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Does Rattan Furniture Offer Good Value For Money?

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In terms of weather, us Brits get a pretty raw deal-even in Summer we’re armed with an umbrella ‘just in case’ and an extra jumper or two for good measure.

Yet when the sun makes a brief appearance, we’re all outside like a shot-throwing our shorts on with wild abandon to enjoy a little fresh air in our gardens.

However, without the right type of furniture in place, we’re looking at an altogether uncomfortable experience, and (in the case of wood), a great deal of repair work as well if we forgot to treat it before Winter.

One alternative to wood that’s proving popular is rattan-a material resonant of those lazy, hazy days of Summer holidays abroad.

But how does this material fare back in ol’ blighty? And, more importantly, does it offer good value for money long-term? We have the answers, and we’re here to share them in the following article…
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From increased longevity, to its ability to withstand all types of weather, rattan furniture is far from a one trick pony, matching form and function to achieve enviably impressive results.

What About Cost? Is Rattan Furniture Worth the Money?

Despite the initial price tag, rattan more than makes up for the outlay due to the brilliant benefits it provides.

From increased longevity, to its ability to withstand all types of weather, rattan furniture is far from a one trick pony, matching form and function to achieve enviably impressive results.

In addition to this, rattan is also far easier to maintain than other furniture types; a simple wipe down with warm soapy water is generally all that’s required.

Not only does this save you substantial time on maintenance-it also saves you some serious cash in the long-term, as you don’t need to constantly buy different treatments and products to keep it primed to perfection.

If you’re lucky enough to own a conservatory, you’ll be pleased to know that rattan is a favoured choice for this area as well; you can use this type of furniture inside your connie, without having to make a separate purchase to furnish the space. Simply transfer your rattan furniture inside in the Winter, and you’re good to go!

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Unlike other forms of furniture, rattan will not warp over time; instead, it will retain its original elegance as the years go by, making it a cost-effective investment long-term

Aren’t Rattan and Wicker Exactly the Same Thing?

Although deceptively similar on the face of it, rattan and wicker couldn’t be more different.

This misconception generally derives from the fact that both terms are used interchangeably. 

However, the essential difference between the two is that rattan is made from a strong and resilient vine that comes from South East Asia-with nothing extra added to the mix.

Wicker, meanwhile, comprises of a mix of varying materials, including: rattan core, reed, rush and willow. When damp, these materials are surprisingly pliable; it’s at this point that they’re woven into the distinctive pieces of furniture you see for sale at your local garden centre.

Unlike other forms of furniture, rattan will not warp over time; instead, it will retain its original elegance as the years go by, making it a cost-effective investment long-term.

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If you regularly inspect your rattan furniture, and dry it off after a heavy downpour, then you can expect it to last from between 10-20 years on average

How Long Does Rattan Furniture Last on Average?

A common question asked by our customers-and one which doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all answer, we’re afraid!

Like most things in life, the longevity of these products is largely determined by ownership; if you leave your furniture out in all weathers and let water soak in after rain, then you’ve got plenty of problems to ponder!

If, on the other hand, you regularly inspect your rattan furniture, and dry it off after a heavy downpour, then you can expect it to last from between 10-20 years on average.

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A delightfully, durable material, rattan is ideal for South facing gardens; it will withstand the penetrating glare of the sun, without losing its colour

Is Rattan Furniture Easy to Maintain?

Absolutely! In fact, it’s one of the most easy-to-maintain materials on the market today, making it perfect for those on hectic schedules (that’s all of us then!)

A delightfully durable material, rattan is ideal for South facing gardens, and will withstand the penetrating glare of the sun without losing its colour.

Faded furniture is an all too frequent frustration, so the fact that rattan retains its colour as the years go by puts it ahead of the rest in this respect.

Although it fares well during inclement weather, it’s best to store it away undercover during heavy downfalls-this will also ensure any cushions don’t get soaked (and mould speckles from forming on the fabric.)

As it’s so lightweight, you can easily move it during these times-without putting your back out to do so!

What’s more, if your children or grandchildren are planning to use the area for games, rattan’s marvellous manoeuvrability means that it can be easily pushed out of the way to make room for the serious business of play. Sorted!

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During periods of high sun and snowfall, rattan also remains remarkably resilient, taking temperature extremes in its stride

Can I Leave Rattan Furniture Outside? 

As mentioned above, you can leave rattan furniture outside, but not during periods of heavy rain.

By keeping your rattan furniture covered during the rain, you not only prevent it from becoming soaked in moisture; you also, additionally, extend its lifespan as well.

During periods of high sun and snowfall, rattan also remains remarkably resilient, taking temperature extremes in its stride. 

Furnishings and cushions, however, don’t fare quite so well; they will need to be stored away during Winter in a warm, dry space, such as your laundry room.

Still concerned about your furniture?  One secret trick of the trade is to apply a little car wax over your furniture frame to keep it in tip top condition. Yes, that’s right, car wax! You really do learn something new every day…

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The furniture weave itself is constructed in such a way as to prevent UV rays from running roughshod over the rattan, and causing it to lose its colour

I Live in A South Facing Home. Will Rattan Furniture Fade Over Time?

Definitely not-in fact rattan can take the sun better than most humans (and doesn’t sport the red lobster look us Brits do after too many hours worshipping the sun!)

The furniture weave itself is constructed in such a way as to prevent UV rays from running roughshod over the rattan (and fading your furniture into a mere shadow of its former glory.)

Some homeowners choose to paint their rattan garden furniture as well to add an extra injection of colour. If you’re considering this task, pay attention to the forecast; always set aside a sunny day to ensure the success of this venture!

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Although rattan is not the cheapest material on offer, it provides guaranteed, long-term results; and is far less costly to maintain than other garden furniture materials, such as wood

How Can I Ensure the Rattan Furniture I Buy Is of The Highest Quality?

Whether you’re after an alfresco area for dining, or want some well-deserved R & R, the quality of your outdoor furniture determines your level of comfort-and how long such pieces will last.

What may initially seem like a bargain can, in time, turn out to be false economy. If sub-standard materials are used, you can be pretty sure that you’ll receive inferior results in return-with unravelling rattan and bleached colour pretty much par for the course.

So how can you prevent this from happening?

Put simply, by paying a little extra from the outset. Although rattan is not the cheapest material on offer, it provides guaranteed long-term results; and is far less costly to maintain than other garden furniture materials, such as wood.

High quality UV stabilised rattan usually provides the best results. We would also advise you verify with your supplier that they are using thick fibre rattan; this is far more robust than the lower grade rattan options on offer.

All credible suppliers should be able to provide detailed accounts of where they sourced and manufactured the materials; a company that knows their stuff is a good indicator of a quality product.

If in doubt, grill and grill again! It’s your right as a customer to ascertain exactly what your purchase provides, not just initially, but long-term as well. Keep these thoughts in mind, and you can’t go far wrong!

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