When the sun (finally) comes out, there’s nothing better than being able to soak up the rays from the comfort of an outdoor sofa.
A garden sofa set with multiple seats is ideal for families and friends to relax and enjoy the garden together. Many modern sets feature modular designs, which can be arranged in multiple formations, to suit your needs.
Outdoor furniture sets can be made from wood, metal or plastic, but one of the most popular materials these days is synthetic rattan, which is durable and weatherproof, as well as stylish.
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To help you choose the best garden sofa set for your outside space, we’ve put together this list of our 5 favourite options on the market. We’ve based our selection on comfort, durability, aesthetic and value for money.
Our favourite outdoor sofa set is large, stylish and durable, with an included coffee table and footstools
Accommodate up to 9 people at a time with this YAKOE Papaver Rattan Sofa Set. This large outdoor sofa set includes a modular corner sofa, coffee table, and 2 separate seats/footstools, providing plenty of space for the whole family to relax and enjoy the garden.
The large corner sofa measures L 285 x W 220 x D 68 cm, whilst the table is L 130 x W 65 x D 38 cm, and the footstools are L 61 x W 46 x D 29 cm. This is a sizeable furniture set, and it might be a little on the large side for some gardens, but it is helped by the fact that the footstools can be stored under the table when not in use.
The set features a strong, aluminium frame, covered in durable and weatherproof synthetic rattan. Each modular section comes with grey seat cushions, which give it a stylish, modern look.
These foam seat cushions could be considered a little thin, but this is somewhat down to personal preference. The set also doesn’t come with decking clips to keep the modular pieces together, so you might want to source these yourself.
Overall though, considering everything that’s included, and the longevity of the product, this sofa set represents excellent value. We would recommend it for anyone with enough space in their garden to accommodate it.
- Made from robust, thick weave synthetic rattan.
- Sturdy aluminium frame.
- Stylish grey cushions.
- Includes a large corner sofa, coffee table and 2 x footstools.
- Footstools can be stored under the table when not in use.
- Foam seat cushions are a little thin.
- No clips included to keep the modular pieces together.
Our best value garden sofa set includes a 2-seater sofa and footstool, which can be arranged in multiple formations
This compact Evre Outdoor Furniture Set is an ideal option for smaller gardens, patios and balconies – and it’s highly affordable too.
The set comes with a 2-seater sofa and an extendable footrest, which can be arranged in multiple combinations. Place the footrest in front of the sofa to create a relaxing love seat for two, or position it perpendicular to the seat to form a corner sofa layout.
The modular pieces are lightweight, and easy to move around as required, and the versatile layout options give the user the flexibility to alter their garden furniture to suit the occasion. The sofa set is easy to assemble – with the possible exception of the extending footrest – and should take the average user no more than an hour.
The finished product is practical and stylish, with a synthetic brown woven base, and cream cushions. The only real criticism is that, as with our top pick, the padding on the seat cushions is a little thin to be comfortable over a long period of time. This is easily rectified by adding some additional cushions of your own though.
Ultimately, the exceptionally low price of this outdoor sofa set makes it a great option for users on a budget, as well as those with limited outdoor space. This is one of the most affordable garden sofa sets on the market, and it doesn’t compromise on quality either.
- Includes 2-seater sofa and footrest.
- Footrest includes an extendable end.
- Compact and lightweight.
- Easy to move around, and rearrange the formation.
- Ideal for patios and balconies.
- Quick to assemble.
- Low price.
- Padding on cushions is quite thin.
- Extending footrest can be a little difficult to assemble.
- No built-in storage for cushions.
This 5-piece sectional sofa set is made from durable PE rattan, with a rust-resistant frame, and washable seat covers
Outsunny’s 5 Piece Garden Sofa Set is another modular design that can be rearranged into different layouts, as required.
Included with purchase are 2 sofa corners (L 75 x W 75 x H 64 cm), 1 mid-sofa seat (L75 x W 67 x H 64 cm) and 1 footstool (L 75 x W 75 x H 33 cm), which can be arranged separately for individual seats, or placed together to make a large corner sofa.
The sofa pieces are made from a synthetic PE rattan wicker, on top of a rust-resistant metal frame, which is designed to resist weather damage, and means you can leave the set out year-round (although to keep it looking its best, we would recommend a cover).
Included with the sofa are 8cm thick padded seat and back cushions, and these have water and fade-resistant, washable polyester covers. These can be removed using the zippered closures, for easy cleaning. It also comes with a matching coffee table (L 90 x W 50 x H 33 cm), with tempered glass top, for added safety.
This is another excellent example of a robust, durable and aesthetically-pleasing garden soft set, with a versatile modular design to suit a wide range of gardens and user needs.
- Made from synthetic PE rattan wicker.
- Rust-resistant metal frame.
- Modular design can be arranged in multiple layouts.
- Comes with a 2 sofa corners, 1 mid-sofa seat, 1 footrest and 1 table.
- Tempered glass tabletop, for safety.
- Cushion covers are water-resistant and washable.
- Can be difficult to tighten the screws during assembly.
- Padding on cushions is prone to deforming with use.
- No storage within the furniture.
This versatile garden sofa set can be arranged in 7 different formations, and is also suitable for conservatory use
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This Rattan Sofa Set by UK Leisure World consists of a large, modular corner sofa, 1 single chair, and 2 coffee tables.
These pieces can be arranged in a total of 7 different formations, offering you excellent flexibility with your garden furniture. You can choose to separate the corner sofa into smaller sections, if you want to space out your seating, and give your guests more room.
The sofa base is made from weatherproof PVC rattan, which is UV-resistant, to prevent fading in the sun. This durable set is designed to be left outside year-round, without the need for coverage, and can be easily washed down using a hosepipe.
There is also storage available in the coffee tables, which can allow you to store some of the cushions under cover during bad weather – although there is not enough space for all of them, and the manufacturer does recommend bringing these inside when not in use.
As with most of the other sets we’ve featured, there is room for improvement with the cushions, and you might want to provide some of your own to make it comfortable for long periods. However, all things considered, this is another great value, versatile seating option for a garden or conservatory.
- Made from weatherproof PVC rattan.
- Includes 1 large corner sofa, 1 single chair, and 2 coffee tables.
- Can be arranged in 7 different formations.
- Storage within the coffee tables.
- Can be left outside year-round.
- Easy to wash using a hosepipe.
- Cushions could be more comfortable – seats are not that deep, and back cushions ideally need to be higher.
- Can be a little difficult to assemble.
This affordable garden sofa set could be ideal for smaller gardens – but bear in mind the corner can only be positioned on one side
Our final outdoor sofa set is this 3-piece Rattan Set by Kingfisher. This one comes in 3 pieces – 1 x 2-seater sofa, 1 x corner lounger, and 1 x coffee table. The coffee table is finished with a glass top, to give it a modern look.
The modular furniture pieces are made primarily from a durable synthetic rattan, finished in a charcoal grey. Each seat comes with a seat and back cushion, covered in a stylish, light grey material, which wipe clean (although not machine washable).
The relatively compact size of this sofa set might make a good option for users with smaller patios or outdoor space, who still want to maximise on the amount of seating available.
However, it is worth pointing out that this sofa is not as versatile as some competitors, and others on this list, as the corner lounger can only be positioned on the right hand side.
Providing this layout will work with your garden, we would absolutely recommend this affordable, durable and stylish outdoor sofa set.
- Made from durable synthetic rattan.
- Includes 3 pieces – 1 x 2-seater sofa, 1 x corner lounger, and 1 x glass-topped coffee table.
- Stylish grey seat and back cushions.
- Cushions wipe clean.
- Compact size is ideal for smaller gardens and patios.
- Very little self-assembly required.
- Not as versatile as some models – corner lounger section can only be positioned on the right hand side of the sofa.
- Cushion covers are not machine washable.
Can You Leave Garden Furniture Outdoors In All Weather?
Whether you can leave your garden furniture outside year-round depends on a number of factors, including the material your furniture is made from, and your climate. You should always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations, to avoid damaging your furniture.
As a rule, wooden furniture can usually be left outside in all weathers, providing it is first treated with a protective oil. The wood will likely weather and turn grey over time.
Natural rattan furniture should not be left outside in bad weather, but plastic furniture, including synthetic rattan, can be left outside year-round. Bear in mind that if it’s not UV-resistant, plastic will most probably lighten and discolour in the sun.
If in doubt, it’s a good idea to bring your garden furniture into a shed or garage over the winter, to keep it looking its best. Alternatively, you can also cover your furniture with a weatherproof plastic sheet, or specialised cover.
Cleaning Your Garden Sofa
The best way to clean your garden sofa will depend on the material. Before beginning cleaning, you should first remove any cushions. Depending on the model of sofa, you may be able to remove the cushion covers, for machine or hand washing.
To clean a wooden garden sofa or bench, you can first brush away any loose dirt using a stiff brush, and then wash it with a cloth, and soapy water. Once completely dry, it is a good idea to sand it down, and then treat the wood with a protective oil, to preserve the weatherproofing.
If your garden sofa is made from plastic or synthetic rattan, you can also remove any dirt with a stiff brush, and then wipe it down with a cloth and warm, soapy water. Rinse to remove soap suds, and allow to air dry. Stubborn stains can be tackled with bleach.
Natural rattan furniture is less durable. To clean this, mix washing up liquid and warm water, and then dip a cloth into the bubbles only, and use this to wipe down the furniture. Revive old or cracked rattan with a light coating of boiled linseed oil, wiped off after a few minutes.
April is a freelance writer who specialises in writing about home and garden design and the environment. She is an avid wildlife-enthusiast and adventure-seeker, and feels happiest when in the Great Outdoors.