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Best garden sofas UK 2022: daybeds, corner sofas, and rattan outdoor sofas from John Lewis, Made, Dunelm

The Scotsman logo The Scotsman 17/06/2022 Derek Adams

From Kettler to rattan, corner sofas to day beds - these are the lush garden sofas you’ll all want to lounge on all summer long

© Best garden sofas: daybeds, corner sofas, and outdoor sofa sets

With summer in glorious bloom, now is the best time to think about sprucing up your patio or garden with an excellent garden sofa so you can lounge in the sun in total comfort.

We’ve searched a range of garden furniture stores to source a variety of garden sofas that will transform your outdoor life.

While the focus is on outdoor sofas, you’d be amazed at the incarnations they’re currently available in: from garden sofa beds, to sofa dining sets, to rotating lounging pods (yes, really).

While of course we’ve covered off the traditional styles most popular in the garden sofa arena, we’ve also thrown in a few more off-piste options that will take outdoor lounging to a heretofore unknown decadent realm.

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What’s the best garden sofa for me?

Outdoor sofas come in a surprising variety of shapes and configurations.

The most popular material is rattan, since it is known to be very weather resistant and less likely to rot after a couple years use. However, quite a few manufacturers also provide sofas with frames made out of weather-resistant wood like acacia and teak.

Outdoor sofas can accommodate up to 12 people at a time and are the perfect solution for entertaining guests comfort. Most outdoor sofas are of the corner variety so they will fit very nicely along the edges of patios and verandas. Some models also come with a coffee-style table.

Perhaps the most decadent type outdoor furniture is the day bed. As the name suggests, day beds allow you to relax outdoors on a flat cushioned surface that makes outdoor snoozing a breeze.

However, day beds are not the most practical since they usually take up a lot of space and you can’t use them for entertaining – unless your guests don’t mind snuggling up. Your best bet in this instance is a day bed than can be transformed into a sofa, like the Oxborough Day Bed and Costway Outdoor Sofa Bed we review below.

Finally, if you prefer to entertain around a table but would also like the option to be able to relax on a sofa or bed-like structure when not serving guests, your best bet is a padded rattan dining combo like the Kettler Palma below.

When the guests have gone, simply move the table a bit further away, remove the sofa pillows and stretch out on the sofa pad. You’ll be off to sleep before you can count one, two, thr…

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