When it comes to timeless styles, wicker is arguably at the top of the list. It got its start in ancient Egypt, but the best wicker furniture was also popular among the Romans, Victorians, and Northern Europeans — now, it's one of the easiest ways to add an earthy, calming feel to your home or outdoor space. But first, what exactly is wicker, and how should you use it in your designs?
Before you start shopping, you should know the difference between wicker and rattan: Wicker is an ancient weaving technique that's used to create baskets, furniture, and accents, while rattan (derived from a type of vine) is one of the most popular materials used for wicker-weaving, since it's durable and all-natural. Even though one is a technique and the other is a material, the terms are often used interchangeably throughout the interior design world. Whether an item is labeled "rattan" or "wicker," you can expect earthy tones and breathable textures.
Next, how can you incorporate wicker into your space? The answer comes down to which space you're looking to decorate. Keep in mind that all outdoor wicker furniture can be used indoors, but not all indoor wicker furniture can be used outdoors. In other words, ensure that a wicker piece is capable of braving the elements before you place it in your yard, on your patio, or inside your porch — yes, even if it's screened-in.
After that, it really just comes down to your personal preferences. Luckily, wicker's natural feel goes with just about any paint color or design style, so the biggest remaining factor is frequency. You could deck out your entire living room in matching wicker everything, but that could make the room feel very traditional. For a more modern aesthetic, a little goes a long way; a simple bar cart, a rattan coffee table, or a wicker accent chair adds some texture and grounds the space without overwhelming it.
If you love wicker but don't know where to start, these 35 furniture ideas will give you all the inspiration you'll need.
1. A Versatile Wicker Storage Cabinet For Any Room
Use it in your bedroom to store clothes or books, or place it in the dining room as a China hutch or alcohol shelf. You can even turn it into a media console. Since the Marte storage cabinet is roomy, stylish, and well-made, the possibilities are endless.
UO Marte Storage Cabinet, $749, Urban Outfitters
2. This Charming Outdoor Chat Set
Available in either black or white, this three-piece outdoor set makes any porch, patio, or garden infinitely more charming. Despite its minimalist appearance, it's made from a mix of elevated materials — like wrought iron for the frame, tempered glass for the tabletop, and (of course) wrapped rattan for the seats.
Christopher Knight Home Java Rattan Chat Set, $190, Target
3. A Practical Rattan Bar Cart
If you can't decide where and how to add wicker to your space, opt for a rattan bar cart. Why? It's a stand-alone piece that doesn't require any matching (unlike chairs or side-tables) and it's practical enough that you'll actually use it on a regular basis, especially considering its functional wheels, dual shelves, and built-in glass and bottle holders.
West Elm Rattan Bar Cart, $598, West Elm
4. These Wicker Wall Sconces To Light Up Your Space
Wicker doesn't have to go on the floor. Add some texture and natural elements to your walls instead, thanks to these Flynn sconces. The wall-mounted base looks like antique brass, while the shade is made from genuine rattan. There's also an on-off switch directly on the backplate, so you don't have to get out of bed and walk across the room to flip the switch.
Serena & Lily Flynn Single Wall Sconce, $228, Serena & Lily
5. This Curvy And Comfortable Lounge Chair
Even though it's cushion-free, this Cane-line lounge chair is anything but uncomfortable as the sturdy rattan is ergonomically curved to support your body. It comes in your choice of three colors (black, natural, and a combination of the two), and while it's not suitable for outdoor use, it's durable enough for regular washings with soap and water.
Cane-line Curve Lounge Chair, $550, 2Modern
6. A Canopy Bed For Your Dream Boho Room
There's only one thing cozier and more Bohemian than a wicker bed — a wicker bed with a canopy. The Caroline from Urban Outfitters is crafted from rattan and mahogany and has caged paneling to support your queen mattress. Last but not least, the pretty circular pattern underneath will make you relinquish any thought of a bed skirt.
UO Caroline Rattan Canopy Bed, $1,299, Urban Outfitters
7. This Literal Twist On Your Standard Side Table
The Aviano wicker side table from Tommy Bahama Outdoor offers a twist on your standard side table — literally. It's capable of braving the elements if you choose to put it outside, but it looks equally great in the living room or bedroom. Reviewers say it's "well-made" and they're "extremely happy" with their purchase.
Tommy Bahama Outdoor Aviano Wicker Side Table, $479, Perigold
8. A Modern Wicker Take On The Adirondack Chair
It's about time someone reinvented the Adirondack chair. This one from CO9 Design is modern, sleek, and angular. The wicker is made from resin instead of natural materials (so it can better stand up to wind, time, and saltwater), and you can get it in gray or red.
CO9 Design Lola Wicker/Rattan Adirondack Chair, $760, Perigold
9. The Easiest And Most Affordable Way To Transform Your Bed
Attach this wrap-around headboard to almost any bed frame to create a mid-century modern vibe in your room. It's available in full, queen, and king, and it won't cost more than $230 in any size. Needless to say, it's a simple and affordable way to add some vintage wicker to your space.
Baxton Studio Rina Wood Wrap Around Headboard, $149, Target
10. This Minimalist Table In Two Different Sizes
The Marisol table comes in two different sizes. The larger size is ideal for use as a coffee table, while the smaller size is suitable for side tables and ottomans — or you can purchase both together for a modular look. The rattan material complements the curved, minimalist design.
UO Marisol Coffee Table, $197, Urban Outfitters
11. Your Own Little Backyard Oasis
Complete your outdoor seating area in one fell swoop with the Isola three-piece set, which comes with two chairs and a love seat. Each piece features handwoven resin wicker on a sustainable teak-wood frame. Reviewers have called the set "chic," "airy," and "comfortable" and said it helped to create their "own little oasis to relax on."
Frontgate Isola Loveseat And Chairs, $1,697, Frontgate
12. A Slim Storage Solution For Living Rooms, Bedrooms, And Bathrooms
The obvious answer? Place this Omera corner shelf in your bedroom or living space to hold your books, records, and plants. The not-so-obvious answer? Unlike other natural materials, rattan may actually last longer in a slightly humid environment since it stops the fibers from drying out, so it's a great storage solution for bathrooms, too.
UO Omera Corner Shelf, $299, Urban Outfitters
13. A Unique Way To Elevate Your Plants
The budget-friendly BUSKBO plant stand is hand-made using genuine rattan and it fits a variety of small-to-medium-sized planters. It not only elevates your plants (literally and figuratively) so they're easier to enjoy, it also protects your floors against water damage and dirt rings. And, of course, it adds a wicker touch that's truly unique.
Ikea BUSKBO Rattan plant stand, $20, Ikea
14. The Ultimate Wicker Statement Piece
Fill these Birdie vases with faux floral arrangements or leave them empty. Either way, the set of two lends an organic touch to any empty corner. "Such a statement piece," one reviewer raved. "Beautiful."
Anthropologie Birdie Wicker Vases, $329, Anthropologie
15. This Mid-Century Modern Vanity
Nothing boosts the luxury in a bedroom quite like a vanity — although, despite its flip-up mirror and built-in drawers, this one from Urban Outfitters manages to remain earthy and pragmatic. Its angled legs and wicker detailing lend a mid-century-modern aesthetic to your home.
UO Marte Vanity, $349, Urban Outfitters
16. These Indoor/Outdoor Chairs That Are Both Modern And Rustic
Vintage, rustic, and modern all at the same time, these Eliza chairs can be used indoors and outdoors to complete your dream dining area. The seat features a wide-open wicker weave while the legs use minimalistic black iron. The result, according to one reviewer? A chair that's "sturdy, unique, and comfortable."
Lulu and Georgia Eliza Dining Chair, $360, Lulu and Georgia
17. This Brilliant Solution For A Storage-Starved Bathroom
Nowhere to put your towels, robe, toiletries, and backup paper? No problem. The Marte bath storage shelf offers a bar, a platform, and under-storage (which is just begging for a basket) for all of the aforementioned items. It's made with a combination of rubber-wood and cane rattan to add some natural tones to your bathroom.
UO Marte Bath Storage Shelf, $129, Urban Outfitters
18. A Comeback For This Mid-Century Modern Design
The mid-century eat-in kitchen chair is making a serious comeback in the form of Sarah Ellison's Zee chair. It features the same iconic shape but has woven rattan instead of cane webbing and powder-coated white instead of metal. Whether you pair it with a farmhouse dining table, a tiny bistro table, or a work desk, it's sure to be the most interesting piece in the room.
Sarah Ellison Zee Chair, $479, Sarah Ellison
19. A Steal For Your Outdoor Living Spot
Bistro sets are typically ornate and traditional-looking, but not this one. Best Choice Products has modernized the outdoor wine-sipping game with its all-weather wicker set. Each order comes with two high-backed chairs, a glass-topped table, and weather-resistant white cushions, making it quite the steal for your outdoor living spot.
Best Choice Products Wicker Bistro Set, $454, Amazon
20. This Wicker Ottoman With Hidden Storage
We love practicality, which is why we love this Alina ottoman from Urban Outfitters. Yes, it serves as a sturdy spot for your books, wine glass, or feet, but it also offers a hidden storage area for your linens and clutter. Since it's woven from seagrass, it'll look especially great in a seaside home or a coastal cottage.
UO Alina Storage Ottoman, $149, Urban Outfitters
21. This Chic Daybed For Your Multipurpose Space
This stunning daybed from Safavieh is halfway between a sofa and a napping spot, making it the ideal piece for a multi-purpose room. The cane webbing arms and ash-wood frame come with ivory linen cushions to keep you extra comfortable — plus the neutral shades will go with just about any color scheme.
Safavieh Couture Helena Rattan Daybed, $972, Amazon
22. Equal Parts Lavish And Laidback
On one hand, the Havana armless chair looks especially high-end thanks to its smooth teak base and ornate wicker seat. On the other hand, since it's lightweight, durable, outdoor-friendly, and recyclable, it offers low-maintenance placement just about anywhere. Get it in the black and white design pictured above or opt for various other patterns in blue, yellow, gray, red, or beige.
Anthropologie Havana Wicker + Teak Armless Chair, $448, Anthropologie
23. Not Your Average Loveseat
Like most other loveseats, this Pierce rattan chair is comfortable and holds two people simultaneously — but that's about where the similarities end. Its bench-like design and full wicker construction make it unlike anything else you own, while its rounded shape ensures that it's cozy for both sitting and lounging.
UO Pierce Rattan Two-Seater Chair, $390, Urban Outfitters
24. This Club Chair That You Can Customize And Add On To
Make this AERIN East Hampton Club Chair your own with custom upholstery, or opt for one of the three fabrics and various pre-set color options. Since the wicker is aluminum-supported and weather-resistant while the fabric repels water and resists stains, it's suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. You can complete the set with the outdoor sofa and matching ottoman, as well.
AERIN East Campton Club Chair, $1,045, Williams Sonoma
25. A Wicker Touch For Your Kitchen Island
Tile, granite, and solid woods are obvious choices for kitchen materials, but when incorporating wicker into the heart of your home, these Quincey counter stools make it easy. They have a distressed, natural-looking finish on the legs while the back and arms feature an open-weave wicker pattern. They even come with off-white polyester cushions that'll match any island.
Lulu and Georgia Quincey Counter Stool, $597, Lulu and Georgia
26. If You Love To Entertain Outside
For those who love to entertain (especially outside), there's the all-weather dining table. It has a wicker frame and legs that are made from Ecolene, which is resistant to the sun, rain, and extreme temperatures. The tempered glass is especially durable, and the table is 73 inches to seat up to eight at once.
Pottery Barn Cammeray All-Weather Wicker Dining Table, $874, Pottery Barn
27. A Shelf That Reviewers Are "Obsessed" With
This rattan wall shelf turns your clutter into a statement piece with its half-circle design and raised edges. Hang it above the tub so it can hold your toiletries, mount it in the kitchen for additional ingredient storage, or put your books, candles, and plants on it in the bedroom. Reviewers are "obsessed" and have given it a 4.9-star rating.
UO Rattan Arc Wall Shelf, $49, Urban Outfitters
28. This Coastal Sofa That's Teeming With Texture
If you prefer to decorate with texture, the coastal outdoor sofa from West Elm offers plenty of it while keeping your color scheme light and neutral. It's handcrafted from all-weather wicker and has a powder-coated aluminum frame for stability. The water-resistant cushions even have high-resiliency foam for comfort and longevity.
West Elm Coastal Outdoor Sofa, $1,699, West Elm
29. A Hanging Chair For Your Porch, Sun Room, Or Reading Nook
Whether it hangs on your porch, in your sunroom, or in your reading nook area, this hanging rattan chair makes any space instantly Pinterest-worthy. It can support up to 250 pounds at once and comes with a cushion plus six meters of hemp rope for hanging, though you'll have to purchase the hardware separately.
KOUBOO Hanging Rattan Chair, $708, Houzz
30. This Bed Frame That Turns Your Room Into A Sanctuary
We're not sure if it's the light-colored mango wood, the crisp angles, or the loosely-woven rattan panels. Whatever it is, this Ivy bed looks so soothing. It comes in three sizes (twin, queen, or king) and doesn't require a box spring. Just add a mattress and your bedroom will become the sanctuary you've always wanted.
UO Ivy Bed, $1,399, Urban Outfitters
31. This Pouf-Style Coffee Table
The Lomina coffee table combines two of the best trends from 2020: The decorative pouf and the all-natural aesthetic. It comes in your choice of coal or vintage white, and despite its curved edges, it's sturdy enough to hold your entertaining essentials in any weather.
Lulu and Georgia Lomina Indoor/Outdoor Coffee Table, $620, Lulu and Georgia
32. A Rattan-Wrapped Dresser With Brass Accents
Store your clothing inside sophistication with the Balboa dresser from Serena & Lily, which comes in either white or mist. The top and edges feature rattan around a beechwood frame, while the drawers are made from white cherry wood and have brass handles. Since it's been tested for stability, it's even safe for households with kids.
Serena & Lily Balboa Dresser, $3,498, Serena & Lily
33. The Latest In Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor-furniture company Outer sets itself apart with smart designs, great materials, and a direct-to-consumer business model. The brand's four-piece outdoor sectional is equally revolutionary. In addition to its modular wicker design and eco-friendly materials, it has cushions that are stain, fade, and water-resistant, complete with built-in cushion covers that you can apply in seconds.
Outer 4-Piece Outdoor Sectional, $4,885, Outer
34. This Divider To Separate A Room In Style
Give yourself some privacy or separate a shared kids' room in style. You can even hide your clutter with minimal effort thanks to the Ria room divider. It's made from translucent rattan and has three distinct panels that fold flat for easy storage.
UO Ria Room Divider Screen, $329, Urban Outfitters
35. An Oversized Wicker Chair That Warms Up The Room
Wicker doesn't have to be totally cool and airy — it can also be surprisingly cozy. This Middlefield chair warms up a room (or an outdoor space) with its dark gray color and recycled fiber cushions. Its wingback shape and curved arms envelope your body while you're reading, sipping wine, or nodding off to sleep.
Anthropologie Middlefield Wicker Chair, $898, Anthropologie
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