Can I Leave My Outdoor Furniture Outside In The Rain?

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Can I Leave My Outdoor Furniture Outside In The Rain?

With constantly changing climate conditions throughout the year, it’s important to take special care of your patio ensemble. And, as suppliers of some of the most beautiful alfresco collections in the world, we are regularly asked: Can I leave my outdoor furniture in the rain? Join us as we explore why the answer isn’t just a simple “yes” or “no”.

There’s no doubt that exterior design improves the functionality and sophistication of garden living, allowing us to relax, breathe deeply and connect. But amid the enjoyment of creating these sanctuaries, there’s the constant worry that all our efforts will be ruined by the weather.

With rain being one of the most unpredictable forces of nature, it can certainly negatively impact our outdoor furniture if proper contingency plans are not made.

To ensure longevity, it’s important to understand the qualities of the patio sets you have purchased. Why? Because from plastics and wood to metal and glass, not every material is created equal and each requires its own special maintenance plan.

Let’s take a dive into all your options.


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3 Top rain-resistant outdoor furniture materials

Whether or not you can leave your outdoor furniture in the rain depends entirely on what it is made from, so selecting the right materials is critical. A sound choice will ensure its lifespan, durability and overall aesthetic appeal, giving you more bang for your buck in the long run.

The deciding factors should revolve around weather-proof capabilities, maintenance requirements and stylistic preferences. Here are 3 of your best options and why.


Due to its unquestionable longevity and natural resistance to heat, rain, insects, warping, cracking and rotting, teak is a highly valued material for patio furniture. With its tight grain structure and natural oil content, it is known to retain its colour over time and requires little maintenance.

High-end outdoor furniture manufacturers use it extensively in their collections and some, like Gloster, even grow their own sustainable teak plantations. Take a look at their Deck dining table as a prime example of the perfect ensemble for stylish alfresco entertaining.


Lightweight and strong, aluminium furniture is easy to move around, corrosion-proof and has a great track record when it comes to hard-wearing durability. Maintenance is a walk in the park and it does not rust or fade. It is also both recycled and recyclable, making it a great option if green living is a priority for you.

Atmosphera use aluminium broadly in their range of sleek, modern furnishings, giving their frameworks a strength and robustness that is ideal for the outdoors. Take a look at their attractive Qubik collection for inspiration, which includes a gorgeous selection of tables, armchairs and sofas.

Synthetic wicker

Made from high-density polyethene, this popular material is as charming as its natural counterpart but has the added bonus of being resistant to fading, cracking and moisture. It can also withstand UV rays and is easy to clean. Light and flexible, synthetic wicker offers everything you need in comfort and functionality and is also easy to store.

Specialising in outstanding hand-crafted wickerwork, Spanish-based company Skyline Design produces their offerings from a factory in Indonesia and distributes them to over 100 countries worldwide. With a range that includes the stunning Brafta Centre outdoor sofa, an elegant Journey daybed and many more resort-quality collections, they are an ideal choice.

Stainless steel, wrought iron, rope and recycled plastic are also fabulous options, giving you plenty of scope when it comes to sound garden furniture investments. Looking for some inspiration for your patio ensemble? Then check out our latest design projects portfolio for ideas on how to create the perfect alfresco space.

Caring for your outdoor furniture

Yes, you can leave your garden furniture outside in the rain, but if you want it to endure for longer, we suggest you follow these care and maintenance tips:

Looking for some inspiration for your outdoor furniture design? Check out our interior design project portfolio for ideas on how to create the perfect outdoor space.

Can I Leave My Outdoor Furniture Outside In The Rain?
Can I Leave My Outdoor Furniture Outside In The Rain?


Risks associated with leaving outdoor furniture in the rain

Yes, high-end manufacturers go to great lengths to ensure that their collections are designed to withstand inclement weather conditions through their material and construction choices. However, there are definitely some risks associated with continuously leaving outdoor furniture in the rain. We advise you to take note of the following:

How can I stop my outdoor furniture from getting wet?

The bottom line is that long-term weather exposure can reduce the lifespan of your outdoor furniture, necessitating frequent replacement or costly repairs. Failure to protect outdoor furniture from rain can damage its aesthetic appeal and resale value.

Please also note that moisture-related damage may be excluded from the manufacturer’s warranties, so check the small print when you first make your purchase. To ensure optimal longevity, we advise that you follow these tips.

Shop luxury outdoor furniture at FCI London

If you want to leave your outdoor furniture outside in the rain, you can do so, but ideally for a limited time only. Why? Because as with any luxury furniture investment, you want it to last for years.

Let us help you bring your patio spaces to life with our exquisite range of fully customisable outdoor furniture and accessories.

From opulent sun loungers and outdoor sofas to stylish tables, rugs and lighting, we have everything you need to suit your taste.

To find out more, get in touch today or visit our showroom and let our expert design team recommend the right products for your specific lifestyle. We can’t wait to get the ball rolling!

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