The best outdoor sofa styles for laid back living

Garden sofas come in a range of shapes, sizes and materials, so to help you choose, we've selected our favourite outdoor sofa styles for laid-back living...

Lounging around in your garden on an outdoor sofa or chilling with family and friends is what British summers are made of. But with so many different outdoor sofa styles to choose from, you might be wondering which one to go for that’ll bring your garden to life and make you feel right at home. 

In this article, Lazy Susan takes a look at the various different outdoor sofa styles, including curved and rattan, to help you decide.

Let’s start. 

Curved Sofas

Curved Sofas

The hallmark of this outdoor sofa style is the inviting and snuggly cocoon effect, which helps you and your guests nestle into your seats and get comfy as you sit back and relax with a cocktail or two

Curved sofas are also ultra-stylish and sleek — ideal if you’re hoping to create a calming and soothing atmosphere in your garden. 

Lightweight Sofas

Lightweight Sofas

Sofa styles with lightweight frames, such as the high-grade cast aluminium made and sold at Lazy Susan, are ideal if you don’t want to heave heavy, bulking furniture around your garden.

Lightweight sofas come in different colours and they add a pleasingly aesthetic touch to any garden.

Lightweight styles are especially popular with Brits who are looking to create a more modern-looking garden, and they can come with the added bonus of being weather-resistant, as well as wind-resistant (despite how easy they are to move around!).

What’s more, aluminium sofa sets won’t rot or rust and they’re also UV-resistant. 

Rattan Sofas

Rattan Sofas

Rattan outdoor sofas are perfect for when you want to relax outside and soak up some sun in a setting that looks natural. 

You can buy either synthetic rattan or natural rattan sofas, with synthetic being the cheaper option of the two.

Both sofa styles, however, add an effortless touch of class to any garden.

That all said, rattan is an outdoor furniture style that will require a degree of maintenance throughout the year. While it can be left outside in most types of weather, you will still need to maintain it so that rot doesn’t set in. 

It’s also a good idea to protect rattan sofas with coverings during rain or other inclement weather. 

L-Shaped Sofa Sets

L-Shaped sofa sets work better in larger outdoor spaces and they can comfortably fit up to 5 people. This makes the ideal for families who want to have fun together in the garden. 

They’re also a great fit when complemented with a table that allows you and your family and friends the freedom to eat and drink. 

Otherwise known as corner garden sofa sets, they’re made from a variety of materials including rattan and wood, they’re durable and the extra bonus is that they require less space than a pair of sofas.

Modular Garden Sofas

Modular garden sofas are so-named because they come in separate components that are easy to handle, and which you essentially piece together like pieces of Lego. This makes them flexible and allows you to “modulate” them until you’ve got the look you want. 

Another benefit of modular garden sets is that, while they can be on the pricey side, they come in different shapes, sizes, colours, and materials. 

Hanging Sofas 

Hanging sofas are a stylish choice for those who want to sit and relax in their garden, either by themselves or with their partner. 

You can cosy up on one, read a book — or even take a cat nap.

You can get two-seater or three-seater hanging sofas, and they’ll work well even in smaller spaces. 

Don’t Forget The Accessories 

Don’t Forget The Accessories

Whatever outdoor sofa style you opt for, it’s a smart idea to purchase a few trendy accessories that bring your outdoor space further to life.

For example, you could invest in some funky-coloured cushions, as well as an outdoor rug that creates a more homely feel (while giving you some comfort whenever you walk around barefooted).

I personally like the idea of creating a sheltered spot if your budget extends far enough, as it will protect your sofa (as well as you and everyone else) from blinding sunshine and rain. 

Final Thoughts

There’s so much you can do with outdoor sofas and so many different types you can buy. You could even combine different styles, such as aluminium frames for your sofa with a wooden table. 

Colours are another important consideration. You may want to go for neutrals or rock a timeless Scandinavian style. 

Whatever you decide to do, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Lazy Susan for all your aluminium outdoor garden furniture needs today. 

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