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Christmas is a time for celebrating, socialising and relaxing with your loved ones. Make your home more inviting by arranging your furniture that ensures ease of movement and lets people have a good time. You need to create a path so that visitors can move around from one space to another. Here are a few tips on how to arrange your furniture for christmas:

Have a focal point

A focal point could be your christmas tree, fireplace or mantel. Go out to make it very attractive and welcoming, but stop at one focal point. More than one focal point can make your room feel over-crowded and confusing.

Make it easy to socialise

If you invite a lot of guests, be aware you’ll need a lot of room for them to socialise effectively. Sometimes you may find removing a sofa from your living room can free up space for your guests. Put the sofa in another room to provide additional seating.

Light the way

If you want your guests to get that ‘Christmassy feeling’ ensure you have a wide array of Christmas lights. It will make your home feel warm and cosy instantly. Fairy lights, candles and a well decorated fireplace will add to your festive ambiance.

Make sure you have enough seating

Your guests will not want to stand up all day, especially after a huge Christmas dinner. To ensure your guests go home happy and have a great time at your Christmas gathering, make sure there is adequate seating for everyone. Also, nesting tables or coffee tables come in handy for setting down drinks or food as it could be difficult to eat food while standing up with a drink in your hand.

Food

If you have decided to forgo the Christmas dinner and opt for the simpler buffet, you will need to place the food in an easily accessible place for everyone, such as the kitchen, dining table or a buffet table in the living room. This will allow everyone to help themselves as they please and will also allow you to pull away the dining chairs from the table and use them as extra seating. In addition to this, distribute plates of snacks around the conversation areas you have set up.

What did you think of this blog? Can you think of any other ways to arrange your furniture and decorations for Christmas? Please leave your comments below.

The living room is the social hub of every house. The placement of the room’s furniture is vital to making the space feel welcoming and inviting. If not, the room could end up looking cluttered and unattractive.

Where to position the furniture depends on the natural focal point of the room. This may be a fire place, a window, a Christmas tree (during the holidays) or a television. Once determined, position the seating around it, or towards it.

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Here are a few ways to arrange your living room:

Straight on:

The simplest and most common way to arrange furniture is to place the sofa parallel to the focal point with all other pieces angled to face the same direction. This is a good way to arrange a family room as everyone will be able to see the television or sit near the fireplace.

Passing through:

If your living room has multiple doorways, you will need to angle the room from opening to opening. The best way to do this is to draw an imaginary line through the room, creating a pathway between furniture pieces. This will allow you to place your furniture in a way that keeps the focal point in mind but also directs people through the space.

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Around the corner:

With wrap-around sofas, many people push it up against the wall, into the corner of the room. To get the most out of your room, pull the sofa away from the wall and let the air and light flow around it. Place a light behind it or in the corner and place additional seating at both ends of the couch.

Flexibility:

With your sofa, chairs and other pieces of furniture, reposition the arrangement to see which one suits your living room best. Make sure to allow enough room between each piece of furniture so people can move around. It’s also a good idea to give each seat an area to rest a drink within reaching distance.

Classic symmetry:

The more classic method, to facilitate a conversation, is to place two sofas directly opposite each other, with a focal point at one end, e.g a fireplace. It’s useful for activities such as reading a book, relaxing and socialising.

What do you think of this blog? What do you think the best furniture arrangement for your living room is? Please leave your comments below.

   

You would be forgiven for thinking that wicker and rattan refer to the furniture that many people have in their homes during the summer months. Both are common terms we use when we talk about outdoor furniture. However, this is one major difference between the two that may just surprise you.   Although wicker and rattan fall under the same category, they’re not simply varying ways of saying ‘outdoor furniture’. In short, rattan is a material used to make the furniture whereas wicker is the technique that involves weaving natural materials, such as bamboo and willow, into intricate patterns.   wicker furniture in conservatory

What Is Rattan?

Rattan is actually a close relative of the palm tree. It’s a type of vine that grows in the jungles of the South Eastern Region. It relies on other trees for support as it winds its way around them from the forest floor up. It grows on the shape of a pole and has a diameter that varies between one to three inches.   When it’s matured, the strong solid cane is harvested, cut into lengths and often steamed to shape into curves. Unlike the bamboo cane, rattan boasts a strong durable core and is hard to break since its grains grow vertically instead of forming the concentric rings of most other hardwoods.   The outside skin of the rattan cane, which is the peel, is generally used to bind the furniture joints together. Rattan is very strong and comes in a variety of natural colours, which makes it a popular material for manufacturing furniture.   four rattan flower pots showing what is the difference between wicker and rattan  

What Is Wicker?

Believe it or not – wicker is not a material! If you’re contemplating what is the difference between wicker and rattan furniture, that’s just it. The term describes an ancient technique used to manufacture items out of natural materials, such as willow, rattan, bamboo and rush. So they can be easily woven, the materials are wet to create the furniture pieces. Wicker baskets have even been found sating back to ancient Egyptian times.   Fast forward to the 21st Century, in 2018 the same weaving techniques are being used with recycled materials to create eco-friendly furniture and home furnishings. Everything from wicker laundry baskets to garden furniture uses this timeless technique because of its durability and aesthetically pleasing results.   rattan furniture in living room  

So, There You Have It

In conclusion, what is the difference between wicker and rattan furniture? Well, rattan furniture is made from rattan, but wicker is the technique used to create the chair. Additionally, other materials can also be used to produce final product when making wicker furniture. These can include bamboo, straw, willow, rush and many more. In many instances, a more rigid material like bamboo is used as the base, then rattan is used to weave the chair design. Surprisingly, old rattan and wicker furniture can command high prices in antique sales. Notably Victorian wicker and vintage rattan pieces made in the Philippines or the Hawaiian islands dating from the 1940’s and 1950’s.   If you’re still unsure and would like some more information on our products, please get in touch and contact us today. We are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have!

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There are many people who struggle with choosing the perfect furniture for their living room. They find it difficult to match furniture with their walls, floors and what would be the best material sofas to purchase.

Below are some tips on the best way to plan purchasing masses amounts of furniture for your living room and how to choose each piece: Planning the layout Measurements: Use a tape measure to find out the size of your room. This will be very useful when measuring furniture you like and deciding whether it will fit in your room or not. You should also measure your doorways to make sure that all the furniture your use will be able to fit through each door and get into your house. Floor Plan: Decide where you want the larger furniture to go, for example the sofa and coffee table, and then plan everything around them. Mark out where the bigger furniture will go using masking tape, this will help you visualise the room better.

How will the room be used?: Will your living room be the main room of your home where everyone likes to congregate and relax whilst having a cup of tea and a chat? If so, you need to think about the type of furniture you’re looking for and whether it needs to be long lasting or very simple.

Choosing your furniture Basics: First, you need to choose your sofa, armchair, side table, coffee table and any other large furniture you’re thinking about having. Once these are pieces of furniture are in place, you can decide what other furniture you have space for in your living room.

High quality: If your living room is going to be used frequently, you need to decide on high quality material so that they last a long time and won’t easily wear out. You will also want your sofa to be stain-resistant because if you’re going to have a lot of people near it with food, drink and other messy substances, you don’t want it to stain.

Accessories: Accessories are very important to making your living room unique. With accessories, you can put your own stamp on your living room, whether you add a rug, a lamp, cushions or candles, it will look great. Think about the colours and whether they go with your room along with if the accessories you want will fit into your living area.

 

There are many people who aren’t happy with their homes and feel they need to decorate them to make them come alive again. This isn’t always the case. Sometimes you just need to pay special attention to certain areas of your home to bring it back to life and here’s how to do it:

Cleaning One of the main things people don’t have time to do these days is to give these homes a good clean. This is one of the best things you can do to your house to make it feel fresh and alive again. Pay special attention to areas you don’t clean as often as you’d like to, for example, skirting boards, door frames, windows and your banister.

Cleaning your home can transform it completely and make you realised you might not actually need to decorate it at all.

Clutter Clutter is very bad for your home. It makes it look dirty and unappealing. If you have things piled high in all rooms of your home, sort them out. You can’t possibly need everything you have. Go through each pile, one at a time and throw away anything you don’t need.

Decluttering your home will make it seem a lot more welcoming and more alive. You want to make sure your home stays fresh, and this won’t happen if you have piles of rubbish everywhere collecting dust and dirt.

Accessories Adding accessories to your main living areas can change the whole look of a room and make it appear like you’ve decorated it and given it a whole new look. Adding cushions to your sofas, vases to your tables and rugs on your floors can brighten up any room and add plenty of character.

Accessories can be very cheap to buy and cost you a lot less than redecorating an entire room. Fresh flowers and pictures on the walls can also help.

Kitchen The kitchen is said to be the heart of the home and is usually the most expensive to decorate. If you’re unhappy with your kitchen, you might not need to rip it all out and start again. Adding a lick of fresh paint to the walls and giving it a good polish can spruce the place up very quickly, leaving it looking brand new. Make sure you keep your kitchen clean at all times, although not when you’re cooking, and it will fit right in with the rest of your beautiful house.

Mixing and matching furniture can provide many benefits. From saving you money due to not having to buy full matching sets to creating something unique, the benefits of mixing and matching are numerous. This is great if you are the kind of person who doesn’t like to go to the furniture store and buy a full set of matching pieces. Mixing and matching will allow to incorporate your favourite pieces into your own designs.

However, creating your own style and designs can go drastically wrong. By following these five helpful tips, your designs will look good everytime:

 

1) Match patterns and colours

Furniture of different styles can be made to match by choosing complementary colours. Uniting your furniture colours can be as simple as purchasing matching cushions or throws. This is a cheap way to make your furniture match.

2) Coordinate the weight of furniture and accessories

If you furniture in general is quite bulky then complement it with sizeable accessories, rather than trying to mix different sizes. Choose a theme and stick to it as this will make sure nothing looks out of place. Balance can become an issue if larger pieces are combined with smaller ones.

3) Combine different finishes

Wood finishes are a great thing to mix and match. Try mixing dark woods with lighter highlights. With a large range of wooden accessories such as picture frames available, it should be easy to find complimentary items for your room. Combining glossy with matte finishes can look really good.

 

4) Follow a theme

Look out for items which all follow the same theme, such as colour or time period. Try using modern accessories which have been inspired by period pieces as a way to blend everything together. Following a theme is also a great way to find inspiration.    

5) Combine similar shapes

Combining similar shapes can be a really simple way of matching the furniture in your room and if done correctly, can look really effective. Combining different sizes of each shape can help you do create different focal points within the room.

As you can see, with just a few quick adjustments, almost any kind of furniture and accessories can be combined to give you a personalised and stylish look.

Does anyone have any other tips for mixing and matching furniture? If so, leave us a comment below and let us know!

Wicker is a woven fibre formed into a rigid material which is usually used for furniture or baskets. At Desser, we offer a lot of different wicker furniture but nothing like which we will be showcasing in this blog. We will look at the weird and wonderful wicker workings across the world.

1. Wicker Moose

This looks like it is not made out of traditional wicker materials. It is a great piece of art, if that’s what you call a six foot moose made out of wicker.

 

2. A large wicker spoon

This is perfect for eating cereal if you’re a giant or have a really big mouth! Either way, when you shrink down to a ‘normal person size’ it is highly comical.

3. Wicker hanging bedroom

The hanging bedroom is not one of the more comical uses for wicker but it is one of the most relaxing. It is a really great idea and one of the coolest practical uses of wicker.

 

4. Wicker Car

Now forget about those cool new alloy wheel trims or the elaborate stitching on the seats of your new car. Wicker wheel trims, wicker ‘paint’ and a wicker interior is what this motorist went for. It definitely looks…interesting and unique.

5. Wicker Motorcycle

The wicker motorbike is a lot cooler than the wicker car, as it has not been made to still run, it has been made to look good. And it does a great job at that. The wheels are amazing, the attention to detail on the interior and workings of the bike is even better. This is the best thing that has been made out of wicker. Apart from maybe some of our products.

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Have you found anything that could be added to this list? Or, even better, something that beats the wicker motorcycle? Tell us in the comments below! Include a picture and we might just add it to the blog.  

A new way of creating human bone replacements could be just a few years away. desser

Rattan wood has been found to be almost identical to human bone tissue by scientists in Italy. At the Istec laboratory of bio-ceramics in Faenza near Bologna, where a herd of sheep have already been implanted with rattan bones.

To start to create these artificial bones you cut down a long tubular rattan wood piece so that it is in manageable pieces which is then chopped down to even smaller chunks so that they are ready for their complex chemical transformation.

In simple, non-scientific terms, the pieces of wood are heated in a furnace and then have carbon and calcium added. It is then heated again under intense pressure in another oven-like furnace where a phosphate solution is added. This whole process from start to finish will take approximately 10 days.

The team of scientists is lead by Dr Anna Tampieri who comments on the findings: “It’s proving very promising. This new bone material is strong, so it can take heavy loads that bodies will put on it. It is also durable, so, unlike existing bone substitutes, it won’t need replacing.”

Within months, the real and artificial bone will have fused. Several types of wood were tested before rattan. Of which rattan was the best. This is due to its structure and porous properties which would enable blood, nerves and other internal liquids to pass through it.

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Dr Tampieri says it is the closest scientists have ever come to replicating the human bone because ‘it eventually fuses with the real bone, so in time, you don’t even see the join.’ The new bone is being closely studied at the Bologna University hospital.

In the sheep that have already had this surgery, particles of their bones are already migrating to the bone made from rattan. This could be a huge breakthrough for people who have had major trauma accidents or cancer as current alternatives can be weak and do not fuse with the existing bone. The new rattan bones could be a major step forward.

There have been no signs of rejection or infection in the sheep so natural, cheap, effective implants in humans could be just five years away thanks to rattan wood.

Desser Cushion Division

Desser, the Manchester-based conservatory furniture specialist, has expanded operations with the launch of its cushion division, creating ten new roles.

The family owned business has invested £40,000 in establishing the department, which means it can now manufacture cushions for its extensive range of quality, handcrafted conservatory furniture and create tailored designs for its customers.

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It’s the first time in the company’s 94-year history that cushion production has taken place on-site. The decision was made after the existing supplier, Platt & Hill Ltd, who Desser has worked with for over 30 years, made the decision to concentrate on its core business, fillings for cushions. The Oldham-based manufacturer will continue to supply Desser with raw material fillings.

Mark Stewart, sales director at Desser, said: “We’ve enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Platt & Hill but when they informed us that they were ending production of cushions, and no longer able to supply us, we saw it as an opportunity to establish our own, on-site manufacturing division.

“By establishing the division, we’re demonstrating our commitment to securing jobs and investing in the local economy. Once we’re fully up and running we’ll not only be able to manufacture 300 units per day, but create tailored designs for our customers across the country and for consumers who visits our factory store.”

The expansion follows the launch of Desser’s factory shop, which opened at the end of 2012 to give customers in the Greater Manchester Area the opportunity to view the complete range and purchase straight from the business. Cushion Division 3

In this short infographic, we showcase some of our favourite rattan and wicker furniture designs.

At Desser, we offer a huge range of rattan and wicker furniture pieces. We’re also a family-run cane furniture specialist, proud of our history, and are always happy to share the story behind our business.

Take a look at this infographic to find out more about our favourite rattan and wicker furniture designs:

 

Wicker and rattan furniture have always been firm favourites in the UK, and whether you want to buy wicker garden furniture or would rather have a piece for your conservatory, it can be ideal. Almost every single country out there has a prospering industry in furniture trading, and wicker furniture takes up a large percentage of it – 31 per cent, in fact. If you’ve ever wondered exactly which countries are leading the tables in terms of furniture trading, the graph below will give you a much better idea. As you can see, and would probably expect, the USA is the leader, followed by Germany, France, Great Britain, Japan and Canada. Let us know if you thought the results would be different! top6mostimportantfurnituretradingnations

Making sure your wicker and rattan furniture stays in the best condition possible can seem like a difficult task, but it really needn’t be. With just a little bit of care and attention, you can make sure that your furnishings remain good as new. In the infographic below, you’ll find some of the best tips for ensuring your wicker chairs and sofas stay looking brand new for a good long time. You don’t really even need to carry out that many maintenance tasks to enjoy amazing wicker furniture, just follow these four simple steps. 4 tips on how to store wicker furniture INFOGRAPHIC

If you have rattan furniture and you’re trying to think of new ways to make it look amazing, you should try accessorising it desser1 You can easily give your rattan furnishings a complete makeover to give them a new lease of life, which is ideal if you’re feeling a little bored of your rattan suite recently. Here are three great tips for accessorising your rattan and wicker furniture, whether you have a sofa, an armchair or any other kind: 1) Utilise throws A good throw is a simple answer to a common problem – if you’re bored of your sofa and you want spruce it up a little, adding a throw into the mix can give it a new lease of life. There are lots of trends and styles for interior design that you can follow at the moment as well, from stripes to florals and everything in between. If you’re feeling especially creative, you could even make your own throw! 2) Make use of pillows Some pillows scattered about your living room or conservatory can really bring a sofa suite to life, as well as providing you with some extra comfort. Try choosing pillows of different sizes to juxtapose them against each other, and make the most of colour with bright cushion covers. 3) Use different cushion covers If you already have cushions on your sofa or armchair, consider buying some new covers for them to really spruce them up. You can make these yourself or buy them from lots of different stores, and they’re sure to help to bring your furniture up to date. Do you think you’ll try out any of these ideas? Let us know if you have any other tips you think we should add to our list!

If you want to become more environmentally and ethically sound in everything you do, there are lots of great things that you can do.

Should you be looking for a few ideas, check these out:

1) Start recycling

If you don’t already recycle, now’s the time to start! You can easily get started with recycling by contacting your local authority to find out if there are any regular recycling bin collections in your area. If this is the case, you’ll most likely be able to recycle cardboard, paper, metal, glass and garden waste.

2) Make your transport green

Whether you choose to start riding your bike to work, or you go all-in for an electric car, there are lots of ways you can make your transport greener. Not only will this mean that you’re saving the planet, but it’s likely to save you quite a lot of money as well!

3) Go for rattan

Rattan furniture might seem like a slightly odd choice for your furnishings, especially since most people think it must be bad if it’s using natural resources, but it’s actually a very ethical product. Because rattan is a vine that grows between existing trees, it actually helps to sustain forests that could otherwise be set for deforestation. Also, rattan is grown and harvested by farmers who, without this job, would be out of work.

4) Think about your clothing choices

As you’ll be aware, the recent collapse of the clothing factory in Bangladesh highlighted the fact that many of the clothes we enjoy wearing in the West have been created by sweatshop workers. These people work in terrible conditions, so our clothes aren’t always exactly ethical.

5) Grow your own food

If you really want to do your bit for the environment and be as ethically sound as possible, you should definitely have a go at growing your own food. You can grow fruits and vegetables without much experience – you don’t need to be an expert gardener! There’s nothing better than the taste of home-grown food either, and the kids are sure to love helping out!

Can you think of any other great ways that you can become more ethically and environmentally sound?

 

If you want to become more environmentally and ethically sound in everything you do, there are lots of great things that you can do.

Should you be looking for a few ideas, check these out:

1) Start recycling

If you don’t already recycle, now’s the time to start! You can easily get started with recycling by contacting your local authority to find out if there are any regular recycling bin collections in your area. If this is the case, you’ll most likely be able to recycle cardboard, paper, metal, glass and garden waste.

2) Make your transport green

Whether you choose to start riding your bike to work, or you go all-in for an electric car, there are lots of ways you can make your transport greener. Not only will this mean that you’re saving the planet, but it’s likely to save you quite a lot of money as well!

3) Go for rattan

Rattan furniture might seem like a slightly odd choice for your furnishings, especially since most people think it must be bad if it’s using natural resources, but it’s actually a very ethical product. Because rattan is a vine that grows between existing trees, it actually helps to sustain forests that could otherwise be set for deforestation. Also, rattan is grown and harvested by farmers who, without this job, would be out of work.

4) Think about your clothing choices

As you’ll be aware, the recent collapse of the clothing factory in Bangladesh highlighted the fact that many of the clothes we enjoy wearing in the West have been created by sweatshop workers. These people work in terrible conditions, so our clothes aren’t always exactly ethical.

5) Grow your own food

If you really want to do your bit for the environment and be as ethically sound as possible, you should definitely have a go at growing your own food. You can grow fruits and vegetables without much experience – you don’t need to be an expert gardener! There’s nothing better than the taste of home-grown food either, and the kids are sure to love helping out!

Can you think of any other great ways that you can become more ethically and environmentally sound?

 

Conservatories are pretty commonplace in modern homes nowadays, but if you don’t have one, you might have considered having one built after the amazing summer sunshine we’ve experienced as of late.

If you’re between two minds over whether or not to install one though, here are a few reasons why you need one, which should help you to seal the deal:

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1) They’re perfect for entertaining

So, you invite some friends over and lead them into your perfectly decorated and furnished conservatory, where cups of tea and biscuits are ready and waiting. Or, you might have your games console set up in there, ready for an Xbox marathon. You might even have your dining room in your conservatory, which would certainly look great.

Whatever you decide to do with your conservatory, you can guarantee that it’ll come in handy when it comes to entertaining, and it’ll mean you can invest in some stylish conservatory furniture. 2  

2) They make great sun-traps

Let’s face it, the UK summer isn’t usually this spectacular. With a conservatory though, you can maximise the sunshine and ensure you get to enjoy some rays without having to visit the beach. After all, conservatories are essentially greenhouses for humans!

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3) Summer is always better with a conservatory

Open the windows, lounge on the sofa and enjoy the combination of heat and a cool breeze as you set to on getting completely relaxed. You can always rely on your conservatory to make sure your summer is fantastic. 4  

4) And they make winter pretty cool too

Conservatories don’t just come into their own in the summer – they also make the winter pretty cool too! (Pun very much intended.)

In the winter, you can snuggle on the couch and watch a bit of TV or just gaze out onto the wintery landscape. There’s nothing better than being toasty warm while watching the snow falling outside!

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5) They can increase the value of your home

Did you know that a conservatory could add up to £30,000 onto the value of your home? Whether you’re looking to sell your property in the future or you just want to make your investment worth more, a conservatory could definitely be the way to go.

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6) You can have a second living room

Or a dining room, children’s playroom, office, home gym – the list is pretty much endless. You can use your conservatory however you like but, no matter what you decide to do, you’re sure to find the additional space very useful!

Do you think you’ll be getting a conservatory anytime soon?

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As one of the best retailers of wicker and rattan furniture in the UK, we’re obviously pretty passionate about beautiful wicker furnishings. We love nothing more than seeing a stunning new piece of furniture made from our favourite material.

So, here are just five fantastic designs that use wicker which we can’t get enough of:

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Who wouldn’t want to call this perfectly colour-coded living room their own? We’re especially loving the matching coffee and end table.

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This chair perfectly showcases the versatility of wicker. The wonderful craftsmanship of this piece is pretty amazing – just look at that design! With a cushion and a throw, we think this could be pretty comfortable as well.

9 This chair looks so comfy! Imagine snuggling up on this big armchair and enjoying the sunshine, or you could stretch out on the sunlounger to soak up some rays. Perfect! 10   It’s not just sofas and armchairs that we love though – this wicker lamp is pretty snazzy as well. It’d make for an amazing centrepiece and could be matched with your existing wicker furniture. 11

And finally, this regally-themed wicker three piece suite is simply stunning! If you’re creating a living room fit for royalty, you should definitely copy this interior décor theme.

What do you think of these designs, and do you have any other fantastic pictures of wicker furniture you’d like to share with us?

Wicker furniture has always been hugely popular, thanks to the fact that it looks great, is incredible durable and is multi-functional.

However, even the best wicker conservatory furniture can start to look a little worn after a while. If yours is starting to show some signs of wear and tear, you can easily get it back into perfect condition by showing it a little TLC.

Here’s how to get your furniture back into great shape:

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1) Wash and dry wicker carefully

Wicker furniture needs to be gently wiped down with a damp cloth once a week to remove dust and debris from the weave. During the drying process, you must ensure no one uses the furniture until it’s completely dry, otherwise the weave may come out of place or be accidentally reshaped. 5

2) Protect wicker from direct sunlight

Just like rattan, wicker can be bleached if left in direct sunlight. One of the easiest ways to prevent this is to ensure your sofas and chairs are placed in shady areas of the room or, if you’re certain you would like to place them in the conservatory of by a window, you can make use of throws and scatter cushions. 6

3) Polish and varnish wicker furniture

You can polish and varnish your wicker furnishings every so often to increase their durability and shine, so they’ll last for longer and look great at the same time. Lemon oil makes a great polish, while specially-made varnish can also be used.

Whether you want to get your three-piece furniture set or a small wicker basket back to its heyday, these handy tips are sure to help.

Do you have any other advice for rejuvenating older wicker furniture?

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If you’re on the hunt for a brand new sofa or armchair, have you considered investing in rattan?

Rattan furnishings are absolutely ideal for a range of settings and lifestyles, whether you have kids, you live alone or you live with housemates.

If you’re still a little unsure though, check out these top reasons why you need rattan and wicker furnishings in your life:

1) Rattan comes in all shapes and sizes

And styles, for that matter. It’s not just armchairs and sofas you can get in rattan – you’ll also be able to find dining sets, outdoor furnishings, coffee tables and occasional tables, as well as much more. So, you’ll never have to worry about mismatched furnishings again!

2) Rattan is eco-friendly

Rattan is a fast-growing palm which is farmed in Asia and Africa and it can grow in standing water (meaning it makes use of otherwise derelict ground) and it can only grow in forests. This means your rattan furniture actually promotes reforestation and, as it’s the ideal crop for a smallholding, supports some of the poorest people by providing them with jobs.

3) Rattan is cost-effective

You’re sure to get a long life out of your rattan furniture, as it’s designed to stay strong. Its construction means that it won’t fall apart easily, and there are lots of maintenance tasks you can carry out to extend the life of your furniture even further.

4) Rattan is ideal for busy lifestyles

If you lead a hectic lifestyle and you just want a sofa, armchair, dining set or any other piece of furniture that doesn’t need a lot of maintenance, rattan is the ideal option for you.

Not only this, but you’ll also find that it’s easy to manage, since it doesn’t stain easily (spilt drinks can simply be wiped off the surface of the rattan and the area dried carefully) and just needs a wipe down every now and then.

Do you think you’ll be going in for rattan furniture?

If you take a gander in most people’s conservatories, you’ll probably notice an abundance of cane furniture.

For some reason, cane seems to be the go-to option when furnishing your conservatory, but there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t place a cane sofa in a living room, or even a cane armchair on the upstairs landing.

In fact, if you want to break tradition this season, you should definitely use cane outside of its comfort zone.

Why? Well, here are just a few reasons:

It’s attractive

Cane furniture is absolutely stunning to look at, and it can create lovely juxtaposition between the upholstery and cane. You can also get cane furniture in all kinds of shades and tones, so you’ll find a suite to suit your interior décor no matter what.

It can be incredibly modern

A lot of people have the image of cane furniture as a bit of a fuddy-duddy furniture choice in their heads, but this isn’t necessarily true. As you can see, cane furniture can be completely up-to-date and decidedly stylish!