The word “wicker” has become such a buzzword for outdoor furniture that the majority of people believe it is a type of material. Wicker, in fact, is the name given to the pattern that is created when the material is weaved into furniture.
Traditionally, wicker furniture has been made from two general types of materials: paper fiber, a man-made substance created by twisting paper, and rattan reed, a natural plant that can snap like a twig. Paper fiber has been around a little more than one hundred years and is dyed, stained, painted and varnished when used to make outdoor seating and tables.
Resin wicker patio furniture options, then, begin with deciding what kind of finish you want. The benefit of choosing resin as opposed to natural reed is that your outdoor set will be more weather-resistant and stand up well to UV (ultraviolet) exposure. Those who choose resin do not have to worry about moving furniture indoors to avoid extreme seasonal conditions. The material is lightweight and can handle heat, snow, rain and most other tough climate shifts.
Because it has been in such high market demand for those who want to create relaxing patio and deck environments, the choices for style, color and versatility have been expansive. The mere variety of the kinds of furniture available is a clear indication of how designers and manufacturers have embraced this shopping trend. Homeowners can purchase chairs, side and coffee tables, high dinner tables, chaise loungers, ottomans and futon sofas to transform their space into a tranquil retreat that is close to nature.
Colors and canvas designs are also quite versatile and give a good thrill to those who get excited about contemporary modern designs. Many styles feature clean lines, simple, vibrant solid colors and multi-purpose pieces. An ottoman, for example, can serve as a footstool, chair, or small table to hold stacks or reading material.Dark brown weave or whites are common choices, but chair cushions and pillows can be customized to fit almost any design tastes that currently exist.
A popular idea is to create an outdoor “room” that mirrors the main living room of the interior of the home. Many find it comfortable to embrace the idea that a porch or patio is a smooth way to bring the indoors out.
Cleaning synthetic wicker furniture is almost as effortless as lifting it and rearranging it on an outdoor deck. During aggravating pollen seasons, a damp cloth helps to remove the pesky yellow dust that lands on everything and threatens those with allergies. For light stains, mild soap and water do the trick.
Those who wish to store their items during cold seasons will find it an easy task, as well. Simply stack chairs that can be stacked, tie a rope around at least two of the stacks of legs and cover with a piece of plastic. Many choose to simply keep chairs and tables covered until pollen season has ended.
Purchasing furniture items that fit your design style is not very difficult. Selections are available at most home improvement stores, department stores and sometimes seasonally at grocery shops. It is a good idea to browse selections online to get a firm sense of what you want before physically visiting stores. Sometimes, it is better to actually make your purchase online rather than in person. Internet companies frequently offer deep discounts and savings on shipping in order to move merchandise out of their warehouses.
Face-to-face sales should not be ruled out, however, simply because of savings. Sometimes, it is important to test the weave of what you are buying before your money passes from your hands to make a sale final. Durability is a deep savings in the long run.