Cane furniture is having a major moment right now—and we’re really loving it. While traditionally cane has shown up more in coastal styles, we’re seeing it transcend any one style and be integrated into modern, mid-century, traditional, and eclectic spaces as well. Large furniture retailers and small design houses alike are bringing this beautiful material into their furniture designs and we’re feeling so inspired by the many ways you can use this material! It’s the perfect way to bring some natural texture into your home.
We sat down with Meg Donovan, Modsy’s Senior Director of Product Development and Sourcing, to get the scoop on the cane furniture trend. Here’s what she had to say:
What is it that makes cane so special?
One of the things I love about working with and designing furniture is the artistry and craftsmanship that is required to make beautiful pieces. Even the most common and familiar materials look deceptively simple but actually require hours of labor by skilled artisans to produce. Rattan and cane are two such materials.
What exactly is cane, and how is it turned into furniture pieces?
The rattan vine naturally grows in the forests of Indonesia and supplies two amazing furniture materials—cane, which is the outer bark, and rattan, the inner pole. The art of harvesting, prepping, and weaving cane and rattan have been practiced for centuries in this area of the world. Despite the industrialization of manufacturing, the production process has changed very little over the years, as the natural fibers respond best to the skilled hands of an artisan rather than machine production.
Like the look of rattan furniture more than cane? Check out our best rattan design ideas.
What design styles does cane furniture go with best?
Most often, caned furniture evokes thoughts of coastal, beachy looks. The natural look of caned furniture lends itself beautifully to coastal designs, and I love using them there. But I am also obsessed with the new revolution of cane. Paired with solid, rich colors and interesting shapes, cane is going beyond the coastal vibe and is making a statement across multiple styles. In both traditional applications and this new evolution of cane work, I can’t help but marvel at the masterful work and appreciate the uniqueness of each piece. With cane, each hand-woven element represents the culmination of skills and passions passed from artisan to artisan across generations.
Below is a round-up of my favorite cane furniture ideas, all of which utilize this incredible natural material. I hope you find your new favorite among these or many other pieces in the Modsy assortment.
Keep reading to explore some of our favorite cane furniture designs!
Azalia Bed, Scout Home
This cane headboard is a total showstopper. It has a very earthy, organic vibe. But the mahogany backing and iron base give it a fresh, refined look. It’s a very chic way to bring cane into your home decor.
Pulley Cane Side Chair, Scout Home
These cane dining chairs are super stylish yet offer a subtle way to add texture to your space. They have a clean, modern shape, and the mix of nettlewood, cane, and linen give them a look of casual refinement. Wondering if cane is the right material for your dining room? Check out our guide to dining chair materials.
Macon Club Chair, Hyde Park
This cane armchair is a real beauty. It perfectly combines an elegant, classic form with coastal ease, thanks to the combination of cane and linen. It’s the perfect addition to this Americana living space—but could go just as well in a transitional, traditional, or rustic space.
Bosca Table Lamp, Ludlow Living
Can you spot the cane in this design? It’s actually the table lamp on the console! This is a totally different look from other ways we tend to see cane. The lampshade is made of cane but painted black, giving it more of a modern boho vibe.
Cane Chair, Global Views
This super stylish cane chair offers traditional design with polished appeal. We love how the design of the chair, with its cane back and black lacquer finish, works in formal spaces—but that it can also be a fun addition to eclectic homes! That, and it makes a splash against bold wall colors, as you can see in the design above!
Dolores Cane Buffet Cabinet, Pottery Barn
A cane-front credenza is a perfect piece for a coastal dining room like this. It adds easy, breezy texture and elegance to the space. But the black frame adds some contrast as well, giving this piece a modern edge.
Woven Cane Stool, Baylin
Looking for a small way to dip your toe into the cane trend? Try a pop of cane in a woven stool! It brings in just a little bit of texture without stealing the show. And a piece like this is super versatile. It can serve as a side table, a footrest, or an extra seat—plus you can easily move it from room to room!
Caned Teak Armchair, Cascade Accents
This stylish cane and teak accent chair has a sculptural form, making it almost a work of art in and of itself. It’s simple design is reminiscent of the 80s—making it a perfect way to marry today’s cane trend with another one of our favorite trends of the moment: the 80s revival trend!
Desiree Headboard, Ludlow Living
This white-washed cane headboard is a simple way to add rustic charm to any bedroom. It’s the perfect piece for a farmhouse, countryside, or shabby chic aesthetic. Pair it with a linen duvet cover for an effortless, cozy look.
Abbott Canned Desk Chair, Scout Home
Elevate your WFH vibes with a cane office chair. With only a subtle pop of cane, this is a great way to try cane on for size if you’re worried about the trend falling out of style. (Although we don’t think that will happen anytime soon!) The retro-modern design of this chair will keep your office looking good for years to come.
Harbour Cane Bed, Serena & Lily
A white wood and cane bed frame for your little one adds a stylish, charming look to their bedroom. It feels whimsical right now—but it also won’t be too childish in a few years. In fact, this whole look will grow up with your kiddo and, with a few swaps, can transform into something quite sophisticated!
Jude Chair, Noir
Want something iconic to go with your trends? Try a pair of Jeanneret-style chairs! This iconic chair style is made of cane and teak—offering sophisticated design with a story to your space. It’s also a great style if you live in a hot climate, as the cane back and seat are super breathable!
Harbour Cane Bed, Serena & Lily
Get a Farmhouse or Rustic look with the natural finish version of the Harbour Cane Bed. The combination of cane and a natural wood finish adds warmth and depth to this look and keeps this pink bedroom design from feeling too frilly.
Want to get the scoop on more decor trends? Explore our trending design ideas page, and get ready to be inspired! And if you love the cane furniture trend but aren’t sure how to incorporate it into your home, check out our online interior design services. Our designers can help you bring the look to life!
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