A Leicester-based garden centre has seen online enquiries and sales for its rattan garden furniture double during the past twelve months.
Sapcote Garden Centre reported the record figures as part of an overall upward trend, with visitors to its website reaching an all-time high during the period.
Rattan furniture is made from a man-made fibre and requires minimal upkeep or maintenance, meaning it can be left outside and uncovered all year round. The synthetic rattan is wrapped around a rust-proof aluminium frame, making it ideal for the UK climate.
The centre has suggested that the increase in interest may be linked to the pandemic. A spokesperson from Sapcote Garden Centre said: “Our website has never been busier and rattan furniture is proving particularly popular. Comfy outdoor garden furniture was a must-have when we couldn’t mix indoors, and the added bonus with rattan is its longevity. It lasts incredibly well, with next to no maintenance required, meaning it will be in prime condition to use in the future when we can socialise with friends and family once more.”