Rattan or wicker furniture is a wonderful compliment to most modern backyards. The designs are almost timeless, able to fit seamlessly into modern or rustic scenery, but they can be a bit stiff when they arrive. Most wicker furniture is already built, but it may not come with a patio cushion. Wicker furniture, usually the cheap kind, can splinter and dry out too. With these tips, you’ll save money on timeless furniture you can own for years.
Cleaning and Maintenance
If you want your piece to last for many years, you’ll need to care for it properly. Wicker is surprisingly resilient, and outdoor furniture cushions are also built to withstand all four seasons. In most cases, you’ll need to do little more than brush the chair or sofa set down with a microfiber cloth. You can remove the covering for cushions and machine wash them, just be careful not to dry the cover in such a way that would shrink it.
Cushions and Support
Ordering from the manufacturer also means paying a premium in many cases, especially when it comes to cushions. You can’t stuff couch foam into a cover and call it a day, but you can order water-proof foam online that is designed for use outside. Couch material might soak up water from rain the night before, and probably won’t last through extreme heat for very long. Custom cut cushions to the size you need and reupholster them with materials that match your color scheme. Same support, much lower cost.