Rattan garden furniture is as fashionable as ever! If you’re interested in purchasing rattan garden furniture for your garden but aren’t sure what to choose, take a look at our complete guide which covers choosing the right garden furniture for you. You can also find out how to care for rattan garden furniture, how to clean garden furniture and more! 

What’s the difference between synthetic and natural rattan?

Synthetic weave is used for rattan garden furniture as it is perfect for leaving outdoors all year round and woven on durable aluminium frames. Natural rattan is not suitable enough for the outdoors and won’t last long if exposed to the elements. When describing “rattan” garden furniture, it is usually always the synthetic type. You may also have heard it called wicker or weave when referring to synthetic rattan. 


Why does synthetic rattan make great garden furniture?

Known for it’s strong and durable properties, synthetic rattan makes ideal low maintenance garden furniture. Unlike natural rattan, synthetic rattan is suitable for all weathers and capable of withstanding harsh elements such as frost and direct sunlight. UV protection ensures that the rattan won’t fade in the sunlight or become brittle. It’s also easy to clean and maintain. 


  • Aesthetic Appeal – Synthetic rattan has the appearance of natural rattan and often you can’t tell the difference just by looking at it. Both are woven in the same way, but the modern materials used for synthetic rattan is more durable.


  • Comfort – Not just stylish, synthetic rattan is comfortable too! This garden furniture comes with cushions or pillows to maximise the comfort when lounging or relaxing. These come in a variety of colours and thicknesses to suit your comfort needs. 


  • Easy Maintenance – It is easy to care for rattan garden furniture and takes little effort to keep it looking great. Storing it away during particularly bad weather will help to extend the lifespan of the furniture. 


  • Durability – Synthetic rattan garden furniture is proven to be more durable than the natural kind. Natural rattan can’t withstand outdoor elements, whereas synthetic rattan is resistant to harsh weather and UV light.