To have a truly comfortable garden room (and one that you will use for much of the summer), it’s important to have comfy garden furniture. It has to be inviting for you, the family and any guests you might have, to sit around for hours on end. Cushioned seats and backs are essential. Arm rests are a bonus. Somewhere to put your feet up? The icing on the cake. Take it from me, the garden sofa will be the new place for morning coffee, long afternoons with a good book, and pre-dinner drinks. And if that furniture is so achingly stylish you’d like to move it inside? So much the better. No need to say that comfortable and stylish comes at a price. I happen to think it’s worth it.
6 of My Personal Favourites
Colwell Sofa Set, from £2000, (affiliate link) Sofa.com.
Taking inspiration from a seaside bay on the Isle of Wight, the Colwell range by Garden Trading has a distinctly nautical come mid-century feel. It’s elegant good looks would also make a good choice for a conservatory.
The Weave Reclining Armchair, £1,380 and the Weave Footstool, £570. Both from Go Modern Furniture.
The Weave armchair is inspired by Baya Weaver birds which build their nests in a precise and meticulous way, weaving and knotting every fibre. Don’t know about that, but it does look very tempting for a solitary afternoon with a few magazines and a long cold drink.
Outdoor Living Ottoman Armchair And Sofa, from £2,050, Ligne Roset.
This tub-shaped enveloping seating is the ultimate in comfort. It’s made from moulded polyurethane foam which, I imagine once you have sunk into it, will also keep you warm. That would be handy when the evening turns chilly.
Garden Trading Porthallow 2 Seater Sofa, £800.
Whitewash Acacia wood complemented with soft grey cushions makes this sofa the most traditional of my personal favourites. It would be absolutely perfect for smaller patios and pathways. Plus it’s price is not so astronomical that you couldn’t have two.
Solanas Outdoor Lounge Chair by Gandia Blasco, £2,774, Chaplins.
The Solanas takes it’s namesake from a beach in Uruguay, where designer Daniel Germani used to spend his summers. A paradise with never-ending sunsets and beaches that disappear into the horizon. That may be so, but the sophisticated shape of these armchairs look just at home in a town garden or courtyard setting.
Elizabeth Teck Armchair & Settee, £1,924 for the armchair from Central Living.
This armchair and sofa is an organic, modern interpretation of the wing chair. Not technically garden furniture, but the choice of special ‘outdoor’ covering materials for the cushions makes it possible to use this seating out of doors.
I’ll come back down to earth for the next post. Promise.