What do you think of when you think of the term or phrase “garden furniture”? Do you think of something green and plastic? Something lightweight that gets blown around in a storm? Something that splits and cracks in a few months and will need to be replaced before next season? Unfortunately, that is what many of the “big box” retailers out there think of garden furniture as. The reality is that furnishings for this part of your home should be just as high quality and just as durable as any other interior piece would be. For years, homeowners “in the know” have preferred rattan in place of that mentioned above. It makes for the best garden furniture for the following reasons:
1. It handles the weather great.
Rattan doesn’t need to be babysat in a storm. When the winds blow or the snow falls, it typically handles just fine because it is used to the temper tantrums of Mother Nature. After all, before it was furniture, it was part of the tree scape. With plastic, it does not take much of a storm or a weather diversion to leave you needing a replacement. Since the storm seasons can last for several months of the year, it pays to pick quality first instead of something that may need to be replaced once or even twice per year.
2. It requires little upkeep.
You don’t have to take in your furniture at the first sign of trouble. You don’t have to worry about what the sun may do to the color scheme either. Some materials may fade to gray in the sunlight, but often that leaves behind nothing more than an even more spectacular shade for showing off to your guests at the next outdoor barbecue that you have planned. There are no special treatments that you have to put your furniture through, unlike your deck, though you can if you wish to preserve the original shade of the material.
3. It looks as good in as it does out.
Why would you care how garden furniture looks inside the house? Because part of your outdoor living area may consist of a sun room that you keep close to the pool or the back patio. This mix of indoor and outdoor quality is something that is hard to get right for rattan furniture manufacturers, but there are nevertheless many who have been able to get it right.
Whatever the reason that you have for needing garden furniture, no type of chair or furniture set makes a better buying decision than rattan. Be prepared to pay a little more upfront, but on the back end, get ready to reap a consumer benefit greater than any you’ve ever known.