The sitting room is the first port of call for visitors in a home and it speaks a lot about the people who live there. From the colour of paint on the wall to the type of curtains used to the arrangement of the furniture, they all speak volume and knowing the right way to combine them is very important.
Now imagine a sitting room with the traditional cane chairs and tables in it! Some folks would consider this old fashioned, out dated, substandard but I consider it Epic. It brings out the style and class of the home and also convinces your visitors that you value and Cherish Africa and her products.
Instead of the conventional wood that is used to construct the frame of a couch, for example, you can tell the person constructing that you prefer the woven cane material. What’s even better is that it is easy to see this soft wood anywhere because it is made from bamboo– a plant which is very easy to propagate, especially in western Africa. The wood is cut from the plant and one can weave it to desired style because of the very soft nature.
After you’ve got the woven cane frame you then get the cushion (otherwise called foam or any soft material on which one can sit comfortably). Four pieces of hard wood can be used to support the weight of the chair at the four edges underneath. You can decide to use any plain or patterned material to enclose the cushion for the chair. But it would be more fun if an Ankara material is used instead. Imagine a beautifully patterned Ankara material (whose colour goes with the paint on the wall or the colour of the rug or carpet) used to beautify the cushion for the chair – Heavenly!
Next is to get extra cane materials for the tables (side tables and a centre table. This is way easier than the chair because it is way lower in height. After it is woven to the desired shape and size, a harder wood is placed on it and held securely with nails so that one can place things on it. Or you could use a glass material which is now the trend for tables in most homes. After this is done arrange the chairs and tables in the sitting room to your taste, you can place a vase of flower on the tables for deco and Voila! – You have successfully rocked cane furniture in your home.
I cannot over emphasize the fact that this cane couch would give you a feeling, a sense of belonging that the everyday wooden furniture would not give you.
So when next you’re considering the furniture to use in your home, think Africa!