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From city balconies to country gardens, make the most of your space with outdoor table-and-chair sets and comfy outdoor sofas to suit every garden size and budget

Take the indoors outside with a garden sofa

With restrictions set to ease as summer approaches, meaning we’ll soon be able to socialise in our gardens, consider updating your garden furniture to transform your outdoor area into a social space that works come rain or shine. Choose comfortable, weather-proof outdoor seats and garden loungers with plenty of room for everyone to spread out. Weather-proof outdoor cushions will maximise the indulgence-factor. Think of it as an extra room and focus on a colour theme to stop it feeling cluttered. Take the chill off with a fire pit and maybe add a drizzle-proof awning, so rain doesn’t stop play. Spruce up the space with a lick of paint, add pots of plants to make it feel welcoming and, as night falls, light outdoor lanterns to create a warm glow.

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Dine al fresco with a garden table-and-chairs set

Make the most of spring’s longer days and lighter evenings by eating outside at every opportunity, from mid-week dinners to weekend breakfasts and barbecues. Set the scene with a smart table-and-chairs set, such as our white Porto set (pictured) that comfortably seats six. Make dining outdoors a special occasion every time with colourful picnicware and glasses that look like the real thing. Invest in a parasol if the space will be in direct sunlight for some or all of the day and have throws on hand to keep everyone cosy as night falls.

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Small outdoor space? No problem!

If your outdoor space is more of a bijoux balcony than a country estate, look for cleverly designed furniture that will make the most of whatever space you do have. Create a place to relax with a set of garden chairs from our Lois range, which is designed with small spaces in mind. Transform your balcony or patio into a modern outdoor dining room with the Lois balcony set in vibrant teal or give it the feel of a Mediterranean pavement café with the Madeira bistro table and chairs. Maximise the holiday at home vibe with a jug of something chilled and pots of herbs to scent the air.

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Words: Miranda Eason

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