Material Comparison

Choosing the right product


When choosing your indoor storage furniture, it is important to select the right material for your needs. There are a number of different materials used to make indoor storage, and you will see the following terms used to describe the products across our website. Different materials however have different suitability for their use.

NOT suitable for outdoor use Natural rattan is an extremely durable, natural material which can withstand extreme heat without splitting or drying out. This makes it ideal for conservatories and other indoor use. However, it is not weatherproof and should not be used out of doors.

Water Hyacinth

Water Hyacinth has been described as the new successor to traditional rattan. It is a natural, untreated material which is very strong and durable. It can withstand extreme heat and is perfect for conservatories, sun rooms and other indoor uses. As with rattan, however, it is not weatherproof and should not be used outside. Throughout our website, we often describe our water hyacinth items as 'Wicker Furniture.' For more details about Water Hyacinth, click here.

Kubu Rattan

Kubu rattan is another species of Rattan that grows abundantly and wild in the lush Indonesian forests of Kalimantan, Sumatra and many other areas. It is white to beige in actual dried state and is further processed to be either used as weaving materials or as wicker core. Kubu rattan can be naturally stained to reach a grey colour known as Kubu grey.

Wicker

Traditional cane wicker is often used for trunks and baskets, and also some indoor conservatory furniture. However it is not weatherproof and should not be used for outdoor products. Confusingly, outdoor rattan is often termed 'wicker' due to the look and feel of the weave used. When referring to outdoor furniture, 'wicker' is not the traditional wicker cane that springs to mind. Wicker in this instance simply refers to the wicker-style weave of the synthetic rattan.

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