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Cane Furniture Articles

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Using Outdoor Rattan Furniture in a Conservatory

Using Outdoor Rattan Furniture in a Conservatory

Conservatory furniture has achieved a bad reputation over recent years for being old fashioned with people only thinking of the high back cane suites, the sort of thing you'd expect your grandmother to have. Many of the old furniture importers did not seem to go far enough with new designs, many copying each others designs and some just re-designing rattan furniture that the older generation would like. However a new wave of fashionable rattan furniture has been a breath of fresh air for the cane furniture specialists because it has been very frustrating not to have a collection that suits everybody.

A questions asked "Rattan garden furniture is expensive why would you want to buy it for indoors?" with a reply from a recent customer "The look, the design, basically I want something modern."

The frame of rattan garden furniture is generally welded aluminum to be weatherproof, and that is expensive to purchase and time consuming to work with, however the frame of indoor rattan furniture tends to be locally grown hardwood or cane, therefore much cheaper and as rattan is a natural product it is much cheaper to buy than a man made synthetic fiber alternative.

The UK based rattan garden furniture companies are now designing furniture for the discerning modern market. Some employ famous furniture designers to create innovative designs and all at a cost but there is definitely a market that is buying.

Our own experiences in recent months are that most customers are willing to pay up to £4000 to obtain the right look on rattan garden furniture, but only about £1500 on traditional rattan conservatory furniture even if it does have the 'right look'.

Our feeling is that this 'old fashioned' reputation is costing the cane market a lot of money bourne out by the fact that even large companies such as Burdekin are going into liquidation, its possibly another factor in the reasons for the downward turn as well as the general pull back due to the credit crunch.

 

Cane Furniture - Ideal For Conservatory

Cane Furniture - Ideal For Conservatory

Cane furniture, otherwise known as rattan or wicker furniture, is known for its strength and durability. Cane itself, as a raw building material, is very tough and resistant to damage. Due to its toughness, it is impossible to work with cane when it is in its raw, unprocessed form. The cane needs to be treated with heat so that it will be soft enough for the workers to work with.

Cane processing is not a new discovery. Different species of cane are abundantly available mostly in Asian countries like Indonesia. Many years ago, the natives had already learned how to work with cane. They used cane to create all sorts of useful items - baskets, chairs, tables, etc. These techniques have been passed down from generation to generation, until the present day. In fact, present day cane manufacturing techniques have been refined with the introduction of modern technology. This greatly enhances the quality of the furniture.

Having years of experience in producing cane furniture is good, but no one would want furniture that looks old and ancient. Fortunately, cane is a very versatile material. Changes in consumer tastes mean that manufacturers must now modify the designs.

That means it is now possible to find affordable cane furniture with modern designs, that will last for many years to come. Even if the designs have changed, the basic characteristics of cane still remain unchanged. It is still tough and durable.

Unlike wood, which may rot or become damaged with plant growth, cane furniture can be left in highly challenging environments and remain undamaged. For many years now, homeowners have found cane furniture to be ideal for gardens and conservatories.

Usually, conservatories are constructed in such a way that the environment remains ideal for plants even when there are weather changes. For example, special glass panels may be installed to help trap heat when the weather is cold. When there are plants in a conservatory, the air will most likely be filled with moisture.

As you probably already know, moisture is never a good companion for wood. Wood tends to rot in a moist environment. You can lengthen the life span of wood furniture in a conservatory by applying some kind of protection. But this is only a temporary measure.

Steel is another material that don't go well with moisture. Some types of steel may rust. There are, of course, stainless steel in the market. But usually, when exposed to water, the steel will soon lose its shine.

Cane furniture, on the other hand, does not rust or rot. In a moist environment, water droplets will just form on the surface of the furniture. All you have to do, is to clean away to water droplets with a dry cloth. Cane is a water resistant material by nature. So even if you fail to clean up the water, the furniture will still remain unfazed.

Furniture Using Natural Materials Including Cane

Furniture Using Natural Materials Including Cane

Purchasing furniture for your outdoor patio, conservatory, or indeed any part of your home involves several factors - you obviously want to pick something that is aesthetically pleasing, that fits your overall interior design scheme and also furniture that will last. For the your conservatory excellent qualities can be found in seagrass, rattan and cane furniture.

There are also additional reasons for picking natural materials for your furniture:

* Much better for the environment Natural materials are much better for the environment than synthetic/manmade products, such as plastic. When it comes to manufacturing natural materials compared to creating manmade synthetic materials, you are likely to find that less resources are consumed by the former and all of those extra resources used in the manmade processes can end up polluting the environment or adding more dangerous carbon emissions into the atmosphere. By choosing to use natural materials you are doing your part to help improve and protect the environment. * A better fit Thinking about the places where you are likely to put this natural material furniture this choice makes even better sense, as most people use them in rooms or areas that allow them to enjoy the world around them, such as conservatories and sunrooms where they can always go to enjoy the outside inside. If you are going to enjoy the natural world it makes sense to do it sitting on chairs or sofas made from natural materials!

Although natural materials are not ideal for everything in our lives, it is an excellent choice for some of our furniture, as not only do these materials look more attractive than the cheaper plastics but natural materials can be easier to care for and also they mostly fit better with a wider range of decorative schemes.

Cane Furniture - Durable and Beautiful

Cane Furniture - Durable and Beautiful

Cane is a raw material that comes from the stem of large rattans. It is most commonly used to make attractive and affordable wicker furniture for use indoors and outdoors. Whether you are looking to purchase furniture for your backyard, patio or any room within your room, cane furniture can offer a timeless look that will last you an especially long time.

In order to manufacture and produce Rattan it must go through quite a difficult process. After the climbing palm is harvested it is first cut down and boiled. This boiling process essentially removes all the sap from the bark which allows it to have the proper flexibility so that it can be molded into various shapes for use in a number of products, but most commonly to create cane furniture. Cane furniture is well known for being durable and long lasting, on top of added a natural beauty to your residence.

After the bark is treated and given its flexibility through the boiling process, it is then split into thin strips. These strips are used and intertwined to make very sturdy yet comfortable cane furniture. The frame of the furniture is created from the larger canes while the smaller canes are used for add on features later on in the process. The can makes for a very strong yet versatile base for the furniture that is still flexible enough to build into many different shapes and designs.

The entire manufacturing process for cane furniture is very time consuming and costly. The secrets are often closely guarded and it can even take days to build one small piece of cane furniture. The industry itself is booming however and employs thousands of cane furniture experts in many different parts of the world.

The finished cane furniture product is not only attractive and comfortable but it is very environmentally friendly. It is made in a completely natural way and does need any added chemicals or ingredients to be made beautiful. Cane furniture is extremely strong, versatile and can add a very natural and elegant look to your home or patio.

On top of all that, can furniture can also last for years without any intense maintenance or cleaning. Even without any wood treatment or added chemicals, cane has the ability to be very resistant against water damage and, unlike other materials; there is no chance of it forming into any sort of rust. It is incredibly easy to clean and will rarely need any attention in order to keep it preserved. While this makes can furniture ideal for outdoor settings such as your backyard or patio, it is also a beautiful touch to any room you are looking to decorate within your home or cottage.

Cane Furniture For Your Conservatory

Cane Furniture For Your Conservatory

When buying furniture  you don't just want your furniture to look beautiful. You also want them to be reasonably priced, and at the same time, easy to maintain. In general, almost any kind of raw materials you can think of can be made into furniture. You can easily find furniture that is made from wood, plastic or steel.

Each of these materials has got its own unique qualities and characteristics. For example, steel may be more durable than wood. But you can find more complicated designs and patterns on wood furniture because they are easier to work on.

A largely neglected raw material is wicker. Wicker is actually not a term that refers directly to the raw material. It's a term used to describe the manufacturing process. However, many people use this term interchangeably with the word "rattan" to refer to similar furniture. In this case, rattan will be a more specific word to use. But let's just stick to "wicker" for convenience and to avoid confusion.

Wicker furniture is made from cane. Cane is available in abundance in many Asian countries. The problem with cane is that it is very tough in nature. Try holding a piece of cane in your hand and you will find that it is almost impossible to break it. It has a certain elastic quality to it, making it hard to break. In this aspect, it has a quality that you can't find in any other raw material.

At first, being too tough seems like a clear disadvantage. You can't seem to use it for any practical purpose. The raw cane is coarse and tough, thus refusing to bow down to manipulation.

Fortunately, natives discover a way to manipulate the cane. The process involves heating up the cane with extremely high temperatures. The heat softens the cane, making it bendable. It is then weaved and wrapped around steel frames to form wicker furniture. When the cane cools down, it regains its original toughness.

And because cane is so tough naturally, you find that wicker furniture is very easy to maintain. If wicker furniture comes with cushioning, all you need to do is to remove the cushion, and wipe the furniture with a slightly wet cloth. The goal is to remove dust and grime that may have settled on the furniture. Clean the cushioning with a wet cloth and let it air dry. Use a little bit of anti-bacteria washing liquid if necessary. Replace when the cushions are dry. And that's it! You've just completed a round of wicker furniture cleaning.

In rare cases, the wicker furniture may appear old and ugly. That's inevitable for all furniture types. Due to old age, the appearance is affected. Even then, you can restore the appearance of the wicker furniture. Again, the process is a simple one.

Wicker Furniture - Easy to MaintainWhen buying furniture, you don't just want your furniture to look beautiful. You also want them to be reasonably priced, and at the same time, easy to maintain. In general, almost any kind of raw materials you can think of can be made into furniture. You can easily find furniture that is made from wood, plastic or steel.
Rattan & Wicker FurnitureRattan & wicker furniture are both durable and lightweight furniture options for both interior living spaces and for exterior living spaces. If you are designing an exterior living space then you will want to make sure that you select pieces that either have no upholstery, or that have indoor/outdoor upholstery. There are many different pieces that you can choose from to design your outdoor living space. There are rattan table bases, rattan dinettes, wicker tables, rattan bar stools, and wicker chairs. You can also choose from wicker or rattan chaise lounges and end tables. All of these pieces come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.
Wicker FurnitureWicker is the process of weaving natural materials like willow, rattan, cane, bamboo into various patterns. Wicker furniture is made from weaving interlaced slender branches around a frame and molding it into desired shapes such as tables, chairs, bed or sofas. Most wicker furniture is manufactured by hand and they originate from Southeast Asia, mainly Indonesia, Philippines and China. Wicker furniture became popular in the Victorian era, as its smooth surfaces and clean lines were believed to be more clean and hygienic than upholstered furniture.
Rattan & Wicker FurnitureRattan & wicker furniture are both durable and lightweight furniture options for both interior living spaces and for exterior living spaces. If you are designing an exterior living space then you will want to make sure that you select pieces that either have no upholstery, or that have indoor/outdoor upholstery. There are many different pieces that you can choose from to design your outdoor living space. There are rattan table bases, rattan dinettes, wicker tables, rattan bar stools, and wicker chairs. You can also choose from wicker or rattan chaise lounges and end tables. All of these pieces come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.
Things You Need To Know About Wicker FurnitureMany people who own sunroom furniture opt to have cushions and fabrics for a more comfortable feel and elegant setting. But before spending your money and getting the first fabric or cushion you eye on, there are first things you need to consider so as not to regret in the long run. There are some cases that some of the sunroom furniture do not come with cushions. But some of the furniture that already includes sunroom furniture cushion is not a big hit to many.
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