Something New in the Bedroom – Wicker Furniture!

Wicker furniture is not just for the front porch anymore! You read it right. Wicker furniture has had its place, for decades, on porches and patios, and occasionally in children’s rooms. Once denounced as a dated trend, wicker furniture has regained popularity and moved indoors.

Wicker furniture is made of thin, flexible twigs, branches or reeds. The branches are woven into patterns to effect both strength and beauty of line.  Many people are familiar with this concept in the form of wicker baskets. While this natural looking furniture has traditionally been painted white and relegated to the porch, wicker pieces today are designed and upholstered in a way that perfectly complements the style of a modern bedroom.

Wicker bedroom furniture is ideal for creating an intimate, comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Many designer pieces are painted in warm, neutral colors such as chocolate and cherry wood. Upholstery that is lush and upscale adds to the solidity and charm of the wicker pieces. Selections of upholstery that match your current décor will allow your new wicker bedroom furniture to blend in perfectly with the overall design of your room.

The clean lines and subtle weaving of wicker bedroom furniture make it at once an elegant and inspiring choice. Furnishing your bedroom with wicker furniture is a refreshing departure from the traditional. It helps to capture the originality of your design while retaining the warmth and comfort desired in a bedroom.

One of the advantages to purchasing wicker furniture for the bedroom is that it can be less expensive than furniture made of wood or other materials. However, as with all furniture, if you are interested in a designer label, it will be more costly.  A designer wicker loveseat with custom upholstery may cost about $400.  Wicker furniture is also more durable than you may imagine, if your experience with it has been limited to baskets and outdoor furniture. With a little care, your wicker bedroom furniture will prove to be as durable and functional as wooden pieces.

Some care is necessary to keep wicker bedroom furniture looking as lovely as the day you brought it home. First, though wicker furniture always has a either a clear protective coating or a coat of paint, it should be kept out of direct sunlight to prevent it from drying out and becoming brittle.   Also, care should be exercised in regard to pets.  Dogs and cats may want to chew or scratch wicker furniture.  If you notice this tendency, it may be wise to keep pets out of the bedroom. With proper care, you will be able to enjoy your beautiful wicker bedroom furniture for many years to come.

How to Seal Wicker Furniture

Furniture made from natural materials has always been popular and we are seeing another rise in the popularity of materials like wicker. I love the use of wicker furniture in a home and as patio furniture, but wicker need special treatment to ensure that it will not rot. Many people buy wicker furniture without knowing how to maintain these pieces only to find themselves disappointed when they fall apart. I am writing this article to help you get as many years of comfort out of that wicker furniture as is possible. To achieve this, we need to seal it properly.

Wicker furniture that will be used indoors does not need to be sealed in the same way that patio furniture truly needs it, but even the moisture in the air will cause the wicker to degrade over time and accident happen. Drinks get spilled and pets have accidents. It is better to treat all wicker furniture the same and be prepared for the worst.

Clean the wicker thoroughly and make sure that there is no dirt or dust on the piece. Anything that is stuck to the piece p furniture is going to be there forever once you apply the sealant. Use a long bristled brush attachment for your vacuum cleaner to get into the crevices and remove everything you can. This is especially important for second hand furniture of furniture that has been stored outside.

Polycrylic is a great sealant for indoor use, but it may yellow over time in the sun. It is, however, very easy to handle and apply. It is not particularly toxic, but I suggest applying it outside or in a well-ventilated room. For wicker patio furniture, I suggest using marine varnish or spar urethane. Both should be applied outside as they have nasty fumes, but they offer great protection. Spar urethane is great for wicker patio furniture, because it dries clear and has good flexibility, which matters with the naturally flexible wicker. You should reapply these clear coatings every 2 years for the best protection.