Looking for the best rattan garden furniture? We're here to help! Now that spring is here it’s the perfect time to lounge or dine out in the garden, and with lockdown restrictions slowly lifting we can begin to enjoy outdoor gatherings again.
Like all garden furniture, the best rattan garden furniture is selling out fast, but it's worth the wait for this timeless outdoor look.
Rattan - or more commonly synthetic polyurethane rattan - is a popular choice for garden furniture due to its durability against the weather, lightweight design and summery aesthetics.
From a traditional rounded wicker-style weave to a contemporary flat-weave, the best rattan furniture will transform your garden into a versatile outdoor living space.
Find more outdoor furniture styles in our ultimate guide to the best garden furniture or read on to discover the best rattan garden furniture for you.
The best rattan garden furniture
Our pick of the best rattan garden furniture by category, from the best rattan corner sofas and sofa sets, to statement rattan chairs and bench seats.
Best rattan corner sofas and rattan sofa sets
We love the versatility of this rattan sofa set. The glass-topped table is height adjustable, meaning it can transform from a useful coffee table throughout the day into a taller dining table for alfresco dining - so no more balancing plates of BBQ food on your lap!
The compact corner sofa is a useful size for smaller gardens or compact patio spaces, but the padded bench seats make great extra seating meaning you won't be short of room for guests. Even better, they can also be pulled up next to the sofa to transform it into a relaxing daybed - and there's two, so no fighting over who gets to put their feet up!
Weather and UV-resistant polyurethane 'rattan' with a powder-coated aluminium frame means this set says it can be left outside all year round without fading or cracking, so it's only the cushions you'll need to store somewhere dry over winter.
This spacious corner sofa will make you want to head out into the garden every chance you get.
As well as the main corner sofa, a glass-topped coffee table is also included in this set, plus a handy padded footstool that's great for an extra guest or for pulling up to the sofa unit to transform it into a chaise and putting your feet up. Bliss.
Furniture Village say the weather-resistant and UV-resistant polyurethane set can be left outside all year round without fading or cracking, so it's only the cushions you'll need to store somewhere dry over winter.
Best rattan dining set
For a modern take on the best rattan garden furniture, this cleverly designed cube dining set nails both stylish and space-saving, with the four stools tucking under the chairs, which in turn tuck under the table, to create a really compact footprint when the set isn't in use.
The parasol isn't included, but there is space to add one into the glass-topped dining table when the sun is out.
The white powder-coated aluminium frame and double-woven polyurethane 'rattan' make for clean lines and a contemporary feel. There is also a smart black version in the form of the Talia Cubo Dining Set, which has a longer lead-time but comes with a matching black parasol included.
This contemporary poly rattan dining set makes an affordable addition to the garden, offering seating for four around the glass-topped dining table.
The bold yet simple woven design is great for a smaller outdoor space as it reduces 'visual bulk', allowing you to see through the furniture to make a compact garden appear more spacious.
Table space is fine for drinks but could be a little tight for four people eating. You can buy the chairs separately though and opt for the oval outdoor dining table if alfresco dining is your thing.
Best rattan garden chairs and rattan bench seats
Add statement design to the garden with this colourful poly rattan garden chair from MADE.
The Acapulco style circular seat brings sculptural form to an outdoor space, and can be matched with the Yuri dining table and eyecatching Yuri rattan garden bench to create a strikingly modern outdoor dining set.
Find more ideas for statement outdoor seating in our guide to the best garden chairs.
This decorative garden bench is made from natural woven rattan with an acrylic varnish to keep out moisture.
Natural rattan is less weather-resistant than synthetic plastic alternatives, so it will need bringing indoors during bad weather, but we think it's well worth considering for its far gentler impact on the environment and the tactile touch compared to a polymer weave.
Find more seating for two in our guide to the best garden benches.
How to pick the best rattan garden furniture
Rattan garden furniture comes in different types and designs, and it’s important to consider firstly what you’ll mainly use it for.
Real rattan is prone to weather damage over time with constant use, but you can get synthetic or polyrattan furniture that is more weather resistant and can look just as good as the real thing.
You also need to consider the space and dimensions before you buy. You don’t want to buy a lounge set that is far too big or too small for your outdoor space.
Also, how often will you use it and is it weatherproof? Check to see if the cushion covers are removable and if furniture can be easily stored in the winter.
How to care for rattan garden furniture
Even though they are designed to be durable and weatherproof, there are some things we can do to prolong its lifespan. After all, we want to be able to use it all year round!
It’s advisable to store your rattan garden furniture during winter to protect it from the harsh elements. Don’t worry if you don’t have a shed or storage space though, simply stack up your furniture and fully cover from top to bottom with a protective cover.
Remember to remove cushion covers when it rains, as they need to be kept dry at all times.
HOW TO CLEAN RATTAN GARDEN FURNITURE
The best thing about rattan furniture is it’s easy to maintain and keep clean. To ensure it’s in top condition, it’s recommended to clean your rattan furniture once a month or 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!
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