Whether it’s a family gathering on a fine spring day or a garden party in the height of summer, stylish garden furniture can help make the most of the outdoors.
A carefully placed table and set of chairs can turn an unused patio into somewhere to relax with friends and family while enjoying the impromptu informality of al fresco dining.
Alternatively, opt for a comfortable sofa or a bench if you love to lounge and make the most of the precious rays of sunshine – whatever the size of your garden or patio.
To help you make the all-important decisions about what to get, from where, here’s our pick of stylish outdoor furniture from Oxfordshire based makers or suppliers, guaranteed to enhance any outdoor space.
Compact bistro sets are a great choice for a small set-up, with the option of folding furniture where space is tight. And this classic French-inspired Rive Droite Bistro Set by Garden Trading is designed for any sized space – from courtyards to patios and balconies.
It’s fully foldable and available in a choice of colours – chalk, carbon, grey and forest green. From the first cup of tea to the long weekend brunch or the big alfresco dinner, bring a little touch of the Provence to your own back garden.
Garden Trading, Carterton, Oxfordshire
01993 845559 | gardentrading.co.uk
For a family home, opt for sturdy furniture and choose bench seating, where possible, like this truly eye-catching elegant hardwood three-seater bench from India with a turned spindle feature (like bobbins) inset into the back.
Made from the densely grained wood of the mango tree, with additional traditional carvings, it’s very bohemian in style and eastern in design. Beautifully decorated with intricate geometric patterns, the bench is finished in a distressed painted look in Blue, Teal, Ivory or White.
Burford Garden Company, Burford, Oxfordshire
01993 823117 | burford.co.uk
If you’re liucky enough to have a sizeable outdoor space with plenty of room for entertaining in numbers, you can’t go wrong with a gorgeous made-to-measure farmhouse table and bench that allows guests to readily add themselves into the mix.
Made-to-order using traditional carpentry techniques, the set can be left untreated, given a protective coating of natural oils, or it can be spray painted in your choice of colour. This is a statement piece that will bring family and friends together for many years to come.
Oxford Planters, Swerford, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
01608 683022 | oxfordplanters.co.uk
Imagine having a sofa in your garden all summer long. These luxury Garden Swing Seats, affectionately known as Old Rockers, have 3 seat cushions and 3 back cushions on the sofa, square arms, and a straight upholstered back – made to your bespoke requirements.
Convenience plays a big part in creating a spot you’ll want to gravitate to. The Old Rockers are made with canvas material that is water and rot resistant, so you can leave the swing seats out all summer long. And they fold away quite easily for winter storage.
ODD Limited, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
01993 830 674 | oddlimited.com
Drawing on years of experience designing gardens, Nicholson Nurseries in North Oxfordshire have worked with artisans at home and abroad to offer a range of stunning furniture like the the Parisian style 1900 collection with its elegant curves and quality construction.
The collection features a range of bistro chairs, benches and tables in several colours and styles that would make the perfect addition to a city balcony, through a secret archway or simply for a spot of alfresco dining on the patio.
Nicholson Nurseries (Rosara HQ), North Aston, Oxfordshire
01869 340 342 | rosara.co.uk