Seeing as the sun is out, it seems like the perfect time to compile my 20 of the best retro garden chairs. But don’t hang about as many will sell out.
Of course, the heatwave might be over by the time they arrive, but the summer still has a long time to run and with that in mind – and considering some are in the sale or in short supply – it might be a good time to buy. The best retro garden chairs are always in shirt supply in the summer.
Hopefully, there is something here to suit your budget and your garden. I’ve tried my best to mix things up to cover both, as budgets and gardens can range from very small to considerable. For reference, I tend to work on the smaller side. But to help everyone along, here are a few options to get you relaxing in style…
1. Monochrome Salsa garden chairs at John Lewis and Partners
There will be a few of this style coming up, as the classic ‘Acapulco’ is just that. A timeless design that looked good in the 1950s and still looks good today.
Of course, you can mix it up a bit and that’s what John Lewis has done, going for an eye-catching monochrome finish for its version of the outdoor seat. It works too, adding in a 1960s vibe (if that’s your thing).
Sold in a pair, they retail for £160.
2. Yuri retro garden seating at Made
I know, a similar look to the first one. But there are a couple of reasons why I am featuring the set here too.
First off, there are some great colour options here. Sadly, they don’t do the ‘target’ combination anymore (which is odd as that was really popular) but they do plenty of other retro shades that you can’t find elsewhere.
Also, you can buy both chairs and sofas, as well as a matching colourful table too. All good reasons to have a look.
One final one is some of the chairs being in the sale, with prices for those now starting at £170. Dining chair versions are £165 and the sofa/bench design is £375.
3. John Lewis and Partners Dante Pod hanging chair
If the 1970s is more your scene, check out the Dante Pod hanging chair.
1960s or 1970s I guess, as this kind of swinging chair was popular in both decades. But for some reason, perhaps due to that woven finish, this one has more of a 1970s feel about it.
A steel frame supports the wicker chair, which is the perfect place to sit, lounge or read when the temperatures rise. Or just watch the world go by.
£429 is the price if you want to hang out in this particular hanging chair.
4. Retro Roy Cocoon Chair at Heal’s
Part of a range of designs by Vincent Sheppard, the Roy Cocoon Chair at Heal’s is the standout for me.
This one is a nostalgic take on the ‘basket chair’ of the past with a water-resistant construction and a design inspired by the ‘Lloyd Loom’ weaving technique, A couple of colour options, both with some hip hairpin legs finishing things off.
Another one in the sale, but not cheap even at the reduced price of £796.
5. 1970s Pacha outdoor lounge chair by Pierre Paulin
If you have the money, then check out this 1970s classic, available in a variety of shades.
Gubi has introduced this 1975 design as an outdoor chair, adding water-resistant fabric to make it compatible with the British summertime weather.
Regardless of that, this is still an icon of its day and a chair that has lost none of its impact as the decades have passed. So relaxed, comfortable seating, as well as the bragging rights of having a design classic in your outside space.
However, at £2,799 it isn’t for everyone and you may want a look at the rest of the retro garden chairs rundown for something more in your budget.
6. Nairi 1970s-style garden accent chair at Made
Nothing quite says the 1970s like a woven chair with a high back.
This one is an in-house design inspired by 1970s California and as you know, it never rains there, so they get good use out of such things.
Quite the statement design, it has the natural caine ‘peacock’ back and of course, cushioning where you need it. Almost like a throne to overlook all your hard work in the garden. Or stick it in the patio if it’s a bit rainy.
Whatever you do with it, you’ll need to pay £395 to get one.
7. Habitat folding metal picnic chair
Habitat is great right now when it comes to affordable design and especially garden seating. They do some pricier options but if you want something cheap and portable, have a look at its folding metal picnic chairs.
They do folding sun loungers in a similar style, but if you just want a chair, they have a few options with retro fabrics. All collapsible, portable and appealing to the eye.
Best of all, at £15 each, they don’t break the bank.
8. David Bowie deckchair set by Anarchy of Deckchairs
Plenty of deckchair designs out there for the best retro garden chairs rundown, but none quite as eye-catching as the ones by Anarchy of Deckchairs.
Do have a look at the full range as there are some very bold designs to brighten up the dullest outside space. You don’t have to buy a set, there are individual chairs available but I love this Bowie-inspired set.
All pieces (two chairs and two tables) are handmade and all have lightweight wooden frames and three seating positions for the deckchairs. As much works of art for your garden as places to rest.
£199.99 for this particular set.
9. Ikea PS Vago easy chair
I can’t really do a round-up of the best retro garden chairs like this without mentioning this timeless gem from the Ikea range.
If you want something retro and plastic, this is, without a doubt, the most affordable option. A UV-resistant plastic chair designed for lounging in the sun. They can be stacked and the drain hole keeps the water off.
£24.99 for each one in various colours (but not an orange one sadly, which would be the ideal shade for me), with kids-size chairs also available (Bunso and Vago) if your little ones don’t want to miss out on the fun.
10. Midcentury modern-style garden seating at Aldi
This one comes and goes out of the range, so you might need to keep checking for this midcentury modern-style garden seating at Aldi.
Yes, I did say Aldi. This tends to come up in its ‘special buys’ range and at this time of year. When it does, it sells quickly as it offers a lot of style and a lot of value. I picked up a set a couple of summers back and it still looks as good this summer.
It sells as a set, with two armchairs and a sofa, as well as a coffee table, all with tapered wooden legs supporting the wicker body. It’s Aldi, so good value too. £379.99 for the whole lot.
11. Rio retro bistro sets at La Redoute
Yes, we are back with the ‘acapulco’ design once more, with La Redoute offering its own twist on the style.
Not much of a twist if I’m honest. This is pretty much what you would expect, but with a few caveats. First off, so many colours available for this one. Pretty much any you can think of.
Secondly, this isn’t just about the chairs, you get a similarly-styled retro table to go with it, Which is always useful. And as you can see from the imagery, you also get a choice of going just for the chairs and table or having the sofa design too, which comes with a bigger table.
Basically, take your pick depending on your needs. The price is reflected in what you go for but as a guide, the smaller set is £249 and the larger one is £579.
12. Jonah retro garden lounge set at Made
This one has always proven popular, perhaps due to the look and the range of designs within.
You can just buy the sofa or the armchair in a couple of different shades (the natural being my favourite), both of which have a strong midcentury modern look. Or you can go big and buy a full set like the one above (there are other large sets) if you have a large space to fill.
A decent option whatever you want to do. Prices start at £375 for an armchair.
13. Urban Renewal vintage garden seating
Feeling nostalgic for the garden furniture of your parents and grandparents? No need to. You can still buy it.
Urban Renewal is currently selling vintage pieces via Urban Outfitters. Limited numbers and ever-changing, you can pick both chairs and loungers with the kind of floral patterns you really don’t see on the high street these days.
Cute, cool or kitsch, take your pick really. I quite like them. But they don’t come cheap. The chair here sells for £90. As an alternative, check out your local furniture clearance shop in case they have something similar. Sometimes the best retro garden chairs can be found in the most unlikely of places.
14. John Lewis and Partners Chevron statement garden chair
It’s described as a ‘statement’ chair and it really is hard to disagree. This is a chair that means business.
More than a touch of midcentury modern about this one, with a design that is hand-woven with a synthetic weave on powder-coated metal frames. This makes it both durable and weather-resistant so you can even leave it outside throughout the year. Just don’t leave the cushions out too, as they most certainly are not, although they will withstand a shower.
£249 for this chair.
15. Apolima rattan effect seating at B&Q
Modern, with an unmistakable hint of the past. That’s the Apolima range at B&Q.
And it is a range too. With a nod back to the 1970s (and even further with those angled legs), this collection has everything from chairs and sofas through to static and swinging egg chairs, as well as a table in the middle.
So if you are looking for a full range for a larger garden or patio area, then this is one to check out. Although as I write, some stock is yet to arrive. But that wonderful egg chair most definitely is.
As for pricing, it is B&Q, so down from some of the designer ranges. The chairs are £75 and that huge egg chair is £455. Everything else falls between the two.
16. John Lewis and Partners Salsa garden rocking chair
Yes, it is ‘that’ design again. But interestingly, with a new and lazy day twist.
The chair is much the same as the previous John Lewis effort, albeit with some brighter two-tone finishes to choose from. But the difference is that base.
Yes, you can rock away to your heart’s content as the sun beats down on you in the garden this summer. And for that reason, this one makes the cut.
£125 is the price of any of the colourful finishes.
17. Classic deck chair by Wood and Wicker
I couldn’t really do this round-up without going for a British beach classic. The folding deck chair.
Yes, I did a Bowie one earlier, but if you want something a little more plain (but not too plain) then have a look here. Yes, you can probably find striped ones like the old beach ones, but I like the fact that this maker offers handmade chairs with bright and colourful finishes.
Those splashes of colour will bring a garden to life and when you run out of energy, they’re great for kicking back in. As I said, each one is handmade and made of strong FSC natural beech wood and canvas. Three seating positions and easy to carry around. That’s why they have been around so long.
£41.99 is the price and slightly cheaper if you want to buy two.
18. Lyra garden lounge set at Made
Not too dissimilar to the B&Q set earlier. But the Lyra set has enough about it to warrant its own mention.
Again, a modern design with a throwback 1970s look, not least because of the rattan-like finish and high back. A steel frame, ploy rattan seating and a lovely little table too for your drinks and snacks.
I like it and if you do too, £425 is the price of the set.
19. Retro hanging egg chair at Aldi
Amongst the discounted fruit, vegetables and groceries is this retro hanging egg chair at Aldi.
Ok, probably not as it might be a tough ask to get it in your car. But you can get this wonderful design online at Aldi. It has sold out quickly in the past but it is in stock online as I write.
Find some space, build it, and then spend minutes and hours swinging away with a good book. It’s what summer days are all about. At £189.99 it is probably cheaper than you might think too.
20. Click garden rocking chair by Houe
Don’t worry about the colour, there are plenty to choose from.
Part of a larger range, the Click rocker takes its design inspiration from classic midcentury modern rocking chairs (I’ve done a round-up of those too).
Designed for rocking and relaxation, it is made of a mix of plastic, metal and bamboo mix that are able to withstand the elements and the bold colours will certainly catch the eye.
£366 for one of these.
Of course, if it was still available I would have featured the 1960s Garden Egg Chair by Peter Ghyczy in this round-up of the best retro garden chairs. But it’s only available as ‘vintage’ these days. If you want to know more about that, I featured one on eBay some time back.