10 best pieces of garden furniture under £100
Give your garden a makeover with a new set of table and chairs
Garden furniture can be expensive, with outdoor dining sets often costing a couple of hundred pounds. You do tend to get for what you pay for, but there are some high-quality items that look great, last and don’t cost a fortune.
To compile this list we considered everything from trends to weather resistance, durability to ease of storage and value for money.
Everything featured comes in at under £100, including a four-seater table and chairs, a hammock and some statement bistro sets. For those with tighter purse strings, there’s a deckchair, storage seat, parasol and even a macrame hanging chair for less than £50.
It’s worth remembering that delivery costs can up your bill significantly. We’ve included these and made sure they don’t push the total price past £100. Some items require a bit of self-assembly, but they come with detailed set-up instructions and can be made single-handedly. Many simply fold down for use and fold back up again for storage.
Wilko Metal Garden 4 Seater Table and Chairs: £70, Wilko
Hot deals always catch our eye and this table with four chairs is a steal at just £70 for the lot. The pretty mint green colour is fresh and modern and at 110cm long by 70cm wide, the table is spacious enough for four people to eat at comfortably.
This set’s powder-coated steel frame is tough enough to resist gentle wear and tear, but take it inside in bad weather to prevent rusting and use washing-up liquid rather than strong detergents to wipe it clean.
Each part folds up flat - great if you’re short on storage space for when the Great British Summer rain inevitably pours down – and is light enough for one person to move easily.
Everything is delivered fully assembled ready to fold down, so no hot and sweaty DIY is required. Delivery within four working days costs £8.
House by John Lewis Brighton Garden Bistro Table and Chairs Set: £79, John Lewis
Life’s too short for the same boring brown furniture everyone has. This bistro set will bring a punchy pop of tropical coral into your outside space. It comes in at under £100 for a generously-sized table (60cm across, big enough for two to eat at) and two slatted chairs.
Everything folds away compactly when not in use, so you needn’t worry about where you’ll put it when the sun bids us goodbye.
Though made from weather-resistant powder-coated steel, store it in a dry shed in winter to prevent rusting and avoid using cleaning sprays on it as they may cause the paint to peel off.
There’s no self-assembly required, simply fold each part down. If the orange is too bright for you, it also comes in cheery teal and understated navy. Delivery within three working days is free.
AM.PM Bregnac Hammock: £83, La Redoute
Lazing around all day in a hammock is the done thing in a heatwave: it’s too hot to do anything else, right? Our pick from chic but affordable French retailer La Redoute is made from a thick polyester and cotton mix with boho-style knotted fringing at the sides.
It’s big enough for two if you don’t mind getting cosy, at 200cm long by 100cm wide. Bear in mind that this hammock doesn’t come with a free-standing frame, so you’ll need two sturdy trees or pillars to hang it tightly between, or walls to hook it onto.
It’s worth the extra bit of logistical effort, though, as the natural, sandy colour that will complement any garden palette fabulously and the tassles are bang on trend. Jazz it up with some brightly-patterned scatter cushions. Home delivery costs £3.99.
Ikea Flisö/Bramsön Parasol with Base: £35, Ikea
Sun lovers or not, many of us start desperately seeking shade once the mercury begins to soar. Hunting out a decent parasol can be a pain, not least because they tend to be either very expensive, or come without a base to hold them down.
Swedish furniture giant Ikea, however, is selling this stylish base and parasol combo, which blocks out a decent 96 per cent of harmful UV rays, for the bargain price of £35. Best of all, it’s a brilliant choice for small spaces – its half-circle concrete base lies flush against the wall and the height-adjustable umbrella is cleverly shaped likewise.
It comes with a strap for securing it to a windy balcony rail. Concrete can discolour certain types of wood, so check that any decking is compatible with it before use, and cover the umbrella with a parasol cover (also available for this model from Ikea) when not in use to stop it fading in the sun or getting damp. Delivery costs vary depending on location but you can check before you buy by entering your postcode.
Homebase Marquee Wooden Deckchair in Grey Pattern: £25, Homebase
There’s just something about a deckchair that takes us back to fun-filled childhood days building sandcastles on the beach.
This grey-patterned offering from Homebase may be wallet-friendly but the sling’s got an Orla Kiely-style retro feel to it and looks more expensive than it is.
Deckchairs with hardwood frames are best, as metal frames conduct heat and don’t last as well outdoors. This one has a natural timber oil finish to protect it from the elements, but pop it in the shed or cover it in rainy, cold weather if you want it in good enough nick for summers to come.
It comes with a one-year guarantee, folds up for easy storage, and costs £3.95 for delivery to your garden. There’s a bit of self-assembly required, but nothing remotely requiring DIY expertise.
Ella James Black Macrame Hanging Chair: £65, Not on the High Street
The revival of all things seventies has brought macrame, or decorative knot-tying, back in fashion. This hanging chair’s carefree, festival vibes makes it ideal for balmy midsummer nights spent sipping chilled rosé in the garden with acoustic tunes playing softly in the background.
Falling to the ground with a bump may somewhat kill your zen, but fear not, because it’s very sturdy if set up properly.
The egg-shaped rope-covered metal seat is tied tightly to two metal rings which can be fixed directly onto strong branches. It’s designed for outdoor use but would also look lovely hanging from a hook in the ceiling inside.
Children will enjoy playing in it, but it can only support a weight of 100kg, so don’t all pile in!
MADE Essentials Tice Chair in Chartreuse: £65, Made
Trust us when we say that once you rock, you really can’t stop. This rocking chair from Made’s New Essentials collection is addictively fun to sit on, so much so that friends will be queueing up for a go at your next BBQ party.
Designed with urban living in mind, it takes up minimal space while stealing the show design-wise. It comes in classic grey or the zesty, Insta-ready chartreuse seen here and is made from chip-resistant powder-coated steel.
The metal rocker will be damaged if left out in wet weather, so cover it up carefully or take it inside when the rain rolls in. Metal can only be so comfortable, so add a cushion to the seat or backrest for a more luxurious rocking experience.
Delivery costs £6 and it’s usually dispatched within two working days.
Argos Palm Folding Sunbed: £24.99, Argos
Lying back on this cheap and cheerful palm print sunbed will transport you to a tropical beach…or at least help you relax by pretending. Its backrest can be adjusted to five positions, depending on whether you want to sit up and read or lie completely flat for a siesta.
It folds up flat for storage and comes fully assembled so there’s no need to mess around with nuts and bolts. The sunbed super light as less than 4kg, so can easily be dragged around depending on where the sun’s rays are hitting.
Though not as comfy as a pricier cushioned sunbed, it does the job if you want to enjoy topping up your tan on a budget. Delivery costs from £3.95 depending on where you live.
Charles Bentley 3-Piece Geometric Mosaic Bistro Set: £89.99, Buydirect4u
It’ll be easy to pretend you’re in the Med with this classy bistro set by long-running family business Charles Bentley, which combines practicality with good looks.
The geometric grey and taupe mosaic design makes it an instant focal point, perfect for distracting guests from any unruly flowerbeds. The black grouting is heavy-handed in places so expect a rustic rather than perfect finish, but it’s still good value for the price tag.
The table (60cm across) and two chairs are made from hardy iron heavy enough not to blow away and fold up, so you can store them away when the big freeze hits. They come flat-packed and require a bit of self-assembly, but nothing too challenging.
Folk Paper Lanterns: £17.99, Maisons du Monde
Mood lighting is paramount at any good party, so stock up on these colourful paper lanterns to cosy up the atmosphere once the sun sets. The set of four red, green, blue and orange lights comes with the required batteries, so it won’t matter if there’s no nearby plug socket outside.
Decorated with ethnic motifs, they can be hung from branches, strung up on rope or wire, or simply placed on side tables or by chairs to glow beautifully all night long. Remember to pack them away before heading inside, as moisture will ruin them.
They come compressed in a box and would make a lovely gift, especially as during winter they’d look lovely in a bedroom.
The Verdict: Best garden furniture under £100
Wilko’s four-seater table and chairs set folds up to save space when not in use and costs just £70 for the lot.
Ikea’s affordable parasol designed for small space living will also prove a hit with city dwellers looking to shade their balconies.
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