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Is Rattan Furniture Weatherproof?

Rattan furniture is a worthwhile investment for your garden. An outdoor style that never seems to lose its appeal, rattan is timeless – but will it stand the test of time in terms of general wear and tear?

If you’re wondering if rattan garden furniture is weatherproof, you’ve come to the right place. Bringing you all the information you need to get the best out of your chosen pieces, we’ve taken some of your burning questions and provided the answers you’re looking for.

The fact is, you can ensure your furniture lasts a lifetime, even when it’s stored outside.  Read on…

Luxury Rattan Garden Furniture: What is it made from?

Sure, there are a lot of rattan furniture pieces on the market, but how do you know you’re getting a top-quality garden set? Some rattan furniture is natural, for example, while other pieces – like our sofa and chair sets – are crafted from synthetic rattan, with love, care and attention to detail.

Let’s take a look at the vital components which make up our weather-resistant garden furniture:

A Quality Weave

A good quality rattan piece is distinguishable by its weave. Here at Luxury Rattan, we sell rattan furniture made from PE (polyethylene) rattan, which is known for its strength, durability and weather resistance. 

We select PE pieces as they’re both versatile and UV-resistant, meaning they can be left out in the sun, and you can rest assured they won’t fade when exposed to its rays.

Toughened Glass Tabletops

Our products feature toughened glass, which is both safe and durable, to ensure a quality product that is designed to last and last.

Rust-resistant Aluminium Frames

Naturally rust-resistant, aluminium frames like those used in our weatherproof rattan garden furniture are lightweight and strong. Featuring a protective powder-coating, the frames are designed to stand the test of time.

Dual-density Foam Cushions

Our weatherproof rattan garden furniture range is made from dual-density foam cushions, which not only offers all-day comfort but provide excellent durability – perfect for regular use.

The Weather Vs Garden Furniture 

By now you know our rattan furniture is weatherproof, but what does that mean? Can it really be kept outside year-round? Let’s take a look at how it fares under the varying conditions we’re treated/subjected to here in the UK:


It’s true that sunlight can fade lower-quality rattan, but Luxury Rattan garden furniture is designed to be used in the sun – and all year round. As it’s been crafted from polyethylene – known to stand up in all weathers – you can be sure that the furniture you’ve chosen represents a great investment for your outdoor space.


When it rains, some metal furniture frames can be prone to rust – but not ours! We use aluminium frames in all our furniture, as they’re naturally rust-resistant.

Snow and Frost

Snow and frost, again, can mean your rattan garden furniture is at the mercy of water – but you can be safe in the knowledge that our rust-resistant frames won’t be susceptible to harsh weather conditions like these.

Strong Winds

The aluminium frame within your Luxury Rattan garden set is made to last and sturdy – but strong winds can still pose a threat on occasion. That’s why we recommend using a rattan furniture cover to give your furniture some added stability when it’s blustery outside. You could also secure your furniture with bricks or large stones, to prevent it from blowing around your garden.

That said, made from toughened glass, the tables that complement your weatherproof rattan furniture are heavy enough to not be at the mercy of a windy day.

How to Ensure Your Garden Furniture Lasts

Our furniture is built with longevity in mind, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give it a helping hand. After all, we’re sure you want the best from your weatherproof rattan garden furniture. 

Put a big tick in the ‘garden furniture weatherproof’ box, then, by ensuring you follow these handy maintenance hints:

  • Cover your furniture when the weather forecast shows strong winds are likely. It’s also a good idea to remove any crockery or glassware, which may be a little vulnerable in these conditions
  • Wash your rattan furniture regularly to keep it free of dust, dirt and grime. A garden furniture cover is also handy to prevent the build-up of leaves and branches in the autumn and winter
  • While good quality rattan furniture like ours won’t fade in the sunlight, a parasol positioned over your tabletop is a great idea regardless
  • Take rattan garden furniture cushions inside if the weather shows rain, snow or frost.

There you have it, look after your furniture and you can certainly tick the ‘garden furniture weatherproof box’!


You may have another question or two about rattan garden furniture, which is why we’ve prepared a handy FAQ guide, below. Read on…

Is all rattan furniture weatherproof?

No. Some rattan furniture is made from natural rattan, which won’t fare as well as synthetic rattan and is, therefore, more exposed to the elements.

What’s the difference between wicker and rattan?

Rattan is the material and wicker is the technique used in weaving your pieces. All our furniture is made from polyethylene to offer optimum versatility and weather resistance.

What makes Luxury Rattan’s furniture weatherproof?

We travel the world to find contemporary, on-trend styles and great quality materials. Our furniture is always ahead of the competition, given that it is completely weatherproof.

It won’t fade in the sun, and neither will it rust when out in the rain; this is a testament to the materials we use to craft our pieces.

Is rattan waterproof?

Luxury Rattan pieces are waterproof, but some products sold elsewhere – due to the fact they are made from steel frames – do not do as well as ours do in rainy conditions.

Can you leave rattan furniture outside in the rain?

You can leave our rattan furniture out in the rain, as it’s completely weatherproof. That said, some rattan furniture is made from lower-quality materials and therefore will not fare quite as well.

Should you cover rattan furniture in the rain?

You don’t need to, but for ease, you may choose to keep it dry to ensure it’s ready for your next alfresco get-together.

Can you leave rattan outside in winter?

Absolutely! You could opt to cover it with furniture covers, though, if you want to use your furniture regularly. Check out our rattan winter care guide for more information on this! 

How long does rattan last outside?

If you look after it well, rattan furniture from Luxury Rattan is designed to last and last.

Does rattan fade in the sun?

Poor quality rattan furniture will fade in the sun. Our furniture, meanwhile, can be left under the sun’s rays and you can be sure it won’t fade.

Should you cover rattan furniture in summer?

No, not unless you want to – for example, to keep it free of dirt, debris or falling leaves.

So, there you have it – all your questions answered about the suitability of rattan furniture when left outdoors year-round.

Keen to view our range and introduce a rattan sofa set or dining set to your outdoor space? Discover our wide collection of weather-resistant garden furniture online today!