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Natural Vs Synthetic Rattan Garden Furniture

Rattan garden furniture can either be made from natural rattan, one of over 600 species of tropical palms or from synthetic fibres, and is different than our teak furniture range. As a result, many people have difficulties deciding between the two options. With an aim to make your decision easier, we will take a closer look at natural and synthetic rattan garden furniture and compare both their advantages and disadvantages.

Aesthetic appeal. Natural materials without a doubt have an additional charm. Many people agree that natural materials reflect a special sense of warmth that simply is not there in man-made materials no matter how much they resemble the original. But when it comes to rattan, it is hard to tell the difference between natural and synthetic version. Both are available in a wealth of styles, shapes, designs and colours, and give the garden a highly elegant and sophisticated look. Rather than the type of rattan used, the aesthetic appeal of the furniture is influenced by the design. It is important to mention, however, that the quality of the fibre used and the quality of weaving have a major influence on the overall beauty of the furniture as well. And the higher the quality of rattan and weaving the more beautiful the furniture.

Resistance to the outdoor elements. Like the majority of natural materials, natural rattan cannot withstand the exposure to the outdoor extremes particularly well. In fact, it is not suitable for outdoor use at all. It must not be directly exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods of time and must not get soaked by rain. This means that natural rattan garden furniture must be protected from the weather elements either by a garden furniture cover or be stored indoors during the bad weather. Synthetic rattan, on the other hand, is specially designed to be resistant to the outdoor elements. How well it withstands the exposure to the outdoor extremes depends on the quality of the fibre. Faraway Garden Furniture is made exclusively from all-weather weave which is resistant to both moisture and UV light. In contrary to the cheap versions which are made from ordinary plastic, our all-weather rattan garden furniture does not fade if exposed to direct sunlight. And unlike natural rattan garden furniture, furniture from our all-weather rattan collection can be left outdoors regardless of the weather conditions.

Durability. Natural rattan furniture is exceptionally strong and durable, of course, if it is protected from the outdoor elements and if it is made according to the highest quality workmanship standards. Quality synthetic rattan is extremely durable as well but there is one major difference. In contrary to natural rattan furniture, our all-weather rattan collection can be left outdoors all year round without the need to worry about the harsh outdoor conditions affecting its beauty or durability.

Comfort. There is no difference between natural and synthetic rattan when it comes to comfort. Instead, the level of comfort your rattan garden furniture will provide you with depends on the design and quality of weaving as well as some other factors such as the size of the furniture because even the cosiest piece of furniture will feel uncomfortable if it is too large for instance. Also, the key pieces of furniture such as rattan garden chairs are typically used with chair cushions which increase both the comfort and the overall aesthetic appeal of the furniture.

Care and maintenance. Theoretically, both natural and synthetic rattan furniture require virtually no care other than routine cleaning with mild soapy water. However, since natural rattan is vulnerable to the effects of the weather, synthetic rattan garden furniture is an absolute winner when it comes to care and maintenance required to keep it looking visually appealing, of course, under condition that it is made from high quality all-weather fibre. As already mentioned earlier, quality synthetic rattan garden furniture can easily be left outdoors all year round and it will remain just as beautiful, strong and durable. So if you are not prepared to watch for the weather forecast and rain clouds in order to protect your garden furniture either by covering it with a water-resistant furniture cover or move it indoors, you are highly recommended to choose synthetic over natural rattan garden furniture.

Eco-friendliness. Although synthetic materials have a bad reputation among environmentally conscious home owners, products which are made from all natural materials can cause serious damage to the environment as well. And natural rattan furniture is no exception. Due to the rising demand for rattan products, many rattan species are threatened with extinction, while unsustainable harvesting poses a risk of forest degradation and loss of biodiversity. At the same time, processing of rattan often involves the use of toxic chemicals which pollute the environment and jeopardise the health of the workers as well as the nearby communities. Many pieces of synthetic rattan furniture are not any more environmentally friendly, however, just because they are made from man-made fibres that does not necessarily mean they are harming the environment. On the contrary, all pieces of rattan garden furniture from our collection are made from environmentally friendly, non-toxic and 100% recyclable fibres.

Cost. As much as cost is concerned, there is no major difference between natural and synthetic rattan garden furniture of comparable quality. Unfortunately, quality always has its price but by choosing a quality furniture which is made from environmentally friendly material regardless if it is sourced from sustainably managed forests or manufactured in an environmentally conscious factory, you will help keep our planet green as well as save money in the long term. In contrary to cheap versions, quality garden furniture is actually built to last, not to mention that it looks more beautiful.