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.
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.
Rattan is a type of long vine that grows in tropical climates, and when heated, it becomes pliable and can be crafted into furniture using traditional wicker techniques. However, as soon as it cools it returns to a hard stiff state making it an ideal durable, renewable material with which to build furniture.
Also, natural rattan is an incredibly strong and durable material that can withstand even the most difficult weather conditions. You don’t need to worry about it splintering, which again gives it an added edge over other types of timber used in furniture production.
Before describing the method that buyers should use to locate and purchase a rattan garden armchair, it is important to define the basics. This means understanding what rattan actually is and the benefits of choosing it as the materials for one’s garden furniture.
Rattan: A Definition
The word rattan refers to 600 different species of palm trees and plants which are native to the African tropics. Historically, long and thin pieces of rattan were woven together in the construction of furniture and rattan baskets. This is because the wood itself was both mouldable and easily stained into various colours. What’s more, the inner core of rattan pieces is one of the many substances used to make wicker.
The problem with natural rattan, however, stems from its durability. Because it is made of a 100 per cent natural fibre without much treatment, true rattan furniture is subject to weathering and rot. This makes the high price of natural rattan furniture an unwise investment if it is intended for outdoor use. Instead, garden rattan furniture is generally made of high-quality plastics which are designed to look and feel like natural rattan with the added benefit of increased durability and performance.
The three most common materials used for the manufacturing of rattan furniture are High Density Polyethylene (HDPE or PE), Polyurethane (PU), and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Because of the common element of all these materials (the “poly”) they are collectively referred to as Poly Rattan to differentiate them from natural rattan. The table below will give readers a general idea of the differences between each of these types of plastic-based materials.
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