Best rattan garden furniture 2022: stylish outdoor living

The best rattan garden furniture to transform your outdoor space; from affordable rattan corner sofas to stylish rattan dining sets and bistro seating

Best rattan garden furniture - a rattan corner sofa on a paved patio with concrete steps behind
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Looking for the best rattan garden furniture for your garden? This timeless outdoor furniture style is a patio favourite for a reason, delivering a summery aesthetic, and – thanks to plenty of modern polyrattan options – making for a durable, weather-resistant, and practical addition to any outdoor space.

Whether you're looking for a rattan corner sofa to extend your living area outside in the summer months, a stylish rattan dining table and chairs for sunshine-filled BBQ's, or a compact rattan bistro set for a smaller space, there are plenty of options to choose from and to help you find the look you're lusting after, we've rounded up the Real Homes team's top picks of this season's most affordable and on-trend rattan garden furniture.

We've ordered this list by price, but bear in mind that the most affordable options will be made with powder-coated steel frames which require a little more TLC if left outdoors, whereas investing some more cash can score you an aluminium-framed rattan garden set that's more weather-resistant and durable (scroll to the end of this page to find out why).

You'll also find all the top rattan, metal, and wooden options in our guide to the best garden furniture of the year. But, if your heart is set on the timeless appeal of rattan then just keep scrolling to discover the Real Homes' edit of the best rattan garden sets to shop right now.


Best rattan garden furniture: in-stock now

Want to jump straight to the stockists with the best selections of in-stock rattan garden furniture? We've curated a list of our favourites below. Otherwise keep on scrolling to find our top picks of the most swoon-worthy rattan garden furniture, from laidback rattan corner sofas to alfresco dining sets.


Best rattan garden furniture: on-trend and affordable

Rattan corner sofas

Price: Low - High

A compact rattan garden sofa with chaise

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1. Habitat Mini Corner Sofa Set with Storage

An affordable and compact rattan corner sofa with hidden storage

Specifications

RRP: From £320
Dimensions: Sofa: H62.5 x W123 x D70cm, Chaise: H62.5 x W70 x D140cm, Stool: H35 x W45 x D45cm
Seats: 3
Materials: PE-rattan & powder-coated steel

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Compact size useful for small gardens
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Ottoman with storage included

Reasons to avoid

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Only seats three people
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Powder-coated steel frame may not be as durable as an aluminium-framed option

For small space outdoor living with that classic rattan look, this mini chaise garden sofa with a powder-coated steel frame is a super affordable option. 

The compact design seats three, with an additional cushion-topped stool that doubles as a footrest and includes a hidden storage space with a waterproof bag inside; perfect for stashing some outdoor cushions. 

You will need to assemble this option, but that gives the versatility to configure the chaise section left or right, depending on your patio. You can also opt for grey or dark brown wicker.

Just bear in mind that a powder-coated steel frame will need a little more protection from the elements than an aluminium-framed option, so you'll either need to store this option in the garage or a shed over winter, or cover it to prolong its lifespan.


A rattan corner sofa with a bright pink and yellow backdrop

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2. Homebase Alexandria 4 Seater Garden Corner Sofa

A slightly larger rattan corner sofa with a glass-topped coffee table

Specifications

RRP: From £425
Dimensions: Sofa: H62.5 x W131 x D70cm, Chaise: H62.5 x W80 x D140cm, Table: H31 x W45 x D45cm
Seats: 4
Materials: PE-rattan & powder-coated steel

Reasons to buy

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Still relatively affordable
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Enough space to seat four people
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Glass-topped coffee table included

Reasons to avoid

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Powder-coated steel frame may not be as durable as an aluminium-framed option

Although size-wise there's not a huge amount of difference between this and the Habitat option above, that extra few cm does mean this is the more comfortable fit for four people to be seated at once, and those darker cushion covers could be a more practical option... 

At this price point the frame is still powder-coated steel so the set will stay in tip top condition longer if you protect it from the worst of the elements, and self-assembly is required, although again that means you can swap the chaise from left to right.

Instead of a storage ottoman, this option comes with a toughened glass-topped coffee table for resting drinks, which may or may not prove more useful to you.


A grey rattan garden corner sofa

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3. Habitat 5 Seater Rattan Effect Corner Sofa Set

A mid-Century inspired rattan corner sofa that scores high in the style stakes

Specifications

RRP: From £550
Dimensions: Sofa: H64 x W133 x D76cm, Chaise: H64 x W76 x D147cm, Table: H40 x W61 x L61cm
Seats: 5
Materials: PE-rattan & powder-coated steel

Reasons to buy

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Still relatively affordable
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On-trend mid-Century style design
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Enough space to seat five people
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Glass-topped coffee table and two footstools included

Reasons to avoid

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Powder-coated steel frame may not be as durable as an aluminium-framed option

If you prefer a more modern look, then this mid-Century inspired rattan garden set makes a great style statement in the garden and it enables seating for five in your patio area.

The versatile lounge set also comes with a wealth of configuration options to enable you to enjoy life outdoors, including the sofa with chaise, an adjustable seat that allows you to transform the non-chaise section into a sun lounger, and two additional padded footstools for extra guests, or more space to put your feet up. 

As usual within this sort of price bracket, the frame is made from powder-coated steel, so just make sure to cover the seating when it's not in use to protect it from the elements.


A rattan corner sofa from John Lewis & Partners

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4. John Lewis & Partners Alora Garden Modular 4-Seater Corner Lounging Set

A low-maintenance and weather-resistant aluminium-framed rattan corner sofa

Specifications

RRP: From £899
Dimensions: Each sofa: H66 x W121 x D81cm, Corner unit: H66 x W81 x D81cm, Table: H33 x W60 x D60cm
Seats: 4
Materials: PE-rattan & aluminium

Reasons to buy

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Low-maintenance, weather-resistant and durable aluminium frame
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Ready-assembled
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Enough space to seat four people
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Glass-topped coffee table included
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Coordinating outdoor furniture available

Reasons to avoid

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More of an investment

If your budget can stretch a little further, then this timeless yet contemporary rattan-effect corner sofa features an aluminium frame, which, combined with the low-maintenance PE-rattan upper, makes for a more rust-resistant, weather-resistant, and durable outdoor purchase, meaning the higher intial investment is likely to pay off over the longterm.

The modular four-seater sofa also comes ready assembled, so all you need to do on its arrival is arrange the sections, add the seat and back cushions, and sit back with a drink in hand.

The padded cushions come in a practical yet stylish dark grey, and this option features a slightly more spacious glass-topped coffee table than most cheaper alternatives.

There is also a good range of matching outdoor furniture if you have the room to extend your outdoor living area further, including coordinating dining and bistro sets.


A modern rattan corner sofa on a contemporary paved patio

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5. Furniture Village Camber Corner Sofa Set

A super spacious rattan sofa set that can be left outside all year round

Specifications

RRP: From £1699
Dimensions: Each sofa: H79 x W228 x D80cm, Stool: H32x W68 x D68cm, Table: H32 x W68 x D68cm
Seats: 6
Materials: PE-rattan & aluminium

Reasons to buy

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Low-maintenance, weather-resistant and durable aluminium frame
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Enough space to seat six people
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Glass-topped coffee table and footstool included
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Removable, washable cushion covers
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Coordinating outdoor furniture available

Reasons to avoid

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More of an investment
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Needs a larger outdoor space

This super generous rattan corner sofa is made for relaxed outdoor lounging, with spacious seating for five and an additional padded stool for an extra guest, or use as a footstool. The set also comes with a glass-topped coffee table and all cushions feature removable washable covers for easy maintenance. 

The weather-resistant aluminium frame also makes this a low maintenance option in general, with the set able to be left outside all year round, so no need to worry about how you will store it when the weather turns. Although you will need to factor in storage for the cushions. 

You will just need to be prepared to wait a while to kick back and relax, as there's currently a lead time for this option, but, in terms of style, practicality, and durability we think it's well worth the wait if your budget can stretch this far.


Rattan dining sets

Price: Low - High

A bamboo-effect dining set

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1. Habitat 4 Seater Bamboo Patio Set

An affordable rattan-effect outdoor dining set that's perfect for modern gardens

Specifications

RRP: From £325
Dimensions: Table: H74 x W90 x L150cm, Chairs: H86 x W50 x D62cm
Seats: 4
Materials: PE-rattan & powder-coated steel

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Compact size and 'see through' style useful for small gardens
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Coordinating outdoor furniture available

Reasons to avoid

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Powder-coated steel frame may not be as durable as an aluminium-framed option

This affordable PE-rattan dining table and four chairs make the perfect option for enjoying a summer BBQ, plus you can buy additional matching Bamboo garden chairs (opens in new tab) if you want to host more guests. 

Assembly is fairly minimal, and although the powder-coated steel frame means it's best covered when not in use and stored indoors during winter, the removable table legs and stackable chairs make for space-saving storage in the garage. 

There is also a good selection of matching furniture available if you want to add more lounging space to your patio.

Just bear in mind that (despite the imagery) this option doesn't come with cushions included, so you'll probably want to add your own, although that does give you the opportunity to really make the set your own.


A bamboo-effect outdoor dining set on a patio with terracotta coloured walls

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2. MADE Swara 4 Seater Round Dining Set

A stylish dining set with a durable and weather-resistant aluminium frame

Specifications

RRP: From £550
Dimensions: Table: H74 x Dia.100cm, Chairs: H86 x W49 x D59cm
Seats: 4
Materials: PE-rattan & aluminium

Reasons to buy

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Stylish design
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Low-maintenance, weather-resistant and durable aluminium frame
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Compact size and 'see through' style useful for small gardens
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Coordinating outdoor furniture available

Reasons to avoid

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Table surface is a little small

A contemporary take on classic rattan garden furniture, this modern outdoor table and chair set has seating for four, and we love its statement good looks.

Despite the slightly higher price point, it's also a good value option considering it's made from an aluminium frame which should offer better rust-resistant, weather-resistance, and overall better outdoor durability than a powder-coated steel-framed alternative.

The visually 'light' design is also a useful option for smaller spaces as it won't block the view or feel too bulky. Although, if you do have a little more room to play with then the extensive range of matching Swara outdoor furniture (opens in new tab), including a stylish bench seat and coordinating high-backed lounge chairs, means there's plenty of scope to extend your outdoor seating.


A modern rattan garden dining set

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3. Habitat Malta 6 Seater Steel Corner Dining Set

A rattan-effect dining set with that combines lounging and eating

Specifications

RRP: From £800
Dimensions: 3-seater sofa: H77 x W206 x D75cm, 2-seater sofa: H77 x W131 x D75cm, Table: H68 x W110 x L110cm
Seats: 6
Materials: PE-rattan & powder-coated steel

Reasons to buy

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Contemporary design
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Versatile lounging and dining space
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Enough space to seat six people

Reasons to avoid

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Powder-coated steel frame may not be as durable as an aluminium-framed option

This contemporary rattan-effect corner sofa is perfect for a modern garden, with the curved seating and contrasting high black legs sure to create a focal point for lunchtime get-togethers or evening soirees. 

The dining height table also offers plenty of space to spread out the BBQ food, whilst two additional stools offer extra guest seating.

Despite the fact you can seat six people all in all, this also remains a compact option that's a good fit for small patios, and the high-legged design contributes to a more spacious feel; eliminating the bulk that would come with a low-to-the-ground design.

As ever, the powder-coated steel frame is reflected in the price point, so you will just need to take more care to protect this option from the elements, and can expect a shorter lifespan overall than if you invested in an aluminium-framed option.


A grey rattan dining set with circular table

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4. Furniture Village Camber 6 Seater Round Dining Set

A timeless rattan garden dining set that's worth the investment

Specifications

RRP: From £1699
Dimensions: Table: H75 x Dia.130cm, Chairs: H96 x W55 x D49cm
Seats: 6
Materials: PE-rattan & aluminium

Reasons to buy

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Timeless design
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Low-maintenance, weather-resistant and durable aluminium frame
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Seating for six with a good-sized table
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Coordinating outdoor furniture available

Reasons to avoid

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More of an investment

Although the price point jumps up considerably for this aluminium-framed rattan dining set, you do get plenty of bang for your buck. 

Alongside six rattan dining chairs with padded seat and back cushions, plus armrests for comfortable meals in the sun, this elegant rattan dining set features a circular dining table with a tempered glass top and a useful built-in parasol hole for hot summer days. 

The shower-proof cushions have removable cushion covers making for easy washability, and the PE-rattan and rust-resistant aluminium frame mean this set is tough enough to withstand the elements all year round.

There's also a great selection of coordinating outdoor furniture if you have the space to extend your outdoor living area.


A rattan corner sofa with riser dining table

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5. Furniture Village Camber Compact Corner Dining Set with Rising Table

A rattan corner sofa and dining table that combines the best of both worlds

Specifications

RRP: From £1699
Dimensions: Sofa: H90 x left W191 x right W191 x D71cm, Stools: H43 x W40 x D80cm, Table: H52/69 x W90 x D90cm
Seats: 7
Materials: PE-rattan & aluminium

Reasons to buy

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Versatile lounging and dining option
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Height-adjustable table
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Timeless design
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Low-maintenance, weather-resistant and durable aluminium frame
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Seating for seven
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Coordinating outdoor furniture available

Reasons to avoid

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More of an investment


Want the best of both worlds? This rattan corner sofa has it all with generous seating plus a height-adjustable glass-topped table that can transform from a coffee table into a dining height table for alfresco eating. 

Alongside the rattan-effect corner sofa, the set also includes two padded bench seats that ensure plenty of seating, plus they can be pulled up next to the sofa to transform it into a relaxing daybed when you prefer to kick back and relax. 

Weather and UV-resistant PE-rattan with a powder-coated aluminium frame means this set can be left outside all year round, so it's only the cushions you'll need to store somewhere dry over winter. Plus, there's plenty of matching outdoor furniture. 

Oh, and if you really want to impress your guests then there's also an option that comes with a built-in fire pit in the table top!


Rattan bistro sets

Price: Low - High

Keter rattan-effect bistro set in a garden with grasses

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1. Keter Iowa 3-Piece Rattan-Effect Storage Table Balcony Bistro Set

An affordable rattan-effect bistro set with timeless design

Specifications

RRP: From £198
Dimensions: Chairs: H89 x W60 x D62cm, Table: H43 x W39 x D39cm
Seats: 2
Materials: PE-rattan & powder-coated steel

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Timeless design
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Hidden storage in the coffee table

Reasons to avoid

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Powder-coated steel frame may not be as durable as an aluminium-framed option

If you don't quite have space for a full-on rattan corner sofa or dining set, but still want to embrace the look, then this classic rattan bistro set will allow you to nail the look in a small garden. 

Including two rattan armchairs with curved armrests and seat cushions, plus a useful lift-top coffee table that opens to reveal some hidden storage, this rattan bistro set makes the perfect place to while away the morning over coffee with a friend, or snatch a few moments peace in the afternoon sun.

The powder-coated steel frame does mean you'll want to store this set under cover during wet weather to prolong its lifespan, but the compact set is fairly easy to stack to save space.


A rattan bistro set on a patio

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2. Habitat 2 Seater Wicker Barrel Bistro Set

A sculptural bistro set with hidden storage in the table

Specifications

RRP: From £320
Dimensions: Chairs: H74 x W75 x D72cm, Table: H43 x W39 x D39cm
Seats: 2
Materials: PE-rattan & powder-coated steel

Reasons to buy

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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Powder-coated steel frame may not be as durable as an aluminium-framed option

If you have a little more space to play with, then this curvaceous rattan bistro set offers some sculptural seating that could well become the focal point of the patio.

The cocooning seat shape is made for getting comfy, whilst the compact coffee table hides some small-but-useful storage space. 

When winter comes you can also stack this set to save space in the garage (with some careful balancing) which will help to protect and prolong the lifespan of the steel frames.


A colourful modern rattan bistro set

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3. Yuri Garden Dining Chair

A statement contemporary bistro chair (with matching table available separately)

Specifications

RRP: From £165 per chair
Dimensions: Chair: H85 x W69 x D58cm
Seats: 1
Materials: PE-rattan & powder-coated steel

Reasons to avoid

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More of an investment
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Powder-coated steel frame may not be as durable as an aluminium-framed option

It's important to note that the components of this bistro set must be bought separately, and at £165 per chair, and £275 for the coordinating table, it doesn't come cheap, especially considering the powder-coated steel frame will need protecting from the worst of the elements. 

However, in terms of statement style for a small space, the sculptural form and eye-catching multicoloured design are hard to beat, so it's still an investment worth considering in our book. 

If your budget will stretch then there are also some great matching items available, from the decadent peacock-hued lounge chair to the anything-but-dull Yuri garden bench (opens in new tab).


How to choose the best rattan garden furniture

Most modern 'rattan' garden furniture that you'll come across in your hunt for the perfect rattan garden set is actually likely to be made from PE-rattan or polyrattan rather than real, organic rattan. Both terms are slightly different names for the same woven synthetic plastic polymer that is fashioned to emulate the appearance of natural rattan.

Why not use real rattan? Although the natural fibre is what inspired the rattan look we all love, the organic material doesn't hold up that well to life outdoors, instead needing protection from damp and moisture, and to be shielded from direct sunlight and wind which can cause it to become brittle.

Plastic, as an alternative, is waterproof, UV-resistant, frost-resistant, and requires very minimal maintenance in comparison, leading to it being favoured by manufacturers for low maintenance outdoor options.

The downside, of course, is that unlike biodegradable natural rattan, most PE-rattan garden furniture is currently unrecyclable at the end of its lifespan. Although some advances are being made in repurposing single-use plastics for the manufacture of the polymers needed to create the furniture in the first place.

Opting for the most durable PE-rattan garden furniture your budget allows can, therefore, become an important way to minimise some of the environmental impact of polyrattan furniture. Read on to find out what to look out for when you shop.

Is rattan garden furniture weatherproof?

Is rattan garden furniture weatherproof? The quick answer is... it depends! As previously mentioned, most modern rattan garden furniture is now made from plastic 'PE-rattan' or polyurethane which is waterproof, frost-resistant, and generally pretty weatherproof outdoors. However, this plastic polymer upper is given strength by a metal frame, and finding out what this frame is made from will give you a good indication of a PE-rattan garden set's long-term durability outdoors.

The most common frame options you're likely to come across are steel, powder-coated steel, or aluminium. Each of which performs quite differently outdoors, and has quite significant price differences. 

The most affordable rattan garden furniture will generally be made with a steel frame. This makes for heavier furniture, and you'll want to make sure you look for powder-coated steel. This is because steel is highly corrosive when it comes in contact with water, and the frame will rust quickly outdoors if moisture reaches the metal surface. This problem is 'solved' by powder-coating the steel in a dry paint powder that's cured through an electrostatic process to form a hardwearing seal from the elements.

The downside of powder-coated steel is that if that painted surface chips then rusting can occur quite quickly, so you'll need to repair any knocks to maintain that waterproof seal. Joints and fixings which are hard to thoroughly powder-coat and open to abrasion can also become a weak point, allowing moisture to penetrate and reducing furniture's lifespan.

As such most manufacturers will recommend you store steel-framed rattan garden furniture in a sheltered environment during inclement weather to prolong its lifespan. This can be inconvenient if you don't have a garage or shed for storage, plus, steel is pretty heavy to move. A waterproof outdoor furniture cover will help to protect steel rattan furniture from the worst of the elements, although it's hard to prevent damp from penetrating over time, so expect steel-framed options to have a shorter lifespan overall.

Aluminium is the alternative. This is a non-corrosive metal, meaning the surface oxidises to form its own barrier to water, so aluminium doesn't need any powder-coating or maintenance to maintain its integrity (although it may still have a powder-coated finish for aesthetic purposes). It's also a lightweight metal and much easier to move in comparison to steel if you're likely to be picking up your rattan garden chair to chase the sun. 

And the best news is that due to its enhanced weatherproofing, aluminium-framed garden furniture can be left outside all year round, so you don't need to worry about storage. (Although, nothing is completely impenetrable to the elements, so if you have the space then protecting your garden furniture over winter is still wise). 

However, the downside is that these benefits come with a cost, with aluminium-framed rattan garden furniture usually the most expensive to purchase. Of course, the added durability that comes with this non-corrosive option can make it the most cost-effective in the long term, as long as you don't mind the initial outlay. And if you find an aluminium option on our garden furniture deals page, it will be well worth snapping up!

How to clean rattan garden furniture

One of the best things about rattan furniture is that it's low maintenance and easy to keep clean. To ensure it’s in top condition, it’s recommended to clean your rattan furniture every few months or so. 

To do so, simply use a soft, soapy cloth to wipe off any dirt, spillages or surface dust. Try not to soak the rattan, and make sure it’s completely dry after cleaning. To clean between the awkward weaves, use a soft bristle brush or old toothbrush to get rid of dirt build-up. An expert tip is to use furniture polish sparingly so the rattan keeps its shine!

Amy Lockwood
Amy Lockwood

After completing a major house renovation, Amy discovered what she had always suspected; that decorating is the best part. She joined the Real Homes team to share her love for all things interior, finally putting all those hours spent agonizing over the best white paint to good use in Real Homes’ carefully researched buying guides, and helping readers to find the best furniture, decor, and furnishings to create the home they've always dreamed of. 

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