Countless homeowners prefer wicker furniture for their patio. As you may already know, wicker consists of woven fibrous material that's both durable and lightweight -- a combination not found in many other materials. Wicker has been used to make chairs, tables, baskets and countless other items for centuries. Even today, it's a popular material, especially for use in the construction of furniture. However, there are both advantages and disadvantages to using wicker furniture on the patio, some of which we're going to discuss.
Perhaps the most notable advantage of using wicker furniture is its lightweight characteristics. It's lighter than teak, hardwood and even most plastic materials. Why is this important? Well, because it's so light, you can easily move wicker furniture around on your patio with little effort. If you get tired of looking at your wicker furniture in one area of your patio, you can move it to a different area.
Wicker furniture is also particularly stylish. Each piece is made of woven fibers, allowing for a unique style that looks great on all patios and outdoor living spaces. Whether your patio features a modern, contemporary or eclectic decor, wicker furniture can enhance the aesthetics to create an even more stunning appearance.
On the other hand, however, wicker furniture is also susceptible to mold and mildew. The problem with wicker is that it's made of natural, organic fibers. And anything that's organic -- wood, plant fibers, etc. -- is susceptible to mold and mildew. The good news is that wicker furniture will only develop mold and mildew when exposed to moisture. So, as long as you keep it dry, this shouldn't be an issue. Nonetheless, you'll want to take a proactive approach towards keeping your wicker furniture dry to prevent this from happening.
The large size of wicker furniture can also be a problem for some homeowners. Although lightweight and easy to handle, wicker furniture is generally larger than similar furniture types made of different materials. If you're trying to squeeze furniture into a small patio or outdoor living space, wicker may not be the best option for this reason. But if you have an open and spacious patio, wicker may suffice. Regardless of which type of furniture you choose, take measurements of your patio or outdoor living space to determine whether it will fit. If the furniture is too big, you may want to consider an alternative type.