Come to speak about furniture, today’s furniture is made with a wide variety of material but wicker outdoor furniture is perfect to add beauty to outdoor places, style and comfort as well.
Wicker is a general classification of woven furniture and accents, not a specific material. The term is used broadly for any item woven from natural or synthetic hard fibers such as rattan, cane, bamboo, seagrass, even synthetic vinyl, and resins.
Latest trends in outdoor furniture, designs, and manufacturing bring new innovative materials that allow to experiment with unusual shapes and add strength and durability to outdoor wicker furniture pieces.
Beautiful outdoor furniture made of unique fiber with high resistance to physical socks allow enjoying outdoor seating.
Wicker Furniture Production
There are three stages in typical Pier 1 wicker furniture production. Take Rattans as an example.
Large, long-handle-sized rattan pole is steamed and bent into the desired shape using a mold. Once dry, these formed pieces are assembled to make the frame. All wicker furniture frames first screwed together and then wrapped with rattan peel, which adds both strength and a decorative element.
Done completely by hand, weaving takes one to four days depending on the type and complexity of the piece. The tighter the weave, the more time is needed and the more costly the process. Rattans strips are attached and woven over the frame in either an open or closed weave.
Finishing off every piece of wicker furniture completes in seven finishing steps:
- Deburring (rattan ends are burned off for a smooth feel)
- First color coat applied
- Second color coat applied
As wicker is a natural material so exposure to the elements is not recommended. Moisture and sunlight are Rattan’s biggest enemies. Enjoy wicker furniture indoors or in a covered outdoor environment.
- Vacuum regularly to remove dust. Occasionally clean with a diluted solution and water to remove the stain from cracks and help retain natural luster.
- On dark wicker, use a furniture polish containing stain.
- If furniture is exposed to moisture and develops mildew, wipe the affected area with ¼ cup bleach added to 1 quart of water. Rinse with a wet cloth and let it dry completely.
- To maintain wicker’s like-new appearance, apply a fresh coat of semi-gloss or gloss lacquer every few years.