I’m so impressed with the choice of contemporary outdoor dining sets this year. There are still lots of tradtional wooden garden tables and chairs if you want to go with a classic style. Equally, there’s an exciting range of stylish, practical, contemporary outdoor dining sets to choose from as well.
Trends we’ve spotted this year are outdoor tables teamed with versatile and space-saving benches. And also outdoor dining sets featuring either comfortable dining armchairs or a corner sofa seating arrangement.
Nothing says summer more than eating al fresco. So if you have the exterior space, an outdoor dining table and seating will earn its keep many times over.
Of course you can buy an outdoor dining table, and chairs or benches to go with it, separately. But buying an outdoor dining set is often much better value than buying the same items individually.
If you have a very small outside space and are looking for a table and chairs for two people, check out our round up of the best contemporary bistro sets for small gardens.
For today’s piece, though, we looked for the best contemporary outdoor dining sets for anything from 4 people up to a quite a crowd.
Whatever kind of outside space you have there are gorgeous, contemporary outdoor dining sets to suit all outdoor spaces, styles and budgets. I’ve rounded up my favourites – see what you think:
6 of the best contemporary outdoor dining sets
The Capri Outdoor Dining Set from Cox and Cox has everything you could want for relaxed, contemporary outdoor dining. The chairs are comfortable dining armchairs and the seat pads are included. The whole set is in cool, neutral shades of grey – waterproof wicker for the chairs and cement and resin for the table – and both are UV resistant and waterproof. I can imagine spending many happy, comfortable hours around this table, can’t you?
More stylish neutrals, and similar comfortable armchairs and padded seats are the feature of the Manhattan Outdoor Dining Sets from Kettler at John Lewis.
If you’re pushed for space, how about the compact and foldable 4-Seater Rive Droite Rectangular Bistro Set from Garden Trading? This simple but elegantly contemporary outdoor dining set is crafted in charcoal grey powder coated steel, with matching seat pads available separately. Both table and chairs will fold away for easy storage.
Outdoor table and bench sets are also useful and versatile in smaller outside spaces. Squeeze as many or as few people as you like onto the bench seating, and then tuck it neatly away under the table when not in use. We love the stylish curves of the Mead Outdoor Bench Set, made from easy-care recycled polywood with a metal frame. Shown above in Graphite Blue, it also comes in Chalk White.
It was the miminal styling and chic pale grey of the Tico 8-Seater Garden Dining Set from Habitat that caught my eye. With the look of concrete and the texture of natural stone (but without its weight) the table and benches are made from fibrestone, a durable material made from a combination of powdered stone and fibreglass.
If you have the space then the Tico’s monumental, almost sculptural quality will certainly make a contemporary statement.
To finish, the luxurious Palma 7-Seater Corner Dining Set means you can lounge and eat without having to leave the comfort of the sofa – perfect! It’s again by outdoor furniture specialists Kettler, from John Lewis and they have a wide range of options for this style of outdoor seating/eating. The high quality synthetic woven wicker is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, and is weatherproof and low maintenance.
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