Summer is….toying with us! We recently got a definite sample of what’s to come, but then it disappeared again.
Now’s the time to sort out your outdoor living space ready to make the most of the warmer weather when it comes back.
Tidy up patio areas, removing any moss that might make surfaces slippery. Empty and re-fill any of last year’s pots that are looking a bit sorry for themselves, and invest in some new garden seating – all you need now is the sunshine!
Here’s our pick of the best garden chairs and benches to add a finishing touch.
1. Anja metal chair, B&Q
This Anya steel frame egg chair is ideal for lazy summer days in the garden. It comes complete with a cushion, and the mesh is handwoven in high quality UV resistant resin which can be left outside all year round. £285 from B&Q.
2. Traditional striped deck chair, Dobbies
If you do like to be beside the seaside (or pretend you are), you’ll love this traditional stripy deckchair. Available in two colours, red or navy, it’s a classic design made for those who enjoy the summer sun. £44.95 from Dobbies.
3. Orquidea hammock chair, Viva Lagoon
Lounge in style with this swish hammock, produced in Colombia from pure, high-quality cotton. Reinforced edges make the material extremely tear-proof while the large number of cords ensures optimal weight distribution, comfort and durability. In eye catching shades of purple, it costs £79.90 from Viva Lagoon.
4. Heart garden chair, Mia Fleur
This simple and stylish garden chair has a heart shaped back. With its distressed rustic finish this garden chair would look lovely in a corner of the garden, ready for you to take a rest from gardening with a cup of tea. Made from steel with a distressed rust and cream finish, it costs £95 from MiaFleur.
5. Roble Bengal chair, Alexander Rose
Made from roble, a very strong hardwood with light yellow colouring, this classic chair will mellow down to a silver grey appearance if left untreated. It’s perfect as an alfresco dining chair, but also for positioning in a sunny corner, together with a little table for evening drinks. £189 from Riverside Garden Centre.
6. Retro garden chair, Rigby & Mac
Add a splash of colour to a dark corner of your garden with these simple, budget friendly chairs. Available in lime green, turquoise, red and white, they’ll keep the garden bright until the flowers start to bloom! Available from Rigby & Mac, £45.
7. Distressed garden chair, Out There Interiors
If you like the shabby chic look, these chairs are perfect. Featuring an attractive intertwined backrest and round seat comprised of coiled metal, the slightly bent legs add to the quirky-chic style. Finished in blue and deliberately rusted to look naturally aged, it’s available in blue, hot pink, turquoise and dark grey. £105 from Out There Interiors.
8. Salcombe bench, B&Q
This hardwood bench, made from acacia, is perfect for entertaining friends and family this summer. It won’t need repainting, and is easy to clean and maintain just by wiping it with a damp cloth. Tailored cushions are available separately. £157 from B&Q.
9. Pair of rattan chairs, Living It Up
For a really weatherproof option for you and a friend, these two chairs are made from high quality synthetic rattan. Use them as part of a table set, or just put them under a tree in the shade. £199 for the pair from Living It Up.
10. Regal Bench, The Orchard
Create a focal point for any garden or patio area with this Regal bench. Made in England from steel and covered in durable antique black polyester paint, this decorative bench will stand the test of time. £457, available from The Orchard.