10 Things You Didn’t Know About Rattan Furniture
Rattan furniture is exceptionally popular thanks to its stylish appearance and versatility but there are many things you might not know about rattan furniture. We’re sure that if you weren’t sold on rattan furniture before you will be after finding out these great facts.
1 – Authentic rattan is rarely available in the UK as it is not suitable for the UK’s damp climate. Genuine rattan often rots when exposed to damp weather conditions which is why we use replicas and synthetic rattan to ensure the furniture is totally weatherproof, even in damp conditions.
Synthetic rattan can be made from materials such as PVC, PU, and PE with PE being the most durable.
2 - All rattan furniture is hand woven in the far east. Hand weaving the rattan is a timely process but ensures the best quality. Rattan is exceptionally popular in the far east, particularly in China where skilled craftsmen are not only able to weave furniture but other household items too.
3 – Rattan furniture made from PE materials are extremely environmentally friendly. The material is non-toxic and 100% recyclable. So, you will be able to enjoy the comfort of your furniture knowing it is causing no harm to the environment.
4 – Rattan furniture isn’t just suitable for use in gardens. Though the most common use for rattan furniture is for garden furniture, thanks to its weatherproof qualities, rattan furniture also looks stylish and fitting in conservatories or summer houses.
5 – Rattan furniture requires very little maintenance as, unlike other furniture materials, it does not discolour or develop mildew. Rattan furniture will only rarely need a wipe down with warm water, should it be exposed to dirt such as bird mess or dirty leaves.
6 – Synthetic rattan is not only more weatherproof than natural rattan, but it is also stronger, tougher and even lighter in weight, making it easy to move around the garden and relocate.
7 – Rattan furniture made with powder coated aluminium framework and PE synthetic rattan is completely weatherproof and can be left outside all year round. You do not need to store this furniture away in the winter which makes it ideal for those with smaller spaces.
8 – Synthetic rattan has a much longer lifespan than its natural counterpart. Synthetic rattan furniture is likely to last anywhere between 10-20 years, depending on the materials it is made with.
9 – Rattan furniture designs are still developing. Rattan furniture is always rising in popularity which means retailers and designers are always developing new ideas and new technologies to improve your rattan furniture and ensure that customer wants, and needs are fulfilled.
10 – New rattan furniture colours are being introduced. Rattan furniture is not limited colour wise and new colours are currently being introduced.
The most popular rattan furniture colours are currently natural, brown and grey. But new colours such as whitewash have recently been introduced and have proved popular. In years to come, we expect to see new colour options come to the forefront of the market.
With rattan furniture providing so many benefits we are sure you are considering rattan garden furniture for your own garden. If you need help choosing a rattan furniture set, we recommend visiting one of our showrooms or giving us a call and speaking to one of our knowledgeable sales advisors.