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What Is The Difference Between Cane, Rattan & Wicker Furniture?

There is often confusion around these three materials and manufacturing processes because when you search for images of them, you find very similar results. In this article, we will help you to learn a bit more individually about each one.

What is Wicker?


A common misconception is that wicker is a material. In fact, wicker is actually a process used to create weaved furniture. Wicker furniture can be made from natural materials such as cane, rattan or reed or even synthetic materials, including vinyl and resin. Wicker furniture is made by weaving branches around wood or metal frames to create anything from tables to sofas.

What is Rattan?

cane furniture

Rattan is a plant which originated in Southeast Asia. This plant grows like a tree initially, but then it will bend back down, like a vine and grows along the ground instead. Although it may not sound like it, rattan is considered to be one of the strongest woods available. This makes it an ideal material for someone looking for long-lasting and sturdy furniture in the home.

What is Cane?

almond coloured rattan

Cane is the inside of the rattan plant and it is produced by peeling off the outer layer of the vine. It is then wrapped around metal or wooden frames to create an appealing and sturdy structure. 

A great quality of cane is that it is less porous so it is able to repel spillages meaning it can be wiped down easily. Unlike rattan, cane doesn’t need to be treated or painted and it is actually a far stronger material.

Caring For Wicker Furniture

Wicker furniture can last for many years when taken care of properly. Due to the nature of the design, it is prone to dust and dirt collecting in the gaps. These are some tips on how to care for this kind of furniture properly:

  • To avoid dust and dirt build-up, make sure you dust the furniture regularly using a cloth and some furniture polish.
  • Lacquer can also help to protect your furniture. The application of this only needs to happen every 1-2 years but it helps to maintain the strength in the furniture.
  • For areas that have gotten dirty, simply clean them gently with a sponge and soapy water.

Contact Us

Whether you are looking for cane or rattan furniture, Kingsway Cane will have something for you. To find out more about the furniture we sell, call a member of our team on 0116 2366 726 or fill out our online contact form and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

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