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Comparison of durability of outdoor tables and chairs in different materials(2)

Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2023-04-25      Origin: Site


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Wicker is another natural material that’s made from items like rattan or bamboo. This type of furniture is woven, so it has a unique design that some homeowners and business owners find appealing for their outdoor spaces.

Since wicker’s natural, like wood, it may experience natural materials problems. These include animal nesting or pests eating the wicker furniture, resulting in hard-to-repair damage. It can also break down due to moisture from rain or snow. You’ll have to regularly apply a sealant or finish to keep natural wicker furniture intact.

It’s also important to be aware of the craftsmanship of wicker furniture, since that can greatly affect its durability. If there are any parts that weren’t properly weaved, those loose spots may unravel later and damage the look and use of the furniture. Loose weave can also be extremely uncomfortable when it’s poking or scratching you or your guests.

Another durability issue with wicker is that it’s light. It may blow away or get damaged in your yard, or damage other items at your home if it's thrown around by a storm.

Even with proper maintenance, due to its delicate natural materials, wicker furniture may only last around 5 to 10 years in its original condition. Plus, since wicker usually needs cushions to be comfortable, that’s another item you’ll have to clean and maintain when using this furniture.

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Cheap plastic furniture, made from materials like polystyrene, will probably cost you the least amount of money. That makes it a popular option for those who don’t want to spend a lot on furniture and who are willing to sacrifice functionality and appearance for a lower cost.

Since it’s made from low-quality materials, cheap plastic furniture warps, bends and cracks extremely easily. A cheap plastic chair may not even be durable enough to hold your adult guests.

Cheap plastic furniture is also really light. That makes it attractive to some furniture shoppers, since it’s easy to transport and move. Unfortunately, that means it may get knocked over and dirty or blow away in a storm.

Expect to have to replace cheap plastic furniture at least yearly if you want to be able to use it in decent condition.


You may not have heard of HDPE plastic, but you’ve probably seen it. Since it mimics the look of wood, you may have even mistakenly thought you sat on wood furniture that was really made of high-quality, high-density polyethylene plastic.

Not all plastic furniture is created equally. Unlike cheap plastic furniture, HDPE plastic has a remarkable strength-to-density ratio. It’s heavy and won’t blow away. It’s durable, so it won’t warp, scratch, dent, rot or go through moisture- and pest-related problems other types of furniture will.

HDPE plastic is the longest-lasting type of outdoor furniture material. It retains good-as-new shape and appearance over time. It requires minimal cleaning and doesn't fade. It’s resistant to mold and mildew, so it works in any type of weather or environment.


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