I’m so impressed with the choice of contemporary outdoor dining sets this year. Trends we’ve spotted 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 set will earn its keep many times over.  You can buy outdoor tables and chairs separately, of course.  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 then 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 four people up to a quite a crowd.  See what you think:

6 of the best contemporary outdoor dining sets

The Modena 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 whole set is in cool, neutral shades of grey teamed with warm acacia wood legs.  I can imagine spending many happy, comfortable hours around this table, can’t you?

More stylish neutrals, comfortable armchairs and padded seats are features of the Manhattan Outdoor Dining Sets from outdoor specialist Kettler at John Lewis.  The slimline profiles create an elegant, contemporary look for your outdoor space.

Above is the Manhattan 4-seater Table and Twist Chairs set, and there’s also a 6-seater set with rectangular table if you need something a little larger.

Pushed for space?  Try the compact and foldable 4-Seater Rive Droite Rectangular Bistro Set from Garden Trading.  This simple but stylish outdoor dining set is crafted in charcoal grey powder coated steel .  Matching seat pads are available separately.  A final bonus: table and chairs will fold away for easy storage.



Similarly space-saving for small outside areas are table and bench sets.  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) it’s made from fibrestone, a durable 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.

Catania corner garden dining set in contemporary white and greyTo finish, the sleek and versatile Catania Garden Corner Dining Set means you can lounge and eat without having to leave the comfort of the sofa.  Perfect!  Rearrange the corner sofa, dining table, bench and stool to suit your space and number of guests.

Images: brands and stores as credited above

More outdoor living inspiration

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6 of the best bistro sets for small spaces

Contemporary & colourful outdoor furniture from MADE

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