Metal garden furniture is a brilliant option for alfresco seating and dining. Typically the strongest material for outdoor furniture, it’s ideal for garden tables, chairs, bistro sets and sun loungers.
Outdoor furniture made from steel, aluminium or iron will outlast all other kinds of material. Unlike plastic or wooden furniture, you won’t need to replace metal furnishings very often, as long as they are well cared for. The most popular types of metal garden furniture you will find are wrought iron, stainless steel and aluminium.
Wrought iron is among the heaviest of them all (worth knowing if you plan on repositioning furniture out of the sun), but it’s also one of the more durable materials. Aluminium, also strong and durable, is far lighter than iron but can retain the heat far more during warmer weather (consider outdoor seat cushions when purchasing aluminium chairs). Stainless steel garden furniture is long-lasting and wind-resistant, although it has been known for rusting. Steel is generally cheaper than other materials, but may need painting more often.
When shopping for metal garden furniture, look out for styles that have been powder-coated. Simply put, this means they have an extra layer of polyester or epoxy powder to protect the metal. This tends to give a thicker, more resilient surface that is resistant to many forms of damage (weather, for example).
One thing to note is that repeated water exposure to your metal furniture could cause damage over time. Exposure to water droplets and moisture may result in your furniture rusting, so we recommend buying a cover or placing it in the garage or shed over winter. As well as this, cold conditions can result in the paint cracking, making it easier for water to seep in.
On that note, take a look at the best metal garden furniture sets to buy now…
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Dining Set — Best Metal Garden Furniture
Soriano 4 Seater Garden Dining Set, Grey
When warm weather arises, outdoor dining is immediately on the menu. Prepping your outdoor space? Add this four-seater metal dining set in grey to your wish list. Crafted from steel, you can easily tuck the chairs underneath when it’s not in use. Don’t forget to cover or bring it inside during winter.
Bistro Set — Best Metal Garden Furniture
Small powder-coated steel bistro set
Bistro sets are great for dining alfresco during the summer months, especially if you have a smaller garden or balcony. Made from steel, this metal bistro set from Garden Trading has two foldable chairs and a compact table — perfect for placing drinks on.
Stylish Option — Best Metal Garden Furniture
2-Seater Garden Bistro Table & Armchairs Set
In smart grey, this two-seater garden bistro set is perfect for the style conscious. The aluminium frames are powder-coated to prevent rusting, meanwhile the contemporary armchair seats are designed to cocoon.
Garden Bench — Best Metal Garden Furniture
Brights 2-Seater Metal Garden Sofa, Directoire Blue
Liven up your outdoor space with this eye-catching bench-style metal garden sofa from John Lewis. Made from powder-coated steel, it is incredibly easy to maintain, only needing a simple wipe down with warm water to keep it clean. Pick up an outdoor cushion to add extra comfort.
Stackable Metal Chairs — Best Metal Garden Furniture
Stackable Garden Chairs
With a stylish grey mesh design, this stackable set is what every garden party needs. The chairs have been made from sturdy metal and are finished with both an e-coating and powder coating for extra protection.
Outdoor Coffee Table — Best Metal Garden Furniture
Outdoor coffee table
Who says coffee tables are just for the living room? Crafted from sturdy aluminium, this garden side table from Very is what every garden needs. Whether you’re working from home or need somewhere to place drinks, it has been designed with practicality in mind.
Folding Furniture Set — Best Metal Garden Furniture
Green Metal Garden Table & Chair Set
Make a statement outside with this deep moss metal table and chairs set. As well as being foldable, it has a beautiful decorative pattern embellishment on the frame, adding uniqueness.
Garden Sun Loungers — Best Metal Garden Furniture
Helsinki Set of 2 Bronze Zero Gravity Loungers
No garden is complete without comfortable sun loungers. If you still haven’t found the right one for you, why not add Dunelm’s set of two Zero Gravity Loungers to your shopping basket? They are made from a study metal and include strong elastic detailing on the side to add flexibility.
Metal Lounge Set — Best Metal Garden Furniture
Salsa Bistro Lounge Set
With a steel frame and handwoven polyetheylene coloured rope weave, this outdoor lounge set is right up our street. The small table is ideal for placing drinks on, while the slightly rounded chairs provide the perfect spot to relax.
Metal Patio Set — Best Metal Garden Furniture
6 Seater Metal Patio Set – Grey
Whip up a feast this summer with a practical metal garden dining set. Featuring six chairs, a large table and handy sun umbrella, this set from Argos Home can be left outside all year round due to its weather-resistant properties. BBQ, anyone?
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