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Rattan is the quintessential material for garden furniture: it’s hardwearing, stylish and natural-looking. Coming in pleasing shades of grey, tan, brown or black, rattan outdoor furniture will never go out of style.
Best rattan furniture at a glance:
- Best sofa suite for a party vibe: Maze Rattan Chelsea Lifestyle Suite with Glass Table
- Best for versatility: 10 Seater Rattan Cube Outdoor Dining Set - Black Weave
- Best for the wow factor: Nova Cambridge Grey Rattan Left Hand Corner Dining Set with Fire Pit Table
- Best rattan egg chair: B&Q GoodHome Apolima Brown & Ebony Black Rattan Effect Hanging Egg Chair
- Best for entertaining: Alexandria 4 Seater Grey Rattan Garden Corner Sofa Set
- Best for small spaces: VonHaus Luxury Rattan Bistro Set
What sort of rattan furniture should I opt for?
Before investing in your rattan furniture this summer, it’s worth doing a bit of advance planning. Think about who will be using your furniture. Are you after a garden set, or a sun lounger for solo relaxation? On on-trend egg chair (so comfy!) or a sofa for your kiddies?
If you have a big family or are likely to have a lot of guests, friends and family, you might want to opt for a 10-seater or 12-seater dining set. Rattan cube furniture can be a great option if you’re short on space, with all the pieces neatly folding together into a compact cube that’s unobtrusive when you’re not using it.
If you have a smaller household, you could go for a four-seater or six-seater dining set, a hanging rattan egg chair, or a set of sun loungers instead.
It’s also worth thinking about whether you will be mainly eating outdoors, necessitating a table and chairs, or whether you’ll be relaxing, reading and drinking, in which case you might prefer a lounger or sofa set.
What is rattan garden furniture?
Rattan outdoor furniture is having a ‘moment’ in the UK now, proving a hugely popular option for people seeking outdoor furniture. You’ll know the look: woven and a touch boho. But what is it?
Firstly - it’s not wicker, which is a style of weave. Rattan, instead, is the material used to make the weave. That means rattan furniture is more often than not not actually rattan, but rather a synthetic material designed to mimic rattan.
The synthetic version is quite often less expensive, and it wears well, so it’s a savvy option if you really like the look.
In terms of the stores that do it best - Amara and good ol’ Marks and Spencers impress us.
How can I keep my rattan garden furniture safe and long-lasting?
The best way to maintain rattan garden furniture is to cover it when not in use. To freshen it up, you can wipe the furniture with water with a small amount of dishwashing detergent.
To get into the small cracks, use a (old!) toothbrush. When it comes to how to repair it, you should contact your original manufacturer to see what they recommend.
Most rattan garden furniture is synthetic, making it robust enough to cope with weather year-round, making it more hardwearing. It’s not invincible though, so stay on top of it by cleaning it at regular intervals.
Our favourite rattan garden furniture UK
Key Specs: Material: Polyurethane rattan Size: H83cm x W179cm x D87cm
Set Includes 2 x rattan sofa pieces, 1 x rising table (glass top) and 2 x rattan benches
To bring an Ibiza pool party vibe to your home, you need this Maze Rattan Chelsea Lifestyle Suite with Glass Table from Cuckooland.
The super cool set is really adaptable to transform into whatever you need from your garden furniture, with options to create a lounge bed, lounge set with a coffee table or a dining set.
Available in brown, grey or natural, the suite even comes with a rising table to enable comfortable eating and drinking.
This is a sofa set you’ll never want to drag yourself away from.
As a side note, Cuckooland are fantastic to deal with, with superlative after service and free delivery (post code dependent). Thoroughly recommended.
Key Specs: Material: Aluminium Frame / Polyester Fabric / Poly Rattan / FR Foam / Polyester Fibre Size: Table sizing: 74cm high, 167cm length, 110cm width Chair sizing: 90cm high, 53cm wide, 53cm deep Stool sizing: 36cm high, 45cm wide, 45cm deep
Garden furniture sets often have to perform magic, being comfortable, stylish and available when we need them, and as invisible as possible when we don’t.
This 10 Seater Cube Outdoor Dining Set, offers the performative magic we need. It comes with six dining chairs, four foot stools and a dining table, all in on-trend rattan with waterproof grey cushions for comfort.
The stools all fit under the table when they’re not in use, making this a winning design if you want to keep things neat. Remove the cushions from the footstools and you can use these as coffee tables near the back door when the large table is in use.
It’s worth noting as well the table can serve as a parasol base, if you prefer your al fresco dining in the shade.
Key Specs: Material: Powder-coated aluminium frames ,100% PE rattan,
Size: Corner Sofa: Height: 90cm (36 in), Depth: 71cm (29 in), Left Width: 247cm (98 in), Right Width: 191cm (76 in) Small Stool: Height: 43cm (17 in), Depth: 40cm (16 in), Width: 40cm (16 in) Fire Pit table: Height: 70cm (28 in), Depth: 90cm (36 in), Width: 150cm (60 in)
Want all your guests to be open-mouthed as soon as they see your garden furniture? Then you need the Deluxe Rattan Corner Dining Set With Fire Pit Table.
The set comes with a roomy corner sofa, four rattan footstools, and most excitingly, a fire pit table, a stainless steel fire pit system that’s guarded from the wind with a glass case.
You can use it to cook or simply to bring the Love Island fire pit experience to your own garden.
This garden furniture can be left outside all year long, excluding the cushions.
Key Specs: Material: Steel and synthetic rattan Size: Product height 1960mm
Pros: Good looking; Durable
Cons: Takes up quite a bit of space
Every year, as soon as there’s a bit of sun, there’s a mad rush to buy a hanging egg chair before they eventually all sell out.
The on-trend design is showing no signs of waning in popularity, so get yours soon before the rush.
The GoodHome Apolima Brown & Ebony Black Rattan Effect Hanging Egg Chair, from B&Q, is an attractive and affordable option, with a low-maintenance synthetic rattan frame, removable and washable covers and a sturdy build.
KEY SPECS Type: Corner sofa; Material: Rattan effect plastic; Seats: 4; Full width: 211cm; Colours: Dark grey
Great price; Comfortable; Weatherproof; Includes table
There’s a lot of plastic; Cushions should be stored when not in use
Comprised of two upright sofa seats and a 1.4-metre chaise longue-style lounger, this is a great-value four-seater sofa set for outdoor relaxation.
Combined with the chaise longue section, the Alexandria measures 2.11 metres in width and is constructed out of a rattan-effect woven plastic of sorts for outdoor durability.
Its rectangular two-seat module, meanwhile, can be positioned in a left or right configuration for added convenience. It also comes with a low glass-topped table (D45 x W45 x H31cm) for your G&T, olives and bowl of San Nicasio crisps.
The Alexandria’s grey-coloured cushions provide great outdoor comfort and they’re weather, and to some degree, bird dropping resistant, too, though we would advise storing them in the dry during inclement weather and especially over winter.
If you’re a little strapped for cash but are desperate to get out of the house and into the sunshine, then this excellent-value three-piece four-seater will do the trick and do it nicely.
Key Specs: Material: PE Rattan, polyester cushion covers Size: H76cm x W56cm x D51cm
If you want the rattan look for your garden, terrace or patio but don’t have space for a larger cube or modular furniture set, this Luxury Rattan Bistro Set from affordable brand VonHaus is a great idea.
Compact but stylish, the set includes two armchairs, two removable, washable cushions and a small table, and comes in a traditional basket weave style and a grey colourway. It’s low-maintenance, discreet and affordable too.
Key Specs: 35cm H x 38cm W x 74cm L
It’s the dream, isn’t it? Stretched out on plush cushions in the blazing sun, sipping a cocktail. This sun lounger set will provide the perfect summer moments.
Whether you’re poolside or just on your terrace, the side table will allow you to idle away the days in the sunshine, with all your provisions near by.
The trend for rattan garden furniture shows no sign of abating, and the hard-wearing, good-looking outdoor option is a wise purchase for your patio.
The VonHaus Luxury Rattan Bistro Set represents particular value and is great for those with limited garden space, but if you’ve a decent sized garden, you absolutely can go wrong with the Julietta Sun Loungers - ideal for relaxing in evening sun after a difficult day’s work.
And if you dream of dining al fresco every night, you’re best served by the 10 Seater Rattan Cube Outdoor Dining Set.
For more garden furniture inspiration, read our guides to the best garden furniture, where we review everything from garden swing chairs to dining sets, deck chairs to sun loungers.
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