New Outdoor Furniture

Now we’re finally starting to see signs of spring and more importantly, some nice sunny weather, focus automatically goes onto improving your outdoor space. I’ve already been outside busy pruning plants and planting new ones in pots to make it look good for summer. I’ve spent the past few evenings seeing what new garden furniture I may need (or simply want).

I’ve been scouring the high street and online retailers for some affordable outdoor garden furniture and also a few luxury additions. From great space-saving bistro sets and relaxing outdoor sofas to fire pits, here is my favourite outdoor furniture for spring/summer 2020. Do you have any favourites? Let me know in the comments below 👇

If you’re looking or inspiration on how to transform your small space such as a balcony, view our post from last summer on a balcony makeover.

Lounge sets

Turning your outside space into an extension of your lounge is pretty much the norm these days. Not that I’m complaining, I absolutely love it! Who wouldn’t want to relax out on a nice sofa in the sunshine with a good book?

The rattan look is pretty popular this year with many different designs and colours available. I’ve never been too keen on it, but mixing it with dark metal features such as chair legs have changed my mind as I really like the look. Gone are the days of that generic rattan furniture which belonged in the conservatory during the 90s/naughties. Remember that? 🙈

Scandinavian style grey outdoor sofa set with coffee table
Nordic spring 4 Seater Bistro Set, £250, Argos

I don’t want a hammock like this, I NEED one. Perfect place to sit and do nothing!

Dark denim garden swing chair
Denim Hammock Swing Seat, £225, Ella James
Modern grey metal garden sofa which turns into a lounger
Tucabia 5 Piece Multiway Garden Sofa Set, £399, George Home

Love the mix of the dark faux rattan and wood on this set from Marks & Spencer 😍

Teak garden sofa
Capri Teak Garden Sofa, £399, Marks & Spencer
Modern outdoor rattan lounge set
Charles Bentley Natural Wicker 4 Seater Set, £300, Wilko
Geometric design garden chairs
Lois Garden Geometric Chair, £90, Marks & Spencer
Round rattan egg bench
Rattan Egg Bench, £300, Argos

Time for another hammock which is perfect for a nap 😴

Denim hammock with pocket
Denim Hammock With Pocket, £225, Ella James


Turn your patio into the perfect dining space whatever the time of day. If you don’t have much space, opt for a little bistro set, or a space-saving set which can easily store away. If you have plenty of space and love eating outside, you’ll get plenty of use out of a larger table.

One thing to remember when choosing larger furniture such as an outdoor dining table is where you’ll store it in winter. If it can easily be collapsed to store flat, perfect. If not, it’s worth buying a cover for it to keep it in good condition. Wooden tables look great but remember they may need extra care such as oiling the wood, the summer sun can make them dry and crack. Always look out for FSC certification to ensure the wood from sustainably managed forests.

Modern white metal bistro set for small spaces
2 Seater Oval Bistro Set, £110, Argos
Wooden outdoor dining table
Alden Acacia 4 Seat Garden Dining Set, Habitat

This set from Asda easily folds away into the space of the tall sofa you see at the back. Yes, the whole lot folds away like origami (but easier) to save space when not in use – brilliant!

Space-saving garden dining set
Orlando Multifunctional 4 Piece Garden Patio Set, £249, George Home
Coral metal bistro set
Parc Coral Bistro Set, £120, Habitat

If I had this dining table from Next, I’d want it inside during the winter!

Dark wooden outdoor dining table with benches
Bali Bench Set, £899, Next
Dark grey metal bistro set
Helsinki Bistro Set, £39, Dunelm
Light brown outdoor rattan bistro set
Monaco Bistro Set, £350, Next

Set the scene

So now you’ve got the furniture, you need to set the scene. Finish off your outdoor space with some added touches to make it that extra special. Plant some pots full of big plants, roll out an outdoor rug or put up a big parasol. The options here are endless!

Round metal drinks trolley for outdoor use
Round Drinks Table in Foliage Green, £60, Garden Trading
Dark grey rattan outdoor ice bucket with lower shelf
Ice Bucket Side Table, £99, Next

A fire pit is essential for when the temperature drops in the evening 🔥

Decking with a round metal fire pit
Idbury Fire Pit, £85, Garden Trading
Evening Outdoor Seating Area Warm White Festoon Lights
Warm White Festoon Lights, £98, Lights4fun

Hope you found some inspiration for your garden in this post. We’ve got many outdoor features coming up very soon, so keep an eye on our social channels!

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