The Wicker Furniture for Students
Wicker furniture can be a great addition to any student accommodation. It can be picked up cheaply at second-hand stores or yard sales and can be a stylish and durable item within your home. This is perfect if you're on a budget but don't want to settle for mass-produced plastic furniture. This guide will give you a number of handy hints and tips to help you to care for your furniture and ensure it outlasts the endless parties and late-night pizzas.
Keep It Stylish
Painting wicker furniture might be a great idea if you want to make it a little more quirky. Applying a varnish after can help protect the paint, which in turn can stop additional moisture from penetrating the wood. Moisture itself is one of the biggest causes of wicker furniture breaking apart. When wood gets wet, it expands, and it contracts when dry, making it brittle and easy to break. Painting it will be fine as the paint will sit on top and then dry; however, if you don't want to paint it, then ensure it stays dry whenever possible. Keep the furniture indoors and try not to move it out onto the balcony or lawn. The moisture in the air can get trapped in crevices and cause it to rot or get mouldy. If this happens, you'll need to wash it with a mixture of bleach and water or buy an anti-mould wash for wood.
Dust It Off
Dusting your furniture regularly will help to keep it clean. Dust also absorbs moisture, so it helps to keep it away from the crevices. Wicker furniture can be difficult to dust off at times with a normal duster, so try to use a feather one or even a small toothbrush where needed. This will help you to clean between the reed fastenings that are often used to bind the legs and back.
Rugs, throws and pillows are super comfortable and make a great addition to any student household. They're not only stylish and cosy, helping you to unwind after a day of study, they can also help to protect your wicker furniture. Try to always use a pillow and back support on your seats. Clothes can catch on the slats and bindings, causing them to tear and become loose. A pillow or blanket will prevent this, whilst making the furniture more comfortable and limiting the amount of dust settling.
Look in nearby furniture stores to see if you can find wicker furniture.