Best of Garden Parasols, Sun loungers, Garden Lightings & Outdoor Dining Furniture
No garden is complete without something to keep the suns rays away. Garden umbrellas for the home range in price from £20 to £3,000, & there an enormous difference between the various levels & types, although as ever you get what you pay for. Almost all of the companies who make contemporary garden furniture also make (or have made for them) garden parasols, but there are a few companies that only make modern parasols (without the furniture).
Companies that specialise in garden parasols include –
This fairly small Belgian company near Bruges has a big presence. Sywawa is the design-led arm of their other brand, Symo, & they work with some fantastic designers to create stunning contemporary parasols that are also robust enough for contract use (a large market for them). If you want a garden parasol to make a statement look no further.
On the ‘sensible’ side of Sywawa, Symo’s garden parasols are often used commercially but are also very suitable for the home. Their parasols are innovative, using only the best materials & technology & can be printed with your own design.
Although Manutti makes modern garden furniture, they also make superb parasols, which are absolutely stunning quality.
Manutti Cantilever Parasol
This beautiful cantilever parasol is the real thing. Huge, at either 3.5m or 4m across, this is a beautifully built garden parasol for people who want only the best.
Frou Frou Parasol
The fabulous 3 metre Frou Frou garden parasol is very solidly built, & will shield you from both sun & rain. Made with raffia strands the Frou Frou sounds as good as it looks.
L’Ombrero Wall Mounted Parasol
A fantastic idea this is a great parasol for tight spaces – and balconies. Made by Symo, the L’Ombrero wall mounted parasol can be moved around to follow the sun.
Solis Garden Parasol
Combining practicality with style the Solis garden parasol can be put up & down without disturbing the people sitting under it, due to its special mechanism.
Sun loungers – Modern sunloungers & day beds
Everyone’s favourite item of garden furniture is you don’t need a pool to have a sun lounger. From ultra-sleek metal & sling fabric sunloungers to 2 metre square day beds that wouldn’t look out of place in a Sultan’s palace.
Caja Sun Lounger
Part of the Caja collection from Point, Spain, the Caja sun lounger has thick, comfortable cushions in a variety of Sunbrella all-weather fabrics.
Zendo Sun Lounger
Completely covered in specialist Nautic fabric, with quick dry cushions, the Zendo sun lounger is the height of luxurious style.
Escape Sun Lounger
A well knows design, the curvy Escape sunlounger from Danish company Cane-line is elegant in black Hularo rattan.
Graphics Sun Lounger
The elegant Italian made Graphics sunlounger from Roberti has fabric straps crisscrossing over the frame.
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Rondo Day Bed
An absolutely stunning day bed from Point, the Rondo daybed has an optional hood, perfect for hiding away from the sun.
Kingston One X Sunlounger
Rest Two Sunlounger
Garden Lighting Types
Type 1 – Muse outdoor pendant light
New from Contardi lighting, the Muse outdoor pendant light comes in black or pearl, & has a matching outdoor main or battery-powered lamp.
Type 2- Muse outdoor light – battery powered
Outdoor lighting with the wow factor, the Muse outdoor light comes in 3 sizes & in a mains or battery-powered version.
Type 3 – Manutti these garden lights
Made by Belgian company Manutti these garden lights are available in either square or round versions, in different sizes.
Outdoor dining furniture – garden tables & chairs
Metal Garden Tables
Who doesn’t look forward to a meal al fresco in summer? Whether it’s a casual get together with a few friends, a family meal or just an intimate dinner for two, eating outdoors never loses its appeal. But if you are a fan of modern design you will have had little to choose from until recently, especially if you like good quality. Chunky wooden picnic tables with built-in benches or undersized French style painted metal are perfect if that’s your taste, but now garden furniture has moved on.
These days garden tables look a lot like sleek modern dining tables, & use glass, steel, stone, Trespa & synthetic rattan, to make them practical & long-lasting. Every space is catered for now too, from aluminium cafe tables that will fit perfectly on a city balcony to 3-metre long garden tables large enough to fit all of your family & friends.
Easy 3 Metre Garden Table
The Easy aluminium outdoor table from Italy is just the thing when you need a really big outdoor table, although there are also other smaller Easy tables, as well as matching aluminium garden chairs (shown with the Rion garden chair).
Una Garden Table
Simple & elegant, with a hard-wearing Trespa top, the Una outdoor table (shown with the matching Una garden chairs) is great value, as well as hard-wearing. Made by Calma, Spain, Una is available in crisp white, black or dark brown.
Graphics Garden Table
Glamourous, sophisticated & typically Italian, the Graphics garden table from Roberti is total luxury. The dark brown colour Roberti have used in the Graphics collection is a departure from the usual white & really makes this a standout piece.
Arche Extending Garden Table
Extendable garden tables are as rare as hen’s teeth, & the Arche extending garden table also has the advantage of being hard-wearing (made from aluminium). The modern styling is almost identical to that of modern (indoor) dining tables.