Rattan Garden Furniture
Differences Between Natural & Synthetic Rattan
Rattan Outdoor Furniture
Rattan Garden Furniture has two types. Natural rattan furniture and synthetic rattan furniture.
Natural rattan furniture is made from rattan palm. Rattan palm, native to South East Asia is easy to harvest and transport. Equally, rattan grows quickly. In fact, Rattan grows much quicker than other tropical woods.
While rattan palm and palm trees are similar, differences exist. For one rattan palm has a more slender stem.
Superb for making garden furniture, many outdoor sofas, tables and chairs are upholstered in rattan.
The alternative to natural rattan is synthetic rattan. Synthetic rattan furniture is upholstered in polythene. Alternative names include; PE Rattan or plastic rattan furniture. Polythene is a man-made fibre manufactured to look like natural rattan. Being durable and longlasting means that polythene makes an excellent material for outdoor furniture.
There are advantages to making garden furniture in both materials.
Rattan Corner sofas, tables and chairs
Does rattan garden furniture last?
Wicker furniture, naturally occuring and frequently referred to as “natural outdoor furniture”. Mistakenly wicker is often thought of as the fabric. Actually wicker is the process of weaving together smaller pieces of wood. The fragility of wicker is a downside. Despite that, wicker remains a popular choice in making garden furniture. Furniture sitting in the garden will be exposed to sunlight. In particualr clients buying outdoor furiture in spain will need a robust material. Unfortuntely, wicker often damages under intense sun exposure. Equally, wicker requires lots of maintenance. On the plus side, wicker is very attractive.
Often considered better than natural rattan, PE rattan is long lasting. Moreover, PE Rattan keeps its colour. Even with consistent outdoor use. During manufacturing, PE Rattan sofas and chairs are treated to be weather and water resistant. Read case studies for Julia and Claire. Both purchased PE Rattan Garden furniture. In both cases, the ladies were delighted with the results.