Emu Arc en Ciel bistro set from John Lewis in silver grey on small balconyBistro 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.

Bistro sets are petite, lightweight and sometimes foldable.  So if your outdoors space is really tight, they can be folded up and stored out of the way or even hung on walls.  Here’s our roundup of 6 of the best contemporary bistro sets for small gardens:

6 of the best bistro sets for small gardens

Stroud metal bistro table and chairs set Marks and SpencerThe Stroud Bistro Table and Chairs Set from Marks and Spencer has comfortable armchairs and comes in a lovely soft sage green. The powder coated metal frame is easy to maintain, the cushions are showerproof and they also offer a 10-year guarantee.

The Emu Bistro Set from the Arc en Ciel collection at John Lewis comes in a range of bright, contemporary colours, plus chic aluminium (top of page).

Emu have been making outdoor furniture since the 1960’s and are famous for their special, 4-layer, electroplated protective coating.  This super-tough and scratch resistant all-weather finish makes their garden furniture suitable for outdoor use all year round – brilliant if you don’t have anywhere to store it indoors.  And check out the clever matching magnetic seat pads – no more fussing with pesky fabric ties.

John Lewis Arla Mesh bistro set for small spaces

We love the chic yet subtle bronze, powder coated finish on the Ala Mesh Bistro Set.  The chairs have been ergonomically designed for a comfortable sit (even without a cushion) and will stack neatly when not in use.

The Maze Rattan New York 3 Piece Bistro Set is practical and durable thanks to its aluminium frame and UV resistant and showerproof fabric cushions.

Fibre Clay Outdoor Table and Stool SetThe Outdoor Fibre Clay Table Set from Graham and Green isn’t your average bistro set.  It’s contemporary, minimal and sculptural –  and I just love it!

Metal white outdoor bistro table and chairs set on terraceFinally, for a contemporary country house look here’s the minimally styled metal Paxton Outdoor Bistro Set in distressed white from Perch and Parrow.  The high-backed chairs are foldable for easy storage.

Images: shops and brands as above

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