Best outdoor furniture 2021: stylish patio sets for every space

Our top picks of the best outdoor furniture, from stylish Adirondack chairs and patio bistro sets to relaxation-ready outdoor sofas and lounge chairs

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Best outdoor furniture and patio sets - Castlery
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Looking for the best outdoor furniture? No matter what the time of year, when the sun comes out we all want to get out into the backyard, and we've rounded up the best patio furniture to help you do just that. 

Whether you're looking for an outdoor dining set for entertaining, a sectional sofa set to relax on, or a compact bistro set for a smaller patio or balcony, we've found the most stylish, comfortable, and affordable options on the market. 

Once you've found your favorites make sure to keep an eye on our patio furniture sales page to get alerted to the best outdoor furniture bargains on the horizon.

So, ready to get outside and soak up some sun? Or maybe fire up the BBQ? Check out our guide to the best grills to get your juices flowing, or our hot tub deals page to create the ultimate backyard retreat.

Best outdoor furniture 2021

Outdoor rattan corner sofa set - Ashley Homestore

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1. Ashley Homestore Beachcroft 4-Piece Outdoor Sectional Seating Set

A timeless corner sofa sectional: this large sofa has space for all the family

Seats: 6
Dimensions: H38 x W119 x D98.5"
Materials: Powder-coated aluminum, polyurethane'rattan, polyester & PU foam
Reasons to buy
+Timeless rattan design+Spacious seating+Versatile sectional congifuration+Buy the set or build piece by piece+Wide range of matching furniture available

For the ultimate in outdoor relaxation, a spacious outdoor sofa has to be the way to go, and our favorite of the bunch is the Beachcroft sectional corner sofa from Ashley Homestore

Pairing a natural colored rattan-effect frame with crisp cream cushions, the elegant sloping arms and curved corner unit offer a timeless feel that's classic yet contemporary. 

Hugely versatile, the sectional units can be configured into a range of layouts depending on what works best for your backyard, and you don't have to invest in the set all in one go - the corner section, loveseats, and seat units are all available to buy separately, so you can start off small and add to your seating as time, need and budget allows. 

Even better, the sofa model is complemented by a range of matching furniture to enable you to transform your entire outdoor space. We particularly like the coordinating Beachcroft swivel outdoor armchair and the Beachcroft outdoor dining table and chairs.

Wood and metal patio dining set - Castlery

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2. Castlery Sorrento Outdoor Dining Table with 6 Chairs

A comfortable outdoor dining set: a height-adjustable table for uneven ground

Seats: 6
Dimensions: Table: H30 x W82.3 x D39.5" Chair: H33 x W22.5 x D23"
Materials: Aluminum, polyester, PU Foam & resin
Reasons to buy
+Comfortable dining chairs+Spacious dining table+Height adjustable leg levers useful for uneven ground

Wow your guests with the contemporary Sorrento outdoor dining set from Castlery that we think easily looks twice as expensive as it actually is. 

The spacious dining table and six armchairs provide plenty of space for comfortable alfresco meals, and the ingenious seats feature backrests made from weather-resistant straps that are layered together to support your back gently - unlike the hard metal or wood seat backs most outdoor dining chairs are blessed with.

The angular powder-coated aluminium table and chair frames are topped with teak-colored resin wood detailing - both designed to be hardwearing and weather-resistant - whilst our favorite detail has to be the height-adjustable table leg levers. They offer a clever solution for ensuring a level table surface on uneven ground - which let's face it is most of our backyards!

White metal bistro set - Grand Patio Store

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3. Grand Patio Bistro Set 3 Pieces

A balcony bistro set in a choice of colors: cheerful courtyard seating

Seats: 2
Dimensions: Chairs: H31 x W13 x D15" Table: H27 x Dia.23"
Materials: Powder-coated steel
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Space-saving+Easy to store+Range of color options

Available in a selection of colorful hues - or classic black and white - this powder-coated steel bistro set is ideal for the balcony.

Both chairs and circular dining table are collapsible making storage easy when the set isn't in use, yet the design is weighty enough to withstand a breeze when left outside.

The table's dining surface isn't huge, but for enjoying an alfresco coffee, cocktail or catch-up this set creates an intimate and stylish seating spot.

Grey and black outdoor lounge chair set - Castlery

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4. Castlery Sorrento Outdoor Sofa Lounge Set

A contemporary outdoor lounge set: comfortable backyard lounging

Seats: 5
Dimensions: Sofa: W76.5 x D31 x H32.5" Chair: 2 x W27 x D31 x H32.5" Coffee Table: W39.5 x D21.3 x H15.5"
Materials: Aluminum, polyester, PU foam & resin
Reasons to buy
+Contemporary design+Comfortable seating+Spacious entertaining 

Contemporary design doesn't mean any compromise on comfort with the Sorrento lounge set from Castlery.

Weather-resistant powder-coated aluminium creates the angular chair frames, whilst deep cushions make the perfect seats to kickback and relax in - a firmer seat cushion and softer back cushion creating just the right amount of support.

Including a three-seater sofa, two lounge chairs and small slatted coffee table, the conversation set can be configured in a range of layouts - either together or separately - to create the perfect relaxation space.

A pair of white Adirondack chairs - Design Within Reach

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5. Loll Adirondack Lounge Chair

A contemporary Adirondack chair: sustainable design and recycled materials

Seats: 1
Dimensions: H34 x W29 x D36"
Materials: Post-consumer recycled high-density polyethylene
Reasons to buy
+Contemporary design+Hidden bottle opener+Made from recycled and recyclable plastic+Eco-friendly Cradle to Cradle Certification+Suitable for year-round outdoor use+Waterproof, fade-resistant and maintenance-free

Made in the USA, Loll's contemporary Adirondack lounge chair not only looks good, but is crafted from post-consumer recycled plastic - mostly from milk jugs - which has helped the brand repurpose and keep more than 100 million jugs out of landfill since its founding.

The streamlined and minimalist outdoor seating has earned eco-friendly Cradle to Cradle certification for its circular design principles, with its materials able to be recycled at the end of the chair's lifespan and reused again and again.

Crafted to be all-weather resistant, this stylish Adirondack chair is also waterproof, fade-resistant, and never needs painting, meaning it can be left outside all year long. And the cherry on the cake? There’s a hidden bottle opener under one arm. Perfect.

Grey and wood outdoor sectional sofa - Raymour & Flanigan

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6. Lifestyle Garden Outdoor Sectional Sofa Set

A compact wooden outdoor sofa: built-in shelves are the perfect place to rest a drink

Seats: 3
Dimensions: H29 x W62 x D62"
Materials: 100% FSC certified eucalyptus wood & polyester
Reasons to buy
+Contemporary design+Handy side shelves+Coffee table included+FSC certified wood

The compact Lifestyle Garden outdoor sectional sofa is great for smaller backyards or even a generous balcony space. 

The modern design is crafted from hardwearing FSC-certified eucalyptus wood, which is naturally weather-resistant, durable and because of the wood's fast-growing habit, generally considered a sustainable furniture-making material. 

Topped by removable grey cushions the sectional corner sofa makes a comfortable place to retreat and relax, or to share with friends and family when its handy wooden side shelves and small-but-perfectly-sized coffee table really come into their own.

Outdoor sofa - Ashley Homestore

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7. Ashley Homestore Cherry Point 4-piece Outdoor Sectional Set

An affordable outdoor corner sofa: generous seating with a useful ottoman

Seats: 4 - 5
Dimensions: H31.5 x W90 x D85.5"
Materials: Polyurethane 'rattan' & polyester
Reasons to buy
+Affordable price point+Spacious seating+Useful padded ottoman included
Reasons to avoid
-Backrest is fairly low

With an affordable price point considering the size of the sofa seating on offer, the Cherry Point outdoor sectional sofa from Ashley Homestore is a good buy for a larger backyard. 

The set comes with a left and right-hand loveseat that can be joined to create the corner sofa unit, a very useful padded ottoman - ideal for putting your feet up - and a roomy coffee table with wood-look resin top.

The blocky rattan-effect design will look at home in a wide range of outdoor spaces, from traditional to contemporary, whilst the generously padded seating made from weather-resistant fabric and foam can withstand the odd shower.

Some may find the backrest a little low, but if you prefer to stretch out with your feet up anyway then we don't think that's a reason to be put off.

Outdoor dining table on a coastal patio - AllModern

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8. AllModern Gerome 11 Piece Dining Set

A spacious dining set with plenty of seating: entertain up to 10 guests

Seats: 10
Dimensions: Chairs: H32.5 x W22.5 x x D22'' Table: H29.5 x W39 x D102''
Materials: Polypropylene resin
Reasons to buy
+Contemporary design+Large amount of seating+Extendable dining table+Stackable chairs
Reasons to avoid
-No padding included for the chairs-Table a little cramped with a full set of guests

If you regularly entertain a large number of guests (or just have a very big family!) then the ten-seater Gerome dining set from AllModern gives you plenty of seating options. 

The dining table is extendable, which is perfect if you won't be hosting ten people all of the time, and the contemporary armchairs are stackable when they're not in use, offering a space-saving storage solution. 

On the downside, when ten guests are in attendance the table can feel a little cramped, especially as all the armchairs have fluted arms that take up a little more space, and the set doesn't come with cushions - which creates a modern and minimal silhouette - but could become a little uncomfortable by the time you're on your third helping of BBQ.

What is the best outdoor furniture made from?

Wood: To withstand the elements, wooden outdoor furniture is best made from robust hardwoods like teak, oak, eucalyptus or acacia. These will need treating to preserve their lifespan so you may need to invest some time in topping up their finish as they weather. Wood has the advantage of staying cool when temperatures rise and if sourced from sustainably certified forests can be an eco-friendly option. 

Metal: Wrought-iron or aluminum are the most durable metals for outdoor use, with aluminum having the benefit of being lighter weight. If going for steel make sure it's powder-coated or galvanized to give more weather resistance and prevent rust. 

The best metal garden furniture is easy to maintain and keep clean with some soapy water. You will likely need some good cushions for comfort though, and bear in mind on sunny days metal furniture will get very hot very quickly. 

Polyurethane 'rattan' and polyethylene: Plastic polymers are cheap, lightweight, and often the most inexpensive options, but they aren't always the most durable or sustainable. As an exception to the rule, look out for options made from recyclable materials, such as repurposed post-consumer waste, and make sure the product itself can be recycled at the end of its lifespan.

Where to place your outdoor furniture

You'll want to consider size and scale before you start furniture shopping to make sure your chosen design fits your backyard ideas and isn't too large or too small.

If your outside space is on the smaller side then check measurements carefully to ensure your patio furniture doesn't overwhelm the area.

If you have a larger patio then zoning can be just as useful outdoors as indoors. Consider what areas you want to create - you could add an outdoor dining set next to the grill, comfortable chaise loungers or corner sofas around the hot tub, a group of lounge chairs positioned to admire an impressive view of the garden, or one of the best outdoor benches to create a versatile year-round seating spot.

For more inspiration make sure to check out our garden furniture ideas