Country style: top ten picks for informal garden furniture

If your garden style is more English country than contemporary urban, then we’ve found some informal garden furniture that’s sure to appeal. Grab a good book, a sun hat and a glass of homemade elderflower cordial and get comfortable for summer.

1. Classic deck chair, Denys & Fielding

Deck chair by Denys & Fielding

Sturdier than your average deck chair, this classic, folding wooden chair is available in five different fabric designs. You can renew it from year to year by replacing the fabric sling if required. £135, available from Denys & Fielding.

2. Marseille garden bench, MiaFleur

Marseilles garden bench, MiaFleur

This Marseilles garden bench is a useful to any garden or terrace. With a distressed brown finish that gives it shabby chic look, a classic fleur-de-lis design on the back, and scrolled arms it’s pretty as well as practical. Easy to assemble, with no tools required, it’s  made from steel that has been electroplated and powder coated for better corrosion resistance. £185, available from MiaFleur.

3. St Mawes bar table, Garden Trading

St Mawes bar bench, Garden Trading

Perfect for smaller spaces, this St Mawes bar table has a galvanised central trough which you can fill with ice, plant up with herbs or just cover with the wooden plank provided if you want more table space. Made from reclaimed teak, it’s made from wood that’s kiln-dried, waxed, polished and bottled rubbed to allow the organic oils to add a layer of natural protection to the table. £500 (table only), available from Garden Trading.

4. Rustic Kingspark metal garden bench, The Farthing

Kingspark bench, The Farthing

This powder coated metal bench has been given n unusual finish in dark brown, so that it blends seamlessly into any garden.  It features gently rolled arms and arched back and lattice support, and comes with a beige fabric seat pad. Was £165, now £115, available from The Farthing. 

5. Deck chair, Idyll Home

Deck chair, Idyll Home

This deck chair is a wonderful way to while away the hours relaxing in the garden. Made from Suffolk stripe canvas fabric in a choice of clay or blue with a beech wood frame, it has a traditional vintage look. £79, available from Idyll Home.

6. Children’s Alouette bench, PIB Home

Alouette bench, PIB Home

Elegant and robust, this shabby chic bench means the whole family has their own garden space! Place it near the back door to encourage children to change outdoor shoes before coming into the house. The height of the seat is adapted to children aged from 18 months to 4 years old. £110, available from PIB Home.

7. Winchester outdoor arbour, Rowlinson

Winchester arbour, Rowlinson

If you’ve got a bit more space to play with and want all-year-round seating, then how about an arbour? They provide some shelter from the weather in the winter, and shade in the summer. This Winchester arbour has a boat-shaped metal roof, and is supplied unpainted ready for you to paint if you want to. It has has some extra storage under the bench seat, perfect for stashing away cushions and blankets when not in use. Was £399, now £311.95, available from Cuckooland.

8. Stockholm bistro set, Very

Stockholm bistro set, Very

Ideal for smaller gardens, patios and balconies, this set includes a neat round table and two comfortable, foldable chairs. For those short on space, the table can be dismantled easily for storage in a garage, shed or cupboard when not in use. Was £79.99, now £59.99, available from Very.

9. FSC wooden four seater patio set, Wilko

Four seater patio set, Wilko

Make the most of your outdoor space with this neat wooden four seater dining set, which is perfect for al fresco dinner parties and small family BBQs. Complete with a round table and four chairs, the set is made from FSC eucalyptus wood, so it’s very durable. Was £120, now £100, available from Wilko.

10. Grigio bistro set, Houseology

Grigio bistro set, Houseology

Inspired by the relaxed elegance of Scandic outdoor spaces, this two seater bistro table and chairs set is made from eucalyptus wood. Perfect for weekend brunch, it’s functional, foldable and easy to tuck away. £199, available from Houseology.


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