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How to Repair & Maintain Rattan Furniture

Taking care of your rattan furniture is extremely important, however, no matter how much you look after it, eventually it will be in need of some kind of repair. It is a good idea to be aware of the issues that could arise and how to treat them which is what this article should teach you.

Typical Problems

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Rattan furniture is very durable and can last for many years, however, eventually, it will start to wear down. When this happens they will need repairing and most of the time, these repairs are fairly straight forward. These are a few of the things you should look out for as you rattan furniture ages:

  • Broken or Loose Strands
  • Loose or Worn Out Screws
  • Worn Out Feet

Steps to Repairing

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Each problem requires a different solution in order to repair it. We will go over each possible problem that could occur and help you figure out how to fix it.

Broken or Loose Strands

After many years of use, the strands that have been weaved together may become loose. If this happens it needs to be repaired as quickly as possible before the problem gets worse. Loose strands are an easy fix and all you will need is some superglue from any supermarket and glue the strand that was loose, back into place.

If there are actually pieces that have broken off and are now missing, you can replace this with some new material instead. You can usually find this from a local craft store or even online. Once you have the new piece of material, you can cut off any broken material if there is any and then work on weaving in that new material and glueing it in place.

Loose or Worn Out Screws

Loose or worn out screws, again will just naturally happen over time. If the screws are loose this is a straight forward fix. All you will need to fix it is either an allen key or a screwdriver, whichever the screw needs, and they tighten it up using this.

If the screw is worn out you can simply remove the worn-out ones and replace with new ones which you can find from your local DIY store.

Worn Out Feet

If you notice that when you are sitting on your rattan chair or at the table, it slightly wobbles, it may have a foot which is a bit worn out. This is an easy fix. You can purchase new legs or plastic glides from your local DIY store.

Maintaining Rattan Furniture Tips

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Of course, eventually, your rattan furniture which needs a bit of repair, however, there are some things you can do which will keep your furniture in good condition for as long as possible. These are some tips to prolong the life of your rattan furniture:

Gently Clean

Make sure you dust your furniture regularly, some polish can be used sparingly but it isn’t necessary. As well as dusting it, you can also clean it with a wet cloth but make sure it isn’t too wet, however, if this happens it isn’t the end of the world, just make sure to dry it somewhere warm like outside in the sun.

If you even notice that mildew or mould growing on the furniture, make sure to treat it immediately, you can use a bleach solution to treat the affected area and leave it to dry in the sun. 

Lift When Using

Dragging the furniture around can cause fibres to split so it is best just to lift it up when moving it instead.


Rattan fibres can fade in strong light over time. If you are able to rotate the positioning of your furniture regularly, this could help a lot. This way it isn’t exposed to as much light, another solution is installing blinds to cover the furniture occasionally.

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