How to buy an 8-seater garden furniture set online

We are demystifying and breaking down the steps we think you need to follow to buy an 8-seater garden furniture set online…

If you’re looking at buying an 8-seater garden furniture set online from Lazy Susan (or one of our competitors for that matter), then we have an easy-to-follow 6-step process that will walk you through, including:  Helping you find the right set for your patio, the pitfalls to look out for when shopping online, finding the right online retailer, how to make sure your purchase is a safe and secure one, and things to know when your furniture is set up post delivery.

8-seater garden furniture sets from Lazy Susan 

Our 8-seater garden dining collection is the perfect solution if you have a large patio or you like to entertain. And while an 8-seat set sounds big, they, depending on which range you choose, generally don’t take up much more patio real estate than our 6-seater sets. However, if you’re torn between the two sizes, then we think our 8-seaters deliver some advantages, enhancing both functionality and how you can spend quality time in your outside space.

Is an 8-seater patio set the right size for your space?

Is an 8-seater patio set the right size for your space? - Catherine 8-Seater Dining Set from Lazy Susan

Of course, the ultimate deciding factor on what size set is space. Measuring carefully, taking the dimensions of the set you like, and seeing if it fits and the space still functions when the table and 8 chairs are all assembled and in position. If we take our best-selling Catherine 8-seater Oval Set (pictured above), the table is 208 cm x 103 cm. Add in the 8 x chairs and some additional space for safe and comfortable movement and as a general rule of thumb we recommend that you need the following free space on your patio:

Catherine 8-Seater Set Floorplan Dimensions for Table & Chairs

This is just a guide and all patio spaces are different. If you’re unsure, then mark out the dimensions in chalk or masking tape on your patio to better visualise the fit and remember that good scale is important. You never want a set that is too big but a set that is too small for the space can also look a little unbalanced. If you plan to add other items such as a BBQ grill or maybe another style of garden furniture such as a sofa set, then you need to purchase items that will complement each other and create harmony.

Why should you purchase an 8-seater garden dining set?

An 8-seat dining table will give you ample seating for larger groups, making it the ideal set size if you like to host family gatherings, barbecues, and parties. The big advantage of a larger-sized garden table is that it gives you more room for food and drinks, promotes conversation and interaction among guests and creates a more inclusive and sociable space. Beyond dining, all that tabletop space allows you to use it as a focal point too, you can style it with a larger floral centrepiece for example, and you can use it for a host of activities such as playing board games with the family, working from home, or outdoor crafting when the sun shines.

Why should you purchase an 8-seater garden dining set? 

A well-chosen 8-seater patio dining set from Lazy Susan will significantly enhance the visual appeal of your patio. Our collection is designed to coordinate, so you can add additional pieces such as loungers, benches, and side tables, and a host of accessories such as cushions and parasols to create a cohesive and stylish outdoor living and dining space. If our classically styled cast aluminium isn’t to your taste then there are 8-seater sets on sale in a host of materials, designs, and finishes, so you can shop around to find one that matches your garden's aesthetic, whether it's modern, rustic, or traditional.

Our 8-seater tables vary in size and shape too. Often the smaller are also available as a 6-seater and some of the larger can also be purchased as a 10-seater set. All of them provide ample table space for each person, ensuring a comfortable dining experience without feeling cramped. Having a designated dining area with a large patio table makes outdoor meals more convenient and organised, and encourages you outside when the UK summer makes an appearance.

Why should you purchase an 8-seater garden dining set? 

Most of the 8-seater garden dining sets online are constructed from durable, weather-resistant materials like teak, the cast aluminium we sell, or rattan, to ensure they can withstand the UK climate. We looked at the suitability of our collection in our What garden furniture is best for the UK climate? post. You must do your research, understand the pros and cons of each material, and purchase from a reputable retailer.

And that is what we want to focus on today… Explore how you can safely purchase an 8-seater garden furniture set online, and ensure you’re investing in a well-designed, durable, and stylish garden dining set that can live at the heart of your outdoor space for many years.

How to purchase an 8-seater garden furniture online

Here's a breakdown of the steps we think you need to follow to buy an 8-seater set online:

Step 1: Determine your patio requirements Step 1: Determine Requirements

The first step is to establish if an 8-seat set is the right choice in terms of the available outside space you have and how you like or plan to use your garden. Measure the area in your garden where you plan to put the furniture to ensure it fits comfortably and the space still flows and functions when the table and chairs are all in situ.

Other elements you need to think about at the start of the process are the type of material you prefer (such as wood, cast aluminium, rattan, plastic, etc), the style and design (such as modern or traditional) that will best complement your garden, and set yourself a budget so you identify what sets are available to purchase in your range.

To make the best choice, we would approach step one as follows:

  1. Measure
    Measure the length and width of your patio to understand the total available space. Our How to measure your patio for a 6-seater garden table and chairs article looks at this in detail for a 6-seat set but the same principles apply and the dimensions for our garden tables and chairs can all be found in our shop.

  2. Space
    Assess the space you have and consider how you want to use different areas of the patio. Look at how you access the space and move around it. Define clear walkways and identify the area or areas of free space where you would like to position the furniture.

  3. Function
    Decide how you plan on or like to use your outside space. Common uses include Dining, Lounging, Cooking and Entertaining. If you like to do many things, then consider zoning the space by function or look for a type of set that ticks off several different functions.

  4. Seating
    Estimate the number of people you want to accommodate regularly. For larger garden gatherings, you might need to purchase additional seating such as a garden bench that can be pulled up when the need arises.

  5. Type
    Choose the furniture type that will best suit how you like to use the space. For example, if you like to BBQ or plan to eat outside when the weather is nice, then consider a dining table with enough seating. For a large family or those who like to entertain, then an 8-seater dining set is the ideal choice.

  6. Size
    Ensure the furniture is proportionate to the size of your patio. Larger patios can accommodate bigger sets and multiple seating areas. Think about how you will arrange the furniture to maintain a good flow and safe movement. Leave enough space for walking and access to other areas of your home and garden.

  7. Material
    Choose materials that are suitable for the UK climate. Common options include wood such as teak, eucalyptus, and cedar, metal like the cast aluminium we sell, wrought iron, synthetic rattan and plastic/resin. Weigh up the pros and cons and see which best suits your space and how you like to use it. Our What patio furniture materials are the most weather-resistant to the UK climate? shares our thoughts.

  8. Style
    Consider the look and style or theme you want to create on your patio. Choose furniture that complements the existing garden style, decor and/or the architectural style of your home. Select colours that complement or blend well with your patio and garden, and look to enhance the set and space with garden rugs, cushions, parasols, etc.

  9. Storage and Maintenance
    Think about how you plan to store the furniture in bad weather and the level of maintenance you’re prepared to do. Choose materials that are weather-resistant and easy to clean and maintain such as our cast aluminium. Our What is the most durable type of garden furniture? looks at why buying furniture that can withstand heavy use and exposure to sun, rain, snow, wind, and temperature fluctuations is important.

  10. Budget
    Lastly, set yourself a budget to prevent overspending and ensure you purchase the best quality set or pieces for your money. Determine how much you are willing to spend. Prioritise the primary set first and add extra items or accessories as your budget allows.

By assessing these 10 components, you can determine your patio requirements and identify the right type and size of patio furniture set to create a functional and inviting outdoor space that meets your needs and preferences.

Step 2: Research the UK garden furniture market Step 2: Research Garden Furniture

Once you have a good idea of what you need and like, you can start researching online to find the right 8-seater dining set that ticks all of the boxes above. Identify reputable online retailers in the UK that sell garden furniture and read customer reviews to gauge the quality and durability of the furniture. Compare prices across different websites to ensure you are getting the best deal. The following bullet points show you how to navigate the process effectively and safely:

  1. Research
    Search for reputable retailers online via search engines such as Google to find trusted garden furniture retailers in the UK. Look for retailers with a strong online presence and good customer reviews. Visit the websites of popular retailers such as Amazon UK (where you will also find our collection), Next and John Lewis and explore their garden furniture sections to get an idea of the types of products available.

  2. Reviews
    Visit third-party review sites such as Trustpilot, Google Reviews, and Feefo to read unbiased customer reviews. Look for consistent positive feedback and note any recurring issues. Be sure to also check the negative reviews (we all get them) as these will indicate how the company respond to any issues. Also check their social media channels like Facebook and Instagram for activities such as shared photos, customer comments, and product reviews.

  3. Compare
    You can use price comparison websites like PriceRunner or Idealo to compare prices across different retailers or create your own to compare the retailers or 8-seater sets you like best. Make sure you are comparing similar products in terms of material, size, and design. Compare the specifications of the garden furniture sets you’re interested in, including materials, dimensions, and any included accessories or available bundle deals.

  4. Safety
    It is important when shopping online to ensure the transaction is a safe one, so check for security and trustworthiness. Ensure the retailer’s website uses HTTPS (look for a padlock symbol in the address bar) to protect your personal information. Avoid making purchases on websites that lack the proper security. Verify that the retailer provides clear contact information, including a physical address and customer service phone number. You will find all this info for Lazy Susan Here.

  5. Returns
    Before you buy always check the returns policy. When purchasing an 8-seater set online you’re buying from photos, text, reviews, etc, so review the retailer’s returns and refund policy to ensure it’s fair and reasonable. Understand the terms in case you need to return or exchange an item. You will find details of our Returns Policy Here.

  6. Verify
    Choose retailers that offer secure payment options like credit cards, PayPal, or other trusted payment gateways. Avoid any websites that require less secure payment methods. Use a credit card for purchases when possible, as they generally offer better protection against fraud. At Lazy Susan, we accept all major debit and credit cards, PayPal and bank transfers. If you need any assistance, please don't hesitate to speak to our customer service team on 01243 96 90 57.

  7. Warranty
    Also, check if the retailer offers warranties or guarantees on their garden furniture. Longer warranties will give you peace of mind and often indicate higher quality and retailer confidence in their products. You will find details of our 3-Year Guarantee Here.

  8. Delivery
    Confirm delivery methods and timescales. Shop with retailers that offer a full delivery service, especially if you’re purchasing a large item such as an 8-seater garden furniture set. You will find full details of our Delivery Service Here and we aim to have orders dispatched from our warehouse within 3 working days and delivered to your patio via Furdeco in 7 working days.

  9. Shortlist
    Once you’ve chosen a few set options, create a shortlist of 3 to 5 retailers based on all of your research. Compare their product offerings, prices, and customer reviews. Re-check the return policy, warranty, and any additional benefits such as bundle deals, etc. Make sure you’re comfortable with the retailer’s security measures, payment options and delivery service.

  10. Order
    Before placing your order, double-check the product details, delivery information, and total cost. Ensure all information is accurate to avoid any issues. Save copies of your order confirmation emails and any correspondence with the retailer.

By following these steps, you can thoroughly research the UK garden furniture market, find a reputable retailer, and make a safe and secure online purchase.

Step 4: Verify the credibility of online retailers Step 4: Verify Credibility of Retailers

We touched on this in the previous section under the bullet point about online safety. It is important, so we want to look at it in a little more detail in this step. Help you verify credibility, check the retailer's ratings and reviews, understand their returns policy and verify if the warranty is fit for purpose to ensure a safe and satisfactory transaction. The steps you need to take to help you assess trustworthiness are as follows:

  1. Security
    Start by checking for secure website indicators such as HTTPS when visiting sites selling 8-seater sets. Look for "https://" at the beginning of their web address. The "s" stands for secure, indicating that the website encrypts your data. Ensure there’s a padlock icon in the address bar when you are not clicked in it, to signify that you have a secure connection.

  2. Reviews
    As highlighted under research, visit 3rd-party review sites such as Trustpilot to read unbiased reviews. Look for overall ratings and read through both the positive and negative reviews to get a balanced perspective and see how we have responded to any issues. Search for the retailer on Google and check the reviews section on the right side of the search results page.

  3. Social Media
    Check the retailer's social media pages for customer feedback and how the retailer responds to complaints and queries. On our Instagram and Facebook, we regularly post customer photos from our Do Some Good charity campaign and it is where we’ll share details of the latest promotions and competitions.

  4. Contact Info
    Ensure the retailer provides a verifiable physical address. Use Google Maps to check if the address exists and is legitimate. Look for customer service contact details like phone numbers and email addresses. If in any doubt, contact them to see if you receive a timely and helpful response. You can call our Customer Service team on 01243 68 41 73 and we are open Monday to Friday  0830-1700, Saturday 0900-1700 and closed on Sunday.

  5. Refund Policy
    Clear return and refund policies are essential. Read them carefully to ensure they are clear, fair, and reasonable. Check if there are any restocking fees or specific conditions for returns, common with large/heavy items. Be cautious of retailers offering extremely lenient return policies or unusually long guarantees, as these might be too good to be true. You will find full details of our policy for faulty and non-faulty goods here.

  6. Website
    Examine the quality of the website. If it is a credible retailer, it will look professional, well-maintained, and generally free from spelling or grammatical errors. The site should provide detailed product descriptions, clear pricing, and high-quality images. We utilise a mix of professional and customer photographs as we feel they best represent our furniture in real settings.

  7. Red Flags
    As the saying goes, if a deal is too good to be true then it probably is. Be wary of prices that are significantly lower than those of other UK-based retailers, as this might indicate counterfeit or low-quality products. Watch out for patterns of negative reviews, especially complaints about non-delivery, poor customer service, or difficulty with returns. Avoid retailers that only accept unconventional payment methods like wire transfers or prepaid debit cards. We offer multiple payment options, including credit cards and PayPal.

  8. Domain
    You can also check the domain age and ownership of a website if you have any concerns. Use tools like WHOIS lookup to check the age of the retailer’s domain ( New domains might be less trustworthy compared to those that have been around for several years. You can see our domain info here and the domain has been registered since we launched back in 2007.

  9. Verify Payment
    Check the payment gateway to ensure the retailer is using a secure payment gateway such as PayPal or a major credit card processor. After making a purchase, you should always receive a confirmation email with details of your order.

By following these steps, you can effectively verify the credibility of online retailers and ensure the furniture set you purchase is a safe and simple online shopping experience.

Step 5: Make your online purchase Step 5: Make Online Purchase

If we meet all of your requirements and you want to purchase your 8-seater garden furniture set from Lazy Susan, then simply add the set you like to the cart. To make an online purchase in our shop, follow these simple steps to ensure you have a smooth and secure transaction:

  1. Browse
    On our website, you will find the shop can be browsed by set size (10, 8, 6, 4 and 2-seater sets) and by colour (antique bronze/black, slate grey and white), along with various sections for accessories (cushions, parasols, etc), garden benches and side tables. We also have a filter option so you can narrow down your search based on table shape, colour, and price.

  2. Choose
    When you click into a set, you will find full product details, including; description, specification, dimensions, product photos, technical illustrations, assembly instructions and videos, maintenance, delivery info, customer reviews, and a host of accessories available at a discounted price when bundled with the set. If you want to see the powder-coated finish on our metal, then please order one of our free Sample Packs.

  3. Select
    Once you’ve found the perfect 8-seater dining set or items you want, make sure you’ve selected the correct colour and any other items you want to add from the “Create your perfect set” section, click the "Add To Basket" button to add the item to the shopping cart.

  4. Review
    Click on the basket icon (located at the top right corner of the web page) to view the items in your basket. Check the items and quantities in your basket to ensure they are correct. If you have a promotional discount code, you can enter it in the provided field and apply it to see the updated total.

  5. Checkout
    Click the "Checkout" button to begin the payment process.

  6. Info
    If you have purchased from us before or already registered, you can sign in to your account, create a new account if you don’t or simply checkout as a guest. Fill in your details such as name, email, billing address and a contact phone number.

  7. Delivery
    Check the delivery method and add any special delivery instructions if needed for our delivery partners.

  8. Payment
    Choose your payment method and enter your payment information securely.

  9. Review
    Carefully review your order details, including items, shipping information, and payment details. Check the box to agree to our terms and conditions if required.

  10. Order
    After placing your order, you will receive an order confirmation email with all the details of your purchase. Save or print your order confirmation email for future reference.

  11. Track
    your order has been shipped, you should receive a shipping confirmation email with tracking information. Use the tracking information to monitor the delivery status of your order. For all orders in the UK our warehouse and shipping partners are based in the Midlands and all UK orders are dispatched from there. For most orders, all of your items should arrive at the same time. Be aware that many of our chairs are packed with all of the parts for two chairs in a single box. So if you have ordered an 8-seater set there will only be 4 chair boxes. Use our Track Order page for additional info regarding deliveries with our trusted delivery partners.

  12. Receive
    Upon delivery, inspect the packaging and all items to ensure they are in good condition. Follow the assembly instructions provided.

If there are any issues with the order process, product information, payment process, delivery, assembly, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Service Team for assistance.

Step 6: Post-purchase recommendations Step 6: Post-Purchase

Once you have received your new 8-seater garden furniture set, set it up on your patio, and you are 100% happy with it, there are several steps we would recommend you take to ensure it remains in good condition:

  1. Maintenance
    Carefully read and follow our care and maintenance instructions to keep your furniture in the best condition. Regularly cleaning your furniture will help to prevent the buildup of dirt and grime. Only use appropriate cleaning solutions (our preference is car shampoo) and invest in protective covers to keep your set clean when not in use.

  2. Stability
    Ensure all furniture pieces are positioned on a flat surface and that all tables and chairs are stable and secure. All legs should be fitted with our screw-in foot pads. They will protect the metal from stone patios and give you some adjustment for uneven surfaces. If you need to replace them, packs are available to purchase in our Spare Parts shop.

  3. Inspect
    Periodically inspect your furniture for any signs of damage or wear. Address any issues such as chips and scratches promptly to prevent them from worsening. Touch Up Paint Kits are also available in our Spare Parts shop. Regularly check and tighten any screws or bolts that may have become loose over time.

  4. Seasonal
    At the change of seasons, perform a thorough cleaning and inspection. Apply any necessary treatments, such as a light coat of car wax to add a little additional protection during the off-season if you plan on leaving outside uncovered. Our How to apply car wax to metal garden furniture article looks in detail at the reason why we recommend this and how best to apply it.

  5. Share
    If you love your Lazy Susan garden furniture as much as we do then please share it. You can leave a review on our Trustpilot page to help other customers make informed decisions. We have also been running our Do Some Good campaign for several years now and raised significant funds for our charity partners. For every photo you send us of your furniture set up in your garden or share on our social media channels, we will donate!

  6. Subscribe
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8-seater garden furniture set from Lazy Susan 

If you have any photos of your 8-seater garden furniture set from Lazy Susan set up in your outside space, we would love to see a few snaps for our Do Some Good charity campaign. You can tag us @LazySusanFurniture on Instagram or Facebook or Upload Here.

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