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The beauty of rattan - Gorgeous garden furniture for every occasion

From iron benches with peeling paint to plastic tables and chairs, in the past garden furniture was either lots of hard work to look after or weather-proof but ugly.
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But now designers are working wonders with clever new materials such as PU rattan, creating garden furniture that’s beautiful to look at, easy to maintain, comfortable and can be left outside all year round.

Here are our top tips for choosing the perfect garden set for every occasion.

1. The family barbeque. For that classic Saturday afternoon barbeque on the patio, you can’t beat a 6 seater dining set with parasol. Crank and tilt parasols are easy to adjust and protect you and your family from the midday sun, and the occasional summer shower. Choose a set with really comfy chairs including both seat and back cushions. Then you can chat and enjoy each other’s company right into the evening if you want.

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2. Tea (or coffee) in the conservatory. Modern rattan furniture is every bit as beautiful and practical in the conservatory or garden room as it is in the garden. Choose a lounge set with armchairs, a glass topped coffee table and a 2 seater or 3 seater sofa and you can enjoy your morning cup of coffee or afternoon tea with friends while you drink in the view of the garden.

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3. The summer dinner party. Take fine dining or evening drinks with friends outdoors this summer with a luxurious corner dining set. With a large, sumptuously cushioned corner sofa and stools there’s plenty of room for everyone. And if you choose practical flat weave PU rattan, the furniture can stay out all year long, you only need to store away the cushions.

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4. Entertaining a crowd. If you love throwing summer garden parties, a lounge set with an ice bucket and a coffee table invites your guests to relax with that glass of wine (or two). Or for poolside or patio glamour, you could choose a bar style dining set with ice bucket and parasol.

5. Chillaxing. Everybody deserves some serious ‘taking it easy’ time. Luckily, the wonders of modern rattan work apply to the garden sun lounger. Choose one with wheels so you can turn it to face the sun with ease, and an integral head cushion and adjustable back so you can relax in ultimate comfort. Many loungers include a handy side table for that iced drink, and if you prefer the shade you can position an adjustable parasol nearby.

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Whether you’re dreaming of long BBQ afternoons on the patio, lazy summer evening poolside drinks or lunch in the conservatory, it’s easy to find beautiful garden furniture to suit. And thanks to modern PU rattan, it’s never been more stylish, comfortable and easy to care for. Shop all garden furniture

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