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garden patio dining ideas

Outdoor dining and garden patio ideas

When the weather is warm, we don’t really want to go inside. We want to stay outside and make the most of the spring and summer months. One of the major current design trends involves bringing the indoors outdoors. To put it simply, decorate your patio or balcony like you are decorating your living room with comfortable furniture, decoration on your walls and textiles like throws and cushions.

Outdoor living made comfortable

As the British weather can never be too predictable it's useful to pick either indoor or outdoor furniture that you can use both inside and outside. When the summer has gone or if the rain starts to stick around, then you are going to be able to get the most use out of your outdoor furniture by using it in your living room. The chairs are typically lightweight, easy to move around, and created in styles that won’t stick out in your home.

Outdoor Dining Tables

When picking a new garden set, think about your garden dining table - how many people do you have to accommodate for and what is your style preference? With garden tables of various designs and materials in our assortment we're sure you'll find something that's perfect for your outdoor space. Take a look at our three core garden table materials - Artwood, Metal and Solid Wood. 


Artwood tables are great for durability and are maintenance-free. The synthetic material with a natural looking wood structure is made from plastic, such as polystyrene, which forms a durable and weatherproof material. Artwood is UV-protected, which ensures a colourfast surface. 


Metal tables or steel are heavier, more sturdy and stronger than aluminum, and are also low maintenance. Metal tables should be stored in a dry place during winter to prevent rust.

Solid wood

Our selection of solid wood tables are made from hardwood, a 100 % natural and sturdy material, which is FSC® -certified. To prolong the life of the hardwood we recommend that you treat it with oil. 

Accessorise to create a magic atmosphere

Most importantly of course the purpose of the table - a place to put your food on and a space for you to create a pleasant outdoor dining experience. But if you want to create an unforgettable evening, accessorise.

Lanterns are a must have - leave them on the floor, on the table or hang them in trees for a Midsummer look.

Add pretty vases, delicate candlesticks and neat planters, pretty much any item that you would include in your indoor decor. Then consider adding a warm throw for when the night gets chilly, a soft cushion for comfiness and a fringed tablecloth on the table.

As mother nature can be a little moody and both the warmth and the cold can spoil an otherwise wonderful summer's evening, set yourself up for success with both a parasol that can create shadow and perhaps a patio heater as a source of warmth.

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