You may have seen a new trend in patio furniture that has become very popular in the last few years. The pieces look much more similar to indoor wicker furniture that can be used both indoors and out with sofas, dining sets and all kinds available. The material that is used to make this new patio furniture is called synthetic rattan.
It is possible to buy patio furniture made of natural rattan. Rattan is the name Rattan Dining Sets given to many species of plant that are found in parts of Asia, Australasia and Africa. It is a climbing plant which gives it its length. After it has been cleaned, it can be woven around a frame to produce all kinds of furniture pieces.
The furniture if often mistaken for wicker furniture however wicker is the actual process of making that style of furniture rather than the material it is made from.
Synthetic rattan can also be made into fabulous patio furniture. Some of the furniture is much more modern than more traditional garden and patio furniture. For example it is possible to buy seating sets that look a lot more like an indoor furniture suite, but made from rattan. When combined with some comfy sofa cushions, the resulting furniture can be a lot more comfortable than a usual deck chair and certainly more so than a plastic chair!
Some of the rattan sun loungers look fantastic in the garden. The pieces look more up-market than traditional garden furniture, looking like something you would be more likely to find beside a pool in the South of France rather than from a home ware store. However, because of the versatility of the material, it is possible to create a whole range of styles than range from the more modern to the more traditional.
Synthetic rattan furniture is made of plastics such as polythene or polycarbonate. However, it can also be made from recycled plastics, giving it that eco-edge over other materials. Because it is made from plastics, you can have your rattan patio furniture in nearly any colour you want. The colour will also not fade as quickly in the sunlight as natural rattan would do.
The best thing about synthetic rattan patio furniture is that it can be left outside all year round. It is waterproof – apart from any sofa cushions you add obviously – and unlike natural rattan, won’t grow mould and other growths. Synthetic rattan furniture is a great choice for patio furniture – why not check it out?