Tips for Choosing Rattan Wicker Chairs

Tips for Choosing Rattan Wicker Chairs

When shopping for wicker outdoor chair sets for your patio or porch, what points will you pay attention to? Most people will only care more about the designs but neglect the durability of the chairs.There are some tips for choosing rattan wicker chairs.

Before looking for a chair or two for your patio, you most likely have already decided where you’re gonna place and use them, so what you need to do next might be choosing the style, color and texture which will lighten your outdoor decor and provide the comfort you are expecting.


Tips below to consider when shopping for a patio wicker chair:

  1. The chair shape or style

The shape and style of the chair set is a matter of taste but should also conform to complement other pieces of furniture in your outdoor decor. Wicker furniture is very versatile so most wicker pieces can be used together.


  1. The rise between the ground and the seat platform

Most people don’t need to worry about the rise between the ground and the seat platform or seat cushion because they are pretty standardized so the average person will be somewhat comfortable if not completely comfortable when using the chair.  However, if you are either very short or very tall in stature, you may want to look more closely and get more information about the seat height.  Sitting in a chair where your feet don’t touch the ground or your knees are getting close to your chin can be disappointing to say the least.


  1. The arm design

The arms on wicker chairs can have different shapes that may affect your comfort. Some have arm rests that are rounded where your hand sits and roll down the face of the chair.


  1. The back height

The back of the chair can be short, tall or anywhere in between. This is not as much a comfort issue as it is an aesthetic one. Although, some people insist on a high back chair for support, it’s really a matter of preference.


  1. The color

Color of the chair of course is an important shopping point as well. Depending on the vendor and collection from which you choose your chairs, you may be limited to the number of color choices you have.  Choose the color finish that you feel comfortable with.


  1. The cushion type

The cushions for a chair can make all the difference in the world with respect to comfort and decor.  If you are shopping for standard wicker, you can use tufted or foam cushions. Tufted cushions are less expensive and are very adequate for use with standard wicker.  If you looking for a more firm with a boxy look, go for solid foam cushions.  If you’er shopping for deep seating chairs, you will get thick foam seat cushions and fiber filled back cushions as part of the package.  Cheaper versions of cushions are offered in box and hardware stores.  They typically don’t last one season as compared to buying quality cushions from a wicker store or cushion maker.  Many times in the case of cushions, you get what you pay for.


One last word of advice, give yourself some time to shop so that you won’t get stressed out.

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