Today’s outdoor wicker patio furniture is a far cry from what it used to be. With a vast array of available options from traditional styling to hot new trends and a wide range of colors, the old rickety grandma’s country kitchen look is a thing of the past. Wicker furniture can fit in any dcor, and with proper maintenance can serve your family for many years.
There are a few things you should keep in mind and consider carefully as you are selecting your patio furniture.
Is your patio large, small, or average?
Will the furniture receive heavy use?
How do you plan to use the furniture?
What furniture style do you prefer?
After you answer these questions it will be easier to narrow down the choices available to the wicker set that is just right for your patio. If you have a large patio, you should avoid the smaller sized sets as they will look lost in so much space. Similarly, you shouldn’t buy a large set for a small patio or it will overwhelm the space and look crowded and uncomfortable. Selecting the furnishings that are the right size for your space is equally as important as picking the right style and color.
It is also extremely important to choose wicker furniture sets that are constructed of high quality materials for regular outdoor use. Higher quality material can hold up better to the weather over time than poorer quality materials will. You should simply avoid any outdoor wicker patio furniture made from paper fibers. This material cannot handle either outdoor conditions or regular usage. For long-term use outdoors, natural wicker furniture sets constructed of rattan or bamboo are your best bets
Select a durable aluminum framed wicker set for your patio. Heavy-duty aluminum will provide better support for your set and can handle regular use. Lastly, perform a careful inspection of the furniture’s wicker weave. If the furniture piece is high quality, you will not be able to see the frame through the wicker’s tight weave. If there are gaps in the weave, move on to the next piece as they will only destroy the integrity of your piece over time.
It is important to seal wicker furniture in order to protect it from outdoor conditions, regardless of what the climate is like where you live. You can either seal your furniture by painting it or applying a coat of resin sealant. While both methods work well, the sealant will also showcase your furniture’s natural beauty. You should also thoroughly clean your furniture at least once every year. You can use soap and warm water to clean the wicker, rinse it with a garden hose, and place it in a safe location where it can dry completely. Periodically, your furniture will need to be refinished by adding a new coat of clear varnish or lacquer.
Outdoor wicker patio furniture comes in shapes, styles, colors and sizes to fit every dcor. You can find modern lounge chairs and couches to create attractive patio seating areas. Wicker bistro and dining sets are available for outdoor meals and entertaining. And if you loved Grandma’s old white country kitchen look chair, you can get that, too, only in a much higher quality.
The prices of quality wicker furniture might give you a little sticker shock, but try to remember that good quality furniture costs money. That doesn’t mean you should let the price stop you from having the patio of your dreams. By shopping at clearance sales during the late summer and early fall you can usually find great deals that can save you some cash. Of course, buying your furniture when the season is over will mean storing it for the winter. But you won’t regret it once spring rolls around and you can spend the summer enjoying your beautiful patio.