We at SSE don’t think enough has been said about wicker, and the beautiful furniture that is made from it. Wicker is traditionally made of plant stalks, such as willow, that have been woven together. It is commonly used in baskets, but is also used in furniture. It is mainly used for outdoor or conservatory seating, and occasionally indoors too by various companies such as this one.
Above is a typical example of the wicker “throne” chair, famously used by Morticia Adams in the classic Adams Family television and film series. This is such an elegant and timeless piece. However; as well as being beautiful, wicker has many other qualities.
Wicker lasts a long time
High-quality wicker is very durable. There are pieces of wicker in existence that are more than two thousand years old! Handwoven wicker was very popular in ancient Egypt. Nowadays wicker furniture is mostly produced by machinery.
A great thing about wicker is it is relatively straightforward to make yourself by hand. You will have heard of basket-weaving, but you can also make wicker furniture.
Wicker is comfortable
Due to the material being woven, wicker has some “give” in it, making wicker seating very comfortable, with or without a cushion, although with cushions is best!
Wicker is good for the environment
The plants that wicker is made from only grow between trees in the forest. And those trees are protected from deforestation for the production of rattan, the blend that most wicker is made from nowadays.
Wicker furniture in your home
You can buy wicker furniture suites for any price from $100 for a simple set up $1000 for the more luxurious furniture sets online, at flea markets or antique stores. For outdoor use, synthetic or plastic rattan is used instead of the natural rattan, purely because of having to endure all weathers.
The best Wicker for you
Pick wicker furniture that suits your home the best.
A good wicker set can really transform your simple garden or yard into a beautiful living space. To do this, like indoor furniture, ensure you have enough seating for adults and children. When you’re choosing your outdoor wicker furniture, look for generous two or three-seater sofas if you are looking to create a space for adults to relax together.
Including a wicker coffee table, will allow you to create a stylish lounge style space on a patio, terrace, deck or lawn.
Wicker chairs are also great for eating together outside, just make sure your dining chairs have supportive backs and deep cushions. Armrests are a bonus.
Artificial wicker comes in all kinds of colours. White maximises small spaces and gives that shabby chic feel. Of course, you can paint wicker yourself, and that includes organic wicker, of course. Just clean the wicker, apply an undercoat, primer, spray with paint and then leave to try.
Why not make your own wicker basket to put on the coffee table, as a lovely hand-made final touch to your wicker paradise!