Synthetic wicker has been among the most popular material choices for outdoor furniture for decades and with no sign of it going out of fashion, we look at why this material will stand the test of time.

Rattan Dining Sets

What is Synthetic Wicker?

Synthetic wicker, otherwise known as rattan, garden furniture is popular for many reasons such as style, versatility and durability, to name a few. Where other furniture types such as plastic, wood, or metal fail, rattan always shines through.

The material itself is easy to shape and the term wicker actually refers to the weaving process that gives rattan furniture its appearance. Being easy to shape means that the furniture can be made into plenty of different furniture types such as dining chairs, tables, sofa sets, daybeds, and sun loungers. Whereas other materials like wood and plastic are limited in what they can be shaped into.

Not only that but the material used, HDPE synthetic wicker, is extremely weatherproof and perfectly suited to the British climate. The material is resistant to the cold and will not crack or go brittle and can also withstand high temperatures. Additionally, the material is waterproof and does not get damaged by rainwater or seawater, so it’s ideal for all locations by the beach or mainland.

Rattan Sofa Sets

The History of Wicker Furniture

The first recorded use of wicker for furniture begins with the ancient Egyptians who used wicker for baskets and mats. By the 17th-century wicker furniture was popular in Europe and eventually spread to Asia where different reed types were introduced, such as rattan.

Fast forward to modern day and synthetic wicker is being used as a more sustainable alternative to cutting down bamboo trees for their rattan. Additionally, real rattan is not suited to the British climate and will be severely damaged by our damp weather, so synthetic rattan is a much more durable option.


Using today’s technology, rattan furniture has been developed to use powder coated aluminium frames which are rustproof. Plus, the furniture is known to be fade resistant and fully weather resistant. Top quality synthetic rattan garden furniture is expected to have a life expectancy of over 10 years.

Rattan Fire Pit Tables

Easy to Maintain

Unlike other furniture types like wood and plastic which need regular care to maintain their appearance, rattan barely ever needs your attention. A quick wipe down with a damp cloth if the furniture gets dirty is all that is needed to keep rattan furniture looking fresh and new.

So Much Choice

With rattan being so easily shaped into different styles and being available in hundreds of different colours, you will never be limited for choice. Production of rattan furniture can only continue to produce new ideas as technology advances – a great example of this is the recent developments of rising tables and fire pit tables.

Therefore, with rattan garden furniture continuing to grow in popularity, year on year, it is expected that this material will stand the test of time, not only as a furniture style but also each individual piece with its durable qualities will last for years to come.

If you’re looking for synthetic wicker furniture, we offer plenty of choice online. You can also visit one of our showrooms to see the furniture in person, or speak to one of our customer advisors on the phone for advice and knowledge.