tables (£250) nest together neatly and are the perfect size for side tables for drinks and books.

6. Warm the evenings

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean there won’t be cold evenings. This Kettler table and fire pit (£599) will keep you and your guests warm and provide extra table space, making it the perfect centrepiece for summer nights.

7. A bit Abigail’s Party, but useful garden furniture!

You can never have too much storage, and this trolley (£49) provides a mobile storage option that’s great for bringing food and drinks in an out of the kitchen. A trolley is a must-have for outdoor entertaining and dining.

8. Where are the glasses?

If there’s one downside to being outdoors, it’s having to go all the way to the back of the kitchen for glasses, plates, silverware and napkins. If you’ve got the room, place one of these (£195, not shown) in your conservatory or by the back door, so partyware is at hand — plus it’s got plenty of storage space.

9. Dining al fresco

If you have a large family or have guests over often, you may need a bigger dining table with more seats. This beautiful powder-coated aluminium dining set (£850) seats six people comfortably without sacrificing style, and it won’t set you back too much.

10. A place to relax

Your garden is ultimately a place for peace and relaxation, so what good is it without a proper chair to lounge in? This Armchair and Footstool set (£124) gives you a cosy spot to kick your feet up and enjoy a drink and a good book, and you don’t have to shell out hundreds for it.

With summer right around the corner, now is the time to create the perfect garden getaway. Finding the right garden furniture for your needs may seem like a daunting task, but with our top 10 outdoor furniture ideas, you’re sure to find the perfect piece that takes your garden space to the next level.

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