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7 Types of Wicker Patio Furniture Sets

Wicker patio furniture sets can be classic, elegant, modern, or resort-inspired. But one thing’s for certain: they need to match! To create a beautiful outdoor setting, matching furniture is a must.

Even if you know you want a wicker furniture set for your patio, balcony, or porch, you might not know which type of set you’re really after. From conversing to dining to lounging, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the different categories of sets offered on the market today.

Full Size Sets

Just like it sounds, a full size set is similar to a full sized, indoor furniture set...only outdoors! And it’s designed to withstand outdoor weather like sun and rain, of course.

Each full size set will include different items, but here are the common elements:

  • Sofa

  • Loveseat

  • Chair

  • Ottoman

  • Coffee table

You can find a set that includes all five, or just three or four of these items.

The best thing about full size sets is comfort! The large size allows guests to fully relax. What’s more, these furniture sets can give off a feel of luxury, especially when the wicker is purchased in shades like driftwood, chestwood, or espresso.

Mid Size Sets

Smaller than full size sets, mid size wicker patio furniture typically includes a loveseat and chairs, but not sofas. A standard set includes:

  • One loveseat

  • One chair

  • One rocking chair

  • One coffee table

  • One ottoman

Other than the overall size, the style tends to be a bit different as well. A rounder, more classic look is typical to mid size sets, whereas full size sets are often broad and boxy.

Mid size sets are great for entertaining and for families.

5 Piece Conversation (or Chat) Sets

A 5 piece conversation set, or a chat set as they’re also called, consists of 4 chairs and a small coffee table or cocktail table, just big enough to put drinks and appetizers.

Standard chairs are typically included in these sets, but it’s also possible to find sets with 4 gliders. The tables can be low and better suited for drinks, or high and large enough for small plates and drinks.  

3 Piece Conversation (or Chat) Sets

You’ve definitely seen 3 piece conversation sets before! In the spring and summer months, these are easy to find in just about any story. A 3 piece set consists of one table and two chairs. The chairs can be low to the ground, with high backs, gliders, rockers, or bistro-style. The tables can be small and low or large enough for a full meal.

These sets are perfect for master balcony, a small patio, or any special space where you’d like to create the setup for an intimate, relaxing moment for two.

Chair and Ottoman Sets

Need a comfortable setup for one? A chair and ottoman set is a great addition to an outdoor space when you want to treat one person to a little extra comfort and relaxation. Chair and ottoman sets come in so many different styles, but they all tend to be a little wider and cushier. These are not bistro or game chairs, but rather large, sturdy chairs that are made for lounging.

An added bonus with these sets is that, in a pinch, the ottoman can be used for additional bench-style seating when entertaining.

Dining Sets

Wicker patio furniture is the answer to your outdoor dining needs. This type of furniture is comfortable, long-lasting, durable, and relatively affordable, especially when compared to solid wood.

Wicker dining sets can be purchased with small tables and two to four chairs, or large rectangular tables with ten chairs. You can find laid, back lounge chairs for your dining set, or chairs that sit high and upright and are easy to stack.

Bar Height Dining Sets

Bar height dining sets are great for many uses:

  • On a balcony or patio with high railing

  • Near an island or tall counter (whether in an indoor or outdoor kitchen)

  • Create a more romantic setting

These tall table and chair sets can include seating for four or two persons, and it’s usually possible to purchase additional seating, which can be really helpful if you want the dining set to match the seating used at a nearby kitchen island or outdoor prep kitchen.

What to look for in wicker patio furniture sets

There can be some really big differences in quality in the wicker patio furniture offered on the market today. You want furniture that is long-lasting, comfortable, and all weather. Here’s what to look for:

  • High quality synthetic fiber made of HDPE

  • Aluminum frame

  • Thick cushions

  • Sun-resistant fabric

For more information on what to look for, check out this post on how to find the best all weather patio furniture.


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