10 best outdoor seating

Sit al fresco in style. We've teamed up with top interiors bloggers to bring you design-led options for the garden

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We brought in the big guns and asked some top interiors bloggers to help with our garden seating edit. Jeska Hearne, blogger at lobsterandswan.com and manager of online boutique The Future Kept, award-winning interiors blogger and stylist Sarah Akwisombe (sarahakwisombe.com) and Helen Powell of designhunter.co.uk all chose design-led pieces that had caught their eye —and some that had furnished their own gardens. They looked for great design, made from durable, quality materials and furniture that would inject some style into gardens big and bijou, for a range of budgets. Here's the result.

1. Palmeral Tennis Deck Chair: £215, houseofhackney.com

 

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“This hardwood chair by East London-based House of Hackney is the epitome of vintage chic,” says blogger and stylist Sarah. The art deco-style pattern wouldn’t have looked out of place in 1930s Palm Springs, "plus large-scale palm prints are on-trend right now."

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2. Coco Outdoor Set of Two: £349, swooneditions.com

 

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“These cerise, powder-coated frame chairs are the perfect way to add a pop of colour to your garden,” says Sarah. "The retro shape is both comfortable and stylish, and, with a weather-proof and splinter-resistant finish, you know these will stand the test of time — and the English ‘summer’."

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3. Hogsten Chair: £65, ikea.com 

 

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"This boho-inspired chair is made from hand-woven plastic rattan that looks like the real deal but is much more durable for outdoor use,” says Sarah. "The design is pretty versatile, meaning it will work just as well in a fairy-lights-and-tiki-bar-esque space as in a more traditional English garden setting."

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4. Jardine Folding Chair: £62, westelm.co.uk

 

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"This is a beautifully simple chair with rustic driftwood finish that will complement any outdoor space,” says Jeska. “It can be folded and stowed away for smaller gardens and balconies and pulled out when you have guests over.”

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5. Blue Stripe Deckchair: £85, plumandashby.co.uk

 

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"With its beech wood frame and striped cotton canvas seat, Plum and Ashby’s design is my pick of the traditional deck chairs this summer,” says Jeska. “The removable sling is screen-printed by hand with a muted blue stripe on white and is inspired by memories of seaside colours.”

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6. Dual Rocking Chair: £458, anthropologie.eu

 

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“Made from durable coated metal and hard-wearing synthetic wicker, this colourful and innovative double-rocker is well-suited for our unpredictable English summers,” says Jeska. "It’s ideal for catching up with your favourite person over a glass of iced tea out in the sunshine."

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7. Hay Hee Lounge Chair: £169, nest.co.uk

 

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"I’ve chosen this chair by the Danish brand for my own garden,” says Helen. "The lightweight, skeletal form is stylish yet unimposing, plus it’s stackable, available in a range of different colours and will look as good indoors as it does out."

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8. House by John Lewis Beach Chair: £15, johnlewis.com

 

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"From the department store’s affordable House range, this compact, easy-to-carry folding chair is perfect for picnics, camping or the beach,” says Helen. “There’s even a thoughtful pocket for a mag. Back home, it doubles as a useful extra seating option. Choose from nautical navy or zesty lime."

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9. Chilgrove Chair: £145, gardentrading.co.uk

 

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“A timeless design that would be effortlessly at home in an English country garden, this will also work well in more modern settings,” says Helen. “It’s made from a synthetic material that looks like natural rattan so is designed to withstand the elements.” Remember to bring the cushion inside when it rains.

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10. Bloomingville Outdoor Bench: £399, vivalagoon.com

 

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“If you’re looking for something a little more rustic this wooden rocking bench offers a playful spin on the iconic Adirondack-style chair,” says Helen. “With wide armrests and a low-slung seat it makes a pleasingly comfortable spot to while away an hour or two with a good book on a balmy evening.”

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Verdict:

IKEA consistently delivers good value, durable furniture. Dress up the simple Hogsten chair with bright cushions and it will look like a much more expensive piece. Likewise West Elm's neat Jardine Folding Chair, which will fold away when not needed. If you want space for two, we like Anthropologie's bright Dual Rocking Chair — it'll make a garden chinwag feel like you're on a tropical holiday.

 

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