Here’s something that almost never seems to go out of style: a well-crafted wicker patio set. Year after year, this beautiful and lightweight material brings elegance and class to our patios and backyards. But what makes wicker so popular in the first place?
Wicker patio furniture isn’t actually made from a specific substance — it can be made of willow, rattan, bamboo, reeds, or even, in this modern day, resin. All of these are light, strong fibers that resist water and yet, when soaked, are easily tightly woven. The woven nature of the furniture allows them to present a strikingly strong form once dried, as weight is distributed evenly across the body of the furniture by the nature of the weaving. This allows wicker to support even heavier people’s more abusive moves without risk of breaking the way that a metal or hardscaped piece of furniture might.
On top of all of that, their light weight makes them easily portable — much moreso than a metal or stone chair — which means your patio is more flexible and can be more easily put to a variety of uses. Of course, if you live in an area of very strong winds, being too light can be a bit of a disadvantage, but not many of use want to enjoy a backyard when it’s that windy regardless.
The other side to wicker that makes it so attractive to homeowners is the price. Wicker might be a bit more expensive than cheesy plastic patio sets, but actually in the long run will last much longer, so it’s a better investment. Certainly it’s more affordable than metal or hardscaped furniture. There are certain weaves, patterns, coatings, and other elements that make some wicker significantly more expensive than other wicker, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a wicker chair that isn’t less expensive than a hard chair of similar quality.
One final reason to choose wicker: it looks natural. Unlike any cement or metallic furniture, a wicker patio set looks like it belongs in the yard with the grass, garden, and trees.