Rattans are extensively used for making furniture and baskets. When cut into sections, rattan can be used as wood to make furniture. Rattan accepts paints and stains like many other kinds of wood, so it is available in many colours; and it can be worked into many styles. Moreover, the inner core can be separated and worked into wicker. Rattan has become extremely popular in the UK, leaving manufacturers with struggle to keep up. Rattan furniture is most popular in a garden environment, this is due to its ability to survive almost all weather conditions. Rattan tends to be more durable than wicker or bamboo, making it an excellent choice of material.
Like natural Rattan, synthetic Rattan is available in a vast array of styles and qualities. Synthetic Rattan can be extruded to almost any thickness, colour or shape. The most popular extrusions are those with a full round weave, a half round weave, or a flat weave. Weaves that use more material (i.e. full round weave) are more expensive, and generally manufactured to a higher quality. The appearance of full round weave is more authentic, and it is more attractive when woven. However the type of weave is not the only aspect to take into consideration when selecting Rattan furniture.
Natural rattan is without doubt one of the most popular materials used in furniture making today. It is an extremely pliable material, so its ideal for forming furniture pieces for the home and garden.
It is incredibly strong, has been utilised to make furniture for centuries, it will not splinter, and has excellent durability that can withstand even the most challenging weather conditions.
Originally, much wicker garden furniture was made from material taken from Rattan Palms, trees originating inn Africa, Asia and Australasia. This material looked great, but was never very good for garden furniture, as the weather soon takes its toll – especially in changeable climates. The Natural becomes brittle and discolors over time, eventually loosing its shape.