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 Ray Round 4-Seat Garden Table & Chairs Set, above, makes a contemporary style statement in the garden or indoors. It’s made from weather-resistant, powder-coated aluminium in a matt finish, and is available from John Lewis & Partners.
From outdoor specialists Kettler, the Palma Mini Outdoor Corner Dining Set (above) builds on the success of their hugely popular Palma Corner Sofa and Table Set (below). The Mini adopts the same principle – ideal for both lounging and dining – but has a more compact design. Featuring a corner sofa, polywood table and stools for extra seating, you can also mix and match it in with other Kettler Palma outdoor furniture.
The minimal Topa Garden 4-Seat Dining Set mixes solid acacia wood with grey powder-coated aluminium and soft grey seat cushions. Ideal for small outdoor spaces, the chairs tuck neatly underneath the table – perfect for saving space when you’re not eating.
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.
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.
To finish, the sleek and versatile Catania Garden Corner Dining Set from MADE means you can lounge and eat without having to leave the comfort of the sofa. Rearrange the corner sofa, dining table, bench and stool to suit your space and number of guests. Also available with mid-grey and black frames.
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