Wicker Patio Furniture
Outdoor wicker furniture adds an airy touch
Wicker patio furniture is one of the most versatile patio furniture options available, but it's important to know that not all outdoor wicker furniture is created equal. Wicker is made from interwoven thin branches of any one of a variety of materials (such as bamboo, rattan or resin), and it can be susceptible to cracking and flaking when used outdoors. Fortunately, there are a number of types of wicker patio furniture and wicker garden furniture that are stylish, easy on the budget and will hold up all summer long.
Types of Outdoor Wicker Furniture
There are a few different natural (and synthetic) materials that can be used to make wicker furniture. Take a look at the options below before you make your patio furniture decision:
- Bamboo wicker furniture. Choosing bamboo as your outdoor wicker furniture material usually means you're opting for a thicker, weightier look and feel to your patio furniture. It's also an environmentally friendly choice, since bamboo is an easily renewable resource.
- Rattan wicker furniture. Like bamboo, rattan wicker furniture (which is made from a type of palm tree) is heavier in design and weight, but still keeps the airy look of wicker.
- Sea grass wicker furniture. Sea grass is typically used to achieve a tight wicker design. Of the many types of wicker furniture, it may be the most susceptible to splitting and cracking, but with proper care it will hold up for many seasons.
- Resin wicker furniture. Resin wicker furniture has all the look of natural wicker, but because it's synthetic it will hold up much better to the rain and sun. It's also very easy to clean: a rinse from a hose or a wipe-down with a cloth will do. This material is commonly found in wicker chairs because of its durability against the elements.
Caring for Wicker Outdoor Furniture
Unless you're choosing resin or plastic wicker furniture, you'll have to put some work into caring for it. You can paint your natural outdoor wicker patio furniture yearly, but be on the lookout for any signs of mildew in between treatments. Be sure to clean up any spills immediately with a sponge and soapy water to avoid staining, and wipe down and vacuum your set periodically.
Above all, remember that though wicker can be used outdoors, it's still not going to hold up to the elements the way aluminum patio furniture or plastic garden furniture will. Be sure to bring your pieces inside during rain, shade them with an umbrella and properly store them in a dry, sheltered place for the winter. It is also important to be aware of discount wicker patio furniture; as such outdoor patio furniture may contain key flaws that result in faster decay as well as below par visual appeal.