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A quality piece of wooden garden furniture can really set off a garden or green space, offering functionality as well as providing an architectural foil to foliage and flowers.
Wooden furniture tends to be strong, comfortable to recline upon and – providing you choose something that has been made from sustainable sources – is the more environmentally friendly option than plastic or metal.
Best wooden furniture at a glance:
- Best table and chairs set: Honolulu 6 Seater Dining Bench Set, £549
- Best picnic table: Rowlinson Round Wooden Picnic Table 6.5ft, £429.99
- Best small table: Moreton Tray Table, £95
- Best large bench: Sloane & Sons Westminster 4 Seater Flat Arm Bench, £349
- Best deck chair: Business & Pleasure Co The Tommy Chair, £229
- Best bistro set: Kettler RHS Chelsea Bistro Garden Table and Chairs Set, £429
- Best sun lounger: Grey Sun Lounger Steamer Chair With Cushion, £169.99
- Best deck chair frame: John Lewis Deck Chair, £39
- Best wooden dining chair: Terrazzin Dining Chair - Natural, £505
How to look after wooden outdoor furniture
Wooden furniture is long-lasting and won’t corrode like metal or stain like plastic but it will need a bit of TLC from time to time to keep it looking smart.
An annual scrub with soapy water (followed by a good rinse) will help remove algae and grime and keep it looking smart.
Teak furniture will tend to take on a silvery weathered look after a few seasons exposed to the elements – in which case give it a rub down with a specialist cleaner and apply teak oil if you prefer a more pristine look.
If you want to keep it covered, here are the best garden furniture covers to protect your outdoor sets.
We’ve been lounging around on some of the finest wooden garden furniture currently on the market.
Dimensions 720(H) x 1200/2000(Ø)mm
PROS: Space saving design. Good value
CONS: Quite heavy
For social alfresco dining, you’ll want to install one of these on your patio or lawn. This sturdy piece comfortably seats eight people, with the 6ft diameter table providing plenty of table space to spread out your wares.
It’s made from sustainably sourced, FSC-certified wood with a rustic natural grain finish, pressure treated for weather protection to provide picnicking pleasure for years to come.
The table needs a bit of assembly to get it up and running, so enlist a friend to help.
Dimensions: H55 x W55 x D45cm Crafted in Spruce
PROS: Stylish design
CONS: Limited table-top capacity
This stylish spruce tray table looks just as slick hosting pot plants as it does a platter of drinks for garden imbibing.
The modern black paint job gives this table extra weatherproof protection, and the removable slotted tray sporting cut-out handles for easy transportation.
Rubber stoppers on the feet of the stand helps keep things secure, and the assembly folds down flat for easy storage.
Dimensions: Width 180 cm x Height 92 cm x Depth 65 cm
Materials: teak hardwood
PROS: Solid design.
CONS: Quite heavy to manoeuvre
We’ve seen plenty of MPs napping on actual Westminster benches and we can attest that this namesake is just as comfortable to recline on.
It’s a solid, traditional style bench crafted from sustainable teak hardwood that will comfortably fit four folk.
We especially like the wide, flat arms which provide the perfect perch for a cup of tea or maybe even a glass of something stronger.
Material: canvas, hardwood
PROS: Lightweight and stylish
CONS: Bit spendy - but worth it
There are deck chairs, and there are deck chairs - and this is the latter.
Available in five striking colourways (we love the chinoiserie), this delectable deck chair offers three separate reclining positions, so you can gradually sink from upright, sun-drenched reading to slightly sun-drunk slumber as the day wears on.
Sturdily built but light, it comes with padded handles to enable you to carry it around easily. The headrest is padded, adding to the superlative comfort, and there’s a zippable pocket at the back so you can sling your sunscreen in there for ease of access. Perfect.
Dimensions: Width: 350mm x Height 450mm Weight 30kg
PROS: Solid and chunky
CONS: May require cushions to aid prolonged sitting
Create an old-school gym vibe on your patio or garden with this solid sleeper bench. It’s a sturdy, stable number, made from pressure-treated softwood with enough room to seat four friends.
For extra comfort, the timber has been smooth-planed for a splinter free finish and comes with a 15 year, rot-free guarantee.
A great seating solution to slot into small spaces, ideal for BBQ-based entertaining or Platinum Jubilee garden parties.
Dimensions: Table: H74 x Dia.70cm, Chair: H85 x W56 x D48cm
Materials: FSC-certified eucalyptus wood, polyester seating
PROS: Beautifully made
CONS: Quite pricey
Pretend you’re in a Chelsea show garden by elegantly supping a cuppa at this curvaceous , RHS endorsed bistro set. It’s crafted from weather-resistant, FSC-certified eucalyptus with a coat of teak oil giving it extra protection against the elements.
Both the table and chairs fold down for easy, space-saving storage in your garage or shed, and each chair bears an elegantly etched RHS logo to show off to your gardening friends. The table will need a spot of assembly before use, so have your tool box on standby.
Materials acacia wood
Dimensions: Open dimensions – 140cm x 90cm x 55cm (Height X Width X Depth)
PROS: Stylish. Modern design
CONS: Not the easiest to move
This is a beautiful, extremely comfortable sun lounger that’s perfect for a spot of sun worshipping (finger crossed!). With a lovely grey cushion atop sturdy acacia wood, it’s supportive yet comfy, and reclines easily.
While in the past we’ve found wood sun loungers crack and perish swiftly, the high oil content in the acacia and the canny design means this one is certain to last season after season. All you need to add now is a great book and a tasty drink.
PROS: light, cheap, fully customisable
CONS: Sling is extra
Evoke memories of bracing British beach holidays and sand-blasted sandwiches by kicking back in this styling deckchair. It’s made from FSC-certified eucalyptus wood and folds down in classic deck chair fashion for easy storage.
It’s also nice and light so it’s easy to manoeuvre it into sunny spots of the garden. Just be aware that this is a frame only, so you’ll need to hop on over to the sling section and select your preferred design. Sling prices start at £10.
Dimensions: Height (cm)81Width (cm)54Depth (cm)5
PROS: gorgeous, weathers well, easy to carry
CONS: Not cheap
We love British furniture store Oka, who take international inspiration in an effort to source and make furnishings that make your home feel truly luxurious.
This really lovely garden dining chair has a basket-weave back, stylish and practical, an angled back and a deep, foam-filled seat cushion for support and comfort.
You can pair with a bistro table or a full dining set depending on how many people you need to seat, or mix and match with the other pieces in the Terrazin Garden Furniture suite they stock.
While you’ll be guided by your requirements and space avaliable, we can’t think of many homes that wouldn’t be improved by the addition of one or two of the Sun Lounger Steamer Chairs.
We love the easy comfort of the Terrazzin Dining Chairs, perfect if you already have a table picked out, or if you simply need a spot to read and enjoy a cuppa, you can’t go wrong with the Sloane & Sons Westminster 4 Seater Flat Arm Bench.
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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