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How do I Choose the Best Wicker Coffee Table?

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When choosing the best wicker coffee table, it's important to overlook minor inconsistencies as the material is natural but to watch out for split fibers or an uneven finish, as these can ruin the quality of the piece. If your room is informal and small, a wicker storage chest can make an excellent coffee table. For outdoor living use where damp floors may be a possibility, a wicker coffee table that has legs that raise the base off the ground is likely to be a better choice. Whether you want the coffee table for indoors or outdoors, the style and color of the wicker should complement the rest of your room's decor.

While natural honey or tan tones are the most common wicker coffee table colors, there are other possibilities available. White wicker can be an ideal choice for rooms in which you want a rustic look, but may not have wood tones to match. A white wicker table can also be the perfect accompaniment to a pastel, romantic decor scheme. Painted wicker in your favorite color can make a fun accent piece and is often a good do-it-yourself (DIY) solution for refacing a weather-worn table that you already have or buy inexpensively at a yard sale or flea market.

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Paying attention to the style of coffee table you choose is important, as a classic wicker look with a lot of detail and rounded features will probably not coordinate well with a contemporary living space. A wicker coffee table that is simplistic and ultra-modern is design is also likely to look out of place with a more classic home decor. An easy way to choose a flattering coffee table is to pick wicker with straight, plain lines for modern rooms and a rounded, detailed piece for more traditional or rustic spaces. Wicker furniture holds up well both inside and outside, but you should avoid placing it in areas prone to rain and other damp weather conditions or it could become moldy quite easily. The sun can also fade a wicker coffee table, so if you want to use the piece outdoors, it's best kept on a covered porch or patio.

A square or rectangular wicker storage chest can be an ideal coffee table near a sofa bed or futon, as it allows bedding to be stored close to where it's needed. This type of coffee table is also compact, which makes it suitable for smaller living rooms or college dorms. While a storage or other type of wicker coffee table can often be purchased inexpensively secondhand, you should avoid pieces with mold problems and areas of split or missing fibers.

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