Your backyard is your own private oasis, perfect for spending quality time with friends and family outdoors. But no outdoor space is complete without stylish, comfortable, and functional pieces, like outdoor wicker furniture.
This durable style of outdoor furniture makes a great addition to any backyard, but it can be tricky to know how to find the right pieces and ensure you’re getting the best quality available.
From the best industry tips for selecting high-quality pieces to styling your new backyard furniture, our outdoor living experts at Outer cover it all below!
Tips For Choosing The Best Outdoor Wicker Furniture
Find The Perfect Fit
To find the perfect outdoor wicker furniture for your space, you’ll need to know exactly how much square footage you have to work with.
Start by measuring your outdoor space — whether that’s a patio, deck, balcony, or grassed area — to determine the width and length you have available. Remember: You don’t want your space to feel cramped, so be sure to leave some room to get in and out comfortably.
Once you know your measurements, it’s time to start researching outdoor wicker furniture to find a size and shape that suits your outdoor space.
For large decks and patios, consider a piece (or multiple pieces) that will fill the area nicely without making it feel crowded. If you opt for furniture that’s too small, it might make your deck or patio look and feel out of proportion.
Opt for a spacious sectional such as our 6-Seater Wicker Outdoor U Sectional to offer your guests plenty of seating. Alternatively, a multi-piece set, like our Wicker Outdoor Sofa with Armless Chairs, offers just as much seating with a different modular arrangement. The choice is yours!
All Outer furniture is modular by design to ensure you’re able to arrange and rearrange our pieces to suit your needs, no matter how many friends you have over at your place!
Check The Materials
Once you’ve found the one, it’s time to do a little digging on your outdoor wicker furniture of choice to make sure you’re getting the best quality possible.
Unfortunately, not all outdoor furniture is designed the same, so it’s important to know what to look for to make sure you’re purchasing pieces made from durable materials with quality craftsmanship.
The wicker we use in our outdoor furniture is sustainably sourced to help us do our part for the planet. Our wicker is made from recycled plastic and handwoven by master artisans to ensure maximum durability so that our pieces can live a long, happy life in your outdoor space.
Our powder-coated aluminum frames are cut by hand, and the rustproof stainless steel legs pair seamlessly with our wicker to create a solid foundation for our premium cushions (we’ll talk more about those in just a moment!).
All in all, it takes one and a half days to make a single Outer chair. That might sound like a while, but to us, it’s worth it to make sure our designs are eco-friendly and responsibly made.
We design our pieces with our customers in mind and consider all the details, resulting in the perfect outdoor wicker furniture.
Make Sure It’s Comfortable, Of Course!
Outdoor wicker furniture is made to be enjoyed — lounging by the pool, playing card games, laughing with friends, and making memories with family.
So, clearly, the furniture you choose to bring life back outdoors needs to be comfortable — that’s a non-negotiable.
The fabrics used should be soft yet durable, and the cushion inserts should feel plush but still hold their shape. Basically the perfect cushion — is that too much to ask for? We don’t think so.
Our hand-sewn covers are made from solution-dyed yarn that’s resistant to mold, water, bleach, dirt, food spills, the sun’s UV rays, and just about anything else you might throw at it. Solution-dyeing ensures that the colors in our fabrics won’t fade over time.
They’re also 100% eco-friendly and completely recyclable. They’re what we like to call “lifeproof!”
When we were creating the cushions for our outdoor wicker furniture, our design strategy was simple — we wanted to make outdoor cushions that felt as comfortable as luxury mattresses.
So we did! The result is a high-resiliency memory foam that’s three layers thick and offers comfort that needs to be enjoyed in person to be believed (which you can do risk-free thanks to our at-home trial).
Opt For Neutral-Toned Fabrics
When it comes to selecting your outdoor wicker furniture, choosing a neutral color scheme is one of the best ways to ensure that your pieces stay timeless despite trend changes.
Opting for colors like tan, beige, cream, or gray allows you to experiment with bright accessories without worrying about everything clashing.
Not only that, but the neutral color scheme also lets you switch out your accessories with the seasons to give your backyard a refresh more easily.
Outer wicker furniture comes in two neutral-toned fabric options — Pacific Fog Gray and Palisades Cream. If you’re concerned about stains ruining these beautiful, light tones, let our Spill Test put your mind at ease — nothing gets past our fabrics!
Invest In Protective Covers
During all the excitement of bringing home your new outdoor wicker furniture, you might find you’ve forgotten to grab some furniture covers to go along with them. Oops!
While that may not seem like a big deal, outdoor furniture actually goes through a lot in its lifetime.
On top of the battles every couch faces (think spills and stains from kids and pets), your outdoor pieces also have to face the weather each day.
From UV rays to drizzles of rain, heavy snowfall to harsh winds, outdoor furniture needs to be well-protected to extend its life and ensure you get the most out of your purchase.
Fortunately for Outer customers, each and every sofa, sectional, loveseat, and armchair we create comes with its own built-in protection — the OuterShell™.
This discreet cover tucks behind each Outer cushion, ready to be pulled out whenever your sofa or sectional isn’t being used. This helps protect your furniture from everyday dirt, debris, and morning dew to ensure it’s always clean, dry, and ready to use.
For our friends in the cooler parts of the world, we’ve also created specially designed All-Weather Covers to protect your furniture from those harsh weather conditions, like heavy snowfall.
Protecting your Outer furniture with our purpose-built covers eliminates the need to store your furniture indoors during winter. It also offers an extra layer of protection so you won’t get any nasty surprises next time you use your outdoor furniture.
How To Style Your Outdoor Wicker Furniture
Once you’ve brought your wicker furniture home, it’s time to add some coziness to your outdoor space by styling with accessories.
Our goal here is to give your backyard that same warm feeling that you get inside your living room. Your accessories don’t have to be extravagant — for example, you’d be surprised by the difference a simple outdoor rug can make to your space.
Our Eco-Friendly Rugs come in a variety of sizes and colors to suit any style, and they pair perfectly with outdoor wicker.
After defining your outdoor seating area with a rug, add some colorful throw pillows and soft blankets to ensure your guests will always be warm and comfortable while visiting. You could even add in a fire pit to bring your outdoor space to the next level and create a focal point.
For even more easy tips on transforming your outdoor space, check out our dedicated blog post here!
Enjoy Quality Time Outdoors With Outer
After reading our guide, it’s easy to see why outdoor wicker furniture is a stylish, durable, and low-maintenance option for anyone looking to bring a sense of warmth and comfort to their outdoor space.
When shopping for your new wicker pieces, be sure to follow our expert tips above including choosing quality materials and craftsmanship, opting for neutral tones, and investing in outdoor furniture covers to extend the life of your pieces.