Heading outdoors to your garden, patio or balcony and chilling out in the sunshine is one of those summer luxurys that everybody looks forward to each year. Having the privacy of your own outdoor space to bathe in the sunshine is almost unparalleled in terms of luxury, and it’s even more appealing when you get to share the experience with friends and family.
However, in order to make the most of your garden and to create the perfect relaxation or entertainment area, it’s essential to have a really good set of outdoor furniture that will allow you to give all of your guests a comfortable place in which to join you.
Whether you’re looking for informal, casual seating or a complete dining set, rattan furniture is definitely the way forward for anybody that loves spending as much time as possible in their garden, and will also provide you with a great space for relaxing or entertaining regardless of the time of year.
But with so many different styles and designs of rattan furniture available, finding the perfect set for your garden can become a little bit confusing, and what you think might be the ideal set may not be what you need at all!
So, to help take the confusion out of it, we’ve put together a list of five of the best rattan furniture sets available, each of which is perfect for helping you make the most of your outdoor space and create the perfect relaxation or entertainment area.
We’ve also compiled a list of key points in our buyer’s guide that will help you make the right decision the first time around, and get you out into the sunshine with your feet up even sooner!
If you’re absolutely aching to get out into the sunshine and want a fabulous rattan set in your garden as soon as possible, our top pick below could be the perfect choice for you.
If you’re looking for sleek, sophisticated garden furniture then the bigzzia 4 Seater Rattan Set from Keter could be the perfect choice, with it’s inviting and luxurious appearance that is just calling out to be placed in the sunshine and relaxed on.
The entire set can seat four people comfortably, and consists of one two-seater sofa, two individual armchairs and a coffee table. The sofa and chairs are also ergonomically designed in order to provide you with the ultimate in comfortable outdoor seating, and they come with included cushions for even more added comfort.
Each piece of furniture in this set is lightweight enough to be easily moved around the garden, allowing you to follow the sunshine throughout the day, and is constructed from high quality plastic that has been fashioned to look like traditional rattan. This gives it extra durability without compromising on style.
Fully weather resistant and maintenance free, it can be left outside all year round without any risk of rust or damage, and the whole set is also guaranteed for three years which doesn’t only give testament to its quality, but also covers you for repair or replacement in the unlikely event of something going wrong.
Designed with a sleek and sophisticated appearance, and is much less formal than a rattan dining set
Can comfortably seat up to four people and comprises of a two-seater sofa, two armchairs and a coffee table
The chairs have been ergonomically designed and come complete with seat cushions for ultimate comfort
Constructed from highly durable plastic fashioned to look like traditional rattan, making it fully weather resistant and maintenance free
Comes complete with a three year guarantee
Doesn’t come ready to use out of the box, and requires a little self-assembly to build the set
Low maintenance, comfortable and stylish, this 4 Seater Rattan Sofa & Armchair Set from Abreo is the perfect addition to your garden and will provide you with a fantastic place to sit and relax in the sunshine.
Comprising of a two-seater sofa, two individual armchairs and a coffee table, it can comfortably seat up to for people, making it ideal for either kicking back with a cold drink by yourself or for entertaining family and friends. The coffee table also features a tempered glass top, which doesn’t only add to the style of this rattan set, but ensures it is tough enough to hold drinks and snacks without any risk of it breaking.
Built using high quality, durable plastic that has been stylishly fashioned to look just like traditional rattan, it is fully weather resistant and can be left outside all year round. It has also been specially treated to be dirt resistant, UV resistant and easy to clean, making it practically maintenance free.
This gorgeous rattan set also comes complete with four seat cushions that add to the level of comfort, and are also showerproof so you don’t have to worry about them getting damaged in a sudden downpour, or ruined by morning dew if they are left out overnight.
Can seat up to four people over a two-seater sofa, two individual armchairs and a coffee table
Built using high quality, durable plastic that has been designed to give the appearance of traditional rattan
The coffee table features a tempered glass top that can hold drinks and food without easily breaking
Specially designed to be dirt resistant, UV resistant and easy to clean
Comes complete with super comfortable, showerproof seat cushions
Although the cushions are showerproof, they are not totally waterproof, so you’d need to bring them indoors during particularly heavy rainfall
Designed with alfresco dining and outdoor dinner parties in mind, the Premium Rattan Dining Set from TecTake is the perfect choice for larger families or for anybody that enjoys entertaining friends and family in their garden.
Four armchairs and four stools give you the opportunity to comfortably seat up to eight people, and they can be spaciously arranged around the large dining table which features a 6mm tempered glass top that can hold a good amount of weight without any risk of breaking. Included seat cushions add to the comfort of this set, and they are also waterproof so you don’t have to worry about them getting damaged if you accidentally leave them outdoors in the rain.
The padded cushions are water resistant, removable using the incorporated zippers, and easy to clean. The tempered glass plate is painted black on the bottom and thus guarantees a sophisticated look.
Constructed using high quality PE plastic that is built on an aluminium frame, this dining set is super durable and weather resistant, meaning you’ll be able to leave the dining set outdoors all year round without worrying about it getting damaged by adverse weather. However, for extra safety, this set does also include a rain cover that will keep it protected if the weather gets particularly bad.
Can seat up to 8 people comfortably across four dining chairs and four tuck-away stools
The included seat cushions bring extra comfort to this set, and are also fully waterproof
A tempered glass topped dining table can hold drinks and dinner without easily breaking under the pressure
Constructed using weather resistant PE built over an aluminium frame, and comes complete with a rain cover for added protection
The parasol does not include a weighted base, so you would need to purchase this separately
Perfectly sized for smaller gardens, patios and even balconies, this Rattan Garden Furniture Set from Outsunny helps you build the perfect area in your outdoor space for sitting back and relaxing after a hard day at work.
Available in two colors to suit any taste, it can comfortably seat up to four people across a two-seater sofa and two individual armchairs, all of which come complete with super soft seat cushions that add to this rattan set’s luxurious appeal.
The included coffee table features a tempered glass top, providing you with a convenient and safe place to rest your drink or put your feet up whilst you soak up the sunshine, and the lightweight nature of the furniture allows you to easily move it around your garden as required.
Constructed from a durable, low-maintenance material that replicates the look and feel of traditional rattan but is more resistant to sun, rain, heat, and cold, and it is weaved upon a rust-resistant steel frame.
This rattan set is highly durable and can be left outdoors all year round without any risk of rust or damage.
The cushions are also water repellent, so there’s no need to worry about them getting damaged if they’re accidentally left out in the rain.
Available in two colours and perfectly sized for smaller gardens, patios and balconies
The two-seater sofa and two individual armchairs can comfortably seat up to four people
Comes with a tempered glass-topped coffee table that gives you somewhere to safely place drinks or food
Each chair includes a water-resistant seat cushion
All the furniture is built from highly durable plastic and secured to a steel frame for ultimate weatherproofing
Although slotted in securely, the glass is not fixed to the table with suckers or fixings, so extra care needs to be taken when moving the furniture around your garden
The super stylish 4Seasons Outdoor Pedra Rattan Set from Modern Furniture Direct is the ideal choice for anybody looking to create a quiet, secluded area in their garden where they can sit comfortably and relax after a long day.
Consisting of two comfortable armchairs and a small coffee table, this set can sit up to two people comfortably, and comes with padded seat and back cushions that add to the level of comfort and luxury. The seat cushions are also showerproof, and the covers can be easily removed and machine washed for convenience.
Each piece of furniture is constructed using polyethylene plastic that has been designed to look like traditional rattan, which is highly durable, UV resistant and able to withstand temperatures from -15ºC and +60ºC without getting damaged. The frames are also built using super strong aluminium, which ensures they are resistant to rust but still lightweight enough to allow you to easily move the furniture around your garden.
This set comes fully assembled straight out of the box, allowing you to get out into your garden and start relaxing straight away without worrying about fiddling with fixtures and fittings, and it even comes complete with a free weatherproof dust cover so you can keep it clean and safe throughout the winter months.
Perfectly sized for creating an intimate, relaxing area in your garden
Comes with two armchairs that included padded seat and back cushions for ultimate comfort
Also includes a tempered glass coffee table that gives you somewhere to place your drink or book, or to simply kick your feet up on and relax
Constructed using highly durable and UV resistant polyethylene formed over a strong aluminium base
Comes fully assembled out of the box and includes a free weatherproof cover
Can only seat two people, so not ideal if you’re looking for a rattan furniture to use for entertaining large groups of people
Investing in a rattan set will give you somewhere to relax on a sunny day, as well as allowing you to transform your garden into the perfect space for entertaining your friends and family whatever the time of year.
But, even if you think you’ve found the perfect set of rattan furniture, there are some important things to consider before making your purchase. We’ve listed some points below to give some thought to, and that will help you make the best decision for your own individual needs.
The first thing you’ll want to think about when you’re shopping for a rattan furniture set to add to your garden is how big you need it to be. Do you like entertaining lots of family and friends? Or are you looking for a set that will seat just yourself and your partner?
If you’re the kind of person that is looking to throw a lot of barbecues or alfresco dining parties, then you’re going to need a rattan furniture set that can accommodate everyone you’re inviting, and doesn’t leave anybody left standing or hauling the chairs from your kitchen table outside to sit on. So, for outdoor entertaining, we’d recommend going for a set that has at least six chairs.
However, if you’re looking to create a smaller, more intimate space in your garden where you can relax as a family or have a select couple of friends over, then rattan set comprising of four chairs or less will give you the effect you’re after, and also won’t seem like it’s out of place or overwhelming the space in you garden.
The style of rattan furniture you choose will also come down to what you intend on using it for. Dinner parties and alfresco dining will need a rattan set that comprises of dining chairs and stools that can be comfortably placed around a table, allowing your guests to dine in comfort and style.
An area that is being used simply for relaxing or less formal dining would be best suited to a rattan furniture set that comprises of sofas, armchairs and a coffee table.
Some rattan furniture sets also offer you a choice of colours (usually brown, grey or black) which gives you the opportunity to add your personal taste to your garden, or to match your outdoor furniture to your current planting scheme.
Your rattan furniture is going to be placed outside all year round, so it’s important that it is made from a strong, durable material that can withstand a variety of weather conditions without getting damaged.
Most rattan sets are constructed using polyethylene (PE) plastic, which has been molded and designed to look like traditional rattan. This gives it the stylish appearance associated with classic outdoor furniture, but ensures that it is much stronger.
Polyethylene is waterproof, so you won’t have to worry about your rattan set suffering any rain damage, and it is also UV resistant, so there’s less chance of it getting damaged or quickly losing any colour through the sun’s rays.
As well as ensuring that the outer shell of your rattan furniture is strong, it’s also very important to make sure that the interior frame is tough enough not only to handle extreme weather conditions, but also strong enough to hold a person’s weight without bending or snapping.
Interior frames are usually constructed from either steel or aluminum. Both of these are very strong metals, however aluminium is a lot more lightweight than steel, which will make it easier to move your rattan set around your garden.
Although sitting outdoors in the sunshine is an appealing thing to do, it’s also very important to make sure that you’re providing shade for anybody that needs it. With this in mind, take a look at what options are available in terms of blocking out extreme sunshine when necessary.
The most popular way of achieving a shady area when you’re outside is with a parasol, and there are rattan furniture sets available that do come with a parasol included. There are also a couple of great features that you can find in a parasol as well.
One of these features is the ability to tilt the parasol for optimum shade, without having to place the pole at an awkward angle. This allows you to keep it securely in it’s base, and reduces the chances of the parasol falling down or getting carried away by a gust of wind.
A crank handle is also a good feature to look for in a parasol, as this will allow you to open and close the parasol with ease, rather than having to overreach or risking getting your fingers accidentally pinched by the metal support spines.
The whole idea of a rattan set is that you and your guests are as comfortable as you can possibly be whilst you’re sat out in your garden, and one really good way to maximize comfort is to provide seat cushions.
Luckily, cushions pretty much come as standard with most rattan furniture, however there are some features contained within certain cushions that set some apart from their competitors.
Chief amongst these is waterproofing or water resistancy. Any cushions that offer this as part of their construction will give you peace of mind that they will remain unscathed if they get left out in the rain, not will they get damaged by morning dew if they accidentally get left out overnight.
A lot of rattan sets will arrive at your front door as flat pack furniture, and will require a certain amount of self-assembly before you’re able to kick back and relax into it. With that in mind, it’s important to think about whether you’ll be able to build it by yourself, or if you have somebody that can help you do it.
And, although most sets will come with the correct allen keys and special tools needed to allow you to safely and securely assemble the furniture, you’ll also need to make sure that you have a good collection of your own tools to help you get the job done.
If self-assembly doesn’t really appeal to you, then there are also rattan sets that come fully assembled and ready to use straight out of the box. This doesn’t only mean that you don’t have to worry about building it yourself, but also means that you can spend more time out in the sunshine and less time fiddling with spanners and screwdrivers!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to cover my rattan furniture over winter?
If your rattan set is constructed from a durable, weather resistant material such as polyethylene (PE), then you should be able to leave your furniture outdoors all year round without needing to cover it. However, it is usually worth investing in a protective cover to ensure that your furniture is kept as safe as possible if the weather becomes particularly bad over winter.
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