Have you already prepared your garden to receive visitors? If you are still thinking about what type of furniture to choose, we have the solution. Today we propose a hundred ideas of outdoor furniture wicker or rattan, two very similar materials that are perfect for garden furniture for its beauty and strength.
Rattan and wicker garden furniture
To begin we will see some characteristics and differences of these two materials so that we have clear some concepts before choosing the most appropriate pieces. The wicker is a fiber that comes from a shrub belonging to the family of willows. Baskets and stems of the plant are usually used to make baskets and furniture.
Rattan armchairs with orange cushions
On the other hand, rattan or rattan is a native vine plant of the tropical regions such as Africa, Asia and Australasia that usually reaches a great length. It has stems that are finer but at the same time very hard, and the elaboration of the products must be done while the rattan is still wet since it is then much more flexible and simple to mold.
Wicker garden furniture set
Both materials are usually knotted and braided to form the pieces, although wicker furniture is somewhat more flexible and lighter than rattan furniture, as well as being able to be painted more easily. On the contrary, the rattan is more resistant and supports the adverse conditions better. It is for this reason that many experts choose to elaborate garden furniture from a mixture of these two materials.
Gray rattan furniture set
Next we will go on to list some of the designs, types of elaboration and finishes typical of wicker or rattan furniture. First of all we have the "gray kooboo", very sought after today. It turns out that to achieve that original grayish tone the rattan must be submerged in mud for at least two days.
Vega model rattan swing
The Abaca rattan is made with black banana tree wood that can only be found in the Philippine Islands. The outer layer is removed and only the layer called pelepah is used. Once it has dried completely in the sun the material will be ready to be braided and will present a very original tonalities.
Great classic rattan armchair
The next type of rattan is natural banana, this being a variant of the previous one with the difference that it can be found in practically all of Indonesia. In this case, the internal layers of the tree are also used, and the colors which are usually somewhat clearer such as browns, raw and beige.
Round rattan canapé
There is also the rattan of Water hyacinth Brankas, this being a type of rattan much more fragile than those we have seen previously. This plant is aquatic and lives in rivers. Once the leaves and flowers are cut, the trunk can be used to make furniture and when dried, it acquires a beautiful light yellowish brown tone.
Rattan garden swing
If we braid the water hyacinth rattan we will get a more resistant finish and also a darker range of colors. This type of elaboration acquires the denomination of flat rattan and is very current also in the interior furniture such as the sets of tables and dining chairs.
Black rattan swing with parasol
The Croco rattan is made from the outer crusts of the vine plant, for this reason it is a much darker and intense color. In case you want to give it another color we must apply a special product called Rattanland that helps to fix the paint on the surface of the material.
Rattan terrace furniture set
Also the Natural Peel rattan is similar to the previous one, however the second one is usually treated with lyes so that it can be clarified until it acquires a very pleasant yellowish tone. Another difference is that the twigs are cut in smaller size and the designs are more expensive, so we can find it more often in the smaller pieces.
Green rattan garden furniture
Finally there is the Seagrass rattan, which is made with wild weeds. The original of this material is that once it is dry, besides being quite resistant, it still retains a very original light green color, although it can also be decorated with paintings. Once seen the characteristics of the different types of rattan, we can begin to distinguish them and see some of the most current designs for garden furniture.
Indigo garden furniture set
Above we can see a wonderful set of garden furniture called Indigo . In this case the rattan is made from synthetic fibers and the basic structures of the furniture are made of aluminum, which also contributes to the pieces being very light and simple to transport. They also have a fairly modern design characterized by angles and straight lines.
Design of rattan loungers with wheels
Rattan loungers are also causing much furor in the designs of gardens and outdoor spaces around the world. The model that appears above is called Miha and also belongs to the collection of the signature Rattan House. Below we have the Denzo table, which in this case has a minimalist design with very simple shapes.
Square brown rattan table
As we can see, the rattan is taking a lot of prominence and is becoming the perfect material to design furniture both indoors and outdoors. The braided finishes are very nice and combine quite well with any type of decoration. The most classic style furniture
Set of rattan furniture for terrace
They appear with curved shapes and very complicated braids, while the most modern pieces are always straight and simple. We hope that this brief introduction has helped you to choose your garden furniture.
Rattan furniture set indigo model
However, we must consider that the rattan does not last long if it is subjected to the elements, especially rain and frost.
Indigo set of brown color
For this reason, 10 years ago, the manufacturers of garden furniture, looking for an alternative to wood, began to weave sofas and garden chairs in synthetic fibers to make furniture with the comfort of rattan but that could remain outside.
White furniture set
Synthetic rattan is now a bestseller, much of it still manufactured in the Far East, where the traditional weaving experience has never died. Most eco-rattan designs form main living room furniture, modular sofa units or rounded chairs with chubby cushions.
Wicker furniture modern design
All synthetic rattan manufacturers make modular systems, which can be arranged in different ways.
Rattan table and chairs set
All these pieces need to be placed on a terrace, terrace or patio: they do not move easily and would ruin a lawn if left in it for more than a couple of days.
Classic wicker furniture set
Minimal maintenance has been a primary point of sale for synthetic wicker: a quick spray with a garden hose is all that is needed to keep most parts clean. If your children crush a cake in the fabric, you have to vacuum first, then wash with a hose. If necessary, use a sponge with a very diluted detergent and then rinse.
Rattan bar furniture set
Be careful with cushions made of quick drying foam with waterproof covers. Most standard cushions come in brown, neutral and off white tones to complement the rattan, although you can order cushions in colorful patterned waterproof designs at high-end firms.
Rattan outdoor furniture
It is worth taking some time to consider what color of rattan will complement the textures and tones of your terrace. A gray or natural fabric with variegation of color, and a scraped or grooved surface on each thread works well in traditional gardens, it looks good on a stone or chipped granite floor or a gray weathered wood deck.
Gray rattan garden furniture set
Dark brown, narrow weft, with a uniformly annotated surface, sometimes called "spaghetti cloth", it looks great on a brick patio, terracotta tiles or natural pebbles, and a black fabric is better in a garden grass and silvers, with slate, steel, stones or topiary.
Four-seat rattan sofa
In the trade it is considered that the white furniture of the rattan is best seen in a Mediterranean garden, but they can also look great on a modern glass-sharpened balcony, overlooking the sea, or next to an isolated turquoise pool, with white surrounding walls .
Set of brown wicker furniture
Black wicker furniture set
Set of brown rattan garden furniture
Black rattan dining furniture set
Set of black armchairs with green cushions
Set of wicker furniture with blue cushions