Tips for Selecting Outdoor Wicker Furniture

wicker-furnitureSpending time outdoors is good for your health and well-being. Even a little time spent outdoors can be a great way to de-stress and is good for your mental health.

To be able to do this, you need to have a comfortable outdoor space. This means having the right kind of furniture. Wicker patio furniture is not only stylish, but also functional and durable. You can create a relaxing space by using the following tips to find all weather wicker patio furniture.

Consider the Material

The material used to make the furniture determines its quality. There are many things to consider when it comes to wicker.

Often, people confuse wicker and rattan. Rattan furniture is made from a plant that is similar to the palm tree. The outside skin of the pole of the rattan tree is used to make furniture. Wicker on the other hand is not an actual material. It is the ancient technique used to manufacture furniture by weaving materials, such as rattan, rush, willow and other synthetic materials.

You therefore have to consider what type of material you’d like your furniture to be made of. Outdoor furniture is often made from synthetic polyethylene. This is an eco-friendly resin that can be infused with UV inhibitors to prevent it from fading when exposed to the sun. The best quality of outdoor wicker furniture is made of this material.

Space

You also need to consider the space available for your furniture. Measuring the space gives you a realistic view of what size of furniture and the number of pieces you can purchase. Ensure that you keep these measurements close when shopping for your furniture.

When considering the space available also consider the scale of the furniture in relation to the space. Large pieces will make a small patio space look even smaller and crammed. It won’t be an inviting space. On the other hand, small pieces in an extremely large patio will make the space look sparse and cold. Match the scale of the furniture you select to the space available.

Style & Design

Wicker furniture comes in a wide variety of designs and styles. Just like with indoor furniture, you can find traditional and contemporary pieces in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors and configurations. It is important to research the different designs in order to select a design that suits your tastes and preferences.

The design you choose should be functional while providing aesthetic quality to your outdoor space.

Cost

While you may want a specific style or combination of wicker furniture pieces, you may not be able to afford them. It is important to determine your budget. How much are you willing to set aside for the furniture? Research the cost of wicker furniture online to get an idea of what your budget should look like. Ensure that you shop within your budget to avoid going into debt or succumbing to guilt about your purchase.

Most importantly, enjoy your outdoor space. Spend as much time as possible outdoors decompressing and distressing.

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