What Is Real Wicker?
Wicker brings a certain elegant feel to any porch or patio. Wicker is a method of weaving, traditionally made of material of plant origin, such as willow, rattan, reed, or bamboo. Wicker is light yet sturdy, making it suitable for items that will be moved often like porch and patio furniture. But wicker is a natural product that can’t withstand many of the elements. Therefore it is not suitable for year-round use and is more commonly found on covered porches. So what’s a wicker-wanting patio to do? Luckily, you can get a wicker look in a material that will last throughout the changing seasons.
Synthetic Wicker gives your patio the look & feel of real wicker but with increased durability. There are a few different names for the synthetic stuff- resin wicker, woven furniture, outdoor wicker. The patio industry will generally refer to products made with synthetic wicker as “woven furniture” and leave out the “wicker” wording altogether to avoid confusion. Synthetic wicker is usually made of polyethylene but looks a lot like the real deal when done right.
You should know about the types of synthetic wicker
There are two different grades of synthetic wicker to look out for when shopping for woven furniture. Virtually all outdoor wicker furniture is made from synthetic polyethylene resin
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is resistant to weather damage and environmentally friendly. This is highly puncture resistant and can be exposed to UV rays for decades without experiencing any degradation, making it a durable choice for your outdoor oasis.
Lower quality synthetic wicker pieces are made from polyvinyl chloride. (PVC) Unlike HDPE, this material is less suited for long-term outdoor use, as it tends to bend and crack overtime. Outdoor furniture using PVC will likely have a lower price tag but will have to be replaced at a much higher rate.
The weight of woven patio furniture will depend upon the frame material used, aluminum or steel. The sets might be died a natural color to appear more authentic or a brighter color for a pop of patio style.
Shop Woven Furniture Sets
There are a few brands doing synthetic furniture “right”. And you can find them at Christy Sports! Stop by any of our Christy Sports patio showrooms to shop these beautiful sets and outfit your outdoor space with woven furniture that can soak up the sun!