Get your garden right and once the weather warms up it's like having another room to the house. You wouldn't have a room with no furniture of course, and what use is a lovely garden if you've nowhere to sit while you enjoy it. Here's our choice of five of the best garden furniture bargains...
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Peru Table and Chairs (Homebase)
Made from sustainably sourced eucalyptus wood, this classic-yet-contemporary furniture set will make you feel as though you're sunning yourself in the south of France rather than suburban Britain. The reasonable price of £199.99 includes the table and four chairs (all folding to make winter storage easier). A sunshade and other fabrics are available for an extra charge.
Greenhurst Foldable Hardwood Duo Bench with Table (Argos)
Pretty much every garden needs a bench, but – like sofas - it's not often you see three people squeezed onto one, is it? So why not do away with that redundant space in the middle and replace it with a table? That's exactly what this solid acacia piece of furniture does – providing a handy table to do away with the age old dilemma of where to put your drink when you sit in the garden. And as if that wasn't genius enough, it also folds up so you can pack it away once the weather turns. All for the unconventional price of £143.65.
Rattan Garden Furniture Set (Amazon)
If you really want to make the garden feel like another room of the house, you need to put a sofa and armchairs in it. Rattan garden furniture is increasingly popular thanks to its hard-wearing, low-maintenance qualities – and gives a more relaxed, modern look than the normal patio table and chairs. This Amazon bargain is just £129.95 for a sofa, two chairs AND a table.
Wooden Garden Deckchair (Tesco Direct)
They might not be the most comfortable or cutting edge of designs, but everybody loves a deckchair and this classy blue-and-white striped job will bring a bit of nautical glamour to anybody's back garden. It's not expensive at £30 from Tesco Direct, but why not push the boat out (pun intended) and snap up two for £40? And the best thing is you can easily fold them up for picnics or trips to the park in style.
Folding Metal Bistro Set (Homebase)
If you've got an economy-sized garden - or even just a balcony - to enjoy when the sun comes out then you'll appreciate the space-saving qualities of this colourful bistro set. Comprising two folding chairs and a table, the items are made from powder-coated steel to withstand the vagaries of the Great British climate – and the funky coral colour will add a real Mediterranean vibe to your garden. All for the very reasonable price of £69.99 – leaving you plenty left over for Campari and olives.