I’m so impressed with the choice of contemporary outdoor dining sets this year. One trend I’ve spotted is outdoor tables teamed with versatile and space-saving benches.  Another is outdoor dining sets featuring either comfortable dining armchairs or a corner sofa seating arrangement. Both quite different but incredibly useful depending on your outdoor setup.

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 compact Tuck 2-Seater Garden Dining Set, above and below, makes a big style statement for small spaces. Crafted from responsibly sourced FSC-certified acacia wood and synthetic rope weave, it’s cleverly designed so the chairs tuck completely under the table when not in use.  Perfect for outdoors and indoors too, it’s available from John Lewis & Partners.

John Lewis & Partners Outdoor Dining Set from Kettler Corner Sofa and Table Set

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.

Kettler Palma Grande Dining Set from John Lewis & Partners

Topa Garden 4-Seat Dining Set contemporary outdoor dining set in wood and grey metalThe 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.

4 seater round outdoor dining set in grey and whiteWe think these comfy armchairs of the Bahari 4 Seat Round Garden Dining Set look perfect for long, lazy alfresco meals.

Grey aluminium outdoor table and bench set on terraceThis charcoal grey aluminium Outdoor Dining Set seats 8-10 and you can tuck the benches away under the table after your guests have left. Sleek, contemporary and practical.

Catania contemporary outdoor dining sets MADETo 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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More outdoor living inspiration

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