Bistro Sets are the perfect outdoor furniture solution for small gardens. They’re built for small outside spaces, whether that’s a narrow pavement outside a cafe (hence the name) or – more likely for you and me – a small garden, patio, or balcony.
They’re petite, lightweight and often foldable, so if your outdoors space is really tight, they can be folded up and stored away or hung on walls to make room for other things. Here’s our roundup of 6 of the best contemporary bistro sets for small gardens:
The Bistro Set from the Arc en Ciel collection by Emu, top and above, comes in a range of bright, contemporary colours, plus a very chic aluminium finish (top picture). Emu have been making outdoors furniture since the 1960’s with its famous 4-layer electroplated protective coating that gives it a tough and scratch resistant all-weather finish suitable for outdoor use all year round. There are also very clever matching magnetic seat pads, which means no more fussing with pesky fabric ties.
We love the stylish pedestal table (a great space-saver for small outdoor areas) and the neutral hues of the Ethimo Laren Bistro Set from John Lewis. Natural, pickled teak is teamed with durable taupe painted metal frames, making the Laren bistro set suitable for use outdoors all year round. There’s more to choose from in the Laren collection to complete your al-fresco dining area in true style.
The Maui Bistro Set brings you bold colour and pattern courtesy of MADE. It’s super practical: the sturdy frame is powder-coated steel and the woven poly rattan is easy to maintain – just wipe away any spills. Inspired by catwalk fabrics, you can buy additional pairs of chairs and mix and match the colours to create your own look.
The coastal-inspired, solid Acacia wood Salcombe Bistro Set definitely makes us want to head to the beach right now. Failing that, we’d happily put it in the garden and dream.
We like that this robust metal bistro set has chairs with gently rounded arms – perfect for a spot of outdoor reading. The clay colour is a beautiful contemporary neutral and Garden Trading say the styling of the Dean Street Square Outdoor Table and Chair Set is “evocative of mid-century Soho café culture”.
To finish our roundup we’ve chosen a classic wooden bistro set with clean, modern lines. The Brunswick bistro set is from Marks and Spencer and folds away flat for easy storage out of season.
Images: shops and brands as above