Updated March 1, 2021
The Ultimate Guide to High Quality Wicker Patio Furniture
It can be a challenge to find high quality, comfortable patio furniture at an affordable price. There are cheap sets for a few hundred dollars and overpriced sets for more than ten thousand dollars. How do you know what’s worth the money? We break down everything you need to know about wicker patio furniture so you can make a smart choice at a smart price.
What to look for when shopping for wicker patio furniture
1. Comfort is King
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Having thick cushions with good padding keeps you comfortable longer. Look for cushions at least five inches thick for optimal support.
Deep and Wide Seating
Don't settle for tiny, cramped patio seating. Aim for at least 32 inches of chair depth so everyone can sit comfortably. We design our chairs with at least 35 inches of chair depth, making our products some of the best in the industry. Also, double check that the back height with back pillows is at least 30 inches. Ours are at least 33 inches high so you have enough support to lean back against. Lastly, you want at least 32 inches of seat width. We design ours with at least 35 inches of seat width so you have plenty of room to relax.
Avoid Cheap Patio Furniture
The top reason to avoid cheap patio furniture is comfort. Cheap patio furniture tends to be smaller to save on material costs. This results in cramped and uncomfortable seating. A cheaper patio set might have less than 30 inches of seat depth, or the equivalent of a budget airline's seat pitch. This is definitely not something you want to sit on for long periods of time. For the Ajna Collection, we added a gentle incline to the back of the seats, resulting in an even more luxurious seat. All you have to do is sit back and relax!
2. Fade, Water, and Stain Resistant Outdoor Fabric
If you want your seat cushions to last, make sure they're made with 100% solution-dyed acrylic fibers. We use Agora, a European produced fabric that is best in class.
Your outdoor furniture is going to see a lot of sun. Agora uses a unique dying process that ensures each individual strand is infused with color. This guarantees your fabric will hold its color through high temperatures, UV rays, and rain. Cheaper fabrics just dye the outer layer of the material and fade quicker.
Water, Stain, and Mold Resistant and Easy to Clean
Agora features a tight-weave design that defends against wear and tear, scratches from pets and animals, children, and anything else that may cause a different brand's fabric to rip. Moisture will bead up on the surface instead of seeping through. Not only does this prevent mold and mildew, it also means stains and spills are easy to wipe away.
Agora fabric is manufactured in Pont d'Armentera in Spain, whose factories have similar labor laws and quality control practices to those we see in the US. Higher wages, better benefits, and safer environments for workers naturally lead to a high quality product!
3. All-Weather Materials
Our fabric isn’t the only all-weather material we use. We thoughtfully chose materials for the frame and wicker weave to ensure your patio set is up to facing the elements no matter where you live.
Lightweight, Rust-Proof Aluminum Frame
Aluminum is one of the best materials for a patio furniture frame because it is naturally rust and moisture resistant. We apply a unique coating finish to further protect our frame from the elements, including moisture and rust. The frame is lightweight, too, making the patio furniture easy to maneuver and low maintenance.
All-Weather Wicker Weave
We weave our all-weather wicker around the aluminum frame by hand to create each set. Our high-end wicker is waterproof, fade resistant, and easily withstands rain, snow, sunlight, and humidity.
Look for these two things if you want patio furniture that lasts for years, not months.
Cheap patio sets use PVC or Nylon wicker. These sets cost less, but these brittle plastics crack under the elements (in fact, drinking straws are made out of PVC). They're not designed to withstand all-weather conditions or repeated use. We use UV Treated High Density Polyethylene, or HDPE wicker. This is a specially formulated synthetic wicker that is non-porous, longer-lasting, weather-resistant, fade resistant, and more durable than cheap wicker. The other material to avoid is natural rattan, which is brittle and not well-suited for long-term use.
Wicker comes in three dimensions: Full-Round, Half-Round, and Flat. Flat wicker is cheaper and used in low quality sets. It's thinner, has less weight, and often runs into durability issues. It also falls visually flat as it can't create a true sense of depth and texture. Higher quality sets use Half-Round and Full-Round wicker which are thicker and sturdier. We are one of the few brands that uses Full-Round wicker because it creates a luxurious sense of depth, texture, and dimension you just can't get with Flat wicker.
Believe it or not, our patio sets are actually made by hand by artisans with over a decade of experience. Each patio set is given the care and attention it deserves. You’ll know each set has been meticulously created and inspected for you.
Our HDPE wicker is made of 30%+ recycled materials and is 100% recyclable.
5. Unlimited Configurations with Minimal Assembly
Nobody wants to assemble a patio furniture set that arrives in 15 boxes with a thick assembly manual and 50 screws. We make it easy by delivering sets that don't require any assembly.
The great thing about the Ajna Collection is you can configure your set any way you like! Our sets consist of only seven different pieces that allow you to create the perfect configuration for your outdoor space!
Each set comes with top latching clips to easily secure furniture pieces together. Most furniture companies use bottom latching clips that are annoying and require two people to assemble.
6. The Highest Quality at the Perfect Price
You get what you pay for. If you buy a cheap patio set, it’s not going to have the quality you’re looking for. Don’t be surprised if it lasts for less than a year.
However, that doesn’t mean you should be forced to spend over $10,000 dollars on an overpriced patio set. Big retailers often have expensive retail and warehouse space they need to pay for so they pass that cost onto you.
We work directly with our factory to custom make our patio furniture on demand and we deliver it straight to you. You might have to wait a bit longer, but each piece will be made for you and we pass our savings onto you.
Simply put, you won’t find a higher quality patio furniture set at this price point. Comparable sets at overpriced name brands easily run $10,000. Our sets are competitively priced, starting at $2,225 so you can get a high quality set without the retail markup.
Our Happy Customers Agree
"Beautiful furniture with quality comparable to Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware, at significantly lower price. Love the Sunbrella fabric and the wicker is beautiful."
"I went to five outdoor furniture places and all of the comparable sets were so expensive. I happened upon Ajna online. Their set is Half the price. And it is all Sunbrella (waterproof) - great quality. Our set from Ajna arrived so quickly and is more beautiful than anything in the stores"
"We looked all over online and in patio furniture stores. Most other options were either super overpriced or incredibly overpriced, and not even comfortable!!!"
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We spent over 5 years designing the perfect wicker patio sets at the perfect price.
Our patio sets are so popular that our wicker weavers are having trouble keeping up. Each piece is made on demand, so order today to save your space in line.