Cane and Rattan Furniture - Ideal for the tropics

One always associates cane and rattan furniture with tropical environments, but there are some very good reasons why one would make use of such furnishings in the tropics.

The raw material

Cane and rattan furniture is usually made from the stems of large climbing palms which are native to the tropical regions of Autralasia, Africa and Asia. Due to the fact that the raw material is locally sourced, cane and rattan furniture is usually cheaper in these areas. It s made by harvesting the stems and then boiling them to remove the sap. This allows the material to be flexible enough to bend, shape and weave into a chair, table, lampshade or other object. After the material has been split into strips and woven, it is usually treated with a lacquer or coat of paint which gives it an extra level of protection.


The main advantage of cane and rattan furniture is that unlike wood, it is not affected by moisture. The tropics are almost always humid and even in the heat of the day, things feel slightly damp. Cane and rattan furniture does not rot. It also does not rust and is essentially water resistant. This means that it has a longevity in humid regions that is incomparable to any other furnishings. Due to the time consuming process that is involved in creating cane and rattan furniture, it is generally quite costly. This cost is however warranted when one considers the long life that the product will have, especially in damp and humid conditions.

Look and feel

Lastly, articles made from rattan and cane furniture just look the part. A cane suite creates a relaxed and airy feel that is just perfect for a relaxed tropical environment. If complimented by a bright cushion, it could make even a patio in the city feel like it is by the sea.

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