The John Lewis 'squiggle' bench ticks all the on-trend boxes for summer – no wonder it's gaining attention

Have you been searching for the perfect centrepiece for your garden this summer? We've just found it

John lewis squiggle bench in garden
(Image credit: John Lewis)

Finding a piece of furniture that offers both comfort and style can be quite a task, especially when it comes to outdoor furniture. Luckily for you, John Lewis has just released the most charming bench we've ever seen. 

Picking the best outdoor garden furniture for your garden is more often than not harder than it looks. You need something comfortable, hard-wearing and of course stylish to enhance the space. There's no better way to make your garden look expensive on a budget than finding smaller ways to incorporate a little style into your space. 

This bench immediately captured our attention when we saw it, and we think you'll understand why.  

New in: John Lewis squiggle bench 

The squiggle bench is a truly whimsical piece of furniture perfect for anyone looking for cottage garden ideas with a contemporary twist. 

Breaking from the constraints of a traditional square garden bench this design embraces two of the biggest interior design trends of 2024 – 'wavy lines and wide stripes'. The fluid arc shapes and rounded edges come by way of the characterful squiggle design along the top of the backrest and the rounded wooden detailing on the armrests. The fashionable wide stripes are welcomed as a comfortable seat cushion.

It's these unique elements of design that really catch your attention, and it's already catching the attention of shoppers.

Made of Acacia wood the design is completely FSC-Certified, meaning all the materials have been responsibly sourced. As it's only a two-seater, this bench isn't going to take up a bulky portion of your garden which is ideal if you want essential small garden ideas. 

The wood is naturally weather-resistant due to its weathered finish which means it's perfect to keep in your garden as a delightful reading spot or even a seating option in your conservatory. 

It features protective furniture leg caps so there's no worry about it scratching any flagstones or decking. The woven striped cushion which is tied onto the bench is also shower-resistant but will last longer if kept indoors during the wetter months. Leave it out and you might have to try out a budget furniture cleaning hack to resurrect it.

Whilst a bench like this is certainly one of the things you should never pressure wash in your garden, it's best to keep it clean and dry as you can with a protective cover. 

John lewis squiggle garden sofa and lounge chair

(Image credit: John Lewis)

If you have a larger family or more space in your garden this stunning squiggle design also comes in a garden lounge chair made from the same wood, a coffee table and a 2-seater garden sofa. 

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Retailing at £349, so there's no denying the John Lewis Squiggle bench is an investment piece, as it comes with a two-year guarantee on the woodwork and a one-year guarantee on the fabric cushion. 

However, if you are trying to keep your spending to a respectably low budget we've put together some wonderful alternatives that are gentler on the bank account – providing the ideal budget garden idea

Once you've got your new outdoor furniture sorted just be sure not to place it in the one spot you should never place garden furniture or you might be met with rot and mould. Choosing somewhere dry will ensure you get the most out of your furniture and can enjoy it for many summers to come. 

Emily Smith
Digital lifestyle writer

Emily joined woman&home as a staff writer after finishing her MA in Magazine Journalism from City University in 2023. After writing various health and news content, she now specialises in lifestyle and home writing where she covers all things cleaning, interiors and homeowning.