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Metal is an ideal material for garden furniture: hardwearing, weather-resistant and great-looking, it can be dressed up with cushions, colours and accessories to make dreamy places to sit, eat and lounge all summer long.
Best metal garden furniture at a glance:
- Best iron garden bench: Sunflower Yellow Metal Garden Bench
- Most comfortable, affordable dining set: B&Q Colorado Metal 4 Seater Dining Set
- Best aluminium dining table: Kettler Surf Active 6-Seater Garden Dining Table & Reclining Chairs Set
- Best round table: Berkeley Dining Set with Cushions and Umbrella
- Best metal bench: Rattan Glider Bench
- Best sun lounger: Hurghada Sun Lounger
- Best metal lounge set: Cabruna Grey Rope Aluminium 4-Seater Garden Set
Which metal is the best material for garden furniture?
There are three primary metals used for creating metal garden furniture, each with it’s own pros and cons.
Cast iron and worgarden furniture is chic, stylish, and perennially fashionable. A durable, ultra-strong material, you can leave it outside - if it is powder-coated, it will be weatherproof.
Wrought and cast iron is heavy! Although you can leave it outside easily, that may be a necessity - as they’re difficult to move and store. They’ll rust in the elements if not power-coated.
Iron can be cold and uncomfortable.
Another sturdy material, steel benefits from being lighter than cast iron. Stainless steel is rustproof.
Steel chairs and tables can get hot when the sun is out - you’ll need cushions to sit on it comfortably. Again, you’ll need powder-coated steel if you want it to be weather proof.
Lighter than its iron or steel counterparts, aluminium is quite the impressive material: rust-resistant, durable, affordable, and easy to look after. Powder-coated aluminium is resistant to UV light and rustproof. Can be powder-coated in a range of attractive colours and finishes.
Cheap, un-treated aluminium is white-hot to the touch when it’s sunny.
Aluminium wins the prizes for cheapest, most durable, longest-latest metal for garden furniture, but cast iron is so stylish and will stay in fashion year after year, it would be our choice if you’re furnishing a garden for a home you’re planning on staying put at for quite some time.
What metal garden furniture should I choose?
Before you invest in a metal garden furniture set, think about your home’s particular needs and how much space you have. If you only have a small terrace, balcony or patio, a small bistro set, garden bench or statement chair might be best.
If you’re lucky enough to have a big garden, you might prefer to invest in a four-seater, six-seater, eight-seater or even 10-seater dining set. Many of these will come ready with tables, parasols, chairs and cushions, so you’ll have everything you need with one purchase.
We’ve rounded up the best metal garden furniture, including a range of prices, styles and colours, so that whatever the look of your home and garden, and whatever your budget, you’ll find metal garden furniture that you’ll fall in love with here.
Best metal garden furniture UK
Key Specs: Material: Iron Size: H98cm x W124cm x D46cm
Pros: Can stay outside year-round; Jaunty yellow colour scheme; 20s style
Cons: You’ll need to assemble it yourself
To inject some colour into a small space, opt for this sunflower yellow metal bench from trendy online brand Rockett St George.
Its iron frame, 20s-style peacock backrest and curved armrests are stylish and on-trend, while its bright canary hue is sure to pep up any small patio, terrace or garden.
Team with eye-catching cushions and outdoor rugs for a Pinterest-perfect vibe.
If it’s too bright for you, it’s also available in black for a timeless look.
Key Specs: Material: Table: Glass and steel Cushion: Polyester
Size: Table: (L)900mm x (W)900mm x (H)720mm Chair: (H)880mm x (D)540mm x (W)700mm
Pros: Inexpensive; Comfortable; All-in-one set; Plush cushions
Cons: Hard work to assemble
For a really comfortable outdoor dining set that comes with everything you’ll need without costing a fortune, go for the Colorado Metal 4 Seater Dining Set from trusty British brand B&Q.
The set comes with a table, a parasol, four chairs and matching cushions, providing everything you’ll ever need for lovely summer meals outdoors.
The cushions are even reversible, a nice touch when you feel like switching up your look.
Key Specs: Table: 75cm H x 100cm W x 170cm L, Chairs: 100cm H x 85cm W x 63.5cm D
Pros: Sophisticated outdoor dining looks; Reclining chairs
Cons: Some self assembly required
Kettler has combined aluminium with teak and glass – two more materials that match aluminium’s year-round durability – in this stylish outdoor dining set.
For a little over £1,500 you get six chairs and a dining table which, at 170cm x 100cm, can comfortably accommodate six people for all but the most extravagant banquets.
For an extra touch of comfort the chairs each have multiple reclining positions and teak arm rests, sourced from sustainably managed forests.
The powder-coated dark grey aluminium frames are slimline and stylish, with textile sling fabric for the chairs seats and backs providing flexibility, and a teak-effect glass table top to match the arm rests.
Key Specs: Material: Cast aluminium
Size: Table: 75cm H x 132cm W x 132cm L Chair: 90cm H x 63cm W x 54cm D
Pros: Elegant; Understated; Parasol can be tilted; Comfortable
Cons: Wayfair’s delivery service is not the most flexible
There’s nothing like a round table to really get the conversation flowing, and this Berkeley round table set from homeware giant Wayfair.
It comes with a table, parasol, chairs and six cushions, and is made from rust-resistant cast aluminium for easy maintenance.
We love the classic criss-cross design, stylish grey colour and relaxed, curved shape of the armchairs.
Key Specs: Materials: power-coated metal frame, rattan weave seats
Size: 90cm H x 120cm W x 76cm D
Pros: Comfortable for elder sitters; Gentle swing motion
Cons: Requires at-home assembly
Assembly required: yes
This easy-to-assemble swing bench would look equally at home under a shady tree in your garden or on small porch if you have limited outdoor space.
The powder-coated metal frame is crafted to withstand the elements, while the swing is gentle - to lull yourself in slow, steady sways.
The polyrattan seat and backing is gentle on sore backs and makes for comfy sitting - this is a good option for those of us who aren’t as young as we once were.
Key Specs: Size: Height49cm x Width51cm x Depth174cm
Pros: Stylish yet affordable; Folds away when not in use
Cons: No wheels
Assembly required: yes
Trendy furniture designers love the challenge of making a new sun lounger, and aluminium is often their preferred choice of material for its ability to be crafted into sleek, modern shapes.
But such high design can come at an extortionate price. So to see a lounger that marries functionality with classy, contemporary looks for under £100 makes us sit up and take notice.
The lounger can not only be adjusted to five recline positions, but it can also be folded away for space-saving storage.
The epoxy treated aluminium and plastic-coated canvas are both hard wearing and comfortable, and it comes in a choice of cool colours.
If you’re someone who chases the sun around the garden all day then you might curse the lack of wheels for easy movement, but for catching rays without feeling guilty about the cost, this is money well spent.
We love the long-wearing good looks of iron furniture - but it requires some upkeep. The Sunflower Yellow Metal Garden Bench is worth the necessary TLC.
And we would love to dine each night on the spectacular Kettler Surf Active 6-Seater Garden Dining Table & Reclining Chairs Set
For more garden furniture inspiration, read our guides to the best garden furniture, where we review everything from garden swing chairs to dining sets, deck chairs to sun loungers.
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