Are you looking to improve your home storage solutions this year? If it’s rattan storage ideas you’re after, look no further!
We take a look at a five drawer rattan storage rack, part of a range of conservatory furniture from Rattan Direct.
- High quality storage rack. Hand-made by weaving natural rattan around a solid hardwood mahogany wooden frame with solid hardwood legs, rather than the lightweight tubular metal often seen.
- Dimensions D34, W52, H126 .
Was £298, now £149 available from Rattan Direct.
What the manufacturer says: “Available in a choice of abaca, kubu, wicker and white abaca, this storage rack provides a storage solution suited to any room. They come as either five or three drawer units and are hand-woven in abaca over a very sturdy hardwood frame with spacious pull-out baskets.”
Sara Walker tested the unit on behalf of Fresh Design.
Sara says: ” I live in an old house with small rooms, and I like this sort of tallboy storage, as it’s space efficient – I’ve got a couple of similar units already. I’ve seen much cheaper storage units than this with flimsy metal frames – this one is very heavy and solid, though. The baskets are a good size, and you can actually use them for storage! Again, I’ve seen some cheaper units where the baskets are too small to actually hold anything.
“The unit has a sturdy wooden frame and looks robust. The five baskets are strong and rigid, and each one has a pull handle at the front. There’s a good amount of space on the top for a table lamp or something like that. First impressions of the this unit were good – I liked the quality of the baskets and the wooden frame. However, there were one or two little niggles that I felt let it down a bit, such as a badly-joined edge on one of the shelf supports, which was visible from the front.
“I tried this unit in one or two places in the house, but it ended up in the pantry! It was excellent for holding fruit and veg, allowing plenty of air to circulate. The baskets meant I could just remove the whole thing and carry it to the countertop, which made life easier. I’d also have been happy to have the unit in the bathroom, where it would have done a sterling job holding bath products and cosmetics. Again, if you stored all your makeup in one of the baskets, you could just lift the whole basket out and carry it to the mirror.
“This is a great way of reducing clutter around the house – in fact, once I’d moved tins, empty jam jars, vegetables and packets of spices into the unit, the pantry was looking pretty tidy for a change. If I was a really organised person, I’d also label the drawers with their contents as the unit’s not on show.
“This isn’t the cheapest option on the market, so it depends on your requirements. It’s a much nicer looking piece of furniture than the budget ‘wire and wicker’ units out there, so if you’re looking for an option that looks good as well as performing well then this should make your list.”
(Disclosure: An item was supplied for the purposes of this review, but all views and opinions are our own)