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Purchasing garden furniture is certainly an investment, therefore it is an informed decision that you make to ensure that you find the perfect piece of outdoor furniture for you. Arguably the most popular garden furniture materials around are classic rattan garden furniture and also a new riser – aluminium garden furniture. InsideOut Living is here to compare the two so that you can find the right outdoor furniture set for you… 

Aluminium Garden Furniture

At InsideOut Living, we have an array of aluminium garden furniture with the Hartman collection proving to be by far the favourite. It goes without saying that aluminium garden furniture is a classic piece of outdoor furniture, which you can rely on to look beautiful whilst also being practical. It looks great and is remarkably versatile, all the while being relatively inexpensive – a real crowd-pleaser, right?

But, there are some things that you should be aware of when it comes to caring for aluminium furniture which could potentially sway your decision. This leads us nicely to diving into the pros and cons of aluminium garden furniture which you should be aware of:

Pros Of Aluminium Furniture: 

  • Attractive yet low cost
  • Recyclable
  • Durable & long-lasting
  • Won’t rust or corrode
  • Lightweight

Cons Of Aluminum Furniture: 

  • Vulnerable in strong winds
  • Easily compromised if damaged

One feature that you’ll notice is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to aluminium furniture is that it’s lightweight. This makes it easy to move things around should you feel the need, but there is also the possibility of things getting blown around in strong winds. Hollow-frame aluminium furniture is particularly vulnerable and any major bends or dents that result from being tossed around could make it unsafe to use as well as unsightly. You should also pay close attention to any welding present on aluminium outdoor furniture, as it can be a very tricky garden furniture material to bond together. Generally speaking, higher quality pieces usually incorporate braces or gusseting for extra support.

Rattan Garden Furniture 

Rattan garden furniture has exploded in popularity over the last few years, thanks to brands like Kettler and Bramblecrest. Its beauty and versatility are major factors that make it bode well for everyone. For all of you interior design lovers out there, rattan is an incredibly aesthetic material and rattan garden furniture has enjoyed sustained popularity for decades if your rattan garden furniture is cared for carefully and correctly.

Pros Of Rattan Furniture:

  • Timelessly attractive
  • UV resistant
  • Low maintenance
  • Easily customised with cushions
  • Recyclable

Cons Of Rattan Furniture:

  • Loose weaves can have a negative impact
  • Initially expensive

As a material, rattan relies a great deal on the way it looks once weaved. Because of this, it’s important to inspect new rattan furniture closely and make sure there aren’t any loose threads that weren’t weaved properly. The reason for this is that these spots can unravel and while it may take some time to unravel fully, it will undermine the furniture’s durability and aesthetic qualities. It’s also important to note that rattan garden furniture should be considered an investment, as it often comes with a larger price tag when it is made correctly.

As you can tell, both sets of furniture materials are fabulous, which makes it even harder for you to choose, sorry! We would recommend opting for the outdoor furniture piece you know you will love for years to come…


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