Best outdoor furniture 2024: to add style and comfort to gardens this summer

Our edit of where to buy the best outdoor furniture covers everything from irresistibly comfortable sofas and lounge sets to stylish dining chairs and tables

compilation image showing three of the best outdoor furniture sets from green chairs, a rattan sofa and a round wooden coffee table
(Image credit: Habitat | Dunelm | John Lewis & Partners)
Best outdoor furniture 2024: Where to buy

Investing in the best outdoor furniture is an easy way to transform an outside area, making it feel like a valuable extension of your living space. Whether it's a generous dining table for hosting or a plush comfy outdoor sofa for relaxation, the right outdoor furniture is a game-changer for spending more time outside. 

We've evaluated all the new summer collections to round up where to buy the best outdoor furniture to accentuate your chosen garden trends and make better use of your outdoor space this summer after cleaning the patio in anticipation of sunshine days ahead. We've taken into consideration different budgets and styles to suit all. 

When buying the best outdoor furniture, Heal’s buying director, Sabina Miller advises, “Treat outdoor furniture with the same consideration as you would an indoor piece." This mindset is important when looking to create an on-trend outdoor living room

To avoid the most common mistakes when buying outdoor furniture Sabina adds: "It's crucial to look out for weatherproof materials, firm cushioning and durable fabrics that will maintain their high level of quality and style for years to come, whilst also withstanding the often unpredictable weather.”

Where to buy the best outdoor furniture 2024

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What makes the 'best' outdoor furniture buys worth investing in? First and foremost, we look for designs that are durable and built to stand the test of time, because good outdoor furniture is an investment you want to last. Secondly, we've picked pieces from the best outdoor furniture brands we've shopped with for years and recommend them as trusted sources on all fronts.

John Lewis & Partners

Wooden garden corner sofa with cream cushions and round wooden coffee tables

(Image credit: John Lewis)

The department store may be located on the high street but feels anything but everyday when it comes to design and product offerings. The store caters to the most on-trend product launches with a little extra finesse, particularly across home and tech. The outdoor furniture and furnishings collection is vast, spanning everything from garden furniture sets to hot tubs and BBQs. 

When it comes to their own brand outdoor furniture collection the in-house design team works hard to offer high-end design at desirable prices, without compromising on materials or aesthetics. Of course, in addition to their own brilliantly crafted furniture, they are also one of the best places to seek exclusive designer brand collaborations.

"Our outdoor collections for 2024 support the changing nature of our customers’ habits, offering more ‘flexible’ solutions for outdoor than ever before from extending tables to portable lighting," says Charlotta Elgh, partner & director of design for Home at John Lewis. "These collections follow the design direction of spring with two main styles; Classic and Modern." 


close up shot of generously sized green garden chairs and a matching coffee table in a garden

(Image credit: Habitat)

Habitat has always been the home of design nestled on the high street and thanks to its affiliation with the Argos family it's also now more widely available and accessible for all. 

The in-house design team at Habitat remain as focused as ever on delivering the latest on-trend designs and tipping the balance between functionality and fun, as is evident from the bold use of colour within its outdoor furniture collection.

Marks & Spencer

garden terrace with woven outdoor sofa and coffee table

(Image credit: Marks & Spencer)

While there are many great furniture staples within the M&S outdoor furniture collection, we are dedicating our appreciation solely to the famous Lois range. Originally introduced as a colourful chair many years ago the Lois range now offers a huge selection of different furniture options to suit all outdoor spaces.  

The first thing that attracts many to the Lois range is the on-trend colours, with new additions of Terracotta and Cobalt blue for 2024. The second desirable element is the comfort level. I can personally attest that these woven chairs are super comfortable despite not looking so. The synthetic wicker woven seats are suspended from a neat metal aluminium frame, which creates an effortlessly comfortable and cocooning seat that is hard to prise yourself away from once you've sat in one.

So whether the original Lois armchair or a new dining chair or corner sofa be assured that this range welcomes a contemporary look to dress in outdoor spaces with unbeatable comfort. 


garden deck with woven outdoor sofa and coffee table

(Image credit: Dunelm)

Dunelm is the hidden gem that offers thoughtfully designed furniture at the lower end of the budget, without it compromising on quality. Having ordered furniture from Dunelm I have been pleasantly surprised with the craftsmanship. 

The in-house design team are always striving to keep abreast of the latest trends while considering their audience and the affordability factor. From space-saving solutions to on-trend rattan designs, this season's collection of garden furniture delivers on all fronts.

Cox & Cox

garden with a wicker dining set with a sofa and armchairs

(Image credit: Cox & Cox)

Cox & Cox effortlessly delivers the best in the quintessentially British style. Catering brilliantly for charming woven furniture Its traditional wicker-style sofas feature sumptuously deep cushions to ensure maximum comfort, sat upon a hearty aluminium frame to give the designs a classic cottage garden appeal. 

To accompany the sofas there's a range of occasional chairs, bistro sets and even recliners to ensure every aspect of garden life is suitably dressed in country cottage style. Despite being designed for the garden these pieces are also ideal for a conservatory if you wish to leave them indoors for part of the year.


What material is best for outdoor furniture?

Choosing the best outdoor furniture is about more than mere aesthetics because the material is key to longevity and suitability for living outdoors. Outdoor furniture is often a costly investment so it's important to consider the right materials, to ensure your new furniture is built to last.

"With a rust-resistant treatment, powder-coated aluminium frames are protected from corrosion and provide defence against chipping and scratching, ensuring that the high quality of the finish will last all year round, and for years to come," advises Heal’s buying director, Sabina Miller advises.

"If you’re looking for a more natural aesthetic, teak is a great option. A tight wood grain makes it one of the strongest and most durable materials for outdoor furniture, while natural oils repel insects, acid and moisture, meaning it requires little maintenance and will be resistant to all weathers."

Is rattan or wood better for outdoor furniture?

Is rattan or wood better for outdoor furniture? It's an age-old debate. We asked Heal's buyer Sabina to offer her expert advice to settle the debate.

"Both rattan and wood carry a naturally timeless and versatile aesthetic, but the longevity, quality and suitability for individual outdoor spaces will vary depending on the investment made –in terms of both effort and cost," Sabina explains.

"We suggest investing in hardwood, such as teak. Highly durable characteristics and self-producing natural oils ensure its finish is maintained over many years, while its coloring fades to a beautiful silvery grey. On the other hand, softwoods like pine and cedar can start to look worn out if left untreated and will lose their structural integrity when exposed to moisture, meaning they need to be stored away outside of summer.

"Natural rattan is also prone to weather damage, but synthetic designs can offer a highly durable and low-maintenance option. However, a poorly woven construction can impact the longevity of the structure, and its lightweight design means it could be damaged in windy conditions." 

Best outdoor furniture teak framed grey cushioned sofa beside a pool

(Image credit: Heal's)

Tamara Kelly
Lifestyle Editor

Tamara is a highly experienced homes and interiors journalist, with a career spanning 22 years. Now the Lifestyle Editor of, she has spent the last 17 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, and it’s with these award-winning interiors teams that she gained a wealth of knowledge and honed her skills and passion for styling and writing about every aspect of lifestyle and interiors.

A true homes and interiors expert, Tamara has served as an ambassador for leading interior brands on multiple occasions, including appearing on Matalan’s The Show and presenting at top interior trend forecasting events such as the Autumn Fair and Spring Fair.