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The best outdoor seats play many parts. Whether for the pleasure of catching a few rays of sunshine, a peaceful moment with a book, or now, as lockdown is eased, the joy of getting together with friends, a bench in the garden is the place to be.

But before embarking upon transforming your outdoor space with seating it’s important to consider a few things. How much space do you have? What is the seating for? Where is the seating going to go?

Read our guide to discover the best outdoor seating for your garden, to make the most of your space and what to pair your seating with.

OUTDOOR ARMCHAIRS

Best for: enjoying quiet moments in nature, appreciating a peaceful moment with a book or as a dining seat.

Pair with: A classic dining table such as our Bailey Table, Mead Table or Broadwalk Round Table, or for a more casual setting, a Court Low Round Table.

Which armchair? May Thrones and Chancery Carver Chairs are a versatile choice for outdoor dining or sitting back and relaxing in the garden. The backs, which are steam bent to a graceful flared curve, not only look lovely, but will cradle your shoulders and encourage a good sitting position. For taller people, and men who have broader and weightier shoulders, these backs can also take the weight off your arms – a restful moment for shedding shoulder strain. For something a little more intimate, a Meander Love Seat is a great way to enjoy a drink and get lost in conversation with a close friend or partner.

GARDEN SEATS

Best for: outdoor dining seating for large groups, enjoying the outdoors, either alone or with friends or sipping a drink in the sun.

Pair with: One of our classic dining tables such as a Bailey Table, Mead Table or Broadwalk Round Table or one of our Occasional Tables. Complete the look with our Court or Broadwalk Planters.

Which seat? Our classic Court Seat and Border Seat are beautiful designs that will increase your pleasure of contemplating the views, no matter the time of year. Designed with comfort foremost, the free-flowing design and graceful steam bent curves are equally suited to outdoor dining as they are as a standalone piece. Another element for supporting the shoulders is an arm rest – which can also help to push up from sitting, when the moment to leave your comfy perch inevitably comes. The broad arms of the Border Seat are big enough to hold a mug of tea or G&T, according to need…

Alternatively, our curved outdoor seats provide an all-important visual focus to draw the eye and provide a structural element in some parts of your landscaping. Be sure to choose something which has an assured design – not so imposing as to detract from your planting, but something with stature that will settle into the garden naturally.

OUTDOOR LOUNGE SETS

Best for: creating indoor-outdoor spaces, large open outdoor spaces, catching a few rays of sunshine, socialising outdoors with friends.

Pair with: a TUUCI parasol for added shade during the hot summer months or a Splash Low Table for drinks and bites to eat.

Which lounge seat? Splash Lounge is our most luxurious and indulgent outdoor lounge seating, featuring steam bent curves and deep seats for true comfort. Craftsman-made, using the very latest digital technology, and traditional methods, these seats will give years of service. Another option is the original Splash, expansive, sculptural and inviting, Splash is one of our signature designs and can be bought both as a sofa and as an individual armchair.

Splash and Splash Lounge comes with QuickDry® Foam cushions upholstered in Sunbrella® Canvas White fabric as standard.

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