This time of year might not seem like the most obvious time to invest in new garden furniture (especially if it's currently grey and drizzly outside your windows too), but there are some amazing deals out there if you know where to look. And luckily for you, we do!
Snapping up a great buy in the end-of-season sales means your garden will be summer ready as soon as the first spring sunshine arrives. Plus, we've not given up all hope on some sunny autumn days just yet, so we're hoping there's still time to enjoy any new outdoor buys this year too.
We've been checking out the amazing La Redoute sale today as there's currently up to 50% off across the site, which means everything from outdoor seating to garden storage is on offer at discounted prices. Keep scrolling for our favourite buys that we've swiftly added to our own garden wishlists.
1. The modern bistro set
Marbella 3-Piece Garden Set | Was £280, now £140 at La Redoute (opens in new tab)
A contemporary update for any garden, patio or balcony, this three-piece bistro set comes with two curved and comfy chairs and a matching table. It's lightweight and easy to keep clean, plus the legs can be removed from the chairs for easy storage in your shed.
2. The indoor/outdoor rug
Catalpa Indoor/Outdoor Palm Leaf Rug | Was £40, now £32 at La Redoute (opens in new tab)
Suitable for indoor use and out, this weather-resistant rug will add an instant splash of colour to any patio. Why not use it in the house over winter and take it outside in spring? Available in three different sizes to suit spaces big and small.
3. The garden bar chairs
Garden Acacia Bar Chairs (Set of 2) | Was £145, now £108.75 at La Redoute (opens in new tab)
Who needs to go out to a bar when you can create one in your own garden? Team these stylish bar stools with a high table to create a garden bar area or an informal dining space. Made from solid acacia wood, they're highly durable and weather resistant.
4. The practical garden storage
Rectangular Outdoor Storage Box | Was £190, now £142.50 at La Redoute (opens in new tab)
Need somewhere to store all those outdoor cushions, garden toys and lanterns over winter? With its smart grey finish, this storage chest is a great buy for patios and balconies, and it can also double up as extra seating. Short on space? It's also available as a smaller square design.
5. The classic Adirondack-style chair
Réphir Oiled Acacia Adirondack-style Armchair | Was £175, now £157.50 at La Redoute (opens in new tab)
We love a comfy garden seat, and this one ticks all our boxes. With its high back, wide armrests and gently slanted seat providing the optimum seating position, it's got our vote. Made from solid acacia in an oiled finish for a natural look, it's also available in three other coloured finishes.
6. The outdoor kitchen and bar trolley
Maclor BBQ Serving Trolley | Was £450, now £405 at La Redoute (opens in new tab)
While big garden gatherings might be off the agenda at the moment, why not pick up this discounted buy now ready for summer 2021? It's perfect for creating an outdoor kitchen area next to your BBQ, and there's even space for your garden pizza oven on the top. It has a zinc-plated worktop with a fold-down section for extra food prep space, two shelves and a cupboard for storage.
Beth's first journalism job was working for Real Homes magazine more than 18 years ago. It cemented her love of all things homes- and garden-related and she's never looked back since. She's worked for and contributed to a number of leading magazines in the UK, including Ideal Home magazine, Period Living magazine, Grand Designs magazine and Good Homes magazine amongst others, before returning to Real Homes magazine as editor. Now the editor of Gardeningetc.com, Beth's attention is firmly outdoors, and she's constantly inspired by how people make use of their outdoor space.
Her own garden is a really important part of her family's home, and they were lucky enough to inherit a space with lots of lovely mature planting when they bought their 1930s property.
Since then, they've built several raised beds for a veg patch, increased the size of the flowerbeds to find room for yet more of her favourite David Austin roses and her husband's collection of hostas, created an outdoor living room complete with comfy sofas and festoon lights, and not forgetting the biggest challenge of all – trying to fit in the ever changing assortment of trampolines, climbing frames and outdoor toys that are inevitable when you have two young kids!
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