Wicker furniture may not be trendy in the market, but I found them remarkable. Therefore, I start with a description here. The term ‘wicker’ refers to a crafting process. It could either be done by a machine or handmade. Wicker furniture is one of the oldest craftsmanship you can come across! They are suitable for almost any home out there. This furniture is used by presidents and middle-class families for centuries! There is wicker furniture that can be found all around the world. Researchers also came across wicker crafts in ancient Egypt.
There are a variety of materials used for wicker furniture! The material changes according to the goal of the furniture. Wickers are made of natural materials or artificial materials. Both of these materials use the same technique. However, the result is completely different from each other!
Before going into further detail, let’s see the simple pros & cons. Artificial materials could be durable and affordable. If you are looking for natural and durable wicker furniture, you’ll consequently spend more.
Most of the natural wicker furniture is made of rattan, seagrass, raffia, and willow. Rattan is the most known of these materials. Rattan is the main part of a climbing palm. The rattan can grow up to 650 feet which is pretty enough for a couple of furniture :). There is also some furniture that contains more than one material. Natural furniture is popular and constantly preferred by designers. They also have more comfort compared to wooden furniture. These materials are flexible which makes them better choices compared to wood ones.
The creativity of the craftsmanship also makes the natural wicker stand out more. Different patterns are being used by the craftsman. This will directly change the looks of the furniture. Natural products are perfect but they will be most suitable for the indoor places they can wear out directly under sunlight. Coatings might be helpful for long-term usage but they will not be the perfect solution. If you want the best solution possible for the outdoors, you should invest in synthetic materials!
This is the newcomer on the block. These man-made wickers are perfect for durability and outdoor usage. They use resin or vinyl in the making process which makes them extremely durable compared to other models. These materials are basically a form of plastic but they are not harmful to human health!
Craftsmanship or machines make very thin strips and woven them with each other to create the furniture’s frame. Most of these products are highly resistant to water because of the coatings and paintings on them. The chemical ingredients on the products make them perfect for outdoor usage.
The process of wicker production
Wicker is generally made of plant origin. These can be willow, rattan, reed, and bamboo, but synthetic fibers are now also used. Wicker weighs light, but it is sturdy.
Manufacturers have different types of materials for indoor and outdoor wickers. Bamboo, willow, reed, and rattan are accessible materials for indoors. They weave indoor wickers to look more stylish. On the other hand, they use synthetic and artificial fibers for outdoor furniture. Durability is more important outdoors.
Organic and synthetic materials come together. They (kind of) knit materials and shape them with framing logic. They sometimes color them because sometimes, the buyers like the original look of the materials.
There are mainly four types of indoor wicker furniture. These types are based on the material used. These could be bamboo, willow, reed, or rattan. All these four types are not meant to be used outside. They fade or fray easily. If they become too dry, they will be useless. Likewise, keeping them over-moist will ruin them as well.
Most outdoor wicker furniture may have some iron or aluminum frames. Producers tightly weave artificial fibers for this type.
Mixed wickers are pretty stylish and healthy. As they weigh very light, they can be convenient as well. I saw many high-quality cafes using them with some cushions. White or blue cushions go well with these mostly light-brown wicker arm-chairs.
In some creations, they use wickers as ornaments. A regular table or a chair can look beautiful when they do so. Check the pictures to get some ideas. If possible, find somewhere to craft your custom build. You might have an opportunity to get something according to your pleasure. Surprisingly, prices remain similar.
Maintenance of Weaved Wicker Furniture
If you jumped to this sub-title, I suggest you take a quick look above. You should know about the production process. So, you can care for wickers better.
The first step is keeping them clean. If you kept your wicker furniture clean, caring would be less frequently needed. More importantly, it will be easier to care. Especially, indoor wicker furniture can be very mildew prone. Similarly, wipe outdoor wickers after the rain. They can be more durable against the rain, but still, water should not stay on them too much. Imagine snowfall conditions.
Sun exposure is another factor to avoid. Organic wicker should stay shadowed. It has fewer effects on synthetic furniture, but it does not mean you can cozily leave them under the sunlight.
If you manage to keep them clean and well cared for, you can use them for many years.