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Garden Furniture Buying Guide

When choosing garden furniture or any form of outdoor or patio furniture it is very important to choose the right set from the onset. Here at featureDECO, we aim to not only advise you of the right choice of garden Furniture but also make sure the outdoor furniture you choose is right for you.

Garden furniture has evolved over the years and now we have a range of different types of materials used in outdoor furniture sets ranging from outdoor synthetic rattan to synthetic PE rope. These are used to create modern and classics in a range of weaves. Aluminium garden furniture also features in our range which has a modern contemporary look and feel which is in line with the minimal design trend. The materials are highly durable, all-weather, low maintenance material that will look good throughout every season, year after year.

Why Choose featureDECO Rattan Garden Furniture?

An example of the Manchester Rattan Sofa Set

 

Invest in Quality

Highly Durable all-weather UV stabilised 100% PE rattan - The best outdoor synthetic material and the recommended grade for hot and cold climates. PE rattan is eco-friend as it is fully recyclable, unlike PVC and PU.

Thick Rattan Fibres

We only utilise high-quality thick rattan fibres for our furniture which is almost 3-5 times the weight of low-grade rattan. Our products are made with a combination of rattan fibres such as 6mm half-moon round, 12mm extra-wide flat, 14mm extra-wide flat and 10mm half-moon round chunky rattan. 5mm Round weave for trim details.

Hand-woven and Texture

The rattan we use has a variety of different colour tones to give an authentic feel.

Aluminium Powder Coated Frames

The aluminium frames we use on the furniture do not rust and combined with powder coating, the frames are well protected for long term use. Aluminium is dearer than steel as a raw material which also reflects on the overall price of the product.

Steel Powder Coated Frames

On some limited ranges, we offer a powder-coated steel frame. This is a cost-effective option but we do not compromise on the quality of the powder coating applied in this process. It follows a strict, 3 stage powder coating process that involved cleaning the steel, pre-treatment and a durable powder coating layer.

Minimal Assembly

A majority of our ranges do not require any assembly on the sofas or chairs along the sections of the furniture. This gives a more aesthetic pleasing finish. Our tables require light assembly.

Adjustable Feet

Most of our furniture is equipped with adjustable feet on sofa sets and chairs which is ideal for uneven patio surfaces.

Showerproof Cushions

The fabrics we use are 230g to 250g polyester and they have a more luxurious feel and good durability compared to lower grades of fabric. The cushions either have a mix colour weave or a ribbed pattern on the fabric. Polyester fabric is suitable for outdoor use and the coating provides a showerproof layer to protect again light rain. Typically, the material is stitched over quality high-density foam filler cushion.

Extra Comfort Cushions

Our cushions use a foam and filler mix. The foam is sandwiched between the filler material which provides extra comfort. If pure foam is used, the cushions tend to be either very hard or very soft depending on the density of the foam.

In House Designs

Our furniture manufactured with high-quality standards. featureDECO has been supplying outdoor furniture for over 15 years. We import, warehouse and deliver direct to you. No garden centres, wholesalers or middlemen.
For example, the set above called the 7 Piece Manchester Corner Sofa Set will be price around £1199 in a garden centre, £849 at (featureDECO price) or £500 in low quality on eBay.

We do not believe in cutting costs to compromise on quality as we believe in supplying an excellent standard that looks the part and is long-lasting. It is possible to save up to 60% by changing features such as the framework material (from aluminium to steel), rattan material (PE to PU or PVC), construction (Seamless to Seamed flat-pack), design features (thinner arms, backs, open sections), cushion quality (from 230g to 180g), etc. At featureDECO, we pride ourselves in the quality that we provide and we believe we have the best value garden furniture on the market.

 

 
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 Framework

 

 

Material
 The frame of the garden furniture is a key component in the stability and structural stability of the furniture.
Steel powder coated
Powder-coated aluminium or 3-Step Powder-coated Steel 
Type of Assembly
Self Assembly Sets are not as sturdy as fully assembled set nor aesthetically pleasing.
Self Assembly
Full Assembled Sofas. Self Assembly on Tables
Tube thickness
A good-quality frame is a thick frame. The frames on most of our sets are at least 1.2mm. Cheap sets with very thin frames are likely to break easily.
0.8mm 1.0mm to 1.2mm
Tube size
The dimensions of the frame in cross-section.
1.5 x 1.5 cm 2.0 x 2.0 cm
 

 Outdoor Rattan

 

 

Type of Rattan

The type of synthetic fibre is an indicator of the quality of polymer used. A good quality rattan is less likely to fade.

PVC Rattan

PE Natural Effect Rattan

Rattan thickness

Various styles of outdoor rattan have various thicknesses; the thick the weave the better the quality

Flat Weave Width - 6mm; Thickness 0.8 mm

Natural Flat Weave Width - 12mm; Thickness1. mm

Chunky Weave Width - 10mm; Thickness 7mm

Anti-oxidants
It’s important that there are antioxidants within the rattan fibres to ensure a long-lasting product. Rattan lacking in antioxidants often breaks after the first winter.
Absent Yes
UV-testing
The length of time that the UV-resistance of the fibres is tested in laboratory conditions. An outdoor environment is simulated, thus ensuring that you will be enjoying your furniture for many years to come.
 
2-3 years
 

 Cushions

   
Filling & Foam

Low-value cushion fillings are an easy way of detecting a low-value product.

Foam Only

Filler & Foam Cushions

Cushion cover weight
We offer a range of covers; what’s important is the weight, which affects the feel of the fabric.
150~180 g Polyester
230g Polyester
Shower resistance
Cushion covers are shower-resistant
Yes
Yes
Warranty
 Our warranties specifically cover the framework and structure of your furniture as well as rust and fading of the cover material.
1 Year Warranty
2-5 Year Warranty
       

 

What are the Plastics used for Rattan Garden Furniture?

The main three plastics used for outdoor furniture are PE, PU and PVC. They are all 100% weather-resistant, resistance to mould, sun exposure and extreme temperatures, however, each material varies in properties that provide the best life expectancy for outdoor use.

PE rattan furniture

PE rattan furniture is used for many outdoor rattan products. PE(Polyethylene) is a thermoplastic resin, which means an item made with the material can be recycled, melted down and reformed into another shape. This means PE furniture is Eco-Friendly as it is fully recyclable. PE is also a tougher material than PU & PVC. A hard-wearing, durable plastic with excellent UV and mould resistant properties. It is still suitable for the British weather; however, we recommend covering the furniture during the winter months for added protection.

PU rattan furniture

PU features good elastic strength and will provide good resistance to cracking. For frequent usage of furniture, PUs flexibility properties provide a good life. Also features good UV and mould resistant properties, however, the downside to PU is that is not recyclable and not as durable as PE rattan.

It is still suitable for the British weather; however, we recommend covering the furniture during the winter months for added protection.

PVC Rattan furniture

PVC rattan furniture is another material used for outdoor rattan. PVC is mixed with an elastic material to add flexibility and then woven onto a metal frame. Its properties on rattan furniture are lower than PE and PU.

It is suitable for the British weather; however, we recommend covering the furniture during the winter months for added protection.

Branded PE Rattan

Commercial grade plastics, Branded plastics such as Hularo, Viro, Rehau are essentially PE and offer great elasticity and durability. They provide excellent resistance against mould, sun exposure, heavy weather conditions and extreme temperatures. The rattan fibres are highly engineered to provide great detail in the weave and therefore the weaving process is sometimes more complex. Generally, these plastics are branded and therefore carry premium raw material prices which also reflect the price of the end product.

Other names for Rattan Garden Furniture?

Rattan Garden Furniture, Wicker Garden Furniture, All-weather garden furniture, poly rattan, polyresin, resin weave, plastic garden furniture. It is all the same thing, Rattan Garden Furniture”.

To Summarise!

PE, PU and PVC are suitable for UK weather conditions; however, the Best Choice for the UK is PE which is eco-friendly, features good flexibility and strength. PU is suitable however it is not as durable, nor is it eco-friendly. PVC is the most cost-effective material for rattan, however, this will deteriorate very quickly.

The evolution of rattan garden furniture.....

Our range of rattan garden furniture is now complemented with natural materials such as acacia and sometimes by polywood. These materials are usually used as accents such as on the feet of the sofa or the tabletops. Use a range of materials on the furniture provide more depth to the product and enhances the overall design of the product. Rattan is a growing trend that has been all the more popular since our new and exciting contemporary designs. 

We prefer to retail Acacia timber as it has a nice golden colour and is a strong hardwood perfect for garden furniture. Other hardwoods are orange or dark brown and do not look aesthetically pleasing. If left untreated this colour will mellow to a silver-grey patin finish over its lifespan which adds the natural look of the product. To bring the colour back to its original finish simply sand it down at the start of the season.

What is Rope Garden Furniture?

featureDECO Rope Garden Furniture is a brand-new concept in outdoor living that requires very little maintenance and can be left outside all year round. This versatile and durable material is already used in luxury yachts and hotels due to its ease of maintenance and eye-catching designs.

Available in a variety of colours, styles and designs you are able to create a beautifully modern and totally unique outdoor space. Available as a corner sofa and sofa set. Currently, our rope garden furniture collections are offered in lounge options with more to follow.

What is Aluminium Garden Furniture?

Aluminium is a great material for various types of garden furniture, because of its excellent all-weather properties and timeless modern look. It features a robust yet lightweight construction which is durable and easy to clean. In addition, aluminium is a rustproof material that will last a long time. The furniture is complemented with thick cushions that provide the highest comfort when sitting for lounging. The furniture complement all styles of designs from retro, modern to classic and we usually supply this style of furniture in neutral tones such grey, blacks and white.

General Care and Maintenance

What is the best way to clean my Rattan Garden Furniture?

Our rattan garden furniture is extremely easy to clean. Just use a soft sponge or cloth with lukewarm water and a non-scouring detergent, then rinse down with cold water using a bucket or garden hose.

To extend the life of your garden furniture, all pieces should be properly cared for. We also recommend the use of a garden rain cover as this ensures the furniture does not get deteriorate and keeps it free from dirt and residue.

What are the Metal Components used in Garden Furniture?

Many of our ranges are constructed of steel or aluminium. Our steel products undergo many cleaning, rust inhibiting and powder coating processes so that the product can withstand the outdoor environment, however, those living in coastal regions will be aware that sea spray and salt air play havoc with most metals, especially steel. Although our furniture is weather and rust-resistant, we offer no guarantee against corrosion by sea air. If you live near the sea, you would be better advised to consider one of our aluminium-based ranges for the base material, which has excellent corrosion resistant properties as it forms a protective layer when exposed. Coatings and accumulation of dirt on the intermediate coating can cause reduced durability. Very often this is a consequence of long-term moisture. Dirty surfaces should be cleaned once or twice a year depending on the grade of contamination.

Can Rattan Garden Furniture be repaired if damaged?

In the unlikely event of your rattan garden furniture needing any repairs, it's possible to quickly fix it yourself in under 5 minutes.

Other types of garden furniture on the Market

What is Cast Aluminium Garden Furniture?

Cast Aluminium garden furniture is a great choice for any garden and is a popular choice in the UK market as its classic style is well suited to many homes. Cast Aluminium furniture is manufactured to a high standard and has a superb powder coated finish applied. The base material is aluminium which is high rust-resistant and the powder coatings applied are specified specifically for outdoor use. It is designed to be left outside all year round and considerably lighter than wrought iron and cast-iron furniture.

What is Textilene garden furniture?

Textweave, Textilene PVC coated polyester fabric is a very durable fabric and is available in a variety of designs and styles. We use high end woven fabrics that have intricate patterns and a variety of colours to provide a stylish finish. Textweave is both strong and attractive as it is made of woven polyester non-stretch yarn which is flame retardant, heat sealable and mildew resistant. Formulated from yarns developed to withstand wear and tear for many years of outdoor use it is ideal in both hot and cold temperatures. With little maintenance required, the colours remain crisp and vibrant after years of continuous outdoor exposure.



 
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