One of the most popular materials used in furniture making today is Natural Rattan. It is incredibly strong, has been utilized to make furniture for centuries, it will not splinter, and has excellent durability.

However, Natural rattan does not withstand the outdoor elements particularly well and is vulnerable to the effects of moisture, hence why in popular opinion, its better suited to the conservatory than the patio. Synthetic on the other-hand, is right at home inside and out. It is also knows to achieve the distinctive timeless look and feel of natural rattan.

The other big advantage of synthetic or poly rattan is that fact it is not susceptible to mould like the real thing, and it is very easy to clean with just warm water and washing up liquid. Synthetic rattan furniture still maintains the look and feel of natural rattan combined with that long lasting durability that has made it such a popular material in the construction of outdoor furniture. In fact, a lot of people say that synthetic rattan garden sets are more durable than natural rattan.

Synopsis : Consumers are now asking themselves if they should purchase natural or synthetic rattan furniture for the garden or conservatory? There's no obvious weakness to natural rattan, so why is there a need for a synthetic version?