The best furniture for outdoor living

One of the best parts of (the quite often brief) summer in the UK is actually getting to leave the confines of our homes and getting the opportunity to spend a little time in our gardens. And while our country does not have the year-round warm weather of say the Southern Med, we can still create an outdoor living space that during those summer months we can use to relax, entertain and really enjoy our gardens. The most important component when it comes to creating a comfortable, functional, and durable outdoor living space is the furniture. But what is the best type of furniture for outdoor living in the UK? Comfort is key to outdoor living, but which type of garden furniture stands up to the British weather?

Resin furniture that we featured last month on this blog is arguably the most hardwearing choice for outdoor living, as it is not easily affected by the elements and is low-maintenance and very easy to clean. Modern resin furniture is also quite often constructed from recycled materials and is lightweight, so it is good for the environment and easy to move around or bring inside during the winter months. However, if you’re looking for something a little more substantial, then metal furniture is your best bet. Cast aluminum tables and chairs are heavier and sturdier, and give the appearance of a more permanent outdoor living area. Aluminum furniture is lighter than other metals such as iron and steel and it won’t rust.

If you want a more natural look, then it has to be timber and there’s a number of different woods that work well outdoors in the UK and they’re resistant to cracking, warping, and rotting from rain. For example tables, chairs, chaises, and sofas made out of Red Cedar can last for up to 20 years outdoors if they are well maintained and they’ll not warp from all the wet British weather. Teak, whilst one of the most expensive garden furniture materials, is also known as one of the most durable timbers. The high mineral content of teak makes it totally weather resistant and it will not rot even in an extremely wet environment. If you are enjoy a rustic look, these woods will weather to a silvery-gray over time. However, if you are not a fan of the ‘weathered’ then they teak can be easily protected with sealant and many modern ranges of teak furniture are sold already coated for protection.

The right garden furniture will transform your back garden and make it an extension of your home. The key to creating the perfect outdoor living space is to choose outdoor living furniture that your friends and family will naturally lead them to gather outdoors when they see your stylish and comfortable outdoor living area. Modern outdoor living furniture includes: chairs, tables, patio dining sets, bistro tables, bar tables, chaise lounge chairs, sun-loungers, porch swings, hammocks, and so much more. Nowadays, garden furniture is available in various materials such as: wicker, plastic, wood, cast aluminum, wrought iron, and steal. However, for Lazy Susan, it has to be modern all-weather rattan and wicker outdoor furniture. The perfect combination of style, functionality and the ability to stand up to Mother Nature for many seasons to come…

All-Weather Rattan Wicker Patio Furniture

Amanda 6 seater Rattan Table Set

Amanda 6 Seater Rattan Wicker Garden Table

The Amanda Rattan set is the ideal indoor or outdoor socialising set. They say that the garden is an extension of your home, so why not have high quality furniture that suits both.
Amanda set comprises of the Rattan and Glass 135cm diameter Table itself, 6 comfortable rattan chairs, 6 x Free seat pad cushions, and a Free Parasol. This Rattan set is comprised of a hand woven synthetic resin rattan around a solid rust-free steel frame. The Table top itself is glass showing the wonderfully intricate design of the rattan underneath. The beauty of the rattan furniture is that it has that element of flexibility to the body form, allowing for great comfort for many relaxing hours outdoors.

Specification:

  • Rattan Table: 135cm diameter x 77cm height
  • Rattan Chair: 60cm width x 50cm diameter x 85cm height

Jill 4 seater Rattan Cube Set with footstools

Jill 4 Seater Rattan Wicker Cube Garden Furniture

The Jill Rattan set is the ideal indoor or outdoor socialising set. They say that the garden is an extension of your home, so why not have high quality furniture that suits both. Jill set comprises of the Rattan and Glass rectangular Table itself, 4 comfortable Cube rattan chairs, 4 x footstools and Free cushions. Although the set includes 4 large chairs, there is also 4 footstools which can be used as extra seats. Please note the pictures show the larger 6 seater cube, but the idea is exactly the same of using the footstools as seats. This Rattan set is comprised of a hand woven synthetic resin rattan around a solid rust-free steel frame. The Table top itself is glass showing the wonderfully intricate design of the rattan underneath. The beauty of the rattan furniture is that it has that element of flexibility to the body form, allowing for great comfort for many relaxing hours outdoors.

Specification:

  • Rattan Table:125cm width x 125 diameter x 72cm height
  • Rattan Chair: 60cm width x 50cm diameter x 90cm height
  • Rattan Footstool: 45cm width x 50cm diameter x 50cm height

Jill 4 seater Rattan Cube Set without footstools

Jill 4 Seater Rattan Wicker Cube Garden Furniture

The Jill Rattan set is the ideal indoor or outdoor socialising set. They say that the garden is an extension of your home, so why not have high quality furniture that suits both. Jill set comprises of the Rattan and Glass rectangular Table itself, 4 comfortable Cube rattan chairs and Free cushions. Please note the pictures show the larger 6 seater cube, but the idea is exactly the same of using the footstools as seats. This Rattan set is comprised of a hand woven synthetic resin rattan around a solid rust-free steel frame. The Table top itself is glass showing the wonderfully intricate design of the rattan underneath. The beauty of the rattan furniture is that it has that element of flexibility to the body form, allowing for great comfort for many relaxing hours outdoors.

Specification:

  • Rattan Table:125cm width x 125 diameter x 72cm height
  • Rattan Chair: 60cm width x 50cm diameter x 90cm height

Lisa 4 seater Round Rattan Table Set

Lisa 4 Seater Rattan Wicker Garden Table

The Lisa Rattan set is the ideal indoor or outdoor socialising set. They say that the garden is an extension of your home, so why not have high quality furniture that suits both. Lisa set comprises of the Rattan and Glass 120cm diameter Table itself, 4 comfortable rattan chairs, 4 x Free seat pad cushions, and a Free Parasol. This Rattan set is comprised of a hand woven synthetic resin rattan around a solid rust-free steel frame. The Table top itself is glass showing the wonderfully intricate design of the rattan underneath. The beauty of the rattan furniture is that it has that element of flexibility to the body form, allowing for great comfort for many relaxing hours outdoors. Please note, the picture shows the slighter larger 6 seater set. All the product information on this page is correct for the 4 seater set.

Specification:

  • Rattan Table: 120cm diameter x 77cm height
  • Rattan Chair: 60cm width x 50cm diameter x 85cm height

Pamela 8 seater Round Rattan Table Set

Pamela 8 Seater Rattan Wicker Garden Table

The Pamela Rattan set is the ideal indoor or outdoor socialising set. They say that the garden is an extension of your home, so why not have high quality furniture that suits both. Pamela set comprises of the Rattan and Glass 150cm diameter Table itself, 8 comfortable rattan chairs, 8 x Free seat pad cushions, and a Free Parasol. This Rattan set is comprised of a hand woven synthetic resin rattan around a solid rust-free steel frame. The Table top itself is glass showing the wonderfully intricate design of the rattan underneath. The beauty of the rattan furniture is that it has that element of flexibility to the body form, allowing for great comfort for many relaxing hours outdoors. Please note, the pictures show the slightly smaller 6 seater version. All the product information shown here is correct for the 8 seater set.

Specification:

  • Rattan Table: 150cm diameter x 77cm height
  • Rattan Chair: 60cm width x 50cm diameter x 85cm height

Stephanie 6 seater Rattan Cube Set with footstools

Stephanie 6 Seater Rattan Wicker Garden Table

The Stephanie Rattan set is the ideal indoor or outdoor socialising set. They say that the garden is an extension of your home, so why not have high quality furniture that suits both. Stephanie set comprises of the Rattan and Glass rectangular Table itself, 6 comfortable Cube rattan chairs, 6 x footstools and 6 x Free cushions. Although the set includes 6 large chairs, there is also 6 footstools which can be used as extra seats. As shown in the pictures- you in fact fit up to 10 around this table This Rattan set is comprised of a hand woven synthetic resin rattan around a solid rust-free steel frame. The Table top itself is glass showing the wonderfully intricate design of the rattan underneath. The beauty of the rattan furniture is that it has that element of flexibility to the body form, allowing for great comfort for many relaxing hours outdoors.

Specification:

  • Rattan Table:190cm width x 125 diameter x 72cm height
  • Rattan Chair: 60cm width x 50cm diameter x 90cm height
  • Rattan Footstool: 45cm width x 50cm diameter x 50cm height

Stephanie 6 seater Rattan Cube Set without footstools

Stephanie 6 Seater Rattan Wicker Garden Table

The Stephanie Rattan set is the ideal indoor or outdoor socialising set. They say that the garden is an extension of your home, so why not have high quality furniture that suits both. Stephanie set comprises of the Rattan and Glass rectangular Table itself, 6 comfortable Cube rattan chairs and 6 x Free cushions. This set does not include the footstools. Please click on the Stephanie Rattan set with footstools if this is what you are looking for. This Rattan set is comprised of a hand woven synthetic resin rattan around a solid rust-free steel frame. The Table top itself is glass showing the wonderfully intricate design of the rattan underneath. The beauty of the rattan furniture is that it has that element of flexibility to the body form, allowing for great comfort for many relaxing hours outdoors.

Specification:

  • Rattan Table:190cm width x 125 diameter x 72cm height
  • Rattan Chair: 60cm width x 50cm diameter x 90cm height

And we also have some fantastic new photography for the recently launched Faith and Melissa ranges…

Faith 4 Seater Rattan Sofa Set

Faith 4 Seater Rattan Wicker Outdoor Sofa Set

The Faith Rattan Sofa set is the ideal indoor or outdoor socialising set. They say that the garden is an extension of your home, so why not have high quality furniture that suits both. Faith set comprises of the Rattan and Glass Coffee Table itself, a rattan two seater sofa, and two individual rattan chairs. This Rattan set is comprised of a hand woven synthetic resin rattan around a solid rust-free steel frame. The Table top itself is glass showing the wonderfully intricate design of the rattan underneath. The beauty of the rattan furniture is that it has that element of  flexibility to the body form, allowing for great comfort for many relaxing hours outdoors.
Specification:

  • Rattan Table: 90cm width x 60cm diameter x 32cm height
  • Rattan Sofa: 145cm width x 75cm diameter x 68cm height
  • Rattan Chair: 74cm width x 75cm diameter x 68cm height

Melissa 10 Seater 165cm round rattan indoor or outdoor dining set

Melissa 10 Seater Rattan Wicker Garden Table

Introducing the new Melissa Rattan Dining Set, the flagship of our newly expanded Rattan range. The Melissa Rattan Dining Set truly is in a class of its own. It provides the perfect sociable setting for a dinner party due to its all-encompassing circular design. The Table itself is 165cm in diameter and can be used for 10 people comfortably and 12 when you feel like being a bit cosier. Each bench is desgined for three people. Melissa set comprises of the Rattan and Glass Table itself, a glass Lazy Susan, two Curved Rattan Benches and four individual Rattan chairs, beige cushions, and a 3m Round Parasol. Please note the picture shows three benches and three chairs which is a 12 seater set. This Rattan set is comprised of a hand woven synthetic resin rattan around a solid rust-free steel frame. The Table top itself is glass showing the wonderfully intricate design of the rattan underneath. The beauty of the rattan furniture is that it has that element of  flexibility to the body form, allowing for great comfort for many relaxing hours outdoors. Please note the set does not include a parasol base

Specification:

  • Rattan Table: 165cm diameter x 60cm height
  • Rattan Bench: 160cm width x 45cm diameter
  • Rattan Chair: 45cm width x 85cm height x 45cm diameter

When choosing new outdoor living furniture, it is critical you take into account space. It is vital you purchase furniture that’s appropriate for your garden. There is so many fantastic pieces on the market and so often at Lazy Susan we see people buying oversize furniture that simply doesn’t fit in the space they have available. Smaller spaces should not be over crowded with large dining sets, go for a smaller bistro table. If you have a large area and you entertain family and friends on a regular basis, then a large dining set is perfect. Hammocks are great for children and sun-loungers are a necessity for total relaxation when the temperature rises.

Another important thing to consider is comfort and style. Is comfort important to you? Then it is important to buy furniture with cushions, chairs that swivel, gliding chaise lounges, etc. What does your house and garden look like? Outdoor furniture should reflect the style of your home. Do you live in an country cottage style home or a more modern home? Wrought iron garden furniture is great for a more traditional style homes while a modern home may look better with a more minimal style of outdoor furniture such as the sofa style pieces we’ve featured in this post. Many homeowners spend a significant amount of time and money building a beautiful garden but only enjoy it from the window of their home. Outdoor living furniture should allow you to enjoy your garden in both comfort and style when the weather permits!

About Lazy Susan

About Lazy Susan

Lazy Susan is a small family business that specialise exclusively in wicker, rattan and metal garden furniture, specifically cast aluminium. Visit www.lazysusanfurniture.co.uk to find out more and view our complete product range.

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