As the week’s go buy, and after nearly a year spent WFH, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
While your summer holiday abroad remains uncertain, the lockdown roadmap stipulates that groups of up to six people, or two households, should be able to meet outside from 29 March.
This glimmer of hope, along with some early signs of spring weather, prompted record sales of outdoor furniture by garden centres this February. Owing to this increased popularity, we’d recommend getting your outdoor space in order before the rush really hits.
To help you save money while you spruce up your garden, we’ve done the hard work for you – hand-picking the top outdoor furniture deals available right now. Invest in one of these sets and you’ll be sipping an aperol spritz while in Rome – well, nearly.
We appreciate that many people have only a sliver of outdoor space, so we’ve also included pieces that are great for tiny gardens and balconies, too.
Whether you want to tap into the rattan trend, or you spent last year’s heatwave wishing you were reclining on a lounger, it’s time to transform your garden properly.
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Bay Isle Home Carson 4 seater sofa set: Was £658.75, now £449.99, Wayfair.co.uk
With room for four, this is the perfect option for families or medium-sized households and includes two armchairs, one bench and a table. The teak wood is weather-resistant and it comes with cushions for extra comfort on a hot summer’s day. Make use of the 32 per cent saving today.
Argos Home Pascal sun lounger: Was £250, now £161.99, Argos.co.uk
Remember the heady days of summer 2020? If you were longing for a lounger during the heatwave, add this to your basket now and prepare to welcome weekends spent sunbathing.
Made bosco garden dining bench: Was £299, now £129, Made.com
This garden bench will provide you with plenty of outdoor seating when hosting friends for al-fresco dining come late March. You could even mix and match with this set of two bosco dining chairs (£179, Made.com), which are also on offer.
Hayes Garden World teak kingsbury companion seat: Was £599.99, now £399.99, Hayesgardenworld.co.uk
We’re not sure we’ve seen a piece of garden furniture more suitable for sharing a sunset with a loved one than this. Featuring a centre table perfect for snacks and drinks, this is ideal for small outdoor spaces. Plus, it also has a parasol hole, so you won’t have to worry about squeezing a base somewhere either.
Lezonic solar string lights outdoor, 2 pack: Was £18.99, now £15.99, Amazon.co.uk
While not strictly furniture, if you want to make the most of the warmer evenings, it pays to have a festoon of lights to transform your garden. According to Lezonic, these solar-powered lights can provide up to 14 hours of light.
Zipcode Design Felicity 4 seater rattan sofa set: Was £789, now £599.99, Wayfair.co.uk
With rattan furniture being a key garden trend for summer 2021, make sure you’re saving while you shop and snap up this sofa set that currently has 24 per cent off. With cushions and a seating capacity of four, we’re dreaming of sunny days of day-drinking just looking at this.
Argos Home bright 4 seater bistro set, yellow: Was £90, now £81, Argos.co.uk
Nothing says summer like a bright colour, and this yellow table and chair set looks to be an ideal option for al-fresco dining, with moveable chairs that will prove particularly useful for social distancing. Prepare for an Easter weekend barbecue by snapping up this deal now.
Want more inspiration for your outdoor space? Read our guide to the best garden furniture