Garden & Outdoor

Our Guide to the Best Garden Furniture

outdoor furniture set

With the Summer months in full swing, it’s time to upgrade your outdoor space. Whether you want to relax or entertain, we’ve put together our best garden furniture ideas to help you find the right garden furniture to suit you – no matter how big or small your garden.

We recommend you always read the instruction manual before putting furniture together, along with our DIY Safety Tips to keep yourself safe.


Dining al-fresco 

an outdoor dining set

Thinking about dining outside? Then a classic garden table and chairs is perfect for you. Plus, the fact you can choose from a 2 to 6-seater set, means you can add chairs as the party grows!

From rattan garden furniture to ornate metal, get everyone around the table and create a relaxed ambience with outdoor lighting. Pick warm lights for a cosy feel, or go for cool-toned bulbs for a ultra-sleek and modern vibe. Solar stake lights are a simple, quick and easy way to brighten up your garden as they illuminate automatically, while eye-catching lanterns and vintage string lights can add a homely feel to any outdoor space.  

Outdoor living room

outdoor padded seating set

Bring the inside out by creating your own outdoor living room space.

A luxurious outdoor sofa is a great option. Or, if you have less space, a couple of garden chairs or a swing set will create a cosy feel. Decorate with cushions, throws and outdoor mats to style your space and make it feel inviting.





Suitable for small spaces

an image of a green outdoor bistro set

Worried your space is too small to create a stylish outside area? Don’t be – a garden bistro set is a great solution to this.

At Homebase, we have a range of elegant and hardwearing bistro sets that are perfect for those outdoor meals for two. Plus, they’re light enough to move around your garden if you want to follow the sun throughout the day. Our bistro sets come in many styles and colours, so you’re sure to find one that suits the design of your garden.

Another great idea is to use an outdoor storage box,  as it doubles up as an extra garden seat when you add a few comfy cushions.

Weatherproof options

an image of a rattan swinging chair

Besides being stylish, rattan garden furniture has become increasingly well-known for being completely waterproof- meaning you don’t have to worry about leaving it outside during the British Summertime.

Light but hard-wearing, durable and easy to clean, a rattan set is the best garden furniture for practicality. Whether you want a garden table and chairs, a sofa or bistro set, rattan garden furniture will help your outdoor area to feel timelessly stylish.



Essential extras

an image of an outdoor set up with comfy chairs and string lights

Don’t forget about the extras!

A parasol is a great addition to provide shade on those sunnier days. Garden furniture covers are also perfect for when the weather takes a turn, and you don’t have storage space inside.

If you want to extend your garden entertainment activities past the early evening (keeping the neighbours in mind of course), consider adding some outdoor heating– such as a firepit or chiminea – to keep your guests’ cosy when the sun goes down.

If you need a hand planning what you’ll need for a great summer garden party, take a look at our ‘How To Host the Perfect Garden Party’ guide for some inspiration.

And those are our garden furniture ideas! Don’t forget to tag us in your garden transformations @Homebase_UK and discover more of our Garden & Outdoor ideas here




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