Getting Your Garden Furniture Right with Rattan

In 2016, rattan furniture reached its fashionable height, with retailers and interior and exterior lifestyle websites flocking to show off the latest ranges that echo those 50s & 60s styles. It was the year that was deemed the rattan renaissance, with this tough and versatile material making its full comeback with one dominant swoop. Rattan traditionally was imported from British colonies in the Far East during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Typically used in conservatories and back rooms as decorative additional side chairs or even an occasional table. Despite, how adored it was in its early days, it was clear that it wouldn’t last long if it was subjected to unpleasant conditions. This is why, in the last decade, outdoor garden furniture manufacturers looked began to weave garden suites and chairs in synthetic fibres as opposed to using just wood. By doing this, the furniture then would still offer that high level of comfort but could now stand the trials and tribulations of the outdoors. As we’ve discussed the difference previously, you should now know that synthetic rattan is a worldwide best seller. Most of the modern designs echo shapes of the standard living room, modular type sofas, or rounded chairs you’d expect to see within a home. Here at Desser, we’re proud of our synthetic sets and especially our newest lines with the 2017 modular Hampton and Atlanta ranges, which have been arranged into L-Shapes already flying out of our showroom. Perfect for your patios and terraces, these good-value, high in comfort suites are ideal for that well-needed garden retreat. Hampton with tan lavastone table | Desser To get the arrangement right for your right think about the group as a collective! Position the sofas and chairs in a conversational manner all facing each other in a square. This is the ideal setup for terrace just like it is in any sitting room. Complete the look with low central table for drinks or food and if you really want to add a designer’s touch of finesse, look to incorporate some subtle lighting or a central fire pit. Minimal maintenance is really what synthetic rattan’s biggest selling point is and when a quick spray with a garden hose is all that is needed to keep most pieces clean, it’s no wonder why. Quality manufacturers will now offer cushions made from quick-dry, waterproof covers just like our Aquaclean fabrics. Most standard cushions come in browns, neutrals and off-whites to complement the rattan, although we offer more colourful, waterproof, patterns and designs that give your more freedom and choice. When it comes to picking which colour of rattan that will ideally compliment the textures and tones of your terrace, don’t rush your decision. A grey or natural weave colour works well in traditional gardens and looks good on a wooden deck or York stone/chipped granite terrace. If it’s a roof top garden you have, spaghetti black weaves look great on a patio of brick or terracotta tiles background.

The Tips to Follow When Choosing the Right Rattan Piece

  • Always look for a tight weave that doesn’t have any rough corners or loose strands.
  • A strong frame is essential for strength and durability – aluminium typically works best.
  • Look for weaves and suites that come with UV protection.
  • When it comes to natural-coloured rattans, look for ones that have a variegation of colour along the length of each strand. They should also come with an irregular scraped surface which will give it a lifelike, duller but more natural look opposed to a shiny plastic appearance.