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Pop up, fold or roll –space-saving products for the urban gardener

by Drucilla James


Credit: Burford. Bistro willow table and chairs

Traditionally deckchairs and parasols were the only foldaway items in the garden. Now almost anything can be made to pop up or down which is ideal for the space –strapped gardener.

Roll up for fold-ups

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Chairs, stools and tables you can fold away:

  1. Plein Air table £245 and Plein Air chair by Fermob £160 from Made in Design,
  2. Nautic folding occasional table by Skagerak £229 from The Worm that Turned,
  3. Malaro folding chair £25 and table £40 from Ikea,
  4. Tripod chair £225 from Burford,
  5. Rolled Waterproof picnic blanket £29.95 from Pod
  6. Chairless by Vitra- sit down in a relaxed manner with neither seat nor backrest £20 from Skandium,
  7. Fionia’s stool/table £199  from The Worm that Turned,
  8. Fiesta footstool £20 from Heal’s,
  9. Fusion Sling folding chair with arms from Gloster furniture stockists

Re-folding– two for the price of one

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Start with one item of furniture then unfold it into another

  1. Folding Strawberry Thief garden stool and store complete with tools £42.50 from Garden Divas,
  2. Folding garden tool store and stool £21 from Store A place for everything,
  3. Drop Outdoor armchair by Cerruti Baleri unfolds to bed, sunlounger £1,590  from Made in Design,
  4. Folding Butler’s tray /table  £50 from Cox & Cox,
  5. Folding Liggestolen chair and lounger £368  from Mar Mar Co,
  6. Hot-Pot BBQ plant pot lifts off to reveal barbeque £79 from Prezzybox,
  7. Riviera coffee table unfolds to sun lounger £1049 from The Worm that Turned,

Pop-up gardening – use it then lose it (or at least pack it away)

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Garden accessories which open out when you need them and then fold up to store.

  1. Collapsible watering can £19 from Garden Divas,
  2. Walk–in foldaway greenhouse £36 from Store A place for everything,
  3. Natural jute pop-up bag  £9.99  from Crocus
  4. Pop-up mini greenhouse £8 from Store A place for everything,
  5. Garden cloche Living Larder plant protection £95 from Sparrow and Finch,
  6. Grow cloche £12.99 from Crocus and Pop-up net cloche £12.99 from Crocus,
  7. Pop-up compost bin £20 from Store: A Place for Everything,
  8. Pop-up water butt £29 from Store A place for Everything,
  9. Hugo collapsible water barrel £120 from The Worm that Turned,

A moveable feast

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Some unexpectedly portable or collapsible items to use where needed.

  1. Screw outdoor shower by Coro £563 from Made in Design,
  2. Collapsible tea light candelabra  £45 from Cox & Cox,
  3. Nomad storage unit – can add shelves £249 from Skandium,

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