As summer arrives, make sure you have all your garden seating areas sorted. A good garden chair can make all the difference when it comes to feeling relaxed and luxurious in the garden. It can easily transport and transform a little quiet and overlooked corner. Your style of garden chair may be able to stand alone, depending on the space of your garden, or you may want to make sure its in-keeping with your other garden furniture.

Whichever style you choose try to aim for something that is versatile, not too heavy (so you can easily pack it away if you need to) and easy to care for. There's nothing worse than having to sand down a much-loved chair every year.

If you're looking for more garden furniture ideas, don't miss our round up. We also love these bistro sets and these swing chairs are very comfortable.

Here are a selection of the best garden chairs and seats to add to your garden furniture collection.

The best garden chairs for the garden

Wooden garden chair

Wooden garden chair

This beautiful and simple wooden garden chair is made from Scandinavian redwood and comes fully assembled. Measuring at 925mm width x 665 mm depth x 660mm the chair is part of a range all of the products within which can be purchased separately.

It's the sort of chair that can work with out without a comfy cushion and will work very well in anything from a garden with modernist aesthetics to cottage garden chic. The wood is treated so it will withhold open air conditions and can either be wood-stained each year, or left to weather a little over time, thereby adding to its charm.

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The classic 'steam' lounger garden chair

A wooden sun lounger on a white background.

Inspired by the classic design first used on the decks of the legendary steam liners, this modern take is super-comfy with support for the legs and arms with brass details. It's perfect for reclining on with a choice of 5 positions from the perfect reading angle right through to catching a few rays while you snooze. It comes with the added bonus of being easy to fold and store away.

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Beautiful acapulco garden chair

A practical and comfortable chair suitable for use both indoor and outdoors. Safe to leave outside in the inevitable occasional rain, it shrugs off bad weather as much as it embraces the sun, while its flexible strand construction is as comfortable as it is striking to the eye. It’s made from metal and easy to assemble. This chic chair will add an exotic touch to any garden.

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Double Cocoon Swing Chair

Rattan Hanging Cocoon Egg Swing Chair

You can't beat swinging whilst lounging in the garden. We love a hammock, but if you like it slightly more upright, then this cocoon chair is for you. It has a lovely classic double rattan design, and is anti-fade and waterproof. Make sure you get as comfy as cushion as you can find. It comes with grey cushions, but you can add to them, or replace them with whatever else you might like. But you won't want to replace the adjustable head cushion, which can be moved to your most comfortable position.

You can easily brighten up the grey with a scattering of funky outdoor cushions, or an outdoor rug perhaps. For more cocoon chairs head to our round up.

The modern winged back garden chair

This Scandinavian-style chair will look stunning in your garden, fusing inside and outside styles for a little of that 'bringing the inside – out' magic. Blur the line between your living or family room and your patio and your ground floor just got a whole lot bigger! It’s made from a combination of steel and wrapped with PE bamboo – meaning it’s a stylish and sustainable choice.

Two garden chairs for one

Stock up on new furniture fast and get two matching chairs in one simple package. Furnish a single low table for drinks or create your own outdoor banquet with as many of these matching chairs as you require. Keep it formal for dining or add your own plush outdoor cushions and transform the design into a stylish sun chair.


Pop up green chair from Graham and Greene

Simple and stylish. This star-print pop-up chair is a practical solution for extra seating for garden parties and dining, with its clever metal frame not only appearing to defy gravity but folding almost completely flat when not in use. Plus, its strong cover is easy to maintain by simply wiping clean with a damp cloth.

Steel garden rocking chair

Steel garden rocking chair

We love this metal version of the old classic rocking chair. It has a real Scandi aesthetic, and although it looks like it could be uncomfortable, the reality is that it marries comfort and style beautifully well. A cushion would work well and luckily it will take lots of different types and sizes, depending on your preference. The maximum user weight is 110kg and its size comes in at H87.5, W55.5, D87.5cm.

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Daisy Bowie-Sell is digital editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has previously worked as a journalist for publications including the Daily Telegraph, WhatsOnStage and Time Out London