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  • Tuck It In: Hibernation for Rattan Furniture.

    One of the big selling points of rattan furniture is that it can be left outdoor for varied weather conditions, but we still recommend that you buy a cover for your rattan furniture when not in use, especially now the Winter is fast approaching.

    High vs low quality rattan

    High quality synthetic rattan garden furniture does not necessarily need covering in any weather especially the ones made from HDPE (High Density Polyethylene). HDPE rattan garden furniture has many advantages; it will not mould, it is UV resistant and will not fade in the sunlight nor go brittle in snow or ice. The rattan is hand woven over rust proof powder coated aluminium frames ensuring your furniture will not rust. And being lightweight, it can be moved easily to suit your particular location or position. This HDPE rattan furniture is maintenance free and can be easily cleaned with just warm soapy water.

    There are many inexpensive, low quality synthetic rattan furniture ranges available today. Retailers will not usually guarantee them for a long time because they know it will not last long. These types of furniture will need covering in all weather conditions as the dye colour is only applied to the outside of the rattan whereas the colour on a high quality HDPE rattan weave is incorporated throughout the polyethylene. The poorer quality material is also more prone to splitting and breaking whenever hard frost hits.

    The advice.

    If you want your rattan furniture to retain its shining look for longer, then our advice would be to cover them when not in use. Just like anything else when left unkempt, it depreciates quicker than necessary. Buying a rain cover large enough to blanket your entire rattan suite will prevent it from being blown around in high winds, and from being covered with dirt.

    We recommend that before covering your furniture, you place a mop stick or any stick through the parasol hole in the centre of the table if your furniture comes with a hole at the centre of the table; this creates a tent-like shape, which will shed the water away from your furniture easily.

    The cushions

    The cushions on good quality synthetic rattan garden furniture are usually weather proof, and the same goes for any bought separately from any good retailer but they still need to be stored away during winter. They will shrug off a light shower in summer and soon dry up when the sun re-appears, but they may get wet during heavy rain. And when there is no sunlight for days to quickly dry up, the inner foam will become saturated and runs the risk of becoming mouldy, which will leave it with a musty smell that is difficult to remove.

    We recommend you clean your cushions according to the manufacturer’s instructions before storing them away, making sure they are completely dry.

  • Need to Know: Is Rattan Furniture Actually Comfortable?

    With temperatures looking decidedly more August this weekend, this can only mean it’s time to help Moda give rattan a comeback.  And we’re predicting that it will come back in a BIG way.  There are few materials as versatile as rattan, which means it can work in nearly any indoor or outdoor space.  Rattan furniture is often dubbed ‘boho chic’ by nature, but Moda knows it can be worked into many contemporary, coastal, or glam spaces too.

    Between all of the outdoor picnics, soirees, and al fresco dinners still remianing on your summer agenda, you’re bound to cross paths with your share of rattan chairs this before Autumn draws in.  But, we get asked the same question all the time – are rattan chairs actually comfortable?

    Moda Favourites:  Rattan Chairs

    Surprisingly, woven rattan chairs are more comfortable than they look.  Most rattan chairs have minimal cushioning (or sometimes, no cushion at all), but they are formed to cradle your body.  (It’s almost like sitting in a chair that was made just for you!)  Not only do these chairs look cool, but we think they’ll be in high demand at your next gathering because they are unexpectedly comfortable.

    We absolutely adore the Vase Stacking Set at Moda, available in four different weave colours, they’re a great addition to gardens of any shape and size and will even chic up a balcony.

    And the sculptural, body hugging frames of the Zen Rattan Sofa set  cradles you as you sit and enjoy the last of the August Sun. Get yourself a cocktail and we guarantee you and your guests will never leave your chairs.

    Rattan chairs might not be everyone’s idea of comfort and lounging, but we give them two thumbs up when it comes to combining style and comfort.  Looking to update your seating this summer?  Contact Moda today.

  • Is Choosing Rattan Furniture An Eco-Friendly Choice?

    If you’re anything like us, you know that there’s nothing better than sitting outside in the summer; al fresco dining somehow makes food and wine much tastier. But for those of you who are environmentally-conscious (and let’s face it, who isn’t these days?) did you know there are plenty of ways to eat in comfort without having a negative effect on the environment?

    Rattan furniture is arguably the most popular decorative item for gardens, patios, balconies and hotel gardens across the western world and even further afield. The material’s sturdy, weather-resistant nature and low maintenance requirements make it a firm favourite and as a result, both natural and synthetic rattan is a common sight.

    As a short history lesson, there are around 600 different species of rattan in the world, 54 of which originating from the Indo-China region. A climbing member of the palm family, its stems offer a multitude of uses even further than the west such as in furniture and baskets in large parts of Asia, as well as housing.

    However, as the popularity of rattan garden furniture retains it crown season to season, so too do questions surrounding its sourcing. Home-owners naturally find themselves curious about certain aspects of this material, such as its build quality, the manufacturing process, or even whether it is a ‘green’ material. Indeed, one particular question has become more and more common among home-owners in recent years: is rattan furniture eco-friendly? In a day and age where natural resources become more depleted with each passing day, and every effort is valuable in ensuring the environment is not actively damaged, it comes as no surprise that home-owners might want to know whether their favourite type of outdoor furniture is sustainable.

    So, is rattan furniture eco-friendly? The short answer is yes. Both natural and synthetic variants of rattan are sustainable from an environmental perspective:

    Synthetic Rattan

    Synthetic materials are usually regarded with suspicion when it comes to environmental sustainability, even when, as with rattan furniture, this is one of the main selling points employed by manufacturers and retailers.
    Thankfully, rattan garden furniture is one of few examples where claims about synthetic material being entirely eco-friendly and environmentally sound are both accurate and easy to back up. Most synthetic rattan items are made from materials specially treated to ensure they do not harm the environment – for example by releasing toxins into the air or soil immediately surrounding the item. As such, home-owners thinking of buying such items need not worry that the synthetic fibres at their root will have a detrimental impact on the environment; every synthetic rattan garden furniture item available on the market is guaranteed to be entirely eco-friendly and environmentally safe.

     

    Natural Rattan Furniture

    Perhaps even more than with synthetic rattan, the question of eco-friendliness seems to arise about items made from the actual material extracted from palm trees. The good news is, as far as naturally-sourced materials are concerned, rattan is one of the safest from an environmental standpoint. While the palm tree the material is derived from is geographically limited in location, rattan itself is easily renewable, and the impact its sourcing has on the environment is almost negligible.

    Actually, rather than harm the environment, rattan can be considered to have the opposite effect insofar as it is used as a replacement for wood wicker in many furniture items. This, in turn, helps preserve forests by reducing the need to source wood from trees, preventing deforestation and logging. Additionally, this plant is often found in floodplains, which attracts animal populations and makes use of soil which would otherwise go unused. The harvesting and sourcing of rattan also helps provide jobs for inhabitants of the areas of the world the material is commonly found at, helping to both boost and maintain a sustainable economy.

    It is clear, then, that when it comes to the sustainability of natural rattan garden furniture, home-owners have even less cause for concern than they would with items made from the synthetic variant.

  • The History of Garden Furniture

    Everything we see, touch or learn about has some kind of a history to it. Coffee cups have a history, wood has a history and garden furniture has a history. Here at Moda Furnishings, we are interested in the history of our range of garden furniture, which why we’ve decided to dedicate this blog to just that…

    Greek Era

    The garden itself was created shortly after the Claudian Invasion of 43CE and introduced designs like hedges and fences being combined with orchards. It is said that garden furniture can be traced back to the Roman and Greek eras where people we known to sit upon stone benches in these new outdoor gardens. In fact, evidence of these were found in Pompeii and are thought to be the oldest surviving examples.

    Medieval Era

    During this time gardening was not a major concern however some progress in the history of garden furniture still took place and the turf bench became a recognisable aspect of a medieval garden. They rose in likeability through the art they had featured on them in the 15th century.

    Elizabethan Era

    The introduction of the 17th century saw landscaping, gardening and design become more common in Europe and it was thought that a well-constructed garden controlled natures wrath. With urban spaces growing, the demand for seating that would remain day and night did too which led to the creation of the Windsor chair. Civil areas like parks in the 19th century added to this demand and eventually the ‘park bench’ that we know of today emerged.

    21st Century

    With modern life the concept of outdoor furniture has bloomed in ways the Greek could’ve only imagined and thanks to electricity allowing for more outdoor events to take place, the need for garden furniture has become much more popular. Plus, the range of colours, styles and materials that have developed means that we are spoilt for choice when it comes to garden furniture.

    Learning all about something is always exciting and it’s odd to find out how much happened in the past to provide us with the things we have today. The team here at Moda Furnishings love educating our readers with our education blogs! For more information, get in contact with a member of the team today and we’d be happy to help you with any queries relating to our rattan garden furniture range!

  • How To Enjoy Your Garden In 2017

    This weekend looks set to be yet another scorcher, and so you’re bound to want nothing more than to get out into the garden and enjoy the beautiful sunshine. With temperatures expected to soar, there’s just no better way to spend this weekend than relaxing in the sun with a drink in one hand and a good book in the other.

    The last thing any of us want is to end up stuck inside during the hottest weekend of the year so far, and so it’s time to start thinking about how you want to make the most of the sunny weather. Without a plan, you might miss out on all the sunshine, and so our team at Moda thought we’d give you some quick tips on enjoying your garden in the summer heat.

    • Catch A Tan!

    Let’s face it, nobody likes to have a pasty white complexion, and that’s why so many people try to get out into the sunshine and get themselves a little bit of a tan. There’s no need to go crazy here- we understand sun bathing isn’t for everyone- but one of the best things about summer is catching some rays and bronzing up! We provide luxury sun loungers that are absolutely perfect for catching some rays!

     

    • Host a BBQ

    When the sun is shining and the sky is blue, there’s nothing better than getting a few friends round and firing up the BBQ.  The smell of the cooking meats, the sound of bottles being popped open and the taste of a delicious burger- what could be better? Moda offer a range of top quality outdoor dining sets that are all absolutely perfect for hosting a BBQ to remember- you could even pick out something from our gas firepit range! With plush cushions and comfortable chairs, you’ll be serving up burgers in style!

     

    • A Little “Me Time”

    When the birds are singing merrily  in the trees and their isn’t a cloud in the sky, there’s nothing better than getting out there and relaxing in the midst of it all. After a hard day at work, it’s important to enjoy a little “me time” to unwind- and this is always best enjoyed in the great outdoors! If you want to conquer any feelings of stress, relaxing in some of our wonderful rattan garden furniture will let you do just that!

    Here at Moda, we provide the best rattan garden furniture around- and our products will let you enjoy this summer (and many more to come) like no other!

  • Let’s Talk About Rattan

    Contrary to belief, rattan can actually be used in two forms; natural and man-made. In terms of natural rattan, there are around 600 difference species of the palms which are native to certain regions of Africa and Asia. It can be distinguished by its slender stems that tend to be 2-5cm in diameter- however it is not a tree but more of a vine. In this blog, the team here at Moda Furnishings are going to talk about all things rattan related…

    If you were to glance at it, rattan is a very similar to bamboo however unlike a bamboo shoot, it is not hollow from the inside and a rattan stem needs additional support in order to stand tall. It is thought that around 75% of rattan plants grow in Indonesia and the majority is grown in what are called secondary forests, which are where most of the trees are young in age and the forest floor light levels are higher. Rattan is a plant that climbs and can even grow to 100 metres in length.

    One of the main attractions of rattan is its versatility which means that it can be easily moulded into different looks. It is a lightweight material which looks great indoors and outdoors and is widely known for its use in the furniture industry.

    For the best rattan garden furniture around, get in contact with a member of the team here at Moda Furnishings. All of our furniture is made from the best sourced rattan possible in order to ensure that it is perfect for your summer needs!

  • 3 Reasons Your Dad Will Love Rattan Garden Furniture

    Our poor old dads, eh? There’s always such a fuss surrounding Mother’s Day, what with the bombardment of television adverts and special promotional offers, that Father’s Day always seems to be placed a little on the backburner. Whether this is because we’re still worn out from stressing over Mother’s Day or because dads just aren’t as bothered, remains to be seen- but one thing’s for certain, your dad is bound to appreciate a thoughtful gift.

    But what can you get him that’s a little extra special? If he’s already got all of the latest technology and getting him a beer just doesn’t feel like quite enough, then it can become difficult to find something that he’ll really appreciate. Dads can be so hard to buy for because they’re notoriously laid back when it comes to things like Father’s Day, so you really do need to use your imagination to get him a gift to remember!

    Well, we’re here at Moda to run you through why rattan garden furniture is guaranteed to make the perfect Father’s Day gift, because your dad is going to absolutely love it.

    • A Place To Relax

    Let’s face it, almost every dad in the world likes to take the time to relax on his days off. After a hard day at work, there’s simply nothing better than heading out into the garden and reclining in a sun lounger- a drink in one hand and a bottle of sun cream in the other. With our furniture ranges, you’ll be able to provide your dad with a fantastic place to relax in, while also giving him chance to make the most of the summer weather!

     

    • Ultimate Comfort

    It just doesn’t get much more comfortable than rattan garden furniture, and Moda Furnishings can’t be matched in terms of plush cushions and luxury materials. It’s all very well and good deciding to get your dad some furniture to use in the warm weather, but what’s the point if it isn’t very comfortable? If you’re leaning towards garden furniture this Father’s Day, then choose Moda for the highest levels of comfort available!

     

    • Get The BBQ Going!

    When the sun’s out and the sky is clear, there’s just nothing better than firing up the barbecue and enjoying some delicious burgers. Well, not only do we offer a variety of luxury garden furniture products, we also offer gas firepit products that are absolutely perfect for hosting a barbecue. With the grill set in the middle of the table, your dad will soon be hosting the best barbecues of the summer!

    Moda Furnishings provide the best rattan garden furniture around, so please get in touch if you’d like to choose something from our range this Father’s Day!

  • Using Rattan Garden Furniture In The Rain

    It’s fairly likely that each and every one of our lovely readers will join us in a chorus of “rain, rain go away!” We’ve been subjected to days of heavy rains and drenching showers, just as we were all gearing up for one of the sunniest summers in recent memory. The weather in April and May was so promising that many of us already had our sun cream at the ready, but it seems as though we’re being forced to wait a little longer for the truly gorgeous weather.

    But it’s not all doom and gloom, because Britain is still expecting an incredibly sunny summer period, with experts citing the recent downpours as the “storm before the calm.” You might also be cursing your bad luck after heading out and buying some of our fantastic rattan garden furniture to enjoy the sun- only for the weather to have other ideas.

    Well, fortunately there are plenty of ways for you to combat the rain and enjoy your brand new furniture, and we’re here at Moda to show you how:

    • Parasols To The Rescue

    Okay, so we understand if you’re currently gazing out your back window and thinking that there’d be nothing worse than sitting out in that slanting rain. However, the air is still incredibly humid and close, meaning that many homes feel incredibly hot and stuffy. The best way to combat this is by heading out for some fresh air, and one of our parasols will keep you and your furniture dry! After all, when does a little rain really deter us Brits from venturing outside?

    • Weather-Resistant

    The real beauty of rattan garden furniture not only lies in the stylish designs and plush materials, but also the fact that they are completely weather-resistant. This means you don’t need to worry about leaving anything out in the rain, so you can enjoy your furniture all year-round, regardless of what the weather is doing! Although we understand that rattan furniture is best enjoyed in the blazing sun, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy it in the rain too!

    When it comes to rattan garden furniture, it just doesn’t get any better than Moda Furnishings- so please get in touch with our dedicated team today!

  • Find The Perfect Dining Sofa Combo For You!

    You may spend a significant amount of time gazing out of your back window, staring across your outdoor space and wondering what on earth it’s missing. Your plants are taking bloom and look absolutely gorgeous, your lawn is looking a deep green, and your patio has been recently hosed down. But something isn’t quite right, and you can’t escape the feeling that your garden is severely lacking something.

    By now, you’ve probably heard about the growing popularity of rattan garden furniture, and it’s only natural that you start to wonder whether that’s exactly what your garden is missing. After all, an outdoor space to really relax in is something that every homeowner craves, and it just doesn’t get more comfortable or stylish than our range of rattan sofa dining combo’s.

    The only problem is that, after spending so long on your plants, patio and fences, you’re worried about whether such a large set would fit the aesthetics of your garden. Well, we’re here at Moda to put that worry to bed once and for all, because we give you the opportunity to get your hands on the perfect set for you.

    • Configure Your Own

    You might be thinking that your garden just isn’t big enough to hold such a large rattan furniture set, or that we don’t offer a sofa big enough to meet your requirements. Well, you don’t need to fret about wither of these things anymore because, with Moda, you have the chance to configure your very own set. So whether you want to remove a seat or add a couple more- size is never a problem. This means we can provide a sofa dining combo for gardens of all sizes.

    • Different Designs

    Many homeowners take great pride in their outdoor space- and so they should, because there simply isn’t a better way to spend a sunny day than relaxing in the garden! So this means that there may be specific themes, colours and patterns running throughout your carefully-crafted landscape, and so you want your furniture to complement it. Moda offer a range of different sofa dining sets, so you have a choice of various colours and weaves- and can pick out the best one for you.

    Here at Moda, we provide the best rattan garden furniture around, so have a look through our site to see the fantastic products we have available!

  • 3 Steps To Mastering Garden Furniture

    2017 may be subjecting us to another General Election and yet another poor series of Britain’s Got Talent, but that doesn’t stop the fact that it’s also been one of the warmest years in recent memory- and it’s only just the beginning of June! The sun has truly been shining over the past few weeks and, even when the skies have been a little overcast, British temperatures have continued to soar.

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