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Upcycling with Cane Webbing


05 Nov 2019

This year has seen a huge surge in the popularity of cane webbing furniture and whether you’re going for that British colonial look or something altogether more modern, the material looks lovely and is easy to work with. So what is cane webbing and how can it be used to upcycle dated or dilapidated furniture?

What is Cane Webbing?

Cane webbing is machine-woven patterned sheets or mesh that look similar to rattan or wicker. It’s generally stretched across a wooden frame to produce items such as chair seats, cabinet doors or even light shades, but it can also be used in a variety of other creative ways. The result is lightweight furniture that is airy and durable – what’s not to love?

Take a Seat

In most homes, at one time or another, you can find an old, worn chair hidden away somewhere. But, before consigning it to your next recycling centre run or charity shop jaunt, why not take a closer look and see if it can be upcycled with cane webbing?  

Depending on the design, it may be possible to transform the chair and bring it back to life with style. Typically, you should be looking for chairs with wooden frames and a chiselled groove where you want the webbing to sit – although more daring DIYers can chisel their own groove if one doesn’t already exist.

The process involves removing the old cane webbing or other upholstery from the wooden frame and then replacing it with a new, cut-to-measure piece of webbing. This can be tricky to complete to a high standard, but there are plenty of online tutorials with step-by-step instructions to help you, no matter what type of furniture you’re working on.

Antique Chic

Upcycling in this way is an affordable and eco-friendly way to breathe new life into your home interior, plus it works well in a number of scenarios. Cane webbing has an organic, natural look and this gives great contrast when used with antique furniture such as cupboards or sideboards – the perfect replacement for wooden or glass panels.

Scandi Style

It may come as no surprise that one of the secrets to creating a Scandi style interior is natural materials. Cane webbing compliments this style, blending with other features like wooden flooring, minimalist colour pallets and decretive features – a pampas grass display for example.    

Contemporary Class

For a more modern look, pair cane webbing with white and then accent with colours that are bright and vibrant. Look to achieve clean lines and invest in smart, but restrained feature pieces. Upcycling a standing screen with cane webbing is a tempting option, bringing a little contemporary class to the space.

Let the Light In

Cane webbing not only looks good, but has the added bonus of being a great light conductor. As the material isn’t solid it lets light in (or out), softening it in the process, this brings warmth to a room and it also casts shadows that give dynamics and a little drama to your room.

There’s never been a better time to explore upcycling and so let your imagination run riot, roll up your sleeves and get creative with cane webbing.

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