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Garden furniture: the best garden seats

Make the most of warmer, longer days with our choice of the most stylish outdoor garden furniture

As summer arrives, make sure you have all your garden seating areas sorted. Here are a selection of the best garden chairs and seats to add to your garden furniture collection.

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The classic ‘steam’ lounger

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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.

Buy KETTLER RHS Chelsea Garden Steamer Chair from John Lewis

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Scooped and stylish

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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.

Buy Bay Isle Home Swarthmore Garden Chair from Wayfair

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Retro hanging chair

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Right on trend for 2021 – relax and enjoy a good book while safely cocooned in this ultra-chic retro-styled hanging egg chair. Made from woven poly rattan it comes complete with a comfy cushion and with its single chain support from above will gently rock you to relaxation as it is caught by the breeze. All this and it looks amazing too.

Buy Lyra hanging chair from Made.com

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The modern winged back

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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.

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Stylish for indoors or out

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Go on. Treat yourself. While clearly in need of a little shelter over the chillier moments its fabulous design is crafted with weather-resistant material so if you do get caught in a downpour there’s no need to panic. The stainless steel-capped teak frame is complemented by plush comfy cushions making it the perfect option for a covered seating area, magically turning your garden into a new living room. And with a quality build it’ll last and last past your old deckchairs and be the centrepiece for many garden occasions to come.

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Two for one

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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.

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Colourful and tropical

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The dramatic curve shape and eclectic mix of bright blue shades will add a tropical touch to your garden seating area. Use as a single centrepiece, as an offset to more angular or formal seating, or create an informal idyl with a pair placed face to face around a low bistro table.

Buy Yuri garden lounge chair from Made.com

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Pop-up

A star-print pop-up chair on a white background.

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.

Buy Star Print Pop-Up Deck Chair from Graham & Green

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Timeless style

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Get serious in your garden and go for this winged chair that oozes class. It’s that little bit comfier and more than a bit plusher than your garden may be used to. This luxe armchair is an optimal choice for bringing family and friends together for entertaining. An open weave frame is complemented by gorgeous, soft cushions – perfect for sinking and hard to resist all summer long.