Beat the Weather with ‘Wicker’ Patio Sets
by Kathie Robitz
Wicker outdoor furniture and summertime are perfectly natural together. This lightweight, yet sturdy woven material is a classic that never goes out of style. Traditionally crafted from reeds and grasses, natural wicker is susceptible to the weather, however. But today, you don’t have to worry about that. Manufacturers of outdoor wicker patio furniture make “wicker” patio sets that have the look and feel of the natural material, but are actually created of a woven resin material over an aluminum frame.
Faux, or all-weather, wicker furniture has all the charm of the real thing, but it stands up to the elements, retaining its finish season after season. The aluminum frame won’t rust, and the woven resin won’t fade.
You can use all-weather wicker indoors or outdoors, too. Country Living’s four-piece seating set, shown at right, which comes with two chairs, a settee and a coffee table, is perfect for a covered porch or in the open air on a deck or patio. It features all the traditional styling of vintage wicker. And because it’s lightweight, it’s easy to move the furniture from the porch to the patio to the lawn.
If you’re looking for something plush, the Ty Pennington Style Deep Seating Set offers all the comfort of similar upholstered pieces. High-style woven resin wicker over a steel frame makes it extra sturdy, too. With generously proportioned seating that includes a sofa, chairs and an ottoman, it’s the perfect way to create an outdoor living room that you and your guests will never want to leave.
A lack of space doesn’t have to cramp your style ─ or your comfort. Wicker patio chairs, part of the Twain five-piece seating set by Garden Oasis, shown at right, feature “tuck-away ottomans” that slide under the chairs and out of the way when you don’t need them. All-weather cushions stay looking good for seasons to come. A square side table has an extra shelf for storage, too. The set is perfect for a small porch, deck or balcony.
Your outdoor living space will really feel like an at-home getaway with Grand Resort’s Dupage Resin Wicker Five-Piece High Dining Set, shown at right. Cashmere wicker over steel frame chairs will make you feel like you’re dining in an exotic resort, and the table’s LED lights add soft illumination as day fades into evening.
Outdoor wicker patio furniture is easy on the eyes and just as easy to maintain. Simply wipe it down with a mild soap and water when it needs cleaning. Do the same with the cushions. Then, relax and enjoy!