The terms wicker and rattan furniture are too often interchanged, with many believing that they are almost alike when the fact of the matter is, there are many differences between the two.
Rattan is an excellent type of garden furniture- it is eco-friendly, lightweight and really easy to maintain.
We’ve put together this in-depth guide so you can learn everything you need to know when buying garden furniture including:
How Do Rattan and Wicker Differ?
Rattan is a close relative of the palm tree; it is a type of vine that grows in the jungles of the South Eastern region and is one of the strongest woods available. It’s really hard to break, very durable and the peel is commonly used to bind the furniture together.
Wicker on the other hand, isn’t a material but rather a technique used to manufacture products out of materials like rattan, willow, bamboo, straw and rush. Such natural materials are made wet and are then woven to create wicker furniture.
So rattan is a product and wicker is the technique used to manufacture the furniture. Wicker garden furniture is hugely popular choice- it’s easy to maintain, contemporary and robust; but if you want solid durability and versatility, rattan furniture is your ideal choice.
How to Maintain Rattan Furniture
You don’t need any fancy cleaning products to keep your rattan garden furniture spick and span. Some dishwashing detergent, a bowl of warm water, a soft cloth, a toothbrush and some lacquer are all you need to maximise your furniture’s longevity.
How to Choose The Best Rattan Furniture
All rattan isn’t the same, so here is a checklist to make sure you choose the very best pieces of furniture:
So there you have all the top tips and advice that you need to deck your garden out this summer with high quality, stylish rattan furniture.
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