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Bark Chippings and Rattan Furniture

Hey All,
Hope someone can give me some advice…
Had an old area of concrete which had become overgrown and was no use, think it used to be a shed base. So the kids can use it over the summer have edged it with some railway sleepers, membrane and bark chippings. Didn’t want to put a patio down etc… as only at the house for another 4 months.
I want to put a rattan table and chairs On it which I already have as they were brought for new house. They have full width legs on the chairs and table (not points), would these be ok on there or would there be a risk of the rotting or getting damp? Or are they just not comfortable on it… any advice and guidance appreciated.


  • Hey,

    Anyone got any thoughts or experience, don’t want to spend £500 on a patio set that won’t be any use hahaha.

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,730
    I would be inclined to get some small paving slabs and put those under the legs.  They will help keep the furniture above the chippings, and increase stability.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,736
    so long as the bases are not IN water, I'd think they'd be ok
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,937
    Could you not sweep the bark away from the area where you’re putting the furniture?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    Is it real rattan, or the plastic stuff that's used more nowadays?
    If it's the latter, it'll be fine.
    If it's the real deal, I'd either do as @Dovefromabove describes, or put another hard material under the edges that will be in contact with the bark, as @KT53 says. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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