The Beauty and Benefits of Rattan Outdoor Furniture

Choosing outdoor patio furniture can be difficult, as there are many different types available. The most common types purchased are wrought iron and solid wood, as they tend to be the most durable and last the longest in a variety of weather conditions. However, one shouldn’t discount rattan furniture, a versatile type of furniture that is great not only for an outdoor patio or garden, but for indoor decoration as well.


Rattan is the name given to a group of about 600 different palms from the Calameae family. It is native to Asia, Africa, and Australasia, and as luck would have it, it’s an ideal type of material for the construction of beautiful furniture. It’s similar to bamboo in that’s very sturdy and durable, making it easily pliable and suitable for making furniture of all shapes and sizes. To make rattan furniture, they are cut into sections, and as an added bonus, the inner core can be separated and used to make wicker furniture. Rattan fibers can and will last a long time, but over time they can become damaged, especially when prone to the elements. An alternative is synthetic rattan, which looks just like the real thing but is more weather resistant and can last much longer.

One of the main benefits of rattan furniture is, like normal wood furniture, it can be made into a variety of shapes and painted a variety of colors. As such, it’s an ideal furniture choice for someone with a uniquely decorated home and can thus be painted or designed to match your particular aesthetic. It doesn’t matter if it goes inside or outside, as rattan furniture offers a pleasant look that is suitable for both.

Rattan furniture is easy to clean, requiring only a light dusting or a wiping down with a wet cloth to remove any dust or dirt. They’re lightweight and easy to transport, but they’re also generally heavy enough to prevent toppling over in wind or due to the kids roughhousing. Since it can be molded into a variety of shapes, it’s an ideal choice for those looking for variety in their gardens or patios, making it one of the more popular types of outdoor furniture.

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 9:00 AM