In our previous post we suggested to move your living room outdoor. It depends on the type of house you live in.
Perhaps it is as easy as opening the sliding windows and move the furniture to the terrace or porch, because the fact is that the furniture that was once considered only for exterior has taken hold in the current interior decoration. In that case, they are made of natural materials mainly teak, rattan and wicker. In this occasion, we want to talk you about one of them: Rattan.
Rattan is a natural material derived from palms grown mainly in Indonesia, very similar to bamboo, but with solid stems that need support to grow vertically. It is the most common material required in the production of outdoor furniture either for its natural appearance or its strength and durability to weathering, and so much so that it has resulted in a very popular synthetic variant for outdoor business environments and community areas in residential facilities.
Talking about natural rattan, the thickest stems are used for the structural part of the furniture and the thinest ones or the strips resulting of the thicker stems go to the outer part, the same as wicker. Rattan stems are very long and the fact of not presenting joints or knots is a real advantage for weaving. It supports dyes and lakes so that you can create very original pieces and when combined with wicker the advantages of both materials exploit: the elasticity of wicker and strength of rattan.
The best places to locate this type of furniture are porches and, of course, our solar protection solutions because, although it is a very resistant material, it is still natural, and it is better to avoid exposure to strong insolations or severe temperature changes and protect them from the rain (despite the fact of being very resistant to moisture). To keep them in good condition, just consider this and clean them regularly with clean water and a few drops of detergent, applied with a soft cloth. If you want to paint them after clening, simply add a little ammonia to the cleaning solution and, when completely dry, proceed to paint.
Do you dare to introduce Rattan in your Outdoor?