The Pros and Cons of Wicker Furniture

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The Pros and Cons of Wicker Furniture

Staff Writer · Mar 26, 2010

If you’re considering furnishing your apartment with wicker furniture, there are a number of pros and cons that you ought to consider before you make the investment. Furniture made from wicker may or may not suit you do to any of the following:

Con: Higher Cost

Wicker furniture usually costs more than other types of furniture, largely because of the individual handiwork places into each chair in order to weave the plant fibers. Many pieces of furniture made from wicker are handmade by local artisans, who can’t afford to charge prices as cheap as those the large manufacturers charge. However, supporting local artisans has its merits too, and the cost of these types of furnishings are not entirely unaffordable.

Pro: Durability

With higher cost traditionally comes one of two things: either a famous brand name or a much stronger construction. With wicker furniture, it’s the latter. Furniture made from wicker is very durable and can last much longer than furniture made from wood or covered with fabric or leather.

Con: Potentially Less Comfortable

Furniture made from wicker can be less comfortable to sit on, particularly for long periods of time, than furniture made with cushions, fabric or leather. However, it can be more comfortable than chairs made of solid wood, and you can purchase wicker furnishings you don’t sit on at all, such as tables, cabinets and shelves. Plus, you can purchase cushions or pillows to make wicker chairs and sofas more comfortable.

Pro: A Classic, Attractive Look

Brown-colored, white-colored, black-colored and other designs of wicker furniture easily fit in with any kind of decor. They have a simple, classic look that calls to mind the Victorian era in which they were first quite popular. Wicker furnishings are attractive in sunrooms by large windows, on decks, in living rooms and even in bathrooms–anywhere you want to give a touch of class and elegance. The three basic colors (brown, white and black) are also easily compatible with nearly any color wall, flooring, rug or carpet.

Con: Getting Potentially Poked

Many pieces of furniture made from wicker are well-constructed and won’t give you many problems, but there is a chance that the wicker can get loose and stick out, poking anyone who sits on or handles the furniture. This is more frequently a problem with mass-produced furniture, but is not entirely absent in even the handmade furniture. However, if you use cushions, you’re unlikely to sit on a loose piece of wicker.

Pro: Does Well Outdoors

Made of natural, lightweight materials, furniture made from wicker does well both indoors and out, particularly when made of synthetic wicker. All-weather synthetic wicker can be left out year-round, but bring in other wicker furnishings during the winter. The furniture can get a little wet, but it’s better to leave the furniture under awnings or umbrellas, unless you get synthetic wicker.

There is no easy answer to whether or not buying wicker furniture is a worthwhile investment. There are many pros to owning furniture made of wicker, so if you find that the pros outweigh the cons for you, go ahead and make the purchase.

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