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Buying Guide For Conservatory Furniture

Jul 7, 2008
There is Cane Furniture to suit any style of décor. It looks great in conservatories but it's also ideal for the living room or the snug. We have put this guide together to help you choose which suite is right for you.

Index

* About Cane Furniture
* Measuring for Furniture
* Caring for your Furniture
* Reflex Cushions
* Safety
* Environmental Policy
* Delivery Information
* Returns Policy

About Cane Furniture

Cane Furniture is completely natural as it's made from Bamboo Cane. It comes from South East Asia where it is harvested as a crop (it is sometimes referred to as Rattan Furniture). Cane is extremely strong and this makes it ideal for crafting hardwearing and durable furniture which is built to stand the test of time. Cane is so strong that in the Far East it is still used as scaffolding for building skyscrapers!

Cane Furniture is hand made and can be made from different parts of the cane known as Rattan Peel or Rattan Core.

Rattan Peel is the part of the cane that is stripped from the outside and gives a more rustic feel to the furniture. Rattan Core is the inner section of the cane and is very smooth and strong.

Cane Furniture can be stained with different colours to give different effects and match with different décor schemes. The most popular ones are natural, white, antique brown, walnut and caramel. You'll see that not all suites are available in all stains so please read the descriptions on each suite carefully.

Why choose Cane Furniture?

It's natural, stylish, attractive and available in many different designs; in fact there are 6 different styles to choose from. It's easy to care for, it's hardwearing and it's never going to go out of fashion so why not choose yours today?

Measuring for Furniture

All the measurements of Cane Furniture are clearly stated in both metric and imperial. Measurements are taken from the extremes of the furniture at the absolute widest and highest points.

Make sure you measure your living room or conservatory carefully before placing your order and be sure that the furniture will fit in the position you want it.

Caring for your Furniture

Cane Furniture is all individually made by hand using the highest quality materials crafted to the most exacting standards of design and finish. If properly cared for, it should provide a lifetime of pleasure.

As a general rule, Cane Furniture should be kept in a dry environment and not left under direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time.

If the furniture is in a conservatory then we recommend that you move it around occasionally so that different parts are exposed to the sun. Where possible, blinds should be used to protect the furniture from direct sunlight.

Maintenance is easy; the cane frames should be cleaned by gently wiping with a soft, very slightly damp cloth. Using a dry paintbrush to regularly dust between the grooves is a good idea or vacuum with a small brush attachment.

An occasional spray of any good furniture polish will keep the cane looking its best - but you should not apply any other potentially harmful chemicals.

Cushions should be turned as often as possible so that any fading caused by direct sunlight is evenly spread. They can be cleaned either with a little soapy water on a cloth, or with a dry cleaner fabric spray or removed and professionally dry cleaned.

Remember, Cane Furniture is hand made from natural products. No two pieces are exactly the same - which is all part of the natural beauty!

Reflex Cushions

To enhance Cane Furniture, some people have 'Reflex' cushions. This means they have the following qualities:

* First class comfort
* The cushions keep their shape with minimal 'plumping'
* Very little maintenance is required
* Filled with 100% polyester fibre
* Conform to Fire Regulations 1988

Safety

The filling and covering materials of these cushions must meet the requirements of the 1988 safety regulations. This relates to resistance to cigarette and match ignition.

Environmental Policy

If you thought that commercial harvesting of cane in the forests of South East Asia was environmentally unfriendly then you'd be very much mistaken.

Cane is a good crop because it grows very fast - as much as six metres a year and it grows in areas which cannot support other land products, for example those which remain under flood waters for long periods of time.

But the real beauty as far as conservation issues are concerned is that cane can only grow among existing trees, such as fruit orchards and rubber trees, so it actually encourages the preservation of forests.

It 'hugs' the trees and saves them from the logger's axe by providing equal or more benefit than the companion tree, without disturbing the natural habitat.

Ecologically, cane is very important. It grows in struggling forests and in marginal soil. It can also be introduced artificially in natural forests without disturbing the existing structure and balance. The social significance of cane is also ideally suited as a smallholder crop; it provides sustainable income to some of the poorest people living in and on the fringes of forests.

Cane is increasing in popularity because it is easy to work with, requiring only simple tools and low-cost machines. It lends itself to uncomplicated labour-intensive processing and thus generates diverse employment.

It conclusion it seems that there are few, if any, environmental negatives to the production of Cane Furniture!
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To explore our range of blinds and curtain linings suitable for conservatories further, please visit our website at http://www.dunelm-mill.com.
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