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Choosing Synthetic Wicker Furniture

Choosing Synthetic Wicker Furniture

Although the inventor of synthetic wicker is unknown, it is agreeably a great invention of the 21st century. The use of synthetic wicker has vastly opened up the selection of outdoor furniture making the choices of colour, grade and style endless.  As synthetic wicker has become one of the most popular choice of materials for outdoor furniture we thought it best to delve a little further into the material that everyone is talking about.


What is synthetic wicker? 

Synthetic wicker is made from synthetic materials, such as polyethylene, PVC, and resin. These materials are woven into the shape of wicker. The process involves weaving the synthetic fibers around a metal frame to create a furniture piece. The synthetic fibers are often treated to give them a natural appearance and to improve their durability and weather resistance. The result is a furniture piece that has the appearance of natural wicker but is made from synthetic materials that are more durable and low maintenance than natural wicker. Some synthetic wicker furniture is also woven on an aluminum frame to make it even more durable and weather resistant.


Short list of pros and cons of synthetic wicker for outdoor furniture.


  • Durability: Synthetic wicker is more durable than natural wicker and can withstand harsh outdoor conditions, such as sun exposure, rain and heat.

  • Low Maintenance: Synthetic wicker does not require much maintenance, unlike natural wicker which may require treatment and upkeep to maintain its appearance.

  • Weather Resistant: Synthetic wicker is weather-resistant and can be left outside in all types of weather, unlike natural wicker which may be damaged in extreme conditions.

  • Affordable: Synthetic wicker furniture is often more affordable than natural wicker furniture.

  • Variety: Synthetic wicker furniture comes in a wide range of styles and colours, allowing you to choose the perfect match your outdoor décor.

  • Lightweight: Synthetic wicker furniture is lightweight, making it easy to move around and rearrange.

  • Eco-friendly: Synthetic wicker is made from recycled materials, making it an eco-friendly choice for outdoor furniture.


  • Quality Variation: The quality of synthetic wicker furniture can vary based on the material used, the manufacturing process and the retailer. Some synthetic wicker furniture may be lower quality and may not last as long as higher quality pieces.

  • Appearance: While synthetic wicker furniture can have a natural appearance, it may not look as authentic or as natural as wicker furniture.

  • Comfort: Some synthetic wicker furniture may not be as comfortable as natural wicker, as the synthetic fibers may be less flexible and less breathable.

  • UV Resistance: Some synthetic wicker furniture may not be as resistant to UV rays as other materials, which may cause it to fade or become brittle over time.

  • Durability in Extreme Conditions: Synthetic wicker may not be as durable in extreme conditions, such as high winds or heavy snow, as other materials used for outdoor furniture.


What determines the different qualities of synthetic wicker?

The different qualities of synthetic wicker used for outdoor furniture can vary based on the materials used and the manufacturing process. Some of the factors than can impact the quality of synthetic wicker furniture include:

  1. Material quality: Synthetic wicker can be made from a range of materials, including polyethylene, PVC, and resin. The quality of the material used can impact the durability and appearance of the furniture.

  2. Manufacturing process: The process used to weave the synthetic fibers around the frame of choice can also impact the quality of the furniture. Some manufacturers use hand-woven techniques, while others use machine-woven techniques.

  3. Frame material: The frame material used can also impact the quality of the furniture. A sturdy frame made from aluminum or another high-quality material will result in a more durable and long-lasting piece of furniture.

  4. Weather resistance: The level of weather resistance can vary based on the materials used and the quality of the manufacturing process. Furniture made from high-quality materials and with a sturdy frame will typically be more weather-resistant than furniture made from lower-quality materials.

  5. Appearance: The appearance of synthetic wicker furniture can also vary based on the materials used and the manufacturing process. Some synthetic wicker furniture has a natural woven, while others may have more of a uniform appearance.

  6. Price: The price of synthetic wicker furniture can vary based on the quality of the material used, the manufacturing process, and the retailer. Higher-quality furniture is often more expensive, while lower-quality furniture may be less expensive.

The difference between Rattan and Wicker.

The words rattan and wicker are often used interchangeably, but in fact they have separate meanings. Rattan is a material whereas wicker is the style and method of weaving.  A natural rattan is a kind of vine that grows in many parts of the world. Natural rattan is vulnerable to water damage just like bamboo and other kinds of wooden or plant-based materials. A piece of furniture made from a true natural rattan material is best used in a covered area such as a porch or sunroom.



Synthetic rattan used at Brafab.

High-quality synthetic rattan furniture withstands all kinds of weather and frequent use, and is essentially maintenance free. Thanks to its design and natural-looking range of colours, this furniture will effortlessly transform your patio into a comfortable, inviting oasis during those spring and summer months. Brafab only uses high-quality material when making their synthetic rattan furniture making it very durable.


“Because we’re careful to produce it using durable material of the very highest quality, our synthetic rattan furniture is resistant to all weathers. Each piece of furniture bears testimony to sound craftsmanship where different types of wickerwork and strands of varying thickness are carefully woven by hand.” - BRAFAB


High style with low maintenance outdoor furniture.

We have put together a list of the most unique high-quality synthetic outdoor furniture pieces for a variety of esthetics. Whether you are looking for a complete patio set or interested in adding a statement piece, we have some options for you.


The Covelo Collection

Comfortable, elegant, and stunning. The Covelo collection is a series of pieces that definitely make a statement. The airy woven synthetic rattan is a showstopper. Built on a sturdy black powder-coated aluminum frame, the cylinder legs lend a modern touch to the design of the Covelo. Comfy firm seating available in an array of colours add to the relaxed feel of this series. The high style of the Covelo series makes it a great choice for use indoors as well as outdoors.


The Glendon Collection

Looking for more of a traditional feel? The Glendon is a classic collection of synthetic wicker furniture that compliments many different types of esthetics. The attention to detail in the rounded corners and generous seating space with the perfect angle make you want to curl up and relax in the Glendon.



The Kamomill

Another timeless traditional piece is the Kamomill chair. The Kamomill offers classic design with an open weaving in synthetic rattan. The airy feel of the Kamomill makes you dream of sun-filled summer days spent lingering over alfresco meals.



The Sandkorn Lounge Chair

If the modern esthetic is what you are drawn to, the Sandkorn lounge chair is sure to please. Designed with clean, straight lines in a neutral pallet the Sandkorn lounge chair is sure to elevate your outdoor or indoor space.  Made with high-quality synthetic wicker woven on a sturdy aluminum frame the Sandkorn lounge chair is made to last. Elegant and discrete with inviting proportions this lounge chair begs you to take a few minutes and relax.



The Midway Collection

The Midway collection is created with high-quality twisted synthetic rattan. The assorted patterns are hand-woven on to the sturdy black aluminum frame using twisted synthetic rattan fibers of various thickness achieving a beautiful natural look that is not only eye-stopping but supremely comfortable. The Midway collection includes dining chairs, lounge chairs with footstools, and 2-seat benches all of which are available in a natural dark brown colour or a light beige colour.


Synthetic rattan in lighting.

Not only can synthetic rattan be used in outdoor furniture, the use of this material in lamp shades has become very popular. This trend is making waves in the interior design world, adding an element of texture to the space. The Pamir lampshade is made up of synthetic twisted rattan hand-woven over a black aluminum frame and makes a great statement lighting option. Available in a natural brown twisted synthetic rattan or in a light beige colour as well as in two different shapes the Pamir lampshades can be grouped together in striking configurations.


When it comes time to set the mood, it’s all about the lighting.  The Midway floor lamp on a dimmable switch allows you to create that special mood indoors or outdoors when the time is right! Created with twisted synthetic rattan hand-woven over a black aluminum frame this lampshade spreads an enchanting shadow adding ambience to any space. Available in a natural brown twisted synthetic rattan or in light beige the Midway floor lamp is perfect for lighting up parties or just for your home.


The natural look and range of colours available in synthetic wicker and rattan allow it to effortlessly transform your patio into a comfortable, inviting oasis during those wonderful spring and summer months. Visit Cottage Culture’s showroom in Hensall, Ontario or shop on-line at and have your patio furniture shipped to you with white glove service. If you are still having trouble creating your perfect patio oasis, Cottage Culture offers free design layout services and our knowledgeable staff is always happy to help with style choices.

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