Placing wicker furniture outside on the porch is a relatively new trend, but the beginnings of the furniture itself goes back several thousand years. Crafters in Egypt made tables and chairs from it while those in Rome created baskets and sofas. Wicker furniture was an important aspect of Victorian culture, especially the Golden Age lasting from approximately 1860 to 1880. As far as its history in America, the first known piece of wicker furniture appeared in the form of a baby cradle aboard the Mayflower in 1620.
After its popularity died down when the Golden Age of the Victoria Era ended, wicker furniture enjoyed a resurgence in popularity thanks to the arts and crafts movement that began in the early 1900s. It then became popular again in the 1960s. By the early 2000s, people began to favor synthetic resin wicker over other types. The following are some of the most popular materials to create wicker furniture before this time:
- Banana Leaf
- Cane Reed
- Synthetic resin
Wicker is a Highly Durable Material
Today, more people place wicker furniture on their outdoor patio than inside their home. Regardless of the placement, however, many benefits exist to using wicker. For example, wicker is a highly durable material. Even when left outside all year, wicker furniture can withstand rain, heat, cold, and humidity as well as snow and ice in colder climates. Large variations in temperature throughout the year typically have little impact on wicker furniture.
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The Classic Look of Wicker Furniture
The character, texture, and classic elegance of wicker make it a beloved furniture material for many people. Each piece of outdoor wicker furniture typically has at least one woven design and may have several intricate designs. It’s also easy to match wicker furniture with other types of furniture such as those made from wood or metal. Homeowners with a strong preference for a specific design can place a special order to receive exactly the style of wicker furniture they want.
Little to No Maintenance Required
Wicker furniture is virtually maintenance-free when compared to other types of furniture that homeowners must cover up or take inside due to the weather. It also doesn’t require regular cleaning to prevent it from looked aged. However, homeowners who do want to wash their wicker furniture should use a 50-50 mixture of bleach and water and then rinse it off.
Use Wicker Furniture Indoors or Outdoors
Wicker furniture is not the default furniture for a patio or deck as people sometimes assume. It can and does look just as great indoors as it does outdoors. It also fits in well in any room in the home. This makes it easy to acquire other pieces and coordinate them with the wicker furniture. The result is indoor or outdoor space with a seamless appearance.
More Lightweight than Other Types of Furniture
Compared to furniture made with other materials that can weigh up to several hundred pounds, wicker furniture is lightweight and easy to move. That means homeowners can change the room or location of where they use the furniture at home without having to get help to move heavy items. Another benefit of the lightweight nature of wicker furniture is that it’s easy to clean underneath a piece.
Proper Care of Wicker Furniture
Spills are bound to happen when someone is sitting on or near a piece of wicker furniture. When it does, all the homeowner needs to do is place water and mild soap on a cloth and scrub the stain away. Although uncommon, homeowners may also discover mildew formation on their wicker furniture and want to get rid of it immediately. The best way to do this is to mix water and vinegar, pour the mixture into a soft cloth, and scrub. While it’s okay to spray water onto furniture made from reed wicker, homeowners should avoid this with paper wicker since the water can damage it.
Inspecting wicker furniture regularly for signs of broken pieces or snags is always a good idea. The homeowner will need to decide at that point whether he or she wants to complete the minor repairs, take it to a furniture repair company, re-purpose it, or throw it away. Painting outdoor wicker furniture can help to hide common problems as well as help the chair appear newer.
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