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One of the easiest ways to dress up a patio area is to purchase quality wicker patio furniture. When the right pieces are selected, the furniture will create an attractive and inviting atmosphere that adds to the overall charm of the home. In order to make the right choices with your wicker furniture purchases, there are a few thoughts you should keep in mind.
Scale is very important when selecting wicker patio furniture. Larger pieces on a smaller patio with limited floor space will only make the area look cramped and uninviting. At the same time, small wicker chairs, lounges and tables will be lost on a large patio, leaving the space with a feeling of neglect and style, even if the pieces are of the highest quality. Match the scale of the garden furniture with the dimensions of the patio space and you will create a great look.
Design is another important consideration when purchasing wicker patio furniture. As with indoor furnishings, it is possible to purchase wicker pieces that are very traditional in design or go with pieces that are more eclectic in terms of shape and construction. If the goal is to create a restful place where the family can enjoy some quiet time, go with the traditional style. However, if you envision the patio as a spot for parties, the more eclectic pieces may be just what you need.
Along with design and scale, you want to buy wicker patio furniture that is constructed with high-quality materials. Stay away from wicker furniture made from reconstituted paper fiber; it simply does not hold up well over time. Bamboo is fine if the space will not see a lot of use, but keep in mind it is as sturdy as rattan. If your patio is exposed to the elements, you may want to consider patio furniture that is made with plastic, since the plastic will stand up to sun, wind and rain much more efficiently than any type of natural wicker.
Pay close attention to the construction of the frame and the tightness of the weave. For sheer strength, a heavy duty aluminum frame will support a lot of weight over time and still hold its shape. To add strength to the piece, look for a close weave. A tight weave will enhance the endurance and support of the frame, while a looser weave that barely hides the frame will probably begin to break down in a relatively short period of time.
Make sure any wicker patio furniture you purchase is coated with some sort of sealant. This may be paint or a resin sealant that allows the natural beauty of the wicker to shine through. Since the furniture will reside out of doors, a protective layer or coating will also extend the life of the wicker pieces, allowing you to get more use for your money.
Choosing the best wicker patio furniture for your home is not a difficult task. By looking at pieces that are the right size for the space, are made with quality materials, and is protected with the right type of sealant, you are sure to find just what you want.
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