9 Tips for Choosing the Best Wicker Patio Furniture for Your Outdoor Space

11.16.15

Wicker furniture is a great addition to any outdoor living area. It can create a welcoming and comfortable environment for both family and friends. If you are in the market for new wicker furniture and not sure where to begin, keep reading. Here are nine tips to help you choose the best wicker furniture for your needs.

Research

The best way to start the search for the right wicker furniture to fit your needs is to conduct some research. Researching anything is fairly easy these days, just head to your computer. Doing a few Internet searches will show you what is out there and help you determine what will work best for you.

Natural vs. synthetic material

The decision to choose a wicker chair made from natural or synthetic materials is largely based on personal preference. However, each has benefits and liabilities.

Natural pieces are made from organic materials such as willow, reed and bamboo. It is painted easily, so its look can change to suit a change in decor. But, it is prone to staining and warps when it is exposed to excessive heat.

Synthetic wicker is made from plastic resin. It is light, which is great when you need to move it, but becomes a liability in high winds. It is also rust-proof, which is ideal for coastal climates where there is salty air and lots of moisture that can harm natural wood. It is also easy to maintain since it does not splinter, split or rot.

Complement the way you live

Ultimately it is going to be you and your family who get the most use out of your wicker furniture. It is also you who will be paying for it. So, you are the biggest consideration when it comes to purchasing decisions. Think about how you live and the purpose the wicker furniture will serve. If you plan on doing lots of outdoor entertaining, you will want something different than if you plan on using it for just you and your family. If you have kids who will be using the furniture, that is another factor to consider as well.

Affordability

Unless you are a millionaire, cost is likely a major consideration when you are choosing your outdoor wicker furniture. Although it is nice to daydream about having the highest-end pieces, it is not feasible in reality. There is no sense is even looking at furniture you cannot afford or that is going to compromise your standard of living. Wicker furniture comes at many different price levels, so set a budget and stick to it.

Size

Size is a major consideration when you are choosing your outdoor wicker furniture. Even palatial estates have parameters in which they must stay. Take stock of how much room you have for your outdoor wicker furniture and plan accordingly. Keep in mind that you will want to have accessories to go with your furniture such as a fire pit, umbrella, or even an outdoor bar.

Style

You truly have no idea about how many different styles of wicker furniture there are until you start shopping for it. Gone are the days of your only choice being a tacky white chair and accompanying loveseat. Modern wicker is fresh and lively. It comes in different sizes and styles than it did a few decades ago. Since there are so many available styles, think about what pieces accentuate your character and sense of style. Choose pieces that complement each other and coordinate with your deck or patio. Or, if you have a more eclectic style, choose pieces that are different but fit together with a common theme.

Reputation

Wicker furniture can be purchased just about everywhere. If you are looking for extreme value, you can find inexpensive pieces at your local Target or big box store. For those with a higher budget, there are several retailers all over the country. You can even purchase your wicker furniture through an online retailer if you do not have the time or inclination to travel from store to store. Regardless of where you look for your outdoor wicker furniture, be sure to choose a retailer who is reputable, has a large selection from which to choose, and is knowledgeable about the product.

Make a list

Make a list of the qualities you want from your wicker furniture. When you go shopping for it, take the list with you and try to find pieces that closely match your wish list. Better Homes and Gardens suggests looking for some of the following features when shopping for wicker furniture:

  • Easy care
  • Storage compartments
  • Dual purpose pieces
  • Quality pieces at affordable prices

Make your outdoor living space a true extension of your home. Adding wicker furniture to your deck or patio can create a space that you and your family will love for years to come. If you need help designing your outdoor living space or need new wicker furniture, Design Furnishings can help you find the best wicker furniture to meet your needs!

Be Happy

Your happiness is key. Yes, you may need to make compromises based on the criteria above. However, you may be able to find that perfect piece that doesn’t feel like a compromise at all. If you would like more information, visit our website and speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff at Design Furnishings today!