Outdoor dining sets to get your garden ready for summer

The sun’s shining, birds are chirping and flowers are blooming, and the Met Office are predicting a heatwave. So I can’t help but get overly excited about spicy barbecues, icy drinks and al fresco dining. I’ve been daydreaming about balmy spring and summer days for some time now, if you couldn’t tell. 

Outdoor dining sets are essential. Does your garden need a bit of love – or maybe you want to spruce up your balcony to catch some rays and indulge in delicious barbecues over the weekend? Whatever your setup, it’s not complete without a chic dining set.  

Got old outdoor dining sets you’d like to upcycle? 

Look no further – luckily, most outdoor dining sets solutions are highly UV-light resistant and can withstand unruly weather. However, you might need to spot-treat your seating and dining furniture, or even pick up some sandpaper and specialised paint to give your outdoor dining sets a fresh look. Up for a DIY project this weekend?

OnBuy Garden Furniture Sets suggest you use a damp cloth and soapy water to remove stains from resin wicker furniture, while for aluminium and plastic furniture, homemade cleaning solutions with baking soda or vinegar could do the trick.

It’s best to give teak and iron outdoor dining sets a good clean to remove rust and stains first. Then, depending on the damage, you can use specialised varnish and paint for a quick upgrade and to hide any marks. 

Oh, and don’t forget to purchase protective covers this time, so you can enjoy your outdoor furniture for as long as possible. You can then avoid future attempts at bringing it back to life next spring and summer season. You’ll thank yourself later, I promise.

On the hunt for the latest outdoor dining sets?

Take your garden, patio or balcony to the next level just in time for sunny days with the latest outdoor dining sets. They’re perfect for al fresco dinners and parties and suited for any taste and budget…  

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Upgrade your garden with the stylish and spacious Mauritius 7 seater corner dining set, £1299, Next. It’s one of our favourite outdoor dining sets.
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Love that rustic look in outdoor dining sets? Choose the Mayfair round dining table and 4 dining armchairs, £1749, BRIDGMAN, which is perfect for smaller spaces, too.
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The indoor-outdoor Albany is a prince among outdoor dining sets, £1150, from Cox & Cox. It’s so great if you love that industrial-inspired look.
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Perfect for big families or if you have little ones, the Milford grey 6 seater dining table features a ceramic heat and scratch resistant top. Plus, the ivy beige dining chairs with woven rope detailing complete the scheme. This is one of our favourite outdoor dining sets and is priced £1147.99, Danetti.
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The Fast AllSize outdoor dining table, £3100, from Go Modern, with pretty pink Ria garden chairs with quilted backs. Priced from £870, these outdoor dining sets are perfect for that holiday-inspired outdoors look this spring and summer season.

More outdoor furniture for those balmy days

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Got a narrow garden nook or compact balcony? Then, opt for the Spitalfields tall, square 5 piece furniture set, £1199, from Ivyline. It’s made from highly durable acacia wood while the frames are finished with a kiln-baked protective powder coating.
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Get that contemporary look with a Scandinavian touch with the UV-protected RANGSTRUP D110 + 4 RAVNEBAKKE garden set, £399.95, JYSK.
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The sleek and minimalist Vincent Sheppard wicked dining table in black, £2240, Lagoon is a must-have for entertaining outdoors.
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Brighten up your garden with a colourful solution like the Freya dining set, £219, Dobbies.
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Do you enjoy hosting larger parties at home? Then, there’s no doubt the Arc 2 half moon sofa with coffee table and drinks cooler in natural, £3845, from Moda Furnishings provides the ultimate solution, with plenty of seating spots and a built-in fire pit for keeping warm and roasting marshmallows.
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Pro tip: pop your new outdoor dining set near your indoor kitchen for easy access. Holbrook dining set, £2699, Arighi Bianch.
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Breakfast, lunch and dinner outdoors? Yes, please! The Marina 6 seat oval rope weave dining set in charcoal, £2699, from Maze Living is easy to clean, and its cushions are made from olefin, which is stainproof – bonus.
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Want to care for the planet but also revive your outdoor space? The Nassau 4-seater 95cm square dining set in dark green, £519.99, from LifestyleGarden is made of DuraOcean recycled and recyclable plastic material.

So, which of these outdoor furniture designs won your heart?

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