Patio furniture for summer evenings

Longer days and warmer evenings mean we can finally head home and make the most of our outdoor spaces, whatever their size. Patio furniture can transform even the smallest balcony, terrace or garden into a charming and relaxing space. We’ve found clever hideaway dining sets, sturdy stand-alone benches and elegant bistro tables and chairs — perfect for summer entertaining.
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Hampton bench from Next, £135, folds away for easy storage (see next picture). Coordinating outdoor cushions, £15 each.
The Hampton garden bench from Next, £135, folds away for easy storage.
Square two-seater outdoor bistro set comes in Lido Blue or Coral (pictured), £79.20, from John Lewis.
The Provence garden bench (£93.99 - save £6) will suit any type of garden or patio area, and is made from durable powder-coated box section steel, finished in a rustic brown textured effect.
This retro Bistro Set from Homebase (£99.99; down from £129.99) includes the small outdoor table and two chairs made from hand-woven synthetic wicker.
The Finey coffee-table set from Blooma (save £80; now £169) is perfect for lounging around on warm summer afternoons. The set comprises a ready-assembled coffee table, a sofa and two armchairs with an innovative dark-grey rope design. For smaller spaces, you can buy the chairs (£40 each) and the table (£20) separately. Visit B&Q.
This clever hideaway outdoor set is perfect for bijou gardens or small terraces - the four chairs can be folded away and stored inside the table when not in use. Reduced from £450 to £315, at Habitat.
The Heal's Plus 4 garden table and chairs set is perfect for compact city gardens. Made from solid teak, the chairs will pack neatly away around the edge of the table when not in use. Reduced from £995 - now £795.
The lovely Flores wrought-iron garden dining set from Blooma has stackable chairs and a two-seater table for £99. Visit B&Q.
The TÄRNÖ bistro set from IKEA (£49.99) is made from Acacia wood and steel and both the table and the chairs fold away when not in use.
The Cream Bistro Set (£99) from Next includes a folding metal table and two chairs. The strawberry print seat pads are £18 for a set of two.
The rectangular bistro set by Barbed (£415) comes with four chairs that are made from lacquered and anti-rust treated steel. The table comes in storm (dark) grey or fjord blue. Chairs, ordered in packs of two, are available in storm grey, fjord blue, linen, verbena, fuchsia or aubergine. Visit

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