Custom wicker furniture, made for our climate


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Four years after moving to Royalwood in 2012, Mike Boychuk and Denise Turanli faced a dilemma. The couple loves entertaining family and friends in the fresh air, and was looking to invest in outdoor furniture, but options were limited.

“We were shocked,” Boychuk said. “Did we really have to spend $8,000 to $10,000 for quality outdoor furniture?”

Combining their backgrounds in business and sales with their entrepreneurial spirits and a desire to find a solution, Boychuk and Turanli did their research and then designed and created a modular outdoor set that met all their specifications – at a fraction of the price.

Supplied photo Denise Turanli and Mike Boychuk with their sons Ethan (nine months) and Aydin (three years).

Royal Wicker was born.

“Our furniture is made from high-density polyethylene resin rattan, hand-woven in a wicker style,” Turanli said.

She acknowledged that the words “wicker” and “rattan” are often used interchangeably, however, traditionally speaking rattan is the material and wicker is the type of weave.

“The rattan we use is a synthetic material that is durable and made to weather our climate,” Turanli explained.

Dining and living sets are available plus loungers and custom bistro sets by request.

The frames are 100 per cent powder-coated, rust-proof aluminum and the cushions are made from high-quality fabrics that are fade-, water-, stain- and mould-resistant. All products are solid one-piece construction, so no assembly is required.

“Since day one, we have worked very closely with our supplier in China,” Turanli said.  

“In 2017, Mike traveled to Guangzhou to visit the factory where our products are made and learn more about the industry. The trip deepened our relationship with the supplier, and it was an unforgettable cultural experience for him.”

According to Boychuk, what sets Royal Wicker apart from other retailers is its ability to respond to custom needs.

“We excel at offering choices in size and colour of rattan and fabric that can be matched across all products,” Boychuk said.

The couple enjoys seeing pictures of customers with their furniture and seeing where each set ends up – at lakeside, on a sunny deck or in a cozy sunroom. Boychuk and Turanli also appreciate relaxing on their own Royal Wicker after a walk or bike ride in nearby Bois-des-esprits with their boys, aged three and nine months.

“Our summers are short, and we love helping our customers take advantage of the outdoors,” Turanli said.

Royal Wicker has a showroom at Swim & Spas on Grassie Boulevard. Owing to pandemic restrictions, appointments are recommended for viewings. For more information, visit, or call 204-417-6925.

Tanya Misseghers is a community correspondent for Royalwood.

Tanya Misseghers

Tanya Misseghers
Royalwood community correspondent

Tanya Misseghers is a community correspondent for Royalwood.

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