Iron patio furniture used to be very popular because of its durability. Many traditional furniture pieces are made from iron and they last for decades with little or no maintenance. Very little needs to be done to the furniture. Only minimal dusting and cleaning is required. However, iron furniture is giving way to other materials due to cost issues and a faster pace of life.
Rattan is a more affordable building material compared to iron and teak. By nature, it is a very tough material. Only with intense heating can it be used as a material for creating furniture. It is flexible enough to take on any shape. Usually, rattan is used with iron, wood or plastic. These materials serve as the solid frame for the cane. The cane is bent over and around these frames, and when cooled, takes on the shape and form of the frame. As rattan is abundantly available, the cost of producing such furniture is low. Hence, it's easier for furniture retailers to make a good profit from such furniture.
Another thing to consider for your modern patio furniture is the available space that you have. A small patio space would not need an entire 7-piece furniture set. Some would just put a table with 2 chairs and a bench. Instead of a dining or round table, others would put a bar table with high chairs or stools. This would really save space and at the same time have an area for the barbecue grill or fire pit table.
The availability of patio furniture is not a major worry with the local furniture showroom displaying the choicest varieties of patio furniture. However, shopping for patio furniture should not be a routine exercise and all care and precautions should be taken before settling on either the wooden or steel or plastic or wicker furniture. A fine blend of all or some of these core materials could, in fact, lend class to your patio garden. Remember to have the dimensions of your patio in mind before setting out to the market. There is nothing disconcerting to the eyes than a protruding table or a small stool. Always make room for some open space as primarily patios are meant to be free from clutter.
With these considerations, one furniture material that is very ideal for outdoor applications is rattan. Rattan is one of the most durable and long lasting natural materials used in furniture making. Although, rattan is a little expensive, it lasts long and is very easy to maintain and clean. Rattan also has a natural appearance that goes perfectly with the natural environment that patios offer. Moreover, rattan patio furniture offers an aura of relaxation and elegance that no other outdoor furniture can offer. To top it all, when rattan wears off its luster because of environmental exposure, it can be conveniently revived by applying lacquer or varnish.
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