Differences Between Rattan and Bamboo Wood Materials

While rattan and bamboo both grow in the same tropical climates in various parts of the world, including here in Australia, they differ from each other in appearance and other characteristics. To ensure that you know which of these materials is in the furniture that you considering buying, you need to know how to tell them apart from each other. For this reason, we explain what each of these wood materials are in-depth in the following details.

What Is Rattan?

Rattan is a collective term for numerous species of climbing plants that grow in tropical climates throughout many places in the world, including here in Australia. Since it is highly flexible, it makes an ideal weaving material. Once it is harvested, the outer skin must be removed and the canes of rattan then need to go through a steaming process to ensure that they are flexible enough to bend into a desired shape, such as a chair, stool or other furniture items. Rattan also is ideal for creating woven baskets.

Even though rattan is lightweight, it is strong and durable. Furniture that contains it last for years as a result. One of the reasons for its strength is the fact that it is solid in the centre. Another favourable feature of this wood material is that the growth of the plants is sustainable since it only takes about five to seven years to mature to the proper height for harvesting once again. Owners of rattan furniture also appreciate the fact that it only requires a wipe with a damp cloth to clean it in most cases.

What Is Bamboo?

Bamboo is a fast-growing, sustainable, perennial treelike grass that belongs to the subfamily Bambusoideae of the family Poaceae. Similar to rattan, it grows in tropical type climates, including the southern regions of Australia. One major difference between bamboo and rattan is the fact that bamboo is hollow in the centre rather than solid. However, it is as strong as rattan, if not stronger, since it has a thick outer shell around its hollow centre. Also, bamboo is not highly flexible either, so it is not ideal for weaving. You will find it more in the framework of furniture instead of the woven areas. On top of all of this, it is thicker and bulkier than rattan is in furniture.

For further details about the differences between rattan and bamboo wood materials, consult with our company, Cane Java. We specialise in a wide variety of rattan and wooden furniture. Regardless of the area of your house that you require furniture for, we can offer pieces that are suitable for your needs along with baskets and other accessories.