Synthetic Rattan Furniture: What Is It Made From?

5th March 2018

It's no secret that rattan furniture is a step-up from your average garden set. We often think of rattan as the ultimate addition to any self-respecting outdoor space. However, the real product can be expensive and pretty hard to maintain, especially when you live in a country where summertime often means rain and wind. That's why synthetic rattan furniture is the answer to all of your problems! You'll get that classic rattan look but with less maintenance and less disappointment when you go outside after a downpour. From dining sets to corner sofas, we've got all the synthetic rattan furniture you could ever dream of. Of course, we could ramble on all day about how great this artificial material is. However, we know that everyone wants to know the answer to this question: what is synthetic rattan actually made of?

Synthetic rattan furniture: What is it made from?

Well, obviously, it's not made from rattan! That's why we get a lot of people asking us this question - it's hard to understand how you can achieve that wicker look without using natural materials that weather easily. Synthetic rattan furniture is made from a man-made fibre which is much more sturdy and durable than the real thing. The fibres are woven in the same way as real rattan but are often coated with UV additives that can prevent fading and wear. You may have also heard the term 'resin wicker' used to describe artificial rattan.

Bear in mind, real rattan is made from natural abaca strands (palm). There is no doubt that it is absolutely beautiful but because it is such a delicate material it is quite unpractical for outdoor use. Therefore, a man-made fibre is a much more sensible alternative. Manufacturers generally use polyethene to produce artificial rattan, so it can be made in a more long-lasting way. Remember that wicker is also a method of weaving - not a material! So, when you hear 'wicker furniture', that will not necessarily mean real rattan.

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