Made of tropical climbing palm trees, rattan chairs are a great way to accent an array of design esthetics—and there are tons of styles to choose from.
We worked to round up the best rattan chairs that fit different styles and needs. To find out more about how to care for rattan, we tapped Daniel Hernandez of A Wicker Workshop, which works to repair and refurbish pieces of vintage rattan furniture.
“If it’s taken care of, rattan can last for decades,” says Hernandez. He emphasizes that the lifespan of rattan furniture depends on a few factors, including if the piece has been protected from the elements or treated with a weather-resistant coating. When done right, a quality rattan chair can last you for years to come.
Article Livia Natural Lounge Chair
Sturdy synthetic binding
Gray bindings pops against natural rattan
The Livia Natural Lounge Chair is a boho lover’s dream. Its natural rattan frame is made to be super smooth to the touch, as the arms and legs are wound with rattan that looks almost like bamboo. The binding is gray, which pops against the natural hue of the rattan to elevate the overall look of the chair.
The binding is also synthetic, which makes it more durable and less susceptible to mildew or wear due to sunlight or weather. Just make sure to keep the chair dry and dust-free to maintain its quality.
Price at time of publish: $179
Overall Dimensions: 31 x 25.5 x 30 inches | Seat Dimensions: 14.5 inches tall | Weight: 9 pounds
The Citizenry Jakarta Rattan Dining Chair
Great used as an accent or in a set
Limited outdoor use
Weight not listed
Thanks to its warm and organic texture, the Jakarta Rattan Dining Chair would make the perfect addition to any dining area (though, given the high price point, it might work best for smaller areas). Requiring almost two days to make, each chair has been hand-braided by skilled artisans in Cirebon, Indonesia.
These chairs come with both back and hand rests that are woven and incredibly durable. They're made for both indoor and outdoor use, though if you’re using them outside you should keep them covered in order to prolong the life of the rattan. Whether you’re looking for options to sit around a dining table or for extra seating, this chair provides the perfect amount of boho glam while still being versatile and not too visually overwhelming.
Price at time of publish: $395
Overall Dimensions: 21 x 21 x 30 inches | Seat Dimensions: 18 inches wide | Weight: Not listed
Crate & Barrel Blake Light Brown Rattan Accent Chair with Fabric Cushion
The Blake Rattan Accent Chair from Crate and Barrel is a sustainably-made rattan chair that combines a tropical feel with a distressed look. The teak frame is handcrafted in Indonesia using only plantation-grown solid teak that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which promotes responsible management of the world's forests. The frame is upholstered with handwoven rattan panels that give the chair a breezy appeal. A pale gray wash lends a gently weathered look that can instantly add a sense of ease to casual living rooms and family rooms.
The chair features a deep, thick seat cushion made with soy-based polyfoam that’s encased in an upholstered cotton-blend fabric. It also features a nylon webbing suspension system that provides added comfort and support. This chair is intended for indoor use, and the fabric should be protected from UV rays in order to prevent fading.
Price at time of publish: $999
Overall Dimensions: 30 x 30 x 34 inches | Seat Dimensions: 25 x 21.5 x 16 inches | Weight: Not listed
West Elm Savannah Rattan Chair
White glove delivery service
Padding and sturdy design
Doesn't offer as much back support as other options
Offering a modern twist on a classic design, the Savannah Rattan Chair has a welcoming low-profile frame and a soft and curvy silhouette that is sure to add volume and shape to any room. The chair's two layers of rattan and flowing lines create a large-scale frame that stands out from the pack.
For this chair, the rattan is woven around a metal frame and then covered in a natural finish. Both the seat and the back cushions are filled with soft polyester and covered in white yarn-dyed linen fabric that will add a light, breezy feel to any space. As with most of its furniture offerings, West Elm offers White Glove Service for this product—delivering and setting up the chair in the room of your choice.
Price at time of publish: $559
Overall Dimensions: 36 x 38.75 x 32.75 inches | Seat Dimensions: 28 x 16 inches | Weight: 34.6 pounds
Baxton Studio Earvin Chair
Angled legs for stability
No assembly required
Natural deviation in color
The Baxton Studio Earvin chair is made entirely of natural brown rattan. Its natural wood tones give it a casual and relaxed feel that would complement a wide range of interior layouts and decor. It also features ergonomic armrests that extend from the backrest for enhanced comfort, which is a big plus for this type of chair. It also has angled legs that provide excellent stability while creating an eye-catching design.
The chair is hand-crafted, and since it’s made of natural materials each chair is a little different in terms of the rattan’s color, pattern, grain, and texture. That said, it arrives fully assembled and ready for use, which is great for those that don’t want to deal with putting it together.
Price at time of publish: $240
Overall Dimensions: 31.9 x 38.6 x 25.6 inches | Seat Dimensions: Not listed | Weight: 11.4 pounds
Serena & Lily Venice Rattan Chair
Unique wide-weave rattan
Wide-set seat for comfort
Seat cushion is sold separately
The Venice Rattan Chair offers the perfect combination of style and craftsmanship, and it’s one of the more unique-looking options on this list. The frame is crafted from rattan that is hand-steamed and bent into shape. The rattan is more unique because it’s in a wider weave, and the frame is accented with hand-wrapped rawhide around the joints. All of this comes together to create a coastal chic vibe that would look great in any room.
It’s available in both natural and indigo washes—and both of them are absolutely stunning. The big thing to note here is that if you opt for the indigo version, it’s more prone to fading from the sun so make sure to keep it covered when it’s outside. The big downside is that the cushion is sold separately, however, you could use this as an opportunity to accessorize the piece in your own way.
Price at time of publish: $498
Overall Dimensions: 32.5 x 30 x 35.5 inches | Seat Dimensions: 14-inches tall | Weight: Not listed
Baxton Studio Jayden White and Natural Brown Armchair
Ergonomic back and armrests
Cushion isn’t weather-proof
Add a touch of boho glam to your space with the Jayden accent chair. It features natural rattan woven over a metal frame for stability and a visually-striking backrest with woven embellishments for excellent support. Even with this geometric design detailing, the chair would look great paired with others if you’re hoping to set up a lounge area.
It comes with a plush white cushion that is upholstered in a smooth polyester fabric that is incredibly easy to clean. The chair also has ergonomic armrests that provide enhanced comfort, and an angled seat that is perfect for kicking back and relaxing. It arrives fully assembled and should be kept in a dry space or covered if placed outdoors.
Price at time of publish: $240
Overall Dimensions: 29.10 x 38.60 x 30.30 inches | Seat Dimensions: 9.30 x 16.10 x 17.30 inches | Weight: 10.8 pounds
World Market Lenco All Weather Wicker Outdoor Rocking Chair
Seat cushion not included
When you think of a rocking chair, you probably don’t picture an option made of rattan—but the Lenco All Weather Wicker Outdoor Rocking Chair is here to change that. The chair’s craftsmanship is displayed through a beautiful open rattan weave on the backrest that cascades into pretty loops, while the back and seat gently curve to make it much more spine-friendly for those hoping to prioritize comfort. It’s made of all-weather rattan, which makes it more durable, and it’s also got a fairly narrow footprint that makes it ideal for smaller patio spaces.
While this chair can definitely survive the outdoor elements, it’s also pretty enough to complement any indoor decor style as well. The only downside is that it doesn’t come with cushioning. We recommend using that as an opportunity to search around for pillows with more specific patterns or materials tailored to your needs.
Price at time of publish: $400
Overall Dimensions: 31.89 x 34.65 x 26.57 inches | Seat Dimensions: 21.5 x 17.5 inches | Weight: 15.4 pounds
Best Selling Home Decor Malia Rattan Conversation Chair
Turn your poolside into a true oasis with this basket-style rattan chair. The chair is constructed with beautifully wrapped wicker over a sturdy metal frame. The frame is in the shape of a basket that cascades over the top of the seat making it feel like your own personal-sized little cabana.
It features a seat and back cushion that comes up to head height and makes it perfect for those who want to lean back and enjoy some time in the shade. It also has armrests and an angled seat so that you feel fully enveloped in the space. The cushions are made of water-resistant fabric, so you don’t have to worry about bringing them in when it rains. Just note that, due to its large size, it does require some (very minimal) assembly.
Price at time of publish: $324
Overall Dimensions: 36.65 x 56.75 x 23 inches | Seat Dimensions: 23 x 13.5 x 32.5 inches | Weight: 43.76 pounds
Anthropologie Healdsburg Rattan Swivel Chair
Unique swivel style
Doesn’t offer a lot of support
Some assembly required
With its hand-woven rattan body and unique swivel design, the Healdsburg Rattan Swivel Chair is sure to make a unique and worldly addition to any space in your home. While solely intended for indoor use, the piece has a versatile appeal that would work especially well in an office or library.
Some minimal assembly is required for this piece, however, it shouldn't require too much of your time. When it comes time to clean it, you can wipe both the frame and the white cushion down with a warm, damp cloth.
Price at time of publish: $898
Overall Dimensions: 32 x 28.25 x 24.5 inches | Seat Dimensions: Not listed | Weight: 24 pounds
Bayou Breeze Bowerman Upholstered Armchair
Set of two
Back and seat cushions included
Some assembly required
The Bowerman Upholstered Arm Chair comes in a set of two, which is especially great for the price. The chairs feature curved seating, cozy cushions, and an open rattan weave finish that keeps them from looking too bulky or heavy. They have thin iron legs in a brushed black finish that contrasts beautifully with the natural tone of the rattan and the cream hue of the seat and back pillows.
We also love that these chairs also have angled legs, which makes them much more cozy and accommodating. Whether you are looking for a comfortable place to relax after a long day or a stylish addition to your home, this chair set is a great way to bring a touch of nature into your home while still maintaining a modern and minimalist design. Just note that some assembly is required.
Price at time of publish: $356
Overall Dimensions: 28 x 37.25 x 31.5 inches | Seat Dimensions: 20 x 16 x 20.75 inches | Weight: 39.68 pounds
CB2 Ouen Rattan Accent Chair
Large boucle cushions
This low-sitting rattan accent chair is equal parts cozy and stylish. Made to look like it was picked up after a day perusing vintage finds at a flea market, the Ouen Rattan Accent chair’s wool-acrylic blend boucle cushions really make it a dream for design aficionados. While the cushions aren’t weather-proof, they are super thick and supportive enough to keep you comfortable.
The back features an exposed grid pattern that peeks out over the top of the cushion. It also has curved armrests for support. It would beautiful in any living room, and even prettier paired with accent pillows or throws.
Price at time of publish: $800
Overall Dimensions: 27.25 x 35.75 x 32.25 inches | Seat Dimensions: 24.5 x 16.5 inches | Weight: Not listed
While we love The Citizenry Jakarta Rattan Dining Chair for its style and durability, there are plenty of chairs that target different needs and styles. The Lenco All Weather Wicker Outdoor Rocking Chair is another standout option, sure to provide a whimsical element to any decor.
What to Look for in Rattan Chairs
A rattan chair’s material can determine its durability, though there are many other factors involved—”such as if the furniture is protected, if it’s exposed to the elements, and if it’s properly maintained,” says Hernandez. Keeping that in mind, these are the most common options:
- Cane Rattan: This is most typically used for chair seats and backs as it is incredibly flexible and durable.
- Reed Rattan: Reed typically makes up the decorative portions of rattan furniture because it’s porous and soaks up different stain colors.
- Synthetic: This is essentially different types of plastic, but the most common is typically made of polyethylene.
- Manau Rattan: Found in Africa, India, and China, this type of rattan is the most common for furniture due to its durability.
Rattan is typically seen in homes with a more bohemian style, but lots of brands are now integrating ratton into industrial and modern furniture pieces, as well. In these cases, you’ll see rattan weaves on chairs with sharper lines, as well as darker gray or navy hues accenting the pieces.
Most rattan furniture has a metal frame, and the type doesn’t matter as much for durability. In general, outdoor rattan furniture tends to have a base of aluminum just because it’s lighter. Around the frame, the rattan can feature open weaves, which will offer looser amounts of support, or tighter weaves, which will offer more support.
What is the difference between rattan and wicker furniture?
While rattan is the material, wicker just refers to the different styles of weaving. In other words, if you have a wicker chair, it’s probably made of rattan.
What type of rattan is best?
All rattan is made from different kinds of palm trees, and different people have different preferences when it comes to the types that they love. In general, all different types of rattan are durable and weatherproof since they come from nature. Synthetic rattan, which is typically made of polyethylene, is also popular and weather-proof.
How long does rattan furniture last?
This depends on how well you’re taking care of the piece, along with if it’s been treated with a weather-resistant coating (typically the case if you’re buying from a reputable store). “You can expect properly maintained rattan furniture to last for a long time,” says Hernandez. “We typically see pieces from the mid-1900s or earlier.”
Why Trust The Spruce?
Brittany Loggins is a writer who has researched and written articles for Real Simple, Women’s Health, The Cut and The New York Times, among many other outlets. For this article, she scoped out customer reviews and reached out to Daniel Hernandez, the assistant to the manager at A Wicker Workshop, who explained more about how to care for and choose the perfect wicker chair.