What are Garden Companion Seats?

Hartman Sorrento Companion Set in garden

As the weather warms up, thoughts turn to getting out in the garden and you might begin to think about upgrading or replacing garden furniture. As you browse Garden Furniture online, you may have noticed Garden Compnanion Seats being mentioned, but what are Garden Companion Seats?

Garden Companion Seats typically refers to a set of outdoor furniture designed to accommodate two people in a garden or patio setting. It usually consists of two chairs with armrests and a small round or square table; or two seats with an integrated table. Some sets also include footstools.

The chairs in a Garden Furniture Companion Set are often designed to be placed next to each other, facing the same direction, with a small table or bench in between them for holding drinks or snacks.

Made from materials that are weather-resistant and durable, such as wood, metal, wicker or rattan, they can come in a range of styles and designs from traditional to contemporary. They make a popular choice for couples or friends who want to enjoy the outdoors together in comfort. We’ll explore the types of Garden Furniture Companion Sets and their benefits below, including some similar suggestions that you may also like to consider.

Sumpremo Barcelona 2 Seat In-Between Set
Sumpremo Barcelona 2 Seat In-Between Set
Alexander Rose Steamer Set for 2
Alexander Rose Sherwood Acacia Steamer Set
Kettler Palma Low Lounge Companion Set
Kettler Palma Low Lounge Companion Set in White Wash

Types of Garden Companion Seats

As well as traditional Garden Companion Sets, there are several variations around the theme which merit consideration:

Steamer Companion Seats

A Steamer Companion Set is usually comprised of two Steamer Chairs and an Occasional Table. A Steamer Chair is a reclining chair made of wood with a high back and footrest, and can be adjusted to mulitple positions, whilst the table can be located between the chairs and is perfect for drinks and snacks. Used for a variety of purposes, such as relaxing, reading or eating, our stylish wooden Steamer Sets are weather resistant so they can be left outside, where they add a touch of elegance to any outdoor space.

Recliner Sets with Footstools

A Garden Furniture Recliner Set typically includes two chairs which can be reclined using a lever or button, with a low padded footstool to support the feet when reclining, plus an occasional table. Made for stretching out, from weatherproof rattan with deep-fill seat cushions, our recliner sets are big on comfort and can be used all year round as part of a sophisticated outdoor set up.

In-Between Sets

An in-between set is a companion set with two chairs and a tapered table between them, so the chairs can be angled slightly more towards each other, giving the feel of a more sociable set up. Perfect for catching up over a coffee in the shade, or a cool drink in the sunshine.

Extensions to Modular Lounge Sets

The Kettler Palma Low Lounge Companion set can be used either on its own as two casual low lounge chairs and a table, or has the flexibility to be used as an extension to a modular Kettler Low Lounge Corner Set when additional seating is required.

Bramblecrest Tetbury Nutmeg Tree-Free 2 Seat Recliner Set
Bramblecrest Tetbury Nutmeg Tree-Free 2 Seat Recliner Set

The benefits of Garden Companion Seats

There are many benefits to a Garden Companion Set, which we have broken down below:


Also called Love Seats, Garden Companion Seats offer a perfect set up for two to enjoy some quality intimate time together outdoors, in comfort and style.


Garden Furniture Companion Sets are designed to be compact and take up less space than traditional outdoor furniture sets. This makes them ideal for smaller outside spaces or patios where space is limited.


Companion sets are designed to be comfortable and ergonomic, with chairs and benches that are contoured to fit the human body and sumptuous seat cushions. This makes them a great choice for relaxing outdoors and enjoying the fresh air.


Companion sets are designed to accommodate two people, making them perfect for family members to enjoy chatting together, or friends who want to catch up over drinks and nibbles. The kids will love them too as they’re a great place to relax, unwind and partake in some friendly banter with each other. Garden Companion Seats are a great way to encourage any social interaction and conversation while enjoying the natural surroundings.


Companion sets can be used in a variety of outdoor spaces, from gardens and patios to balconies and rooftop terraces.


Garden Companion Sets are not as heavy as a garden sofa or corner set, so can be easily moved around to suit different needs and occasions.


Our Garden Furniture Companion Sets are made from weather-resistant materials such as metal, wood or synthetic wicker, which makes them durable and long-lasting. This means that they can be left outside all year round without the need for regular maintenance, saving you time and effort. We do recommend however that seat cushions are brought in during long periods of inclement weather and covers are used to protect the frames from garden dirt and droppings.


If you are looking to create a cohesive theme in your garden, discover our Garden Companion Seats that come from a wider Garden Furniture collection, such as Sherwood furniture by Alexander Rose; Monterey, Monte Carlo or Tetbury by Bramblecrest; Barcelona by Supremo Leisure and Sorrento by Hartman.

Additional Extras

Companion sets are designed to work well when used on their own, but can be dressed up with extras such as Outdoor Seat Pads by Glencrest and Madison for additional comfort on wooden furniture; Outdoor Scatter Cushions to add colour and interest; or Garden Parasols to provide shade and shelter.

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The table with a Garden Companion Seat is perfect for snacks and drinks, but if you seek something with two chairs which is suitable for casual dining, then our great selection of Bistro Sets might be for you.

On the other hand, if you prefer something a little more laid back, then take a look at our Sun Loungers.

Life Maroon Relax Companion Lounge Set
Life Maroon Relax Companion Lounge Set


Whichever style you opt for, you can be assured that a Garden Companion Seat will offer a luxurious way to spend time outside in the garden with a companion, partner or friend. Visit our outdoor living department in-store, call us on 01664 454309 or browse our stunning collection of Garden Companion Seats online.

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