What Garden Furniture Can Stay Out All Year?

As a luxury homeowner, you’ll want to know what garden furniture can stay out all year so that your outdoor space can look its best throughout the seasons. But, with so many options on the market, it can be hard to tell which materials will stand the test of time.

Because quality outdoor furniture is an investment, you need to be sure that whether there’s rain, wind or hot sun, it will hold up in any weather.

Read on to make the best possible purchase as we look at the different types of patio furniture that can be left outside year-round, and the pros and cons of each.

What Garden Furniture Can Stay Out All Year?

Wooden garden furniture

Wooden patio furniture is a classic choice that gives any alfresco space a natural, rustic feel.

Of all the options available, teak is by far the most popular, and for good reason. With excellent built-in properties, this hardy wood can withstand even the harshest environments, maintaining its beautiful aesthetic and warm, natural tone. 

Rich in resins and oil, teak is more resistant to insect attacks, is inherently waterproof and can resist rot, making it a strong, durable choice for your garden spaces. 

Sustainably sourced and a go-to resource for many world-renowned manufacturers, luxurious teak offerings are in abundance, ensuring that there’s plenty to choose from. So whether you fancy a feast at Gloster’s Raw dining table or want to relax on a bask-worthy sun lounger like the Chelsea by Unopiu, it’s doable. 


  • Adds a natural, rustic feel to your outdoor aesthetic
  • Can last for years with proper care and maintenance
  • Available in a wide range of styles and designs


  • Not all woods are suitable for outdoor use
  • Can be more expensive than other types of garden furniture



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Metal garden furniture

In the past, wrought iron was very trendy, but due to its heavy weight, susceptibility to rust, and high maintenance requirements, it is no longer popular in modern outdoor environments. Today, aluminium and steel are the metals of choice, giving a sleek appearance to your contemporary backyards.  


Aluminium is very flexible and can be moulded into any shape or design. Its lightness and durability make it an attractive choice for outdoor furniture.

Extremely low maintenance, it does not lose its integrity when exposed to humid or salty air, nor will it dry out and crack in the sun. In fact, the only place aluminium furniture isn't ideal is in areas with strong winds because it’s so light and easy to move around. It can also be recycled, making it an excellent choice if you’re conscious of your carbon footprint. 

With stylish brands like Atmosphera working extensively in this material, you’ll find a wide range of beautifully-considered options that will elevate your outdoor spaces. For more inspiration, we suggest you take a look at the Flash 2P outdoor sofa. Airy and sophisticated, it’s the perfect look if you love a contemporary feel.


Steel is the strongest metal for furniture but it is also heavy, hard to move and comes with a premium price tag. If you do decide to go this route, galvanised and stainless steel are the best choices because they are treated against corrosion.

Of the two, stainless steel is the most enduring and, with the addition of chromium, remains rust-free even when exposed to saltwater. This makes it an ideal option for marine environments. 

Remember that steel outdoor furniture, whether galvanised or stainless, will rust from exposure to chlorine. To avoid this, check that all your poolside items are powder coated to protect them from deterioration. Take a look at the gorgeous Hamptons Graphics outdoor sofa by Roberti Rattan for a picture-perfect example. 


  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Available in a wide range of styles and designs
  • Rust-resistant options available


  • Not all metals are suitable for outdoor use
  • Can be more expensive than other types of garden furniture
  • May not be as comfortable as other materials

Rattan garden furniture

One of the most popular outdoor furniture materials, rattan is known for its classic aesthetic, adding style and sophistication to any modern home.

These days, and unless destined for indoor use, rattan is manufactured from polyethylene, making it more durable and almost maintenance-free.

PE rattan is also resistant to UV rays and cold, so your furniture can be left outdoors all year round. Having said this, we recommend that you store it away during winter months or inclement weather to help enhance its longevity.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on something gorgeous, take a look at Skyline Design’s collections. We absolutely love their Dynasty set which comprises everything from comfy sofas and armchairs to matching tables, ottomans and barstools.


  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Ultimately stylish, fitting into multiple settings from contemporary to classic
  • Can be covered to protect from garden debris


  • Aluminium frames can be expensive
  • Curved weaves are more difficult to clean


What Garden Furniture Can Stay Out All Year?
What Garden Furniture Can Stay Out All Year?

Glass garden furniture

Adding glass elements to your outdoor furniture gives it a protective surface that is both elegant and durable. And, as tempered versions are always preferred, you won’t have to worry about it cracking or breaking unless it takes a heavy beating. 

Its smoothness and shine add a sense of luxury to any aesthetic, giving your spaces a bright, open feel. Take a look at the charming Castries coffee and side tables by Skyline Design - they’re sure to tickle you pink.


  • Adds a touch of elegance to your outdoor space
  • Tempered glass options are durable and long-lasting
  • Easy to clean and maintain


  • Can be heavy and difficult to move around
  • Not the most practical option for families with young children or pets
  • Can be more expensive than other types of garden furniture

Composite garden furniture

Composite, sometimes called "synthetic wood" or "poly wood", is a weather- and water-resistant blend of synthetic resins (usually heat-treated thermoplastics) and real softwood and hardwood fibres.

Previously known for its artificial, plastic-like appearance, today’s versions are manufactured to look more natural. 

Although composite patio furniture is not considered luxury, it does have certain advantages: 

  • Fully moisture resistant, and in many cases, outright waterproof
  • No staining or sealing is required - simply wipe and rinse. 
  • Not prone to damage by termites, carpenter wasps, and other wood-destroying bugs
  • No splintering, making it safer for children and pets

In conclusion

If you’re reimagining your outdoor space and need luxury garden furniture that can stay out all year round, we have exactly what you’re looking for. 

Our world-renowned brands offer a gorgeous range of tables, sofas, sunloungers, accessories and lighting, allowing you to create the oasis of your dreams. 

From robust aluminium to hard-wearing teak, let our top design team help you plan and pick out the ideal combination for your specific tastes. 

To find out more, get in touch today or visit our spectacular showroom for some fresh new ideas. You can also browse our latest projects portfolio for a dollop of added inspiration!

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