Best outdoor sofas for style without the silly price tag

Give your patio a luxe look without the jaw-dropping cost with our pick of the best outdoor sofas.

Best outdoor sofas: Habitat 4 Seater Bamboo Effect Garden Sofa Set

by Angela Kenny |

Make life lovely and create a garden that is just as comfy and stylish as your indoor space with a modern, designer-look outdoor sofa. They're more affordable than you might think, and they’re perfect for laid-back garden living and outdoor get-togethers, which have fast become the staple socialising choice.

There are a host of outdoor sofas available including lightweight, easy-to-move designs, and modular styles, enabling you to switch up the furniture layout to suit your space as well as the occasion.

Whether you're enjoying a relaxed family brunch, a feet-up coffee, a catch-up with friends, or post-dinner drinks, they’re an invaluable addition that will transform how you use your outside space.

Most of us with a modern garden design like to keep adding a little something, or swapping planters around, to subtly switch up the look, and a new sofa will allow you to take this fun to a whole new level.

Shop the best affordable designer outdoor sofas

Gardenline Rope Effect Coffee Set

Gardenline Rope Effect Coffee Set

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Aldi special buy at a special price For less than £400, you can get the dreamy rope effect sofa set with two armchairs and a table, perfect for those lazy days or enjoying drinks in the garden with friends. It's complete with matching cushions so you can sit back, relax, and hopefully enjoy some gorgeous weather.

Set includes: Sofa, table and two armchairs

Material: Powder-coated steel frame with polyester cushions

Kolbe 2 Seater Flatweave Garden Sofa

Kolbe  2 Seater Flatweave Garden Sofa

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MADE to be a showstopper For a super comfy outdoor sofa that'll make it feel like your lounge has been transported into the garden, this contemporary MADE sofa ticks all the boxes. It's unique, stylish, and delivers form and function. Also available in grey.

Set includes: Two-seater sofa

Material: Acacia wood

Habitat Venus Sofa Set

Habitat Venus Sofa Set

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Itu2019s a steal! Handwoven with black rattan and steel, this Venus Sofa Set with a glass-top coffee table is perfect for a family lunch or drinks and nibbles with friends in your outdoor living room. Thereu2019s even a shelf for the current issue of Modern Gardens magazine, just saying!

Set includes: Two-seater sofa, glass top table, and two chair

Material: Rattan and steel

Rattan Effect Sofa Set with Canopy

Rattan Effect Sofa Set with Canopy

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Keep your purse strings covered Soak up the sun or take in the summer breeze in the shade with this Rattan Effect Sofa Set with Canopy from Aldi. The stunning set includes plenty of seating for relaxation and it's weather-resistant so you can leave it outdoors all summer long.

Set includes: Sofa with canopy, two armchairs, coffee table, and stool

Material: Steel, wicker and polyester cushions

Bondholmen 2-Seat Sofa

Bondholmen 2-Seat Sofa

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Bag a bargain Want to make the most of a hot spot on your lawn? This hardwood Bondholmen 2-Seat Sofa with fade-resistant cushions has plastic feet to protect against moist surfaces and itu2019s under £250! The grey-stained wooden sofa comes with a choice of cushion styles and colours.

Set includes: Sofa and seat cushions

Material: Solid eucalyptus frame with polyester cushions

John Lewis & Partners Modular 4-Seater Corner Garden Sofa

John Lewis & Partners Modular 4-Seater Corner Garden Sofa

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Pocket the difference Put your feet up and make the most of a sunny corner with this Modular 4-Seater Garden Sofa from John Lewis. It has a weather-proof, powder-coated aluminium frame and shower-resistant cushions, perfect for seating up to four people in the garden.

Set includes: Corner garden sofa with cushions

Material: Powder-coated steel aluminium frame

Delano Garden Furniture Set

Delano Garden Furniture Set

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Big deal Made from maintenance-free, highly durable and UV-resistant resin with machine-washable cushions and storage table, this Delano Garden Furniture Set is functional, comfortable, and stylish.

Set includes: Two armchairs, 3-seater sofa, and coffee table

Material: Solid UV resistant resin with polyester cushions

Madrid Cane Effect Sofa Set

Madrid Cane Effect Sofa Set

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The price is right Light, bright and airy, this Madrid Cane Effect Sofa Set is perfect for opening up smaller patios. With contrasting black powder-coated steel legs and cream cushions and frame, it looks high-end too.

Set includes: Sofa and coffee table

Materials: Powder-coated steel tube rattan with polyester cushions

Argos Home Sitges Aluminium 4 Seater Sofa Set

Argos Home Sitges Aluminium 4 Seater Sofa Set

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Dress up your patio for less Feel like you've travelled to a modern resort just by stepping foot in your garden. The sleek framed sofa with mesh-backed seats and sumptuous cushions will provide a comfy spot along with a table and chairs to dine al fresco with friends.

Set includes: Sofa with two armchairs and coffee table

Material: Aluminium with polyester cushions and glass table top

Habitat Noah 5 Piece Steel Sofa Set

Habitat Noah 5 Piece Steel Sofa Set

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More bang for your buck This boho-inspired rattan garden sofa set is unique, chic, and smart with comfy cushioning, elegant steel legs, and cocooning curves. It also comes with a glass-topped table, creating the ideal resting place for your favourite tipple.

Set includes: Sofa, two armchairs and two side tables

Material: Steel and rattan effect with glass table top and polyester fabric cushions

Elements 5 Seater Grey Rope Corner Sofa Set

Elements 5 Seater Grey Rope Corner Sofa Set

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Because itu2019s worth it With promising reviews, the Elements 5 Seater Grey Rope Corner Sofa Set provides the perfect space to sit back, sunbathe, and relax. In a beautiful modern yet natural design, it boasts ample space on the table and for seating.

Set includes: Two seater sofa, three seater sofa, and table

Material: Aluminium, polyester cushions and glass table top

Alif Garden 2 Seater Sofa

Alif Garden 2 Seater Sofa

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You know it makes cents Crafted from eucalyptus, with deep, comfy cushions and a high back to lounge in, this sofa will provide the perfect spot to lounge on a summer's day. We can picture it now...

Set includes: Two-seater sofa

Material: Eucalyptus wood with polyester cushions

Santorin Metal 5 Seater Coffee Set

Santorin Metal 5 Seater Coffee Set

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Style you can bank on This elegant Santorin coffee set accommodates up to five people with the sand-coloured cushions and frame beautifully complimenting a coastal or earth-inspired garden. Made from aluminium, this set is light, durable, and easy to maintain.

Set includes: Two armchairs, sofa, and table

Material: Aluminium with polyester cushions

Habitat 4 Seater Bamboo Effect Garden Sofa Set

Habitat 4 Seater Bamboo Effect Garden Sofa Set

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Style and substance Welcome in the warmer weather with this gorgeous bamboo effect sofa set, complete with a sofa, two armchairs, and a coffee table. The rattan and striking black motifs will help transport you into holiday mode in an instance.

Set includes: Sofa, two chairs and coffee table

Material: Steel and rattan effect, polyester cushions, and glass table top

LOFT Lois Garden Sofa

Lois Garden Sofa

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Make a statement Available in a range of colours including this bold teal, this modern rattan-style sofa is both a stable and trendy choice. Want furniture to match? You can check out the Lois range for matching armchairs, tables, and dining sets.

Set includes: Sofa

Material: Powder coated steel and rattan

Rattan Garden Furniture Wicker Conservatory Corner Sofa Set

Rattan Garden Furniture Wicker Conservatory Corner Sofa Set

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More for your money With enough style and comfort to seat six people, the whole family will be able to sit back and relax. This set comes with a two and three-seater freestanding sofa that'll fit well in the corner of your garden or patio and a coffee table to match.

Set includes: Sofa and table

Material: Metal, polyethylene, and polyester cushions

Set the scene for your outdoor sofa

Want to create your own outdoor living space? If you've got your sofa set, position the chairs directly facing the sofa, with the coffee table taking centre stage for a real sense-of-occasion, or arrange them in a loose L-shape for a more laid-back vibe.

Group furniture around an outdoor rug and add in large container plants for a secluded feel, or just use the two chairs with an outdoor lamp or swag of festoon lights if you’re after instant twilight charm.

Take the outdoor room feel one step further by adding a ceiling. A shade sail overhead will lend some shelter from sun or a light shower, or position the furniture under a pergola laden with scented climbers. Add in garden lights and plenty of decorative cushions, even an embroidered wall hanging to hide the fence or wall, along with a soothing water feature, and you’ll create an irresistible and intimate garden retreat.

The real joy of furnishing any space – inside or out – lies in discovering pieces that we love, so have fun researching before you buy. Intricate open weaves, elegant rope styles, pale woods, and painted neutral shades are all stunningly seductive and make smart future-proof purchases.

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