Rattan Wall Shelf: Add an Instant Bohemian Vibe to Your Space

Boho décor, mainly its prints, became popular in the ’60s and ’70s when backpacking travellers brought them from India and the Far East. Inspired by the nomadic lifestyle, floral embroidered and ornamental embroidered fabrics are one of the main motifs in boho decor like sofa covers, pillowcases, tablecloths, table runners, rugs, etc.

When we think of Boho décor these days, the first thing that usually pops up in our mind is the summery, light and liberating feeling. The vibrant colours and designs are surely uplifting, so no wonder that being in a boho-style home will make you feel inspired and kind of happy. 

Being a type of decor that’s creative, artistic and without limits (regarding the design and colours), you have all the freedom to add as many throw decorative pillows as you want, as well as boho-inspired lamps, rugs, vases, sculptures and so on. And out of the many easy and affordable boho details, perhaps the most eye-catching and huge change you can add to your space is a rattan wall shelf. 

The Benefits of Rattan Wall Shelves

rattan shelf
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One of the most common misconceptions people have about rattan is that it’s the same as wicker. The truth is that rattan is a natural type of material while wicker is the process (pattern) of weaving to make some kind of furniture piece. So yeah, rattan is a fibrous climbing vine that is used for making a plethora of furniture pieces like hanging shelves.

Versatile and Durable

Rattan Wall Shelf
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Rattan is a quite durable raw material that can be used for creating sturdy and decorative rattan wall shelf designs. Its natural light brownish colour is one of the things that makes it so appealing as well as its smooth and slippery texture. When processed properly, manufacturers can create different types of wall hanging shelves that won’t be rough on your skin, which means you won’t deal with any scratches or injuries.

Available in a range of sizes, shapes and models, nowadays you can find a rattan shelf that can best meet your needs. Besides shelves, rattan can be used for creating literally any type of furniture and decorative piece. Outdoor furniture chairs and sofas, mirror frames, coasters, wall displays, rugs, table mats and even handbags. That versatile it is.

Easy to Move Around

The best thing of all is that rattan furniture pieces, especially shelves, despite being sturdy, are very light in weight. And this makes them easy to move around. Whether you want to paint the walls or place the shelf in a different room, you can easily do it on your own without any help.  Being able to do that whenever you want will help you create a new ambience in every room of your home, adding the wanted bohemian vibe.


rattan shelf
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Given the fact that rattan is a natural and sustainable material, this means that it is good for the environment as well. Unlike timber, oak and other wood types which need to be cut down entirely in order to be used for making furniture, rattan harvests can clear the vines only, not the entire forest. This means that they will renew in no time which means that no damage will be made to trees and to the environment.

How Do You Clean Rattan Furniture?

Because of its construction, rattan furniture pieces can have lots of crannies and nooks that can collect dirt and dust. That is why it is recommended to dust and vacuum it with an upholstery brush at least once a week. For any hard to reach corners, it is recommended to use a small vacuum cleaning brush, and in case you still cannot clean them completely, it is best to use a softer bristle toothbrush.

Besides this, you should do a more thorough dam cleaning on a monthly basis. In case you accidentally stain the shelf or any other rattan piece, you should clean it immediately, otherwise, you won’t be able to remove the stain later on. This should be done with warm soapy water and a damp microfibre cloth. For any build-up, it is recommended to use a soft bristle brush and clean them before damping the area.

How to Maintain Rattan Furniture Pieces?                   

rattan furniture
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Besides the regular cleaning, you should also inspect the furniture for any splits in the fibres and also for mould and mildew. This check is recommended to be done at least once a year if you want the furniture/decor piece to last as long as it can.