What a month this has been. In the last 30 or so days we went full 'work from home' and have stayed within the perimeter of our own homes with the occasional venture outdoors to exercise and bring food and other home essentials. Never, and I mean, NEVER, have I spent more time in our garden and I have not felt as fortunate that I own this outdoors space. My garden has helped me wind down at times of stress, exercise, and gave me enough 'non-work' work to keep my sanity going.
It is therefore not a surprise that today's post is all about the furniture that I would love to have in my garden and I feel you would enjoy in yours two. To make sure I cover all budgets and styles, I have created 2 sections: contemporary high end; and contemporary budget.
I am very conscious that for many, this is not the time to be buying anything unnecessary. Hopefully, this post may still give you ideas about re-purposing existing garden furniture or giving them a contemporary look.
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Contemporary middle range to high end garden furniture
Creating a sleek, crisp look in your garden, the Totem White Table with Savannah U-Shape Garden Dining Bench from Danetti, has style at its core. Their designers have really thought of everything when creating this exclusive garden dining set - from a showerproof, anti-UV coating on the cushions and adjustable feet to avoid wobbly furniture, to an ice bucket within the table - what's not to love? (Cost: £2319 for the bench).
When looking for a garden lounger one of the deciding factors has to be comfort. The Verano lounger has deep and sumptuous cushions so you can really sink back and relax. It is available in 3 colours and priced at £479 (including the footstool).
Above: Traditional rattan garden furniture gets an update with the John Lewis & Partners Chevron range. Contemporary chevron-patterned stripes are hand-woven with a synthetic weave on powder-coated metal frames. This makes the range both durable and weather-resistant so you can even leave it outside throughout the year. Make sure you bring in the cushions, which are resistant to light rain showers only. The seat cushions can be unzipped and are washable, with care. John Lewis & Partners Chevron Garden Lounging Chair, Black/Grey, £230.
John Lewis & Partners Chevron 2-Seat Double Garden Sofa Pod, Black/Grey
Above: A versatile table, one that can serve your dining space well, whether it be indoor or outdoor. A muted, contemporary concrete look top is crafted from polystone, and stands atop a beautifully toned acacia wood frame that is treated to withstand the showers. (Indoor Outdoor Concrete Topped Dining Table - Rectangular, £575 from Cox and Cox). You can combine it with Faux Rattan Dining Chairs to complete the look.
At £480 each, the Cradle Rope outdoors lounge chairs, above, from John Lewis & Partners do not feel they belong in the budget section of this post! They combine a synthetic rope weave with an FSC-certified eucalyptus wood frame. The contemporary cradle-inspired shape suits outdoor spaces and conservatories.
Alif 4 Seater Dining Set, Concrete and Grey Acacia, Made.com
Contemporary budget garden furniture
This dining chair features a simple yet elegant design. They are sold as a pair for £99 and will make a great addition to your garden, terrace or patio. The outdoor chairs are made of solid plastic, which makes them durable, strong, as well as weather resistant and easy to clean. Meanwhile, the garden chairs are also lightweight and easy to move around. Sol 72 Outdoor chairs available on Wayfair.
Above: This garden set features two black powder-coated steel framed rocking chair with weather resistant textoline seat and a tempered glass topped table. Under £150 for all three, Amazon.
Bringing bold colours to outdoor spaces, the Salsa range from JL&Partners features an updated rattan design. The two-seater Salsa sofa is available in a choice of trend colours to enliven garden patios or conservatories. Thanks to its steel and rattan construction, it's both durable and weather-resistant so you can even leave it outside throughout the year. And at £120, it's a budget solution.
John Lewis & Partners Ray Diamond Garden Chairs, Set of 2, Terracotta (£140). A modern diamond lattice design, available in trend colours, this pair of Ray garden lounging chairs are ideal for the patio, conservatory or a balcony.
COMO Rattan 2 Seater Bistro Set - Garden Dining Furniture (£329, Amazon)
Above: MADE Essentials Set of 2 Tice Garden Dining Chair, Chartreuse, £69 for the pair.