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Historical Furniture / May 8, 2020

Close up of Polyethylene Synthetic Resin Wicker

Wicker vs Rattan

Wicker and rattan are often used interchangeably however they are not the same thing. Wicker is a type of weave and rattan is a natural material (plant fiber) that is used to make wicker furniture. Learn more about the differences between wicker and rattan.

Using Synthetic Resin Wicker Outdoors

When people say “outdoor wicker furniture, ” they are referring to synthetic resin wicker instead of rattan. This is what you’ll see on most (if not all) home decorating websites. Synthetic wicker is typically made of either PVC or Polyethylene, the latter being the most durable outdoor material. Synthetic wicker is perfectly fine to be used outside. Although outdoor wicker furniture is made to withstand the elements, you should always use care to ensure that any type of outdoor furniture lasts for extended periods of time. At the bottom of the article you can find articles that will teach you how to clean and care for wicker furniture.

Natural WickerUsing Natural Wicker Outdoors

Natural wicker on the other hand is not intended to be used outdoors. Natural wicker is usually only meant for indoor use because it can deteriorate rather quickly. Even :

“…it’s OK to use your wicker outside on your deck, but leaving it out there permanently, exposed to all the weather elements, is not a good idea at all…Antique wicker furniture can never be replaced, so is not intended for outdoor use! …Or if you really want the wicker look, be sure to buy all-weather wicker or resin wicker which are made to be used outdoor or buy a cheap reproduction rattan wicker that’s easily replaced?”

-Cathryn Jungroth Peters from

Natural wicker is not intended to be used outdoors and no amount of “water-proofing” spray-on’s will protect natural wicker from the sun, moisture, mold, and mildew. If you want to use wicker furniture outside, it has to be resin wicker. Resin wicker is one of the most durable outdoor materials and looks just like the real thing. Just make sure you purchase quality sets. One of the tell tale signs of cheap resin wicker is that it will have an extremely glossy finish. Find out more tips below.


Natural rattan or paper fiber wicker cannot be used outdoors for extended periods of time however, synthetic resin wicker can be used outside. Most of the time when you’re searching for outdoor wicker furniture, you’re seeing is synthetic resin. Please browse our Blog or review some of the resources below for more information. Shop outdoor wicker sectional sets, wicker dining sets, and resin wicker daybeds!

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About the Author
is able to lend her insight on this topic after spending years in the design field. She has learned that all outdoor furniture is not the same. She is a contributing author to the Patio Productions Blog where she shares outdoor living tips to transform your backyard!