Our advice - avoid all furniture and homeware shops on bank holiday weekend
If you are anything like us here at InsideOut Living then the thought of traipsing around garden furniture and homeware shops on your bank holiday weekend makes you feel sick to the stomach.
When did our bank holiday weekends become all about shopping? I bet you can guess our opinions on boxing day sales too!
Bank holidays are for relaxing and socialising!
For us at InsideOut Living, bank holiday weekends are for relaxing, letting your hair down, having fun, socialising with your family and friends and squeezing every last minute out of that extra day off work.
With that in mind, we have launched a pre-bank holiday 20% off sale, so that you can shop for that garden furniture set and barbecue RIGHT NOW from the comfort of your home AND have it with you, ready for your bank holiday weekend.
So get those invites out to family and friends, place your order on ioliving.co.uk and within 3-5 days from now you'll be stood in your garden admiring your new InsideOut Living purchase, feeling rather smug that you won't be one of the many spending your bank holiday in an overheated, slightly odd smelling furniture store. Winner!
What to buy?
We thought it might help to list some of our best selling and bank holiday-worthy items, to help you solve that dilemma of just what to buy?
Remember, all of the outsider range is 20% off from now until Wednesday 2 May and with pay day finally here...it's time to get shopping!
Seating and dining sets
This 3 seat sofa set was made for bank holiday weekends. Whether brunching, lunching or entertaining friends and family in the evening, this set is perfect. The stylish grey weave helps bring a contemporary feel to any garden. And don't worry if there's rain forecast - this set is all-weather, maintenance-free and comes with season-proof cushions with removable covers.
This Jamie Oliver 4 Seat Grilling and Dining Set is one of the most popular on our site. With an integral, sunken fire pit at its centre (yes, you read that right) you can grill whilst sat around the table, creating an immersive dining experience for you and your guests. We suggest inviting your nearest and dearest around, pre-preparing lots of meat and veg (keeping separate of course) and then letting your guests build and grill their own kebabs, right there at the table.
BUT the beauty of the set doesn't end there - the central pit can also be packed with ice and loaded up with beers and wines (or soft drinks), so you don't have to waste time going back and forth to the kitchen.
The Hartman Amalfi 6 Seat Dining Set is one of the most classic dinging sets in our range and would fit in with any garden design. It comes with a parasol (useful for rain or shine) and a Lazy Susan. Gone are the days that you pull a muscle reaching over the other side of the table to get to that hummus dip. Just spin the Lazy Susan and voila! Thank you Susan.
Made out of cast aluminium, it comes with weatherready cushions that can be left outside all year round. The chairs are also stackable. Win Win.
This picture perfect rattan corner sofa set looks great in any surroundings and is so comfortable - we challenge you not to fall asleep on it.
Perfect for enjoying a morning coffee, or for dining with family and friends. Called the Essential range because essentially it is everything you need from a garden furniture set.
You'll be needing a BBQ for your bank holiday weekend and wow have we got a great one for you. This stainless steel gas bbq not only looks slick in your garden but has the functionality to match! With integrated features such as a warming rack, steak shelf, storage cabinet and side burner…it even has a built in bottle opener - after all, it is important that the chef remains hydrated.
We also love how fuss-free this BBQ is to clean, the clever folks at Grillstream have patented a u-shaped grill design that means less fat drips onto the burners, so you get less flare up and less burnt food. And the removable fat cup is genius. Hoorah!
It's only right that you have an equally top notch BBQ utensil kit to help you dominate that BBQ…so this 16 piece set is for you. With spatula, tongs, cleaning brush, basting brush, knife, fork, skewers, sweet corn holders….the list goes on - you get the point. But if this is all a bit too much for you, check out our 5 piece and 3 piece sets.
The Mexican chimenea is built out of clay and has an attractive Mexican scroll motif on the flute. Perfect for heating any outdoor space.
We also have a range of dining and drinking accessories that we think would be perfect for entertaining over the bank holiday weekend - whether inside or out! After all, the British weather can be quite fickle.
- Four wine bottle holder - The ultimate bottle holder - fill with ice and four of your favourite bottles and away you go.
- Lobster crisp and dip platter - No gathering is complete without crisps and dip and this dish is THE dish to serve them in to your guests.
- Glass Jug - This glass jug is so elegant and beautiful that you'll be tempted to keep it to use for only those very special occasions, but we think that would be a huge waste. We would get it out at every possibility.
- Bamboo serving bowl - We have these in three colours and two different sizes. They are perfect for serving all sorts of food at any kind of gathering and made from a sustainable material!
- Salad forks - No BBQ is complete without a side salad and these salad forks are incredibly cool and contemporary. Available in gold and black.
- Channel chopping and serving board - You'll be needing a chopping board to slice that perfectly BBQ'd meat. This one is perfect, with its carved out channels helping to drain away any juices from that joint. Or it just looks pretty when used as a serving board. The choice is yours!