Swinging chairs and lounge sets: Best outdoor furniture for Aussies

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Get ready for summer with these outdoro lounge sets. Photo: Getty Images

As the weather heats up - and many of us are still staying at home - now's the perfect time to invest in some outdoor furniture. Whether you've got a tiny balcony or a big garden, there's something suitable for every space - effectively giving you another room in your home. Here's some of the best options around:

Best for small spaces

If you have a small space, then this Boyne Wicker Outdoor Bistro Balcony Setting, $249, is a great option. It's made from UV treated wicker to withstand harsh sun, and has clear tempered glass on the tabletop. With removable cushions, and padded seats, it's ideal for balconies and small courtyards. 

Boyne Wicker Outdoor Bistro Balcony Setting, $249

If you're short on space, a swinging egg chair is the perfect outdoor piece of furniture. This $299 rattan style hanging chair is not only stunning but also generously padded to ensure you're comfortable while relaxing outside. Best of all, there's no assembly needed so you can use it straight away.  

Cody Natural Rattan Hanging Chair

Best for minimal chic

This Shangri-La Nottingham Outdoor Furniture Chair Set, $189.99, is perfect for gardens, poolsides or decks. Made from solid wood, it's stylish and versatile, and also comes with a small side table that looks about the perfect size for a book and a cocktail.

Shangri-La Nottingham Outdoor Furniture Chair Set, $189.99

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Best for versatility

Relax on this Ovela Louise Lounge Set, $299.99. In a practical L-shape, it's made from a woven material and its cushions are covered with a durable outdoor fabric so it doesn't get dirty. The matching table has a glass top to make it easy to clean. It's the perfect set for chilling out, chatting, eating, and working from home in comfort. 

Ovela Louise Lounge Set, $299.99

Best for escaping

If you're after some solo time, this Papasan chair and swivel table, $259.95, is for you. The round wicker chair can be rotated so you can face any direction you like, and the extra soft cushions make it perfect for relaxing. Its UV resistant covers are removable for easy cleaning, and its durable steel frame means it will last. It comes with a cute matching table - just right for a cup of tea, or a glass of wine. 

Papasan chair and swivel table, $259.95

Best for a party

If you want to hang out with mates in comfort, go for the Gardeon Outdoor Day Bed, $699.95. This extra large day bed has a canopy that can be folded up or down to shade you from sun and UV rays. It's modular too, with the base able to split in to four pieces so you can arrange it as it suits. Either hang out on the one bed, or separate it in to a sofa and individual seating. With extra thick cushions, once you're sitting on this, it will be hard to get up again. 

Gardeon Outdoor Day Bed, $699.95
Gardeon Outdoor Day Bed, $699.95. Credit: Catch.com.au

Best for entertaining

This Walla 9-Piece Outdoor Dining Set, $2549, is investment furniture, and ideal for entertaining. The shore timber table is water and weather resistant. The chairs come with extra long armrests so you can relax while you sit, and have padded seats and backs for extra comfort. The neutral wood and white colour scheme looks chic and modern too. A great addition to your garden, that will last for years. 

Walla 9-Piece Outdoor Dining Set, $2549,

Best for making the most out of winter

If you're buying outdoor furniture, then why not use it all year round? Buy a fire pit, and you'll be able to sit outside even in the cooler months. This chic Fabianne Outdoor Fire Pit, from $249.95, comes in three sizes and has a large burning capacity to produce extra warmth. It can burn wood or charcoal, and is elevated on a solid base so the warmth stays close to you. Because it's made of iron, it will naturally discolour the longer you have it - but that's all part of the charm. 

Fabianne Outdoor Fire Pit, from $249.95

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