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Synthetic rattan or Natural rattan furniture ?


Synthetic Rattan is a flexible but sturdy man-made fibre which has revolutionised the garden furniture market. Good quality synthetic rattan furniture is impervious to the forces of both mother nature and day to day use. It won’t fade in the sun, become brittle and crack in the cold, peel or suffer from mildew even if left outside all year round. Furthermore it can do all this without maintenance and is available in traditional or truly modern designs.

Synthetic rattan or Natural rattan furniture ?

Unlike traditional natural wicker garden furniture which is woven from natural abaca (palm) strands, modern outdoor all weather wicker garden furniture is hand woven from new weather resistant synthetics that are far more durable and include UV proofing additives that can resist fading for decades. Synthetic wicker garden furniture will keep its colour far longer than traditional garden outdoor furniture and is also chlorine resistant.It is truly amazing.

Durability. Natural rattan furniture is exceptionally strong and durable, of course, if it is protected from the outdoor elements and if it is made according to the highest quality workmanship standards. Quality synthetic rattan is extremely durable as well but there is one major difference. In contrary to natural rattan furniture, our all-weather rattan collection can be left outdoors all year round without the need to worry about the harsh outdoor conditions affecting its beauty or durability.

Comfort. There is no difference between natural and synthetic rattan when it comes to comfort. Instead, the level of comfort your rattan garden furniture will provide you with depends on the design and quality of weaving as well as some other factors such as the size of the furniture because even the cosiest piece of furniture will feel uncomfortable if it is too large for instance. Also, the key pieces of furniture such as rattan garden chairs are typically used with chair cushions which increase both the comfort and the overall aesthetic appeal of the furniture.

Cost. As much as cost is concerned, there is no major difference between natural and synthetic rattan furniture of comparable quality. Unfortunately, quality always has its price but by choosing a quality furniture which is made from environmentally friendly material regardless if it is sourced from sustainably managed forests or manufactured in an environmentally conscious factory, you will help keep our planet green as well as save money in the long term. In contrary to cheap versions, quality garden furniture is actually built to last, not to mention that it looks more beautiful.

Natural rattan is without doubt one of the most popular materials used in modern furniture making all over the world. Rattan is an extremely malleable material, so it is ideal for forming striking and diverse furniture pieces for the home.

The plastic material is also extremely malleable and easy to shape, plus its available in a wide array of shades and colours. And I have to be honest with you, the good thing with the synthetic varieties is that they still maintain that strength of the natural rattan too.

The plastic or synthetic rattan look furniture is strong and, if properly looked after, will last you an incredibly long time. Also, it is very easy to clean with just warm water and washing up liquid when needed and it is not susceptible to any rust like iron garden furniture or mold like the natural rattan.


Synthetic rattan or Natural rattan furniture ?
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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.

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