Best Garden Sofas UK: outdoor sofas from John Lewis, Made

Greg Stevens

Wanting to enjoy your outdoor space with family and friends? From Kettler to rattan, corner sofas to day beds – these are the lush garden sofas you’ll all want to lounge on all summer long

Best garden sofas: daybeds, corner sofas, and outdoor sofa sets

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With spring in the air and summer just around the corner, now is the best time to think about sprucing up your patio or garden with an excellent garden sofa so you can lounge in the sun in total comfort.

We’ve searched a range of garden furniture stores to source a variety of garden sofas that will transform your outdoor life. While the focus is on outdoor sofas, you’d be amazed at the incarnations they’re currently available in: from garden sofa beds, to sofa dining sets, to rotating lounging pods (yes, really).

While of course we’ve covered off the traditional styles most popular in the garden sofa arena, we’ve also thrown in a few more off-piste options that will take outdoor lounging to a heretofore unknown decadent realm.

Best garden sofas UK 2022 at a glance:

  • Best rattan garden sofa: Made.com Jonah Garden 3-seater Rattan Sofa, £725
  • Best for entertaining: Alexandria 4 Seater Grey Rattan Garden Corner Sofa Set, £345
  • Best for versatility: Oxborough Day Bed, £1299
  • Best for lounging and dining: Kettler Palma 7-Seater Mini Dining Set, £2099
  • Best corner sofa for those who hate rattan: Elements 7-Seater Slatted Wood Corner Sofa Set, £799
  • Best for high-end al fresco chilling: Farmer’s Cottage Rotating Sphere 8-Seater Garden Pod, £10938
  • Best for couples: Costway Outdoor Sofa Bed, £268
  • Best for classy comfort: John Lewis & Partners Chunky Weave 5-Seater Garden Corner Sofa Set, £1399
  • Best for a sociable garden: Ithaca Garden Sofa Set, Grey, £1575
  • Best aluminium garden sofa: Kochi Garden 3 Seater Sofa, £775

What’s the best garden sofa for me?

Outdoor sofas come in a surprising variety of shapes and configurations.

The most popular material is rattan, since it is known to be very weather resistant and less likely to rot after a couple years use. However, quite a few manufacturers also provide sofas with frames made out of weather-resistant wood like acacia and teak.

Outdoor sofas can accommodate up to 12 people at a time and are the perfect solution for entertaining guests comfort. Most outdoor sofas are of the corner variety so they will fit very nicely along the edges of patios and verandas. Some models also come with a coffee-style table.

Perhaps the most decadent type outdoor furniture is the day bed. As the name suggests, day beds allow you to relax outdoors on a flat cushioned surface that makes outdoor snoozing a breeze.

However, day beds are not the most practical since they usually take up a lot of space and you can’t use them for entertaining – unless your guests don’t mind snuggling up. Your best bet in this instance is a day bed than can be transformed into a sofa, like the Oxborough Day Bed and Costway Outdoor Sofa Bed we review below.

Finally, if you prefer to entertain around a table but would also like the option to be able to relax on a sofa or bed-like structure when not serving guests, your best bet is a padded rattan dining combo like the Kettler Palma below.

When the guests have gone, simply move the table a bit further away, remove the sofa pillows and stretch out on the sofa pad. You’ll be off to sleep before you can count one, two, thr…

Our favourite garden sofas for 2022

Kettler Palma 7-Seater Mini Dining Set

Kettler Palma 7-Seater Mini Dining Set

Farmer’s Cottage Rotating Sphere 8-Seater Garden Pod

Farmer’s Cottage Rotating Sphere 8-Seater Garden Pod

KEY SPECS Type: Garden pod; Material: Spruce and stainless steel; Seats: 8; Full width: 240cm; Colours: Natural

It revolves 360˚; Seats eight in comfort; Can be turned into a bedroom

Very, very pricy; Requires professional installation

Why have a standard summer house built in the garden when you can lounge outdoors, undercover in a high-tech rotating space pod?

Constructed from laminated spruce timber and stainless steel, and with an interior 2.4 metres wide and about two metres tall, this stunning lounge pod is the last word in garden luxury.

The Farmer’s Cottage comes with a circular waterproof vinyl bench pad with room for up to eight guests, plus a centre table that can be lowered so you can add a centre cushion pad to turn it into a bed for proper daytime or night-time relaxation (interior lighting is an option for those who wish to chill under moonlight).

However, the very best thing about this – albeit massively expensive – pod is that it slowly revolves 360˚, so no matter which way the sun is shining or the wind is blowing, you’ll always be in the comfort zone. Haughty but nice.

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