DIY Idea: 8 Economical Rattan Projects

Phase Two of the now raging Rattan Revival: crafty sorts the world over are making use of readymade rolls of woven cane, Ikea furniture, and other basics to create their own take on the trend. Here are eight standout projects, all easy enough to tackle yourself (or to get a handy someone to make for you).

N.B.: Cane is a part of the fast-growing rattan plant; we use the two terms here interchangeably.


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Above: Copenhagen-based interior stylist and writer Caroline Bahrenscheer of the blog September Edit created this floating Rattan Headboard for her own bedroom.

As a frame, Caroline used Ikea’s Ivar Side Unit—a support for pine shelving that comes in several sizes starting at $10. She finished it with pre-woven cane that she cut to size, soaked in water to make it malleable, and stapled on. For cane sources, see Frank’s Cane and Rush Supply, The Caning ShoppeVan Dyke’sJoanne, and Michael’s, among others. Photograph courtesy of September Edit.

Side Table

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Above: Discovered via Hunker: Caroline Burke of Burkatron’s From Blah to Boho Bedside Table made using Ikea’s $19.99 Nesna nightstand. Caroline’s simple trick: she glued Cane Webbing purchased on Amazon to the underside of the glass shelves that come with the table. (We recommend replacing the standard-issue screws with better looking ones in brass or a black finish.) Photograph by Caroline Burke of Burkatron courtesy of Hunker.

Storage Cabinets