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Garden furniture: what are the best materials?


Jan 7, 2023
Garden furniture

The sun is pointing the tip of its nose and with it your cravings for barbecue and sunbathing are getting bigger and bigger. It has therefore naturally come time to think about your garden furniture which will elegantly dress up your corner of greenery, your terrace or your balcony. Faced with the plethoric supply on the market, which material should be favoured? Which will be the most suitable for your desires and your uses? Don’t wait any longer and discover now the advantages and disadvantages of each material to be sure to make the right choice.

Plastic garden furniture: a quality material for the outdoors

Plastic garden furniture is everywhere! It is unquestionably the number 1 material for sales in France and around the world. This attractiveness can be explained by multiple factors.

The first is its aesthetics. It is above all a very malleable material for designers. This one offers an infinity of shapes to suit all gardens. From designer furniture to the most timeless, your garden will not lack style and elegance with this material. We also like plastic outdoor furniture because they generally offer a wide choice of possible colors: from red, to blue, through yellow, black or gray, there are many alternatives available to you if you wish to change the more traditional white garden furniture. Choose your favorite color or the one best suited to your corner of greenery or your balcony and you’re done for a sublime exterior!

The second advantage of plastic furniture is its everyday practicality. We appreciate its lightness which allows it to be moved and stored very easily. It is therefore no coincidence that this material is widely used in the design of stackable models. In terms of maintenance, plastic garden furniture also has its say! They are known to be very easy to clean. All you need is a soft cloth and warm soapy water to get rid of most stains.

The third advantage is the resistance of plastic outdoor furniture, which remains generally very satisfactory. For even greater longevity, we recommend choosing furniture with anti-UV treatment and mass-tinted colours. This will make it easier for your colors to keep all their shine over time. To best maintain the aesthetics and resistance of your furniture, it is also advisable to shelter your furniture in winter.

Different ranges of plastic exist. Among the best known are PVC, polypropylene, polyethylene or even resin. Behind these sometimes barbaric denominations hide very interesting properties for the garden. Let’s see which ones!

White plastic garden furniture

PVC garden furniture is the most common on the market. It is appreciated for its lightness, its resistance to bad weather, its ease of maintenance but also its very attractive price. This plastic material equips many entry-level models. If you prefer high-end plastic garden furniture, choose resin or polypropylene. Indeed, white PVC furniture often tends to yellow because of UV rays. The other colors, for their part, will tend to tarnish over time. To avoid this, we advise you to always choose a model with anti-UV treatment and tinted in the mass. These characteristics will offer you a much better resistance to the sun’s rays.

Polypropylene is a plastic material very frequently used in the design of plastic garden furniture. More resistant than PVC, this material is light and very easy to maintain. It resists bad weather well even if it is recommended to store it in winter so that the frost does not weaken it. Similarly, it is advisable to favor the choice of polypropylene furniture with an anti-UV treatment and tinted in the mass to prevent the colors from fading over time. For increased solidity, we recommend that you choose garden furniture with injected polypropylene. This technology avoids air bubbles which can form in the polypropylene and weaken the furniture. Another alternative is polypropylene with fiberglass which will also help to improve its resistance. Whichever you choose, your polypropylene outdoor furniture will generally be stronger than PVC.

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