Monday, March 4, 2013

You Wicker Furniture, Protected

Having an outdoor patio can be a great addition to one’s home.  Aside from adding value to the home, it can be a place to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work.  It can also be a place where one can entertain guests over some barbecue and drinks.  Most prefer to furnish this space with outdoor furniture made to outlast the harsh elements like wind, rain and dust.  One of the most preferred types of outdoor furniture is wicker, which can be protected with patio furniture covers.  

For those who are not familiar, wicker furniture is made from thin, slender branches woven around a frame to create variously shaped items like chairs, tables, and such. The wicker itself can be made from any number of natural materials like willow, bamboo, rattan, or reed. With the advances in technology, it can also be made from synthetic materials.  The reason people prefer this material is because of its soft feel, which is not common for outdoor furniture options.   Unlike fashioning wrought iron furniture, high skill level is not that much of a requirement when it comes to doing wickerwork. However, it does involve intricate craftsmanship because it can be a challenge to finish a single piece and making sure that it is sturdy enough to support the user. But then, although basic wicker furniture isn't that hard to create because it is a simple process, only experienced wickerwork artisans can only make the best pieces out of the strips of material and frame.