Looking to buy wicker furniture for your patio? Wicker is a great kind of furniture that is comfortable, durable, and aesthetically pleasing. Here are some tips for choosing the right wicker furniture.

The Material

Old-type wicker furniture is usually made of twigs from bamboo, palm, willow, or rattan. This may be a good choice if you have a taste for that. Modern wicker furniture is made from synthetic material, which is more durable, looks better, and lasts longer. However, there are different types of synthetic wicker furniture.

Plastic wicker furniture is cheap, but it gets damaged easily. It also is not great for the environment when you have to throw it out. In addition, cheap glazed plastic can be glaring in the sunlight. Polyethylene is a synthetic material that is a strong, beautiful, and long-lasting alternative to plastic and which is also eco-friendly. If possible, get wicker made with Polyethylene.

The Frame

You want a frame that is strong and sturdy. Cheap thin frames will not adequately support you and can break and bend. Steel frames can get rusty. Look for strong and thick aluminum frames.

The Weaving

Cheap wicker furniture can be produced by weaving many rows at a time. However, these are often weaker and may not look as nice — for example, some rows may be out of place. It is best to look for professional hand-woven wicker furniture.

Other Considerations

You need to find furniture that fits your height. It should also match your patio. It should fit in and still leave enough space.

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