6 Comfy Garden Chairs For A Relaxing Day In The Sun

Published: 01/04/2021

With the often chilly and unpredictable springtime weather well underway, it’s time to set our sights on the sunny days of summer with some of our ultra-comfy garden chairs. Following numerous lockdowns over the last year, we’ve had plenty of time to work on touching up our home interiors but, with the warmer weather rapidly approaching, it’s high time we give our exterior a spruce up too! Yes, something as simple as just a few garden chairs can really take your outdoor area from drab to fab, providing a comfortable space for you and your loved ones to soak up some highly sought-after sunshine.

This informative guide diligently explores some of the most comfortable and inviting garden chairs, suitable for a whole range of outdoor areas, personalities and families. However, before we dive straight into our hand-picked top six comfiest garden chairs, we’ll also take a look at which outdoor seats are generally regarded as the comfiest and how you can prolong the life of your new plush perch. When it comes to comfort, we’ve got you (and all your outdoor relaxation requirements) covered. Let’s get started!


Which garden chair material is the comfiest?

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Looking to combine the comfort of indoor living with a calming outdoor backdrop? The right garden seat can transform unusable and chaotic outdoor spaces into plush premium areas that are perfect for relaxing, so it’s important to pick a suitable seat material that’ll help you find your inner zen. So, why not join us as we delve into the most comfortable garden chair materials that’ll point you in the right direction?

Although metal outdoor furniture is practical and timeless, it isn’t all that comfortable unless it comes complete with a padded outdoor cushion! However, if your heart’s set on a bare metal seating arrangement, we suggest checking the seat measurements to ensure they can be easily adorned with weather-resistant pillows - this indulgent addition will help to take your garden chair from pleasant to palatial.

Similar to metal seats, plastic and wooden alternatives generally require additional pillows or seating pads to make them more welcoming due to their hard surfaces. Based on the amount of extra time and money this might cause you to spend on finding the appropriate additions, it’s often advisable to purchase a seat that comes complete with this added layer of comfort for a more luxurious and hassle-free buying experience.

However, outdoor seating that expertly fends off the effects of the miserable British weather without compromising on comfort is synthetic rattan furniture. Also referred to as Poly-rattan, Polyethylene resin rattan, and PE rattan, this sumptuous seat material offers a similar level of flexibility and luxury to that of natural rattan, but needs minimum maintenance and often comes complete with outdoor cushions to maximise comfort.

Looking for even more flexibility from your comfy garden chair? Why not consider the ultimate chilled-out outdoor seat? Introducing the oh-so cosy hammock chair! Designed to envelop your body for a more personal fit, these seats tend to accommodate just one person, but this makes discovering your peaceful, happy place all the more effortless. Typically made from soft yet durable materials like cotton and polyester, these body-hugging hammock seats can only be improved with a few well-placed cushions.


How to care for your comfy garden chair

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To keep your sumptuous garden chair looking and feeling fantastic, you’ll need to take care of the material and/or cushions that come with it. Indeed, some of the comfiest garden seats boast plenty of cushions to make them as luxurious and inviting as possible. However, while these cushions are often ‘showerproof’ and protected from light rain and odd splashes of water, this doesn’t mean they’re waterproof and can be left outside all year round.

If you want your cosy and snug seating area to remain welcoming, you’ll need to take these cushions indoors whenever cold and wet weather descends. Unlike the frame of your garden seat that can typically be protected by a garden furniture cover, the included cushions or separately-purchased seating pads tend to be more susceptible to soaking up water, as well as attracting mould and even insects. As such, it’s always a good idea to keep them stored in a dry, indoor area (preferably inside a dedicated cushion cover) - far away from both moisture and dirt.

Not to mention, as the comfiest garden furniture often features fabric parts (regardless of whether it comes with cushions or is mainly constructed from a fabric material), you’ll need to be wary of staining. Not only can staining make your garden seat look unappealing to yourself and your guests, but it can also make it appear older than its age and discourage you from using it.

To combat unsightly staining caused by general use, many cushions feature removable covers that can be frequently machine-washed to ensure your garden seat remains in prime condition. Alternatively, darker or more stubborn fabric stains may require a helping hand from a dedicated stain remover or natural stain-removing solution to get them to budge, but it’s always best to follow the manufacturer’s care instruction if you’re ever in doubt of the best course of cleaning action.


OnBuy’s top 6 comfiest garden chairs!

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Ready to discover the comfiest garden seat for your outdoor space? We’ve whittled down our enormous online selection of the most luxurious garden chairs into our top 6 favourites for you to lose yourself in. Packed with decadent and relaxing picks, including a luxury padded garden recliner chair and a calming garden rocking chair, we feature garden seats to suit every budget and outdoor area. With so many swank styles to test out, you’re sure to find the perfect chair for your garden or snap up some sought-after seating inspiration right here.

Ready and waiting to rock your world | Outsunny Folding Outdoor Rocking Chair

Outsunny Folding Outdoor Rocking Chair

Pros: Relaxing rocking ability, ergonomic shape, affordable price, breathable textilene material

Cons: Limited 120kg weight capacity, supports just one person

Size: H110 x L90 x W64cm

A real crowd pleaser, this sleek black rocking chair comes with a list of attractive bonuses, including the breathable textilene fabric, the ergonomic design and the calming rocking ability that allows even the most stressed out people to relax almost instantly. Despite the relatively low 120kg maximum weight capacity, this foldable garden rocking chair is an ultra-comfy option that won’t break the bank.

Not to mention, it measures a compact H110 x L90 x W64cm, letting it fit into small outdoor areas with ease and can even be folded up when not in use to make the most of limited garden spaces. To support a long and reliable lifespan, the frame is made from powder-coated steel, while the textilene fabric is both UV- and water-resistant - perfect for those sunny days spent unwinding by the pool.

Chic seating for plush outdoor pads | Living And Home Black Freestanding Hanging Egg Chair

Living And Home Black Freestanding Hanging Egg Chair

Pros: On-trend hanging design, comes with moveable head and backrest cushion, weatherproof

Cons: Holds only one adult (but supports up to 150kg), on the pricier side

Size: H105 x W95 x D73cm

Ideal for adults who like to loosen up alone, this freestanding egg chair provides a generous area of H105 x W95 x D73cm for you to snuggle up in and soak up that sun. The hanging design of this black garden chair is particularly on-trend right now and is therefore perfect for anyone who likes to keep their exterior space looking fashionable and current.

Finished with a moveable head and backrest cushion, you can position these thoughtful additions in the perfect spot for extra support and comfort. Regardless of whether you place it on your porch, patio, lawn or decking, this luxury garden chair is designed to be fully weatherproof thanks to the high-quality PE rattan and powder-coated steel frame construction.

The lazy lounger for two | Outsunny Black 2-Seater Daybed With Fire Retardant Sponge

Outsunny Black 2-Seater Daybed With Fire Retardant Sponge

Pros: Seats two people, fully reclines, two hinged side tables, two scatter cushions

Cons: On the more expensive side, scatter cushions not weatherproof

Size: H130 x W96 x D72cm

Measuring an impressive H130 x W96 x D72cm, the sofa of this PE rattan garden chair can seat two people with ease, making it the perfect spot to relax and cuddle up with a loved one. Boasting light and bright 8cm-thick cushions filled with 23D fire retardant sponge, alongside two built-in hinged side tables, this garden chair makes a safe and plush place to enjoy a refreshing beverage either alone or with company.

Plus, it comes with two glorious green scatter pillows made from 180gm polyester fabric for additional comfort while lying down or sitting upright. Thanks to the weatherproof and UV-resistant PE rattan, you can even rely on this premium daybed to stay in pristine condition - regardless of the fickle British weather! Designed to be wonderfully low-maintenance through the easy-to-clean materials, this garden seat delivers on both comfort and convenience.

The cheap and cheerful | Geezy Striped Hanging Hammock Chair

Geezy Striped Hanging Hammock Chair

Pros: Ultra-affordable, flexible poly-cotton blend hugs your body, balancing wooden bar

Cons: Limited support, bright and bold striped design may not be for everyone

Size: L100 x W100cm

With an approximate (and incredibly generous!) reclining area of L100 x W100cm, alongside an impressive 120kg weight capacity, this wonderfully affordable hammock-style garden seat promises cosy comfort for every user. Made from an appealing blend of flexible poly-cotton, the material hugs the unique shape of your body to provide superior comfort while taking in a good book or simply soaking up some vitamin D.

Due to the flexible nature of the hammock chair material, it lacks the support of some of the other chairs on this list. Having said that, it does feature a solid wood spreader bar to help you balance your weight and ensure the installation and removal process is effortless. For a more reliable installation, why not explore our range of hammock accessories

The only slight downside to this glorious garden chair is the attention-grabbing colourful striped design, which some users may find more visually-distracting and exciting instead of calming and relaxing. On the other hand, however, some will revel in its vibrancy and adore the character it offers to their outdoor space. Just like your home interior, how you style your exterior is really all down to personal preference. For those looking for a natural aesthetic in their garden, a more understated design may be better suited.

For solo sun-seekers | Outsunny Outdoor Adjustable Recliner With Brown Cushion

Outsunny Outdoor Adjustable Recliner With Brown Cushion

Pros: Reclines, folds for easy storage, padded headrest, impressive 160kg weight capacity

Cons: Seats just one person, fastenings needed to secure the seat cushion in place

Size: H100.5 x L137 x W63.5cm

Available for an affordable price tag, this luxurious adjustable recliner is the perfect poolside piece of furniture to make sunbathing even more pleasurable. Featuring a premium and detachable padded headrest to keep your noggin’ comfy and supported, as well as a considerable 160kg weight capacity, sun-worshippers of all shapes and sizes can set this sun lounger to any one of the seven different levels to help them find the most comfortable position.

Plus, the muted and neutral brown shade of the included luxuriously thick cushion is ideal for encouraging you to unwind and complements the natural décor of most modern gardens. Supported by a robust steel frame, this luxury padded garden recliner chair measures H100.5 x L137 x W63.5cm, giving you more than enough space to stretch those legs and lazily lounge around in the sun.

A fantastic option for family affairs | Outsunny Beige 3-Seater Garden Swing

Outsunny Beige 3-Seater Garden Swing

Pros: Spacious 3-seat design, relaxing swinging function, adjustable canopy, pillows and trays

Cons: Not suitable for smaller outdoor spaces, more costly than cheaper alternatives

Size: H164 x L200 x W120cm

When it comes to comfort and relaxation, it’s hard to surpass this considerable 3-seater garden swing chair. It features beautiful beige seat and backrest cushions that have been filled with 900 g/sqm² cotton for a premium swinging experience. Ideal for larger gardens, it measures a substantial H164 x L200 x W120cm and comes complete with an adjustable canopy to fend off those potentially damaging UV rays while simultaneously creating a cool, shaded area that’s perfect for families and a spot of outdoor reading.

The entire structure is supported by a durable steel pipe frame and is even adjustable, giving you the freedom to use it as either an upright seat or a dreamy daybed. Finished with all the bells and whistles you could desire, this family-friendly garden swing chair boasts two matching pillows and convenient drink trays on either side to ensure every member of the family is sitting comfortably under that sweltering summer sun.


Our top tips for ultimate outdoor comfort

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While opting for a luxurious padded garden seat will certainly make your outdoor area more inviting, remember to take into consideration the amount of exterior floor space you actually have to work with. After all, there’s no point trying to fit a colossal daybed onto your compact patio when a space-saving folding deck chair offers a much more practical seating solution and provides you with additional storage options, too.

Plus, we always recommend double-checking how many chairs you’ll need to buy before committing to your purchase. If you’re a keen host who loves nothing more than having all your friends and family round for a summertime shindig, you’ll need a plethora of chairs to comfortably sit all your guests. Alternatively, if you prefer more conservative gatherings, you’ll only need a few on hand for your nearest and dearest. Space permitting, it’s always a good idea to get a couple of extra chairs in for all those unexpected guests that come knocking when that irresistible BBQ smell wafts over the fence! Also, as a lot of chairs are sold both individually and in sets, it’s always a good idea to read the product description in full to make sure you’re getting the most out of your money and snapping up the right amount.

Another important detail to always uncover is the maximum weight capacity. Regardless of whether you’re purchasing a comfy outdoor chair for yourself, your little ones or the whole family, ensuring it can support your desired weight is vital to making sure it has a long lifespan and can provide a comfortable outdoor experience for everyone involved.

While indulgent padded pillows, scatter cushions and drink trays always make attractive additions, comfort also comes from the fundamental chair design. For example, hammock seats and egg chairs provide a snug feeling, but daybeds and sun loungers give you more space to stretch out. Ultimately, the most comfortable garden chair depends upon how you like to relax, but if you need some more garden seating inspiration why not check out our ultimate garden seating guide?

The key to letting you unwind outdoors, this is why your choice of garden chair should always match your preferred method of relaxation. So, why not treat yourself to the garden seat of your dreams with one of our comfy garden chairs now? With so many sumptuous garden seat styles and tempting feature-filled designs to choose from, you’re sure to find an assortment of indulgent models for a well-deserved spot of outdoor R & R!

Please note: The information in this buyer’s guide is correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.