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About Rattan Furniture
Picture a patio day with the barbecue sizzling and the sunshine streaming down, and chances are your mind's eye also conjures up some rattan furniture in the image. The distinctive interwoven texture of rattan garden furniture has a timeless summertime quality - those hot, endless 3pm sit-downs, cocktail in one hand, birdsong in the air, sun blazing and conversation flowing.
Thanks to its versatility, rattan garden furniture comes in all shapes and sizes. The classic table and chair sets for outdoor dining are one of the most common options, but you can also find rattan furniture in the form of sun loungers, benches, and even rocking chairs for the patio, or rattan solar lights.
What is rattan garden furniture made of?
Rattan furniture is made of the Rattan vine, also known as the Manila plant. This vine originates in Southeast Asia, and is well-loved for its strength, versatility and overall aesthetic appeal once woven into furniture or other items.
Rattan is easy to treat with oils or varnishes to keep it durable, which is a big part of its popularity. It's easy to confuse wicker and rattan furniture, but broadly speaking, rattan refers to the substance itself, while wicker more commonly describes the weaving process.
Is natural or synthetic rattan better?
Natural rattan is beautiful, although if you're looking for furniture that'll be incredibly weather-resistant, you should look out for synthetic rattan options - which are also often more affordable. PVC or PE rattan furniture is incredibly long-lasting, and far more durable in wind, rain or other weather extremes than natural rattan.
While the ultimate choice will surely be down to your personal preference, synthetic rattan garden furniture has been perfected by the best manufacturers to be nearly impossible to tell apart from natural rattan garden furniture - in look, in feel and in comfort.
As far as strength goes, you'll find that every kind of rattan furniture - natural rattan and synthetic rattan alike - is super resilient. This is in addition to it being decently lightweight, which is always a must for furniture in the garden - it has to be easy to move around.
It's only that weatherproofing factor that really informs which kind of rattan is right for your furniture outside, though. If you have decent furniture coversheets or a well secluded area to store natural rattan furniture when it's not in use, go for it!
That said, if you prefer a no-fuss approach to furniture you can leave outdoors all year round, synthetic rattan furniture may well be the way to go.
Is rattan furniture expensive?
Rattan furniture can often be seen as a bit of a luxury option, but thanks to those synthetic methods we mentioned - as well as OnBuy's confidence in working with our seller community - you'd be surprised at the savings that can be made.
Add some exotic flair or homestyle chic to your lawn or patio with rattan garden furniture for every occasion. Birthdays, barbecues, garden parties and lazy summer days - thanks to the range offered by our sellers, you'll be relaxing in style all year round!