Gardens are increasingly being seen as an important part of modern decor, no longer an isolated patch of lawn or courtyard distinct and separate from the home. Modern design suggests a natural flow from one to the other, with the furniture and design effortlessly matching for the greatest effect. It’s for this “indoors out” type of styling that has made rattan furniture such a popular choice. As a material which is weather resistant yet stylish too, rattan is ideal for both in the house and out in the garden, so if you’re trying to find the perfect patio set, you don’t need to look any further. Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 16.10.51

Rattan patio sets are a useful add-on in any home

Al fresco dining There’s nothing more enjoyable than having a bite to eat in the fresh air, and a rattan patio set allows you to enjoy a spontaneous meal whenever you want to. Because rattan doesn’t need to be shielded from the weather, it doesn’t need to be pulled out from storage and set up each time you want to use it. A rattan patio set can simply be left out whatever the weather so when the sun decides to put in an appearance you’re all-ready. It’s a good idea to protect the cushions as although they are typically shower-proof, they will stay in better condition for much longer if they’re sheltered from the elements. Rattan outdoor storage boxes make this easy and allow you to keep your cushions close at hand whilst matching in with the rest of your patio decor. The British climate can be surprisingly accommodating at times and even in the depths of winter, it can be mild enough to enjoy a morning cup of coffee in the bright sunshine. Having a rattan patio set means that you can take a wander outside and breathe in the fresh air whenever you choose, without needing to spend time preparing the furniture before you sit down.

Plenty of choice

There are lots of different types of rattan garden furniture which could look great on the patio, with everything from loungers to day beds available. However rattan dining sets provide a place to either enjoy a 15 minute snack or linger over a meal with family and friends. You don’t need to have a huge garden to be able to fit a rattan patio set in comfortably either as they come in all shapes and sizes. Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 16.10.57

Furniture in various shapes and sizes is possible with rattan

For those needing to fit lots of people around the table regularly, there are 10 seater sets in a variety of shapes, including circular, rectangular and corner arrangements. At the opposite end of the spectrum, there are compact bistro sets which provide plenty of room for two people to sit and eat, or just unwind over a drink sitting on the patio. Some patio bistro sets are large enough to more people, but have stackable chairs so take up less room than a conventional dining set when not in use. There are also specific space saving designs can also be found in a range of sizes; these are especially created to fold away to the smallest possible cube when not in use, with the chair cushions flipping down and stools slotting into place. These are particularly useful for gardens which don’t have lots of extra room and are surprisingly bijou when tucked away. Conclusion Rattan patio sets are an ever-popular choice and no matter how much rattan is increasingly being used for interior decor, it will always be one of the best types of material for the garden too. Robust, weather resistant and long-lasting, rattan patio sets are as functional as they are elegant and are the perfect accessory for any garden, large or small.