How to Choose Your Next Wicker Furniture Piece

Written by: Wicker Paradise

One of the biggest trends in 2016 is UV-resilient furniture, and nothing does that better than wicker or rattan. Wicker patio furniture is designed for all of the elements, so it works great all year long. If you’re looking to give your back yard an upgrade without paying an arm and a leg for the privilege, this article can help you from feeling like you’ve over paid.

Identify Quality Materials

There are a lot of manufacturers that make so-called wicker furniture out of cheap materials. Typically, this furniture is made with plastic. If you’re testing the piece for yourself, try and sit on it. You’ll notice the material will stick to your skin. Quality wicker furniture sets are made of polyethylene, which helps to shield them from the sun.

An Easy Trick to Identifying a Good Weave

If you want to know how to spot the best kind of weave for wicker furniture, there is a simple trick. Hand-woven wicker sunroom furniture tends to have even spacing. Machine-woven pieces are made 10 rows at a time so there may be a cut-off point, or some unevenness in the design. Hand woven pieces tend to look uniform in their design. The spacing and materials used are all just right, and you should be able to notice that visually. All rows, for instance, might be perfectly parallel to one another.

Mind the Frame

The frame is one of the most important parts of the piece. A well-constructed aluminum frame offers good back support, while keeping the weight light. You should be able to easily pick up and move your furniture, or require very minimal help in moving larger pieces.