Shop savvy and get your outdoor space summer-ready at an affordable price
With the warmer weather on its way and many of us stuck at home, now's the time to get your outside area decked out for long days lounging in the sun.
We've rounded up some of the best affordable buys to transform your garden into an outdoor oasis. The best bit? You can get them delivered straight to your front door, so you won't even have to leave the house. Now be a darling and pass the Pimms...
Outdoor patio sets
The first thing you need to consider when creating a sociable outdoor space is some comfortable – and stylish – seating. Ideal for soaking up the sun, you can snap up this acacia wood corner set from Aldi for £279.99.
Built with extra galvanised steel supports, it's durable and comes with a small table and charcoal grey cushions for a sleek finish.
Or, for those with slightly smaller outdoor areas, a cute two-seater could be a space-savvy option. With a small round tempered glass table, this colourful bistro set is ideal for sharing a romantic nightcap under the stars, and what's more, it comes in at a bargain £39!
For anyone lacking space and looking for a storage hack, this set is the ideal pick as it folds flat. With a table that can be adjusted to your needs, the solid acacia wood set would fit perfectly on a balcony, and at £135 it won't break the bank either.
Stylish garden seating
Don’t worry about having all your furniture matching – a few cool chairs dotted about will create a relaxed, sociable vibe, as well as providing some valuable extra seating for barbecues.
Priced at an affordable £38, this stylish terrazzo deck chair from Argos will definitely draw the eye. Mix and match patterns for a fun look and then drape with a clashing patterned blanket to keep things cosy in the evenings.
With the weather warming up, why not bring a touch of tropical fun to your outdoor space? This vibrant two-seater will look great as part of a set or as a stand-alone piece, and at £120, the price point is pretty good too. Also available in green, the rattan design will add a contemporary touch to any garden.
Relaxing hanging chair
Let’s be honest, a hanging garden chair is always a good idea – even if it takes you 20 minutes to get out of it after a few beers. This stylish design from Wayfair is neutral enough to suit a range of outdoor schemes, plus it'll add a boho vibe to any garden.
Shady spots are key if you want to protect your garden from the blazing sun. This chic parasol has a tilting mechanism to offer adjustable cover throughout the day and it's a steal at £29, so you'll have to move quickly to snap it up.
This battery-operated lantern from Wilko is the ideal accessory to add to a tree or hang over your outdoor dining set-up. At just £7, it's also reasonably priced and will make your garden glow all year round.
Gone are the days of banishing the barbecue chefs to the bottom of the garden! We love this sleek combination barbecue and firepit, which makes alfresco cooking sociable.
Once you've finished sizzling kebabs on the griddle, you can sit back and enjoy the heat, snuggling up with friends and family as the evening draws in.
Or, for those who prefer options, fire up this nifty grill from Aldi. The dual-fuel set up means you can cook with either charcoal or gas and it comes with a wooden chopping board, a chrome-plated grill and tool hooks and a shelf to fulfill all your cooking needs.
Metal garden arch
If you’re looking to spruce things up a little, how about adding an ornamental arch to your garden?
This steel design features attractive lattice detailing, so this baby looks equally as pretty on its own as it does adorned with climbing flowers.
Add a few welcome pops of colour by accessorising your outside space with a selection of cushions.
This orange design from Very comes in at £29.99 for a pair and will inject some vibrancy into your green space. UV-treated and water-resistant, they'll withstand any sudden spring showers too.
Add some extra greenery into your outdoor space with chic planters – opt for terracotta tones and hints of brass for the ultimate summer look. These planters from George Home start at a bargain £8.
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If you're feeling fancy, why not invest in a garden bar to keep the whole family entertained over the summer?
Turn your outdoor space into a tropical retreat with this tiki bar from Wayfair for £569.99. It comes with a bar, two matching stools and a cover to keep it protected. The bar top is made from toughened glass too, so it will stand the test of time.
So there you have it – with a bit of smart shopping your garden can be ready for the warmer weather in no time.
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