Wicker offers a timeless elegance that’s as beautiful on your patio as inside your home.
There are a wide variety of patio furniture materials from which to choose. One of the most popular is wicker outdoor furniture. It’s believed that the use of wicker dates back to ancient Egypt circa 3000 B.C. However, it became popular in the 19th century during the Victorian Era, when it was believed to be more sanitary than upholstered furniture.
Throughout the ages, it’s been used to construct a wide variety of furniture, including:
- Storage Shelves
- Plant Stands
Wicker Is Not a Material
The popular conception is that wicker is a material used to make patio furniture. Most commonly, it’s believed this material is the rattan plant. This makes sense, as rattan has indeed a popular material used to construct wicker furniture.
However, ‘wicker,’ in fact, refers to a style of weaving used in building furniture. Wicker patio furniture can be made from any pliable material that is durable enough to be woven into furniture, whether it be man-made or natural.
Throughout time, these materials have included:
- Plants (especially the rattan plant)
- All-Weather Resin
How the Wicker Weaving Process Works
Materials for making a piece of wicker furniture vary, but the process is the same. The chosen material is woven horizontally in an over-under pattern between vertical stands to create a uniform and sturdy piece. This process is utilized whether a designer is creating indoor or outdoor furniture.
What is Resin Wicker?
Resin is a manmade synthetic. The highest quality resin is High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). Resin wicker is furniture woven from resin, which means the highest quality resin wicker is HDPE.
HDPE resin wicker is dyed during the manufacturing process and is a nonporous material. Plus, it receives an ultraviolet light treatment that ensures it stays true to tone for years to come.
Additionally, resin wicker does not mold or root. So even though your resin wicker outdoor furniture may be exposed to the damp, wet climate we have here in the Seattle area, it won’t be infested by bugs or overtaken by mildew.
Top 5 Benefits of Resin Wicker Patio Furniture
Not to state the obvious, but all-weather resin wicker is the ideal combination of PNW durability and classic style. But to break it down further:
- Lightweight: The woven design means it’s lighter than similarly sized counterparts, allowing you to reposition it easily.
- Comfort: All-weather woven wicker chairs and couches are sold with plush patio cushions that make them ultra-comfortable.
- Weather Resistant: Scientifically designed to ward off mold, rot, and insects, all-weather wicker is ready for (almost everything) Mother Nature throws her way. After all, there are few pieces of furniture that can withstand a falling tree.
- Chlorine Resistant: Thanks to the fact that all-weather wicker is not a porous material, it doesn’t become stained or discolored when exposed to chlorine.
- Colors & Styles Abound
Can You Use Resin Wicker Patio Furniture Inside?
Your house. Your rules. Who says you can’t use your all-weather resin wicker furniture inside and outside the home? In fact, having a few similarly styled pieces inside and out helps create visual cohesiveness between the two spaces. This enhances the idea that your patio is an extension of your home.
The other advantage of buying all-weather wicker you’re comfortable styling inside and outside your home is the ability to expand your seating at a moment’s notice. Need some additional seats around the fire pit? Done. Want a few more chairs at the baby shower in your living room? Done and done. It’s your home. It’s your rules. And with elegant furniture, no one will be the wiser!
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