A place for everything
If you’re thinking of investing in a smart set of rattan furniture for your garden, one of the first questions that might come to mind is storage. You may have room in your garden for using the furniture, but where do you store it when it isn’t in use?
How much space do you need?
Even if you have a large shed or garage, a complete set of garden furniture such as a dining or modular set may well be quite light to lift, but it might also be quite bulky. How much space would it take up in your outbuildings during winter, for example? Do you need to buy a new, bigger garden shed?
Should you buy a new storage shed?
There’s absolutely no need to fork out for a new, larger outbuilding for the storage of your garden furniture. Firstly, many of the good-quality rattan pieces available to buy now can be stored outdoors, as companies such as Lifestyle Garden make furniture that can be kept outside all year round.
Whether it’s a chair, table or sofa, each piece is built around a frame. These now tend to be made from aluminium, which is lightweight, strong and does not rust. The aluminium may even be given a special weatherproof coating that makes it even more durable.
Many garden furniture manufacturers now make their items using synthetic rather than natural rattan. This kind of manmade material is tougher and more resistant than its natural counterpart, and can withstand all kinds of weather conditions. Sometimes, these are even coloured using dyes that will not fade, and are also often UV-resistant.
Modern technology can even extend to the cushions, which are now often weatherproof too. They are also easy to clean, and can resemble natural fabrics such as linen very closely indeed.
Prolong the life of your rattan garden furniture
A top quality set of rattan garden furniture can be a great investment. While it is suitable for outdoor storage, you can help to prolong its life and keep it in as good a condition as possible by purchasing a few extras when you buy the furniture. Doing this can also save you some time, as well as hard work.
The first of these is a cushion box. Taking the time to put your outdoor soft furnishings away can keep them cleaner, and ensure they both last and look good for longer. It doesn’t take too long to put them away in a box designed for them to fit into perfectly, after all.
The second is an appropriate cover. Again, manufacturers usually offer their own, tailor-made to fit their furniture ranges – such as Lifestyle Garden furniture covers. These items might not be strictly necessary, but they will protect your pieces from dust, dirt, bird droppings, falling leaves, snow, and ice. This means they need cleaning less often, remain stain-free, and should last for longer too.