Bramblecrest Geneva casual dining suite
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

Do I Need To Cover Synthetic Rattan Garden Furniture In Winter?

Protect your synthetic rattan garden furniture in winter

Bramblecrest Geneva casual dining suite (pictured above)

Good quality synthetic rattan garden furniture does not necessarily need covering in winter as the higher grade polyethylene weave is completely resistant to rain and frost. However if you want your furniture to look pristine for longer, then Hayes recommends that it is covered. Stacking your furniture together and buying a cover large enough to encompass the whole set will prevent it blowing around in high winds; just make sure that the cover can be fastened down to the legs of the furniture.

Some companies, such as Bramblecrest, make dedicated covers for their furniture with some modular sets fitting together like a jigsaw and having just one cover over the whole set. It is always worth calling our sales team for advice on covering your garden furniture. We recommend that before covering your furniture you place a broom through the parasol hole in the centre of the table; this creates a tent-like shape which will shed the water easily.

Lower quality synthetic rattan furniture however will need covering in winter as the colour is only applied to the outside of the weave, whereas the dye on a good quality set is incorporated throughout the polyethylene. The poorer quality material is also more prone to splitting and breaking when there is a hard frost.

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