Buyer's Guide to Wicker Garden Furniture
Which wicker furniture to buy
Whether you’re eating or relaxing in the garden, wicker furniture looks fabulous. But how do you choose designs that look good, and are made to last? We have all you need to know
Wicker garden furniture is a hugely popular choice – and it’s easy to see why. It works beautifully in both contemporary or more traditional gardens; it’s easy to care for; and if you buy the best, it will prove robust and durable.
Types of wicker furniture
Wicker is a woven fibre, and can be made using organic or synthetic materials. For garden furniture, the synthetic version is almost invariably used because it’s weatherproof and hard wearing. It can also be UV stabilised, which protects it from snapping or cracking when it’s exposed to the sun. You’ll find it referred to as all-weather wicker, or all-weather rattan, too.
Organic wicker furniture is also strong and durable, but it’s better used inside in a garden room or conservatory unless you want to carry it in from the garden after every use. Left outside, it could develop mould in damp conditions and become brittle and snap in the heat of the sun.
Synthetic wicker furniture is made from various regions of the world in varying qualities and styles. Indonesia is known for its top quality wicker, and you’ll find it used in our premium ranges where you will often see it combined with beautiful recycled Teak tables to make a very distinguished look. Much Vietnamese wicker is of good quality and we use this superior wicker in our other wicker collections
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Pick wicker furniture to suit your space
Wicker furniture can enable you to transform your garden into an outdoor living space with a lounge set.
For dining, wicker chairs create fabulous seating for long, relaxed meals outside.
As with indoor furniture, make sure you create enough seating for adults and children. When you’re choosing outdoor lounge furniture, look for generous three-seater sofas if you want to create space for three adults to relax in comfort.
Dining chairs should have supportive backs and deep cushions, while armrests make leisurely meals even more relaxing.
You can choose from contemporary curvaceous wicker furniture designs with generous wide arms and classic pieces with slimmer armrests and neat lines. In a large garden, either will work beautifully, but if your space is more compact, opt for neater silhouettes so you can both sit down and move through your space with ease.
Artificial wicker comes in beautiful natural tones as well as white finishes. White looks great in small spaces, or if you want to introduce a hit of Miami style to your outdoor living area.
How to choose the best wicker furniture
As with many things in life, all wicker furniture is not the same. Use our checklist to ensure your buy will look good and last:
- Consider the type of wicker. Both flat and round versions are available, but round wicker is more robust and durable, while flat can fade or even snap. Not sure which type you're looking for? Ask Us
- Make sure it's UV stabilised, so your furniture will last.
- Look at the cushions. They should be well filled so you can sit outside for as long as you would on your indoor furniture. Thin cushions are a false economy as they are uncomfortable and won't last.
- Check, too, that the cushions are UV stabilised to maintain their good looks.
- Go for machine-washable cushion covers that can be zipped off and on so they always look their best.
- Pay attention to furniture frames and make sure you are buying strong, corrosion-free aluminium as opposed to steel which will rust outdoors.
How to maintain your wicker furniture
To make life easy, you can simply hose down artificial wicker to clean it. Alternatively, use warm soapy water.
The cushions should be stored during bad weather and during the winter months.
Some dark colour flat artificial wicker furniture is made with recycled plastics and doesn't contain the necessary amounts of UV stabiliser to protect the wicker in sunshine, This can result in inferior quality – and furniture that doesn’t last. Thin, black and flat wicker is often a tell tale sign. The materials we use are chosen because they are woven around designs that last and that you’ll love for many years to come so the wicker quality has to last too. All the plastics are made from Polyethylene which is 100% recyclable having a minimal environmental footprint.
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