The recent sunshine – plus the fact that we’re hurtling towards midsummer – inspired today’s Top 10 of my favourite contemporary sun loungers.

Our outside space isn’t particularly big, nor – more to the point – is it particularly private. So, for me, sun loungers are a treat reserved for holidays rather than the back garden.  But I know that lots of folk do have enough outside space (and privacy) for serious, laid-back, summer relaxation.  In which case a sun lounger has to be the way to go. Garden benches and chairs are brilliant, and definitely have their place.  But is there anything more relaxing than being able to stretch out full length on a comfy, sun-warmed cushion and enjoy some downtime in the sunshine?

So whilst my fantasy house definitely has a bigger (and not overlooked) garden, in the meantime here are my Top 10 contemporary sun loungers for modern outdoor spaces.

Top 10 contemporary garden sun loungers

The modern, minimalist Catania sun lounger from MADE has clean lines and a monochrome palette.  It has an adjustable back, removable cushion and wheels for ease of movement. Choose from white or dark polywood, then just sit back and relax in contemporary style.  (There’s a fabulous matching range of Catania outdoor furniture too).

The sinuous Kettler Palma Sun Lounger from John Lewis & Partners features easy-care wicker on a durable aluminium frame.  It’s fully adjustable, has a deep cushion for maximum comfort and also comes in a white wash colourway.

Case Eos contemporary sun loungers on decking by pool outside modernist houseAbove and below:  Designed by Matthew Hilton for Case, this is the award-winning Eos Sun Lounger from Heal’s. Constructed from low-maintenance, durable powder-coated aluminium, the range is modern, sleek and beautiful.  Lightweight – both literally and visually – the Eos Sun Lounger fits easily into any contemporary outdoor space.

Heal's Eos sunlounger by Case in black

Houe Click Reclining Chair from Made in DesignAbove:  The Click Reclining Chair by Houe. The concept of the Click collection, designed by Danish designer Henrik Pedersen, is to provide cushion-free comfort – and also the flexibility to change colors as you like.  To this end,  the lamellas (plastic strips) are shaped to follow the structure of the spine and can also be clicked on and off to change – or mix – the colours.

John Lewis Lafuma Air Comfort Futura Sun Lounger on lawn outside houseThe Lafuma Air Comfort Futura Sun Lounger is lightweight, foldable and exceptionally comfortable. (You have to try it to believe it!).  It can also be used as an upright chair as well as a horizontal sun lounger, and could be perfect for smaller gardens and trips away from home.

Kettler RHS Chelsea Garden Steamer ChairThis classic Kettler RHS Chelsea Garden Steamer Chair is made from weather-resistant, FSC-certified eucalyptus wood and features lovely design details. There are multiple seat positions and an adjustable, push-out or fold-up footrest for customised comfort.  A tailored seat pad is available separately.

Grey contemporary sun lounger next to poolI love the simple, unfussy lines of the Damask Garden Sun Lounger from Barker & Stonehouse.  Practical as well as stylish, it has quick-dry foam and outdoor fabric for optimum comfort and minimal maintenance.

Emu Holly stackable contemporary sun loungers in cream by infinity poolThe Holly Stackable Sun Lounger is made by outdoor experts Emu and features a strong aluminium frame and waterproof and weatheproof Texplast fabric.

Habitat Jambi Woven Sun LoungerBring the tropics to your garden with the Jambi Multi-Coloured Woven Sun Lounger from Habitat, above.

Monte Carlo Rocking Sun Lounger from John Lewis & PartnersTo finish, I think the sleek and lightweight  Monte Carlo Rocking Sun Lounger looks the last word in summertime relaxation.  How about you?

Images: brands and retailers as credited above

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