Let's be honest, in a world where we want everything here and now we're all guilty of making rash purchases from time to time. How many of us have bought something in the heat of the moment, only to get home and realise we're actually not that keen after all? If we're lucky, it’s just a sweater we can take back to the shop, but what if the item is an expensive Outdoor Rattan Set we come to regret buying just a few months down the line?
To avoid this nightmare scenario, there are a few key considerations to make before you commit to making your purchase. In addition to the obvious such as cost and size, you should get a good idea of the quality of the furniture, as well as the reputation of the company you’re handing your hard-earned cash to. Here are our 7 things to remember before purchasing your rattan furniture:
Some retailers will use clever imagery and take photos from certain angles to make items look bigger than they are so one of our top tips is to make notes of all the products you are considering and check the dimensions, you’ll be surprised what a difference a few CM can make on a dining chair and the difference it makes to comfort. Similarly, with sofas, the depth of seats and height of back cushions can make all the difference between sitting comfortably and uncomfortably.
Good-Quality Frame - Weather permitting, you’ll be hoping to spend a lot of time on your rattan garden furniture, which means it's important you invest in a robust and durable product. While some of the cheaper products on the market may come with a lower price tag, the materials they’re made from are invariably cheap and likely to fail much quicker. With sun, rain dirt and pollen throwing everything it’s got at your furniture, you need a product that’s built to last.
To ensure longevity, all of the frames used for our rattan furniture are made with commercial, rust-proof aluminium; we avoid using steel as before long it’ll rust and break, so if the frame’s made from this material then you should probably look elsewhere. We also make our furniture with fully welded joints and finish the frames with multiple coats of high-grade, powder-coated paint.
There are lots of different materials being used for the cushions on rattan garden furniture and whilst some are good there are some that must be avoided. Acrylic and Olefin fabrics are amongst the best fabrics for use on outdoor furniture due to their durability and fade resistance levels; which are the highest of all fabrics, however with all quality products these fabrics are not cheap and will add many hundreds of pounds to the cost of the furniture. Polyester fabrics are the most commonly used fabrics within the Garden Furniture industry as they offer great value for money but there are many different qualities of polyester cushions and not all these qualities are really suitable.
The thickness of the glass on your coffee tables and dining tables can make a huge difference to the rattan underneath. The thicker the glass the more protected your rattan is from the sun. Additionally, should any accidents occur the thicker the glass, the less chance of smashing.
All of our glass ranges from between 5mm to 8mm in thickness and is tempered for extra safety.
Fixtures and Fittings
As previously stated, flat packed furniture is cheaper but not of good quality. However, even if you opt for a better quality furniture some elements may have to be assembled, this mainly applies to dining tables. For these instances you will want to ensure that the fixtures and fittings are the correct size and of strong quality.
All of our furniture is welded together to avoid bolts coming loose, however our dining tables do require assembly for which we provide the correct sized screws and tools to help fit these securely.
Delivery - This is another important thing to consider when making your purchase, particularly if your delivery contains fragile materials. While most third-party delivery/courier companies will usually try their best to ensure your items arrive in one piece, with thousands of drop-offs to make every day it’s not uncommon for your item to receive some rough treatment en-route. This is where you can really benefit from purchasing your furniture from a company who employs their own delivery team. Our two-man teams deliver nothing but Moda furniture, and arranging our own deliveries cuts out the middle-man ensuring your shopping experience is as enjoyable as possible.