Garden Seating Inspiration and Ideas

Garden Seating Inspiration and Ideas
One of the most exciting things about spring and summer is being able to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air and enjoy your morning coffee in a comfy chair. Something that fits in with your existing outdoor garden furniture is great, but what should you look at? Create a relaxing environment in your garden, on your patio or in your yard. Choose seating from the large choices available and create your own individual area. No matter what size or style of garden, or what level of comfort you desire, there is sure to be a chair or sofa to fit your lifestyle and encourage you to sit outside and enjoy all of your hard work. Garden seating is so much more than just a place to sit, a bench can be a focal point, garden seating can be about creating privacy or about entertaining family and friends. The colours you use in your garden seating area make a huge difference to the atmosphere you create.

Garden Benches

A garden bench is ideal if you have a small garden, patio or yard, a simple wood and iron park bench painted any colour you desire is an easy way to add both seating and colour to your outdoor area. A garden bench can also be constructed out of recycled pallets, they can be placed on a patio or on a grassed area and be painted or stained to fit your sense of style. In a large back yard, why not create an oasis with a simple white painted bench with large luxurious cushions, large enough for a group of friends or long enough for you to be able to stretch out and relax, and surround the area with lots of colourful container plants. Create a stunning focal point with a Wagon Wheel Back Loveseat, the ultimate in ‘garden benches’. This is made out of an old wagon wheel and the seat curves twice, making it perfect for two, or choose a Jack and Jill bench which features two chairs and a sharing table made from durable Malaysian hardwood, compatible with a parasol.

Hanging Chairs

Why not opt for an ultra modern feel to your outdoor area and choose hanging chairs. Wicker egg chairs swing in the breeze and are easy to rock. If you don’t have a large enough tree in your garden to hang a swinging chair they can be purchased with a sturdy stand making them ideal for any space. In addition to traditional hammocks and swing seats, there are many types of hanging bubble chairs or cocoon seats available complete with stands. The chairs range in sizes and styles and are made from such materials as macrame, rattan, wood, metal and plastic. Use weatherproof cushions to add comfort, and swing away.

Dining Outdoors

To take full advantage of your garden a dining set will enable you to enjoy outdoor eating, whether it be for your family meal or entertaining friends. If your garden is small or you have a balcony or terrace, choose between a stylish two seat bistro set or a compact four-seat set, depending on your needs. Rattan garden furniture is hugely popular, and with good reason. If you go for the four seats set look for something that can be stored, either folded or put under cover during the winter months. If your garden is larger your choices increase and if you love entertaining a six-seat or even a 10 seat with an oval or rectangle rattan table dining set may be the answer for yours. Synthetic rattan is not only stylish but hardwearing, easily maintained and weatherproof which means it can be left outdoors in all weathers.

Garden Sofa Sets

For the ultimate in garden relaxation, or if you want to extend your outdoor living into something special a sofa or sofa set could appeal. They range from a cosy two seat to the large 8 - 10 seats, available in varying styles, size and colours to suit your individual designs, and waterproof cushions are an added benefit. While synthetic rattan sofas and sofa sets appear to be the most popular and readily available it is possible to choose sofa sets made from hardwood, with added waterproof cushions, and retro style metal/aluminium. Modular garden furniture is an innovative outdoor sofa concept. It allows you to create the perfect garden sofa set of any size or shape. Designed and manufactured using colour fast synthetic rattan, making it the ultimate luxury in outdoor furniture. Modular sofa sets are comfortable, stylish, durable, and create a sense of luxury that will enhance any setting. Modular options give more versatility, just purchase the pieces you need and if you find you need extra seating, or a table, just buy additional pieces at your convenience.

Garden Chairs

Every garden should have a comfortable seating space so create your own little oasis with your favourite garden chair, choosing between dining chairs, dining armchairs, garden lounge chairs, reclining garden chairs, or even stacking garden chairs. Produced in either rattan, wood, metal or aluminium, chairs for any occasion and chairs which will fit into your garden design. When choosing a chair check not only for comfort but also aesthetic value, some chairs come with the addition of soft comfortable cushions in the colour of your choice. Surround yourself with scented flowers and herbs, and enjoy an intimate seating area of your own.

Garden Sunloungers

Make outdoor living even sweeter by investing in quality sun loungers and day beds, investment pieces that last generations and that can withstand all seasons. Choose from metal/aluminium, wooden, resin or synthetic rattan designs, sumptuous and the ultimate indulgence allowing you to relax in style. Like indoor furniture, outdoor furniture needs to be comfortable, and sun loungers with cushions included or as an added option work well. Some sun loungers are designed to be collapsible making them easy for storage when not being used.

Swing Seats

Stay shaded and comfy with a luxuriously snug covered swing seat, produced with two or three seats providing hours of comfort. When buying a swing seat consider the maintenance needed. A well-built swing seat with a wooden frame can be left out all year round, sometimes these seats are produced with cushions and an awning. A metal framed garden swing seat is usually partly dismantled for winter and stored undercover. These seats come with foam filled cushions and have an awning to provide shade. Overall covers will protect and keep both the cushions and awning dry, no need for weather watching.


Hammocks - summer bliss... A steel frame holding a cotton canvas hammock allowing the ultimate in relaxation. The supporting cotton canvas distributes weight over the whole body giving a pleasant feeling of lightness. A gentle swinging motion will give you the feeling of deep relaxation and let you sleep for hours on end. And the best part about these is that they can be purchased relatively inexpensively.