If you have checked out the latest offerings in garden furniture you may have seen rattan wicker garden furniture. Rattan outdoor wicker furniture is one of the most stylish styles of furniture available on the market but it can be difficult to know which type to go for. We will look at which rattan material to go for and why and what pieces you may need or get the best use from to make the most of the summer and you get the best use out of your furniture.
Outdoor rattan wicker garden furniture generally has two construction methods. You have traditional wicker weave rattan garden furniture and synthetic or poly wicker outdoor furniture. The traditional method utilises natural materials specifically rattan, a natural vine that predominantly grows in tropical regions. Traditional rattan wicker weave furniture is generally a woven or wickered cane material that is mounted on hardwood frames. The hardwood used traditionally is teak.
Poly rattan wicker furniture or synthetic rattan garden furniture is generally made from recycled plastic, pvc or resin material that is woven to replicate the rattan vine and can then be wickered to produce a furniture piece that looks, even at close inspection, like the traditional furniture constructed from natural materials. In some cases this man made weave is installed on teak frames but often to reduce cost whilst maintaining durable qualities the poly wicker weave is mounted on aluminum frames.
You will find considerable cost differences between either type of rattan wicker furniture mainly because furniture using the natural material is often create close to the material source by skilled craftsmen and material availability determines speed of build where as the poly rattan garden furniture made from man made materials can often be made at any location in the world on request.
As well as cost differences there are other factors to consider when buying woven wicker garden furniture. On the one hand traditional rattan furniture is natural, and has been proven to stand the test of time. On the other natural rattan wicker can become stained from damp and suffer fading from UV light over time although this can be reduced if the outdoor rattan garden furnitureis treated for these conditions during construction. Man made rattan wicker weave furniture can be put or left out in all weather conditions without fear of damage or fading and is generally considerably cheaper. Often because poly rattan can be ordered to any specification you get a greater range of furniture designs that would not be possible with natural rattan vine, meaning you can get a lot more contemporary designs from synthetic wicker.
Whichever type of rattan garden furniture you opt for you will find a great number of pieces available on the market too suit just about any circumstance you might come across. Rattan outdoor dining furniture sets are abundant in choice of style and design, most sets are offered as either four or six chair sets with a glass topped table and optional footstools. Most chairs will come with cushions for comfort. If you are after pool side furniture you can find extensive ranges of rattan loungers and recliners or sofas that can add style and sophistication to the pool side experience. Rattan settee’s can often be bought singularly or in twin sets with optional footstools and when built from synthetic material are very versatile offering use indoors or outdoors.
Whichever material or style of rattan outdoor wicker furniture you opt for be sure to take up any offers for furniture covers that may come with any pieces you buy. For a small additional price the covers will extend the life of the furniture and cut down on cleaning and maintenance costs over the life cycle of the furniture giving you the best experience possible with your new garden furniture.
Rattan Garden furniture is a great alternative to heavy set wooden garden furniture so why not go out and buy some today?