The best garden furniture trends for summer 2022

Hanging egg chairs and home bars are just some of the ways to give your garden a fun facelift this summer

The bank holiday is the ideal time to get out in the garden

The hot weather we have experienced in June has signalled the start of summer. Even the least green fingered amongst us have started to think about how the garden will play host this summer. According to data from Pinterest, where there are more than 1 million posts around “entertaining garden”. 

As a result, searches for garden furniture are up: John Lewis report searches for outdoor furniture are up 133% from last year. Even the youngsters over on TikTok are keen to get in on the garden party, the social media platform perhaps least associated with the garden world, with more than 8m videos (and counting) dedicated to the hashtag #gardenfurniture. “The power of outdoor living has captivated our customers more than ever before,” Laura Tudor, Outdoor Buyer at John Lewis says.

“From bistro sets on balconies to full scale outdoor lounge spaces, we are looking to put every inch to good use.” How you choose your outdoor furniture really depends on how you like to relax in your indoor setting.

“If slumping on a sofa with your feet up is what beckons you most, then be sure to find a similarly comfy garden sofa, complete with coffee table,” Simon Temperell, Interior Design Manager at Neptune, advises. While the pandemic hits including pizza ovens and egg chairs are still seeing strong sales, there are new trends for 2022, such as smokeless barbecues and quick heating, UV sanitised hot tubs. For those less keen on the latest bit of kit, and more dressing their space, Tudor says that outdoor kitchens are still popular with customer, “as well as more living room inspired space with lots of soft furnishings you’d normally see indoors – such as rugs and cushions.” 

But it’s not all about buying new: as we embrace sustainability, a big trend this year is for garden recycling. Pinterest reports more than 230,000 pins with ideas about how to recycle pallets and timber into seating areas and home bars.

Outdoor furniture for a young family's garden

If you have a young family, a garden is a huge blessing. But it needs “careful zoning to separate play areas from adult spaces,” warns Temperell.

He suggests modular furniture to “contain” the entertaining areas close to the house, as well as being sturdy enough to withstand boisterous climbing.

If you prefer freestanding furniture, Grace Tindall, founder of the children’s brand Scandiborn, who has two children of her own, recommends the outdoor dining set from Hubsch in her own garden. “I love the fact that the bench has a high back for the children so that they can sit comfortably,” she says. Then, Temperell suggests, position “the less formal, child-friendly part of the garden further back.”

Invest in wooden garden toys to help blend into the garden (rather than more plastic) and encourages imaginative play, with tall shrubs or bushes can act as a screen to hide the kiddy section, whilst providing a sense of adventure for the little ones.

Best buys for a young family garden

Pembrey modular collection, from £1,010, neptune.com; Plum Play Discovery Woodland Treehouse / Climb & Slide, £439.99, scandiborn.co.uk; KidKraft Double Chaise Lounger, £159.99 scandiborn.co.uk; Drawin’ Table, £190, drawinkids.co.uk

Pembrey modular collection, from £1,010, neptune.com; Plum Play Discovery Woodland Treehouse / Climb & Slide, £439.99, scandiborn.co.uk; KidKraft Double Chaise Lounger, £159.99 scandiborn.co.uk; Drawin’ Table, £190, drawinkids.co.uk

Outdoor space for teens with friends

To entice teenagers out into the garden, include an element of fun and an area designed with them in mind. Garden designer Pollyanna Wilkinson recently completed a family home in Richmond , south London where the brief was for the adults to be able to sit and have a drink whilst able to see the kids play. “So, we sunk a trampoline behind the fireplace, and surrounded it with wildflowers,” she says.

Alternatively, create a teenager-specific hang-out area at the bottom of the garden with hammocks, floor cushions and furniture that is sturdy and easy to clean, where they can feel private, but not out of reach. Then, to get them back up to rejoin the family, just fire up a pizza oven.

Best buys for a family with teenagers’ garden

Lina recycled pouf, £173.99, oyoylivingdesign.co.uk; Ooni Koda 12 Gas Powered Pizza Oven, £299, uk.ooni.com; Plum 12ft Magnitude Springsafe Trampoline & Enclosure, £499.95, Scandiborn.co.uk; Cuba Chair Outdoor by Morten Gøttle, £559, carlhansen.com

Lina recycled pouf, £173.99, oyoylivingdesign.co.uk; Ooni Koda 12 Gas Powered Pizza Oven, £299, uk.ooni.com; Plum 12ft Magnitude Springsafe Trampoline & Enclosure, £499.95, Scandiborn.co.uk; Cuba Chair Outdoor by Morten Gøttle, £559, carlhansen.com

Garden sanctuary for one

“A secluded outdoor space for one person can be a haven away from the noise and stress of the outside world,” Temperell says. While it could be the garden of someone who lives alone, it could also be a tiny retreat away from the noise of a busy family.

“Find a spot that’s not overlooked, if possible, so you have complete privacy and surround the area with trees and shrubs to create a green sanctuary. A hammock slung between a pair of trees, or a sunlounger, or armchair will add to the laidback feel,” Temperell adds.

Add lantern candles or festoon lights to keep the cosy atmosphere burning all night long.

Best buys for a sanctuary for one

Neptune’s Harrington all-weather-wicker relaxed armchair, cushions £750, www.neptune.com; Kyoto outdoor hammock made from recycled polyester, £114.99, oyoylivingdesign.co.uk; Frampton hanging egg chair, £495, cotswoldco.com; Steel Fire Pit, £270, kiphideaways.com

Neptune’s Harrington all-weather-wicker relaxed armchair, cushions £750, www.neptune.com; Kyoto outdoor hammock made from recycled polyester, £114.99, oyoylivingdesign.co.uk; Frampton hanging egg chair, £495, cotswoldco.com; Steel Fire Pit, £270, kiphideaways.com

Empty nesters' garden

Once your children have flown the nest, there comes the opportunity to reclaim the space as place for quiet, adult reflection. “Create a cosy seating area around a firepit and extend the garden season into autumn and early spring,” Temperell says. Alternatively, he suggests, it can be a chance to think about your hobbies. “A large outdoor table is useful for everything from re-potting seedlings to filling and labelling jars of preserves.”

Best buys for an empty nesters’ garden

Clapton chair and bench, £295, cotswoldco.com; On the Rocks Tini Table Oval, £348, shop.ninacampbell.com; Madeleine outdoor rug, from £678.50, pinton1867.com; Bistro chair, £220, ceraudo.com

Clapton chair and bench, £295, cotswoldco.com; On the Rocks Tini Table Oval, £348, shop.ninacampbell.com; Madeleine outdoor rug, from £678.50, pinton1867.com; Bistro chair, £220, ceraudo.com

Entertaining outdoors for grownups

The concept of an outdoor “room” is now so popular that it has become a space to invest serious kit in: think outdoor fireplaces, all-weather rugs and furniture that wouldn’t look out of place in a posh sitting room. A grown-up entertainment hub could be a sophisticated enclave within a larger family garden, or exclusively an adults-only space.

Bear in mind you want to invite your guests to stay the course, so “you want your garden furniture to be comfortableas well as stylish,” Wilkinson advises. She opts for timber over metal or plastic: “Timber furniture brings a warmth to a space that can’t be matched.”

Meanwhile you can’t rely on the weather: either invest in a smart awning (check out hillarys.co.uk for attractive options), or a large parasol will add colour and can be moved around the garden.

Best buys for an entertainment hub

Arc 30 Curved sofa with Stone gas Fire Pit, £4,539, modafurnishings.co.uk; La Rochelle Bar Table with 4 Bar Chairs, £2,487, Bramblecrest.com; Belgravia Sun Lounger x 2, £1,522, modafurnishings.co.uk; Heat and Grill, £1,657, chesneys.co.uk

Arc 30 Curved sofa with Stone gas Fire Pit, £4,539, modafurnishings.co.uk; La Rochelle Bar Table with 4 Bar Chairs, £2,487, Bramblecrest.com; Belgravia Sun Lounger x 2, £1,522, modafurnishings.co.uk; Heat and Grill, £1,657, chesneys.co.uk

Ideas on social media

On TikTok @gardeninlife posts about ways to style simple back garden furniture – dressing it up with sheepskin throws, tablecloths and festoon lighting. On Pinterest, look up @thisoldhouse, who has nearly 1000,000 followers, for tutorials including how to build a home bar. While @grillodesigns has a board dedicated to outdoor projects, like building a garden sofa, for her 124,000 followers.

Cleaning tips

When it comes to packing away your cushions, professional organiser Vicky Silverthorn recommends storing in black boxes in the shed or putting up blinds.

“People often store items in clear boxes, forgetting items inside can fade,” she says. Try a Really Useful Storage Box in black, £16.25, amazon.co.uk.

Silverthorn also says she is a fan of Labology 3’s HOCl spray for furniture covers “as it has great properties for killing mould and other nasties. I use a nearly a whole 65ml bottle but it’s worth it.” £5.33, labology3.com

Best outdoor accessories

With your furniture laying the groundwork, accessories help to lift the space.

Clockwise from left: Hanover cordless lamps, £120, Neptune.com; Gingham tablecloth and napkins from £15; Rebeccaudall.com; Giglino bowl with stand, £125, bettinaceramica.com; Large gold striped jug, £150, matildagoad.com

Clockwise from left: Hanover cordless lamps, £120, Neptune.com; Gingham tablecloth and napkins from £15; Rebeccaudall.com; Giglino bowl with stand, £125, bettinaceramica.com; Large gold striped jug, £150, matildagoad.com

Clockwise from left: Enamel tumblers, £24, matildagoad.com; Ferm Living grand quilted blanket, £149, earlofeast.com; Mirra Linen Mattress, £65, domesticsciencehome.co.uk; Honeycomb Wool Blanket, £85, toa.st

Clockwise from left: Enamel tumblers, £24, matildagoad.com; Ferm Living grand quilted blanket, £149, earlofeast.com; Mirra Linen Mattress, £65, domesticsciencehome.co.uk; Honeycomb Wool Blanket, £85, toa.st

Artist Sarah Campbell’s croquet set, £146, anthropologie.com; A15 portable speaker, £350, audiopro.com

Artist Sarah Campbell’s croquet set, £146, anthropologie.com; A15 portable speaker, £350, audiopro.com

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