Natural woven furniture is a beautiful addition to any design and has been trending for quite some time. Whether you’re looking for Scandinavian decor, a neutral color palette, or a rustic, bohemian vibe, retro rattan sofas and chairs have proven to be a durable yet simplistic feature. But, although they are surprisingly durable, they tend to stretch.
As it is a natural material, rattan and cane strands can start to sag over time. Through a combination of weight and heat (and exposure to weather if it’s outdoors), the material will expand and contract, causing it to reshape. After a while, you won’t have the comfortable, supportive seats you once had.
“Rattan furniture can be difficult to maintain, but it’s definitely worth it,” says Pip Rich, editor of Livingetc. “This nifty little home decor hack can be used on all types of rattan furniture that supports a lot of weight, including tables and stools. Not only will you have beautifully fresh looking furniture, but you’ll have peace of mind because you’ve also helped extend the life of a piece of furniture.
If this dilemma sounds familiar, luckily, a nifty Instagram reel offers a solution — and all it involves is a spray bottle and hot water (and a helping hand from the sun).
How to prevent rattan furniture from sagging
Alexis Mesenbrink, home renovator and interior design blogger (@alexis.mbrink (opens in a new tab)) shared this useful hack on her Instagram to help freshen up sagging rattan furniture. All it takes is spraying warm water on the caning to reshape it.
First, Alexis flips her rustic rattan dining chairs to reveal the crosshatched rope stand underneath. Using a spray bottle filled with warm water, she saturates the underside of the caning. The bottom of the material is best for this because it has not been worn down or treated, which makes it more porous.
Then she simply lets the chairs dry in the sun to restore the cane to its original shape. And a few hours later, they are like new. You can try the same trick on all your stylish rattan furniture.