Rattan Or Wicker Garden Furniture What's The Difference?
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Wicker or Rattan - What's the difference?

Summer is very nearly upon us once again and thoughts are most probably starting to turn to long lazy relaxing afternoons or evenings when we can spend many pleasant hours in the garden with friends or family.

'Excellent, I can't wait' I hear you say but what have you got in the way of garden furniture for everyone to sit on? Last years furniture really is on it's last legs and desperately needs replacing.

Ah! You hadn't thought of that yet have you?

Wicker or Rattan furniture is very popular just now so that might be something to think about.

But what is Wicker and what is Rattan? Are they one and the same or is there a difference?

Mmmmm a very good question. Of course you will need to know before you rush out to buy your garden furniture. The more information you have upfront means that you can make a better and more informed decision when you buy your garden furniture.

Well let's take a look then.

Basically Wicker and Rattan are different and are not the same thing at all.

Rattan furniture is made from variety of palm tree. It is in fact a vine which grows like a pole, is very strong and has a diameter of up to 3 inches. Quite amazingly, rattan can grow up to 100 feet. These trees are found in tropical areas such as Africa or south East Asia. The strong and flexible palm stems are cut into small sections and then steamed. The peel, or the outer skin of the rattan palm is then used to hold the joints of the furniture together. So Rattan furniture is made specifically from the rattan palm.

Wicker on the other hand is totally different. Wicker refers to the actual process of making furniture and not to any specific plant. Wicker work can be completed using a variety of different materials willow, rush, straw, bamboo and of course the core of the rattan plant as well. Synthetic materials are now being used in the process of making wicker furniture as well.

When it comes to how long the furniture will last, rattan has a head start over wicker furniture. Rattan has solid core and is very strong, it is available in a variety of different natural colours.

Wicker furniture, depending on what material has been used to make it, may or may not be strong.

Indoor or outdoor use?

Another good question here. Rattan will tend to lose its colour if exposed to the sun for any length of time so it's best to use natural rattan furniture indoors only.

Painted wicker furniture or synthetic rattan can be used outside with confidence as that does not fade.

For the modern outdoor garden furniture that requires little or no maintenance, synthetic rattan is used. It is ideal for leaving outside all year round so o storage problems arise in the winter which is good.


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