The Low Down on Rattan Furniture and Why it’s So Popular

If you’re thinking about reconnecting with nature, look no further than introducing rattan furniture into your living space. A comfy rattan chair could bring a classic rustic charm to your home or garden, and with its durable nature, you won’t have to think about replacing your furniture for a while. By investing in a quality rattan chair, like the ones we offer at Fusion Living, you’ll be welcoming a homely and relaxed atmosphere to your home!

Throughout this blog, we will answer some frequently asked questions about rattan furniture so that you can pick the right piece for your home. The world of rattan furniture is vast, and anyone interested in interior design should consider utilising it to add a touch of nature’s elegance to their home.

Table of Contents

What is rattan?

How is rattan furniture made?

What is the difference between rattan and wicker?

Is rattan furniture still in style?

Why choose rattan?

A guide to choosing the right piece of rattan furniture for you 

Where to show off your rattan furniture

How to look after rattan furniture

Where to buy rattan furniture

What is rattan? 

Rattan, also known as ratan, is a collective term for around 600 different species of climbing palm. It is often used to make furniture, such as chairs, our speciality here at Fusion Living. 

When cut into sections, rattan can substitute wood when crafting furniture. Like wood, it can be painted and stained, allowing for a wide range of colour options, perfect for bright colour lovers and people who prefer subdued tones.                                               

How is rattan furniture made?

Crafting rattan furniture is a meticulous process that combines traditional techniques with skilled craftsmanship. It begins with the harvesting of rattan. Once harvested, rattan stems are cleaned, stripped of thorns, and left out to dry in the sun, enhancing their flexibility.  

The next step is weaving, where rattan fibres are skillfully intertwined to create intricate patterns and designs. 

After the weaving is complete, the furniture undergoes a finishing process, enhancing its durability and appearance. The finishing process includes applying a protective layer of lacquer, varnish, or stain to preserve the rattan. Often rattan furniture will be enhanced by adding a few finishing touches, such as cushions or upholstery. 

What’s the difference between rattan and wicker? 

Rattan and wicker are terms often used interchangeably. The difference between the two is that rattan is the material used, whereas wicker is the style of weave used in many furniture pieces. 

Is rattan furniture still in style?

With its timeless appeal and natural charm, rattan furniture is popular in interior and exterior design. So to answer the question “Is rattan furniture still in style?” it is a resounding yes!

Despite the constant change in design trends, rattan continues to hold its ground as a popular choice for home decorating. As designers continue exploring creative ways to infuse natural elements into modern spaces, rattan remains the perfect choice for anyone trying more natural and sustainable decorating. 

Why choose rattan furniture for your home? 

Rattan has many advantages over other materials, such as wood. Listed below are some of the advantages of choosing rattan: 

  • Durable 
  • Versatile 
  • Eco-friendly
  • Natural material
  • Weather resistant 
  • Low maintenance 
  • Comfortable 
  • Easy to clean

A guide to choosing the right piece of rattan furniture for you 

At Fusion Living, we offer a wide range of rattan furniture. You can see our full listings on our website, although we have highlighted some of our favourite products below.

Rattan and Black Birchwood collection: 

Our rattan and black birchwood chair collection offers a contemporary twist on a classic antique style. These eco-friendly, ergonomic items make great indoor and outdoor furniture pieces.

Rattan Barstools:

These natural rattan barstools with black metal legs offer an ergonomic design that is the perfect accent piece for contemporary interiors. They would fit perfectly into a contemporary Scandinavian-style home. Don’t worry about staining these barstools; you can easily clean them with a damp cloth. 

Wood and Rattan Armchairs: 

These high-quality natural rattan and wooden armchairs showcase a minimalist design that perfectly accents a spacious and laid-back environment. The reclined backrest offers a relaxed silhouette perfect for anyone looking to sit back and chill out this summer. 

Where to show off your rattan furniture

Rattan is a remarkably versatile material that is an excellent choice for interior and exterior decorating. In interior design, rattan complements various decor styles, from cosy bohemian to sleek contemporary. 

Rattan is the perfect choice for exterior decorating for many due to its durability and weather-resistant qualities. It can add an organic feel to patios and decking if your garden or apartment balcony lacks a natural feeling.

How to look after rattan furniture

Once your stylish rattan furniture has arrived, you will need to know how to look after it so that it can stay looking brand new for as long as possible. 

Cleaning rattan is quick and easy. Here are our top tips on how to care for rattan furniture:

1. Gently wipe the material with a hand brush or vacuum to remove surface dirt.

2. Wipe down the rattan with a soft cloth and soapy water. You can use a toothbrush to clean hard-to-reach areas.

3. Rinse the bubbles off with warm water and leave to dry. We recommend cleaning your rattan furniture on a sunny day for quick drying in the heat.

Where to buy rattan furniture

Whether you want to create a cosy reading nook or a stylish patio, rattan furniture will help elevate your home to new comfort levels.

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