How To Store Rattan Garden Furniture

Rattan garden furniture can outweigh wooden furniture in terms of benefits. To start, the unique material has weatherproof qualities and requires very little maintenance. But like other furniture types, it’s crucial to know how to store rattan pieces. Here’s how to do it the right way to ensure your investment lasts longer.

Range of Rattan Garden Furniture

BillyOh Siena 8 Seater Rectangular Rattan Dining Set
BillyOh Siena 8 Seater Rectangular Rattan Dining Set

Rattan furniture comes in a wide range of materials. Each possesses unique qualities, but there’s one type that remains superior. Knowing their differences can help you understand how much protection your furniture needs.

Natural rattan

Garden furniture made with genuine rattan has a particular attribute: timeless beauty. Yet, this charm can’t be showcased outdoors for too long.

One, natural rattan pieces aren’t waterproof. Two, they won’t last for prolonged periods if left in direct sunlight. Otherwise, the authentic woven fibres will loosen over time due to elemental exposure.

Cane rattan

Cane rattan furniture is a type of rattan that is woven into different webbed patterns. The material is thin and often used for wrapping furniture frames, such as rope. It’d look fantastic on your outdoor living space, but it can dry out and crack in time if not painted.

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Reed rattan

4 Piece Rope Wicker Sofa Set in Grey & Brown
4 Piece Rope Wicker Sofa Set in Grey & Brown

Reed patio furniture is a popular choice for weaving wicker pieces and baskets. The material is also utilised for decorative embellishments on outdoor wicker furniture. But unlike natural rattan, reed won’t endure harsh weather conditions for periods of time.

Synthetic rattan

Rattan Effect 5-Seater Corner Sofa & Table Set
Rattan Effect 5-Seater Corner Sofa & Table Set

The most favoured choice for consumers – synthetic rattan furniture remains at the top. As the name suggests, synthetic polyethene (PE) rattan is made from synthetic fibres.

Synthetic rattan garden furniture is known for being UV-resistant and weatherproof. Their high-grade properties are also much more durable and better equipped for outdoors. What’s more, the material can handle humid and damp conditions, plus it’s low in maintenance.

Marbella 4 Seater Rattan Effect Sofa Set with Coffee Table
Marbella 4 Seater Rattan Effect Sofa Set with Coffee Table

A great example is the Marbella 4 Seater Rattan Effect Sofa Set with Coffee Table. A durable set that is weatherproof, low maintenance, and ideal for indoor and outdoor use. Choose from an incredible range of colours: graphite, grey, and brown to suit you and your garden best.

Keeping Rattan Furniture Sets Protected with Covers

A great way to protect your rattan set is by using furniture covers during winter. Or generally, whenever you are less likely to be using it.

Protective covers are great for any type of outdoor rattan furniture. Be it natural-made, cane, reed or synthetic rattan pieces, they can do wonders!

First, garden furniture covers can preserve the set’s appearance and lifespan. Besides weather protection, they also prevent dust buildup when stored in garden sheds. Moreover, these covers prevent pests from scratching the material and block bird droppings.

Cushion covers are also worth investing in! They keep out allergens and prevent dust mites from collecting in the cushion itself.

Overall, garden furniture covers act as the protective layer. They save time and money when it comes to maintenance too. Best of all, they keep the set looking vibrant for years to come.

Choosing the perfect cover

BillyOh Deluxe PE Cover
BillyOh Deluxe PE Cover

When shopping for protective covers, consider the size, shape and type of material. Measure the exact dimensions of your rattan patio furniture. The cover should fit snugly over the piece with no air gaps for maximum protection.

Also, determine if a one-piece cover or multiple pieces is needed. This can depend on the shape of your table or seating setup. Finally, decide what thickness and quality material you need. Polyester-made protective cover, for instance, offers durability while also staying light.

Have a look at the BillyOh Deluxe PE Cover. It guarantees to protect your furniture from heavy rainfall and snow, harsh sun and more! Other promising features include:

  • UV-resistant
  • UV-resistant
  • Rust-proof eyelets for a secure fit
  • Made from durable woven polyethene

For your cushions, you can opt for Deluxe garden armchair seat cushions. At 6cm thick, they provide excellent comfort, making lounging outdoors more convenient. Even better, they are weatherproof, tear-resistant, and easy to clean. Bonus: Extra covers won’t be necessary!

Protecting Rattan Furniture During Winter

Rattan, in general, is prone to getting brittle in damp conditions. It also tends to split when exposed to extreme heat. A practical option to store your sets rattan dining is relying on your heavy-duty shed. It can provide an extra layer of insulation and ‘shield’ from the harsh British weather.

An enclosed garden building also helps increase furniture longevity. Store the sets away until needed to ensure they remain in pristine condition for years to come. Doing so can also help encourage fewer repairs required throughout their lifespan.

Tips, tips, tips!

Before storing anything in the shed, make sure everything is cleaned properly. Natural rattan should be wiped down with mild soapy water. Dry overnight, so any excess moisture evaporates completely.

Additionally, if possible, clean off dirt or debris prior to moving items into storage. This will prevent mould growth during periods of low ventilation or high humidity in the air.

Once stored, covering each piece with covers will save the pieces from dust and critters. Make sure you securely tie each end around each piece, so nothing billows. Doing so will also keep air out and won’t leave any loose ends uncovered.

To avoid fading or discolouration, store them away from direct sunlight whenever possible. This rule applies even if your rattan set is UV resistant.

Last but not least, ensure proper air circulation within the shed. Keeping all windows open during hot summer months and making sure there are no blocked vents. This allows fresh air in and keeps allergens from settling onto any pieces.

Choosing the perfect shed

BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed
BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed

When selecting a shed or cabin store, opt for one with proper ventilation and plenty of space. Investing in a quality shed is essential for long-term use. If you’re looking for one, consider getting the BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed!

It’s a fantastic storage solution with a strong build and a range of customisable features. The wide range of sizes and window options allows you to pick a unit that fits perfectly into your garden space. Plus, with options for shelving, you can customise your Master apex shed to make the most of its wall space!

Why Should You Store Your Rattan Garden Furniture Set

Even when you own synthetic rattan furniture, when the weather takes a turn for the worst, it won’t be safe. Storing your outdoor pieces correctly is essential for optimal longevity. Here’s what a proper TLC can do for your investment:

1. Damage protection

Unprotected pieces are more likely to be impacted by whatever the weather throws at them. But proper storage and storing practices of your patio furniture guarantee damage protection. Whether tucked away in a shed or safely covered, they’ll be risk-free.

2. UV rays discolouration prevention

UV rays can cause discolouration of any type of furniture, e.g. the different rattan materials. Storing your pieces away when not in use is a great habit of not overexposing them. In turn, this reduces the risk of fading, keeping them looking as good as new indefinitely!

3. Keeping dirt and dust at bay

Rattan garden furniture is subjected to dust, dirt and debris. Over time, this will cause wear and tear, which affects its overall appearance. But storing the sets away means less dust or dirt able to settle on the surface or weavings. This leaves them in pristine condition when you bring them back into the sun again.

4. Guaranteed longevity

Properly caring for your rattan items could mean having them last for decades. What a way to make the most out of your investment!

5. Outdoor space saver

Rather than taking up valuable space in your patio between uses, you can store them elsewhere. Storing it in your BillyOh Switch Apex Shed, for instance, can free up more room in your outdoor space or deck area. You can enjoy warmer months without worrying about where to keep larger pieces. Plus, when stored properly, they’ll still be ready during another season when needed!


Even if your rattan set is weather-resistant, it doesn’t mean you should leave it unprotected. The same goes for synthetic models, as the cushions and the frames can be at risk.

Thus, it’s always best to think of a better storage solution for your pieces, especially in winter. So, if you want your rattan furniture to last, you should know how to clean and store it.