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The Rise of the Garden Living Room

Forget only getting into the garden on a hot summer’s day – as the nation has embraced, made-over and fallen in love with its outdoor spaces. ManoMano reveals that the people are enjoying their gardens whatever the weather, with the rise of the outdoor living room.

ManoMano has seen sales of garden decorations, which include ornaments, throws and plant stands, increase by 50%, whilst outdoor lamps have increased by 46%. Sales of outdoor furniture, particularly sofas, have increased by 15% in June compared to the previous month.

The ManoMano, Handy Mano, blog offers top tips on how to design an outdoor living space, with views of the article up 39% in the last month compared to May.

As the unpredictable British weather means the sun isn’t always guaranteed, sales of parasols also increased by 177% in June compared to May, as the public prepare for outdoor entertaining despite the arrival of grey clouds.

The public are also preparing their outdoor area for the enjoyable al fresco experiences, as ManoMano has seen the sales of pizza ovens and plancha grills increase by 325% and 18% respectively.



Outdoor furniture is key for creating the perfect relaxation or entertaining space during Summer. Hanging Chairs are versatile and work for most outdoor spaces regardless of the size. Position them at the end of the garden to enjoy a peaceful escape from the hub of the home, or place them on the patio to provide additional seating for when guests visit.

For those with large families or enjoy being the host of entertaining garden parties, garden sofas offer up a perfect centrepiece – and most are available with weatherproof fabric that can withstand the typical British washout.


Play to your personal style and dress your outdoors with an array of textiles that can easily be updated with seasonal trends. Cushions throws & blankets make any outdoor space feel like a home-from-home, and will keep you cosy once the sun sets.


Recent years have seen a rising trend for outdoor rugs to add that finishing touch to an outdoor living room, with celebrities including John Legend, Chrissy Teigen and Diane Keaton and . ManoMano offers up an array of rugs adorned with vibrant patterns or subtle designs to suit the décor of any outdoor space.


Naturally, plants enhance any outdoor area. Put your greenfingers to work and create installations of your favourite plants around your outdoor living room. ManoMano’s selection of outdoor plant stands are a great way to display greenery in vibrant pots, or be inspired to create an impressive backdrop with bold blooms trailing across a flower trellis.’


Lighting is perfect to bring a relaxing ambience to those outdoor evenings. Wall lights beam bright to lighten up the darkest of evenings, whilst outdoor lanterns and fairy lights are ideal for a more subtle warm and inviting glow.

Solar power lighting provides a simple solution to lighting your outdoor space. They are also versatile - these white solar powered ball lights are effortlessly chic and can be positioned anywhere around your outdoor space.

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This story was published on: 30/07/2021

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