But now designers are working wonders with clever new materials such as PU rattan, creating garden furniture that’s beautiful to look at, easy to maintain, comfortable and can be left outside all year round.
Here are our top tips for choosing the perfect garden set for every occasion.
1. The family barbeque. For that classic Saturday afternoon barbeque on the patio, you can’t beat a 6 seater dining set with parasol. Crank and tilt parasols are easy to adjust and protect you and your family from the midday sun, and the occasional summer shower. Choose a set with really comfy chairs including both seat and back cushions. Then you can chat and enjoy each other’s company right into the evening if you want.
2. Tea (or coffee) in the conservatory. Modern rattan furniture is every bit as beautiful and practical in the conservatory or garden room as it is in the garden. Choose a lounge set with armchairs, a glass topped coffee table and a 2 seater or 3 seater sofa and you can enjoy your morning cup of coffee or afternoon tea with friends while you drink in the view of the garden.
3. The summer dinner party. Take fine dining or evening drinks with friends outdoors this summer with a luxurious corner dining set. With a large, sumptuously cushioned corner sofa and stools there’s plenty of room for everyone. And if you choose practical flat weave PU rattan, the furniture can stay out all year long, you only need to store away the cushions.
Whether you’re dreaming of long BBQ afternoons on the patio, lazy summer evening poolside drinks or lunch in the conservatory, it’s easy to find beautiful garden furniture to suit. And thanks to modern PU rattan, it’s never been more stylish, comfortable and easy to care for. Shop all garden furniture