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The Advantages of Wicker Furniture

Most people misuse the term wicker furniture as something that refers exclusively to materials. It is a common belief that wicker exclusively means natural material. While it is true that wicker is commonly made of natural materials such as rattan and bamboo, wicker is in fact a method of weaving these materials to create furniture. Although this does not necessarily mean that wicker is natural furniture.

Most of these furniture pieces are made of rattan. This material is a great vine. It is naturally found in dry and warm places. It is originally hard but it becomes softer once it is exposed to heat. Once it is softer, it is weaved through a wicker technique so that different furniture pieces are formed. The heat allows the manufacturers to build different shapes and sizes. Once cooled, the material hardens retaining its shape while it was heated. The end product is hard and stiff making it a perfect material to create furniture.

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Wicker Pattern

The manufacturing process is a tedious one. That is why there are many advantages to this product. One of its most important benefits is its beauty. Its simple and earthy look is perfect for the outdoors. Most homeowners place wicker furniture pieces in their patios or any other outdoor area. The natural look that blends with the environment is perfect for the outdoors since it creates the perfect ambiance.

Most people find the natural materials very attractive as well. Environmentalists would rather use these furniture pieces compared to others made of synthetic materials. These pieces are not only attractive. They provide that cool ambiance that is very much needed in outdoor spaces.

Another advantage is the fact that it is known for its durability. Most wicker furniture pieces are made of rattan. Rattan is known for its strength and durability. That is why most people prefer it over other materials. In fact, high quality products can last for more than fifteen years. That is enough time to gain back your investment.

Aside from they are durable they also barely need any form of maintenance. This furniture is made for extreme weather conditions. Its only weakness is mold attacks. That is why natural materials should be protected against moisture and wetness. However, despite this you do not need to put too much effort in its maintenance. You can simply dust and wipe it at least once a day and it will look as good as new.

Finally, it makes for very sturdy furniture which is why it is safe for everybody. You can use it around children and elderly people alike. These furniture pieces are also lightweight and are very easy to move from one place to another.

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Using Decorative Hat Boxes

When looking for decorative storage boxes to use in your home, your first instinct is likely to find rectangular boxes. Rectangular boxes are incredibly versatile, and for certain items, like CDs, DVDs, or recipe cards, a rectangle-shaped box is the best kind to keep them in. If the shape of the box is not important, you have more options. The hard angles of rectangular boxes do not lend themselves to more feminine decors, nor do they have the charm and vintage appeal that hat boxes can have.

Hat boxes have been around for a long time, though since their heyday they have faded from use somewhat, at least as far as their original function is concerned. hat-boxesThese days you are far more likely to see round boxes serving as a decorative piece in someone’s well designed living room than you are to receive one when you buy a hat at most stores. This does not mean that if you own a lot of hats you should not keep them in boxes; in fact, storage boxes can be an ideal way to keep your hats from getting dusty or crushed when not in use. But even if you store a hat in one, a pretty round decorative box does not need to be put in your bedroom closet when it could be put out on a table or dresser and admired.

If your hat box is too plain or boring to be worth looking at on a daily basis, it is possible to decorate them. The process can be as simple or complicated as you want, depending on what you want to use. Attaching pretty bows or ribbons is easy and straightforward, decoupage is another step up, and covering the box in fabric is much more involved. But any of these will result in hat boxes you are proud to show off.