Trendy outdoor dining sets to get your garden ready for summer

The sun’s shining, birds are chirping and flowers are blooming, and with the Met Office prediction of a heatwave, I couldn’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 already. 

Whether your garden needs a bit of love, or you want to spruce up your balcony to catch some rays and indulge in delicious barbecues over the weekend with the family, your setup is not complete without a chic dining set.  

Got an old outdoor dining set you’d like to upcycle? 

Look no further – luckily, most outdoor dining sets solutions have a high resistance to UV lights and unruly weather. However, if it hasn’t been protected during the colder months, then you might need to either spot-treat your seating and dining furniture, or even pick up some sandpaper and specialised paint to give it a fresh look. Up for a DIY project this weekend?

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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.

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

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Oh, but don’t forget to purchase protective covers this time, so you can enjoy your outdoor furniture for as long as possible and 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 furniture?

I’ve got you covered. If you’re looking to take your garden, patio or balcony to the next level just in time for sunny days, then scroll down for my roundup of the latest outdoor dining sets perfect for al fresco dinners and parties and suited for any taste and budget…  

Upgrade your garden with the stylish and spacious Mauritius 7 seater corner dining set, £1299, Next.
Love that rustic look? 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 dining set, £1150, from Cox & Cox is 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 set is priced £1147.99, Danetti.
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The Fast AllSize outdoor dining table, £3100, from Go Modern, with the pretty pink Ria garden chairs with quilted backs, from £870, are ideal for that holiday-inspired outdoors look this spring and summer season.
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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. Plus, it is 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.
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.
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.
Pro tip: pop your new outdoor dining set near your indoor kitchen for easy access. Holbrook dining set, £2699, Arighi Bianch.
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.
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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