Plastic rattan furniture – The ultimate hero of outdoor furniture
Making the most of cosy evenings to come with outdoor furniture
We are now launching into autumn at full speed, and as the days roll by we’re already thinking of ways to beat those inevitable winter blues and create cosy outdoor spaces until summer comes back around.
Adding sofas and comfy armchairs to your outside space together with heaters and warm throws is a great way to utilise outdoor space – even when the summer has come to an end.
But what furniture will you choose for in your outdoor space?
We’re sure you already have outdoor furniture. However, it may be that you need additional pieces as you’ve changed the layout of or extended the space.
Or, perhaps your current furniture is weather-beaten, old and in desperate need of replacing. There are many materials to choose from, some of which we’d highly recommend to withstand the test of time in the often harsh elements and – in another breath – others we’d steer away from.
However, this blog concentrates on plastic or ‘synthetic’ rattan furniture, as it’s otherwise known.
Historically, one of the most popular types of contract outdoor furniture materials was natural rattan; one of over 600 species of tropical palms. As beautiful as this is and with its traditional charm, it is unfortunately vulnerable to the effects of the weather.
Plus, it can unravel and doesn’t withstand the test of time as well as the synthetic version does.
Below, we detail the benefits of choosing synthetic rattan for your contract outdoor furniture.
4 awesome benefits of synthetic rattan garden furniture:
1. Resistance to the elements – Durability
Natural rattan can’t withstand exposure to outdoor extremes; it shouldn’t be exposed to UV light for prolonged periods, nor soaked in the rain. It should be kept covered or stored away somewhere dry.
However, plastic rattan is the ultimate outdoor furniture hero, and has been specially designed to withstand all the elements.
It’s made from all-weather weave, which is resistant to both moisture and to UV light. It will not fade, unravel or grow mould in any weather. It can be left out unprotected for the whole winter and will be ready to use again in the spring and summer months.
2. Care and maintenance
Theoretically, plastic rattan garden furniture requires no care or maintenance. It can be left in situ and may need the occasional wash with warm soapy water, but that’s pretty much where the maintenance stops! Think of all the time (and money) you’ll save not having to faff around staining, fixing or covering etc.
What’s more, as it’s so simple to clean, you’ll be able to quickly and easily ensure that your furniture is kept hygienic and safe between customer sittings.
Some synthetic materials have a bad reputation among environmentally-friendly venues and buyers.
However, products made from natural materials can cause serious damage to the environment also. For example, many rattan species are threatened with extinction and unsustainable harvesting poses a risk of forest degradation.
Also, the processing of rattan involves the use of toxic chemicals which pollute the environment and can cause health issues in nearby communities.
For quality contract outdoor furniture, there is a cost. However, because plastic rattan will last between ten to 20 years with virtually no maintenance, you’re not going to have to pay anything in the future towards it or to replace any items.
So, ultimately, your ROI is much greater and the difference in price is minimal anyway!
Rattan really is worth its weight in gold
As you can see, there are so many benefits to using plastic rattan as your contract outdoor furniture – whether you’re looking forward to next summer already or you’re wanting to create a warm, cosy feel as the autumn nights draw closer in!
Here at Eclipse, we offer an array of furniture for outdoor purposes, and there are pros and cons to it all. However, if you’re looking for a material which will withstand the test of time and requires very little maintenance, then plastic rattan garden furniture is the option for you!
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