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Consider Wicker - Top Choices For Outdoor Furnishing

Jul 7, 2008
Wicker is a popular type of outdoor furniture built from interwoven pattern of wicker stripes. Wicker furniture, which is usually hand-made, is made from canes that come from willow trees. They mainly come from countries in the Southeast Asia, namely China, Indonesia and Philippines.

During the Victorian era, Wicker furniture became popular. This was because it was considered cleaner and more hygienic compared to upholstered furniture. It was also common to find homeowners having both Wicker and upholstered furniture for their homes.

Wicker furniture for the outdoor should be made to withstand the rough outdoor environment. This is why, when you are choosing one for your home, be sure to go for those that are made form synthetic materials such as resin. The frame should also be made from durable materials such as steel, aluminum or rattan. You should also think about investing in sturdy cushions that are usually made from fabrics such as polyester.

There is certainly no shortage of choices for a buyer of patio wicker furniture. For instance, you can find loveseats, chaises, tables, chairs, rockers, tea-carts, bars, bar stools, planters and plant stands. In terms of colors, you can find evergreen, chestnut, redwood, white and natural.

Contemporary style or traditional like the ottoman and love seat are usually the ones to go for but if you have a craving form modern look, you can try the bistro sets which consists of a dining set for two to four people. They come in colors like blue, pink and green.

The Atlantis wicker loveseat, Boardwalk wicker arm chair and Boca 42 low dining wicker table with a hole for the umbrella are all types of popular wicker furniture.

If you have space constraints, you might want to consider purchasing patio wicker furniture that is foldable or ones that can be pushed in when it is not in use. So don't be put off by space constraints for the design of the furniture itself may help you eliminate the limitation.

Outdoor wicker furniture go through multiple dipping process to ensure that every inch of the area is covered in paint. A finish is then applied in two stages to give it a windswept look. When dye is used, it is usually mixed into the resin so that the color looks natural and also lasts longer.

If you want to put your wicker furniture on grass, make sure you place them on stands or fit leg caps onto them first. Wicker can absorb moisture so if you want your furniture to last please do not put them directly on the grass.

To protect your furniture and making it last a great deal longer, apply on a coating of oil or varnish. Your furniture should also be cleaned with the right solution and following the correct method.

It is also wise to put coverings on your furniture when you aren't using them especially when they are not made from resin. You should also look for places that provide shades and to do this, you might want to move your furniture from time to time. This will not be a problem as wicker is fairly light weighted.

Just make sure that you inspect the wicker outdoor furniture for cane that is tightly woven, showing no gaps or splinters at all. Also, find out on the after-sales services available and the period of warranty.

Outdoor wicker furniture comes in many different styles and designs. You can even find ones that you can assemble at home apart from ready made. Hallow bamboo and rattan frames are prime choices for those on tight budget. You can also find teak wood, aluminum or steel frames.

As usual, browse and shop online for ease of comparison and variety, all from one place; in front of the computer. This way, you can get a good deal without tiring yourself out. After all, you are beautifying your home and getting yourselves more comfortable in the process, so make it an enjoyable journey.
About the Author
Kenny Leichester is a foremost expert in the interior design industry specializing in the outdoor or patio settings using patio furniture, patio umbrellas, outdoor cushions, patio heaters, patio lighting and so on to create exquisitely beautiful layout. His work on teak furniture are widely distributed and is a regular contributor to PatioShoppers.com.
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