Gardens Illustrated

9 of the best outdoor bench seating

Get ready for stylish and functional al fresco dining as we reveal nine of our favourite new ways to eat out.

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Bistro chic

Habitat

Host up to six people comfortably around this bistro outdoor dining table and included 2 benches. The metal table has an elegant style with slatted slots, and the benches have rounded edge and slatted seats; meaning any rain will bounce straight off. If you do decide to store this away, the legs are easily removable, and benches are stackable.

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Darwin 6 seater metal bistro set in grey, £375
Habitat.co.uk

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Minimalist

Belliani

Suitable for both outdoor and indoor use, this super-sleek dining set will look great in your glasshouse or patio area. Finished with a matt effect in a stylish shade of grey, the table and bench are made from fibre cement and steel. Unlike actual solid concrete, the fibre cement is a raw material and much lighter and easier to transport and also stain-resistant. You can seat 4 people around this minimalist dining table set.

Concrete 4 seater garden dining set, from £1,829.99 (inc VAT)
Beliani.co.uk

3

Marble effect

Wayfair

This set includes a dining table and two seats, and has a rustic industrial tone to its aesthetic. Thanks to its compact design, it can easily be stored away when not in use by tucking the benches under the table and would suit a small space such as summerhouse or glasshouse. The metal frame is also UV resistant meaning it will last for many summers to come.

Crossley 4 seater dining set, £217.99
Wayfair.co.uk

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Modern design

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Perfect for socialising and hosting 6 of your nearest and dearest around, this high quality acacia wood dining set is a great option to have on display in your garden or patio area. The material is easy to clean and maintain, is weather resistant and the sturdy legs have added support with a galvanised steel finish.

Outsunny 3 Pieces Set, Acacia-Natural Wood Colour, £415.99
Aosom.co.uk

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Sustainable dining set

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A contemporary outdoor dining set with a sustainable ethos at heart. This stylish table and benches have been manufactured from 100% recycled plastic, are UV resistant and able to withstand rain and wind. The set includes a durable table and two backless benches that can seat up to two people on each. Thanks to its durability, the recycled plastic composition will last at least 5 times longer timber, and doesn’t require any treatment or staining. Making it perfect for use in an open garden all year round.

London bench and picnic table, from £1,254 for table and 2 benches
Recycledfurniture.co.uk

6

Back to basics

Aaborn

If you’re looking for a simple outdoor dining solution on a smaller budget, then this picnic table is a practical option. Made from heavy-duty treated timber, which is responsibly sourced, the fixings are corrosion resistant and covered in black caps for protection. An included parasol hole means you can enjoy the sun, shade, and even rain.

Victoria rounded picnic table and benches set, available in a range of lengths, from £195
Arborgardensolutions.co.uk

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Urban contrast

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A modern choice for a modern garden, this beautiful fibre cement and wood outdoor dining set comes with a sturdy long table and 2 long matching benches. The hard wearing fibre cement tops enable easy cleaning and many years of use, whilst the acacia wood frames and legs perfectly complement the dark grey tone of the set.

Charles Bentley fibre cement and Acacia Wood industrial outdoor dining set, £949.99
Fruugo.co.uk

8

Ideal for small gardens

Wayfair

Small garden? You needn’t compromise on making the most of your small space this summer. Enjoy the warmer evenings and host up to four people around this stylish black table and four small benches. Made from polypropylene plastic, its weather resistant and easy to clean and requires no added treatments or staining. The modern plank design gives a stylish edge makes this set appear a lot more expensive than it actually is.

Aradhya 4 seater dining set by Hashtag Home, £167.99
Wayfair.co.uk

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Al fresco

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A modern outdoor dining set made for al fresco living. This set comes complete with a acacia wood table top, at 220cm in length, and two benches. The contrasting chunky metal legs add an industrial-chic finish. It would look brilliant on a decking or patio area, and is sure to be a talking point amongst guests.

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Bosco garden dining bench set, acacia and black, £899
Made.com

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