The Best Bamboo and Rattan Furniture for Your Beach House
Why Bamboo and Rattan?
Whether your beach house is tucked into the hills of Malibu or stretches out along the beach in the Bahamas, one coastal decorating adage remains the same: You can never have too much bamboo or rattan. The organic beauty of the woven materials is timeless and classic, making bamboo and rattan furniture incredibly versatile. It’s equally at home on an airy porch or in a cozy living room; it works well in a laid-back playroom or in a formal dining room. Here, we’ve scoured some of our favorite brands for the best bamboo and rattan furniture, so that you can outfit your beach house with breezy, beachy style, no matter what coast you’re on.
Buy it here: Avalon Daybed, $1,198
Do you hear that? That’s the sound of this dreamy daybed calling your name. Perched on a porch with a lightweight beach blanket, it’s the ultimate open-air retreat. Tucked into a sunny nook, piled high with pillows, it’s a cozy spot to curl up with a good read and a cup of coffee. Gently curved arms make for comfortable lounging, while the decorative scroll that runs the length of the daybed is a subtle salute to the sea.
Full-Fan Peacock Chair
Buy it here: Black Wicker Peacock, $400
Peacock chairs deliver seriously fun island vibes to whatever room you put them in, and their knock-your-socks-off effect is even greater when they are finished in crisp, bold black like this one. Not so sure about using black in a beach house? Take Bahamas designer Amanda Lindroth’s word for it: “It may seem counterintuitive to island decor, but I find that a good piece of black furniture adds much-needed gravitas, particularly in rooms with lots of white, breezy elements.”
Peach Children's Chair
Buy it here: Good Nature Play Chair, $60
Because rattan shouldn’t be reserved for the grown-ups. Designed for the teeniest beach bums, this playful, pint-sized take on a classic has all of us heart-eyed, and for obvious reasons: In that peachy keen hue, this charming chair is a sweet choice for beach house playrooms and bunk rooms, where the younger set can romp around without a care in the world! And you won’t have to worry either: floor protectors on this chair’s bitty feet prevent scratching.
Versatile Woven Table
Buy it here: Natural Rattan Rectangle Table, $225
Striking in its simplicity, this soulful table delivers a tropical-style punch to whatever beach house space it’s placed in. Set a warm, welcoming tone by placing it in your foyer, or dress up your mudroom by using it as the prettiest-ever drop spot for your beach bag. Pair the table with a mirror and an upholstered stool for a groovy refresh of the classic vanity in a bedroom or bathroom.
High-Back Rattan Banquette
Buy it here: Alessa Banquette, $1,343
Deliver high style to your breakfast nook or dining room by trading a few of your side chairs for this pretty banquette. Because it’s crafted from rattan, the architectural piece still feels warm, casual, and beach house appropriate. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to your kitchen and dining furniture, outfit the banquette with plush pillows and throws for a cozy reading perch in a bunk room or sunroom.
Classic Cane Bed
Buy it here: Harbour Cane Bed, from $1,598
The formula for the just-right beach house bed - something that’s equal-parts classic, casual, and fun - resulted in this swanky cane-pattern number. Piled with jewel tone pillows and wrapped in breezy white bedding, it’s fit for an island retreat. Topped with preppy embroidered shams and decked in stripes, it’s tailor-made for a nautical haven. Peeking from behind nostalgic florals and soft hues, it’s a sweet choice for a coastal cottage. Long story short, this bed works anywhere, period.
Curvy Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Buy it here: Bridgid Lounge Chair, $840
Bid adieu to the leather recliner – this woven interpretation of the classic kick-back-and-relax piece is far more suited for a beach house living room. Woven into a shape that naturally conforms to your body, this chestnut lounger is parked at the intersection of polished and casual. In the living room, it’s just right for Friday night cocktail hour, and in a pool house or a sunroom, it’s perfectly suited for your Sunday afternoon nap.
Black-and-White Bistro Bench
Buy it here: Rattan Café Settee, $230
Down-to-earth rattan gets a sophisticated makeover in this trés chic bistro bench, which would look as at home outside of a dainty French café as it would in a beach house entry hall or breakfast nook. “Sit down, stay a while,” beckons the darling little bench to Breton shirt- and caftan-clad passersby. And who wouldn’t listen! If the graphic black-and-white combo isn’t enough to win you over, the settee’s super easy maintenance plan just might: all you have to do is wipe it clean with a soft, dry towel.
Scroll Headboard Stunner
Buy it here: Natural Wicker Headboard, $124
It’s time to step up your headboard game. Swapping out a ho-hum headboard for a knockout like this one is a small, easy way to completely refresh the aesthetic of your sleep retreat, without breaking the bank. (See the gorgeous evidence of a killer headboard's transformational powers here.) Use this woven stunner to make over your guest room into a tropical-style retreat that’s both feminine and a little bit rustic.