If you’re seeking furniture for your outdoor patio area then there are several choices. Typically your choice of patio furniture requires careful consideration because of the fact that it is out in the open and exposed to the elements. Cafe furniture needs to be durable and clean but it also has to look aesthetically pleasing and inviting.
Polypropylene or plastic/resin outdoor cafe furniture is a great option because it meets all of the above criteria. It’s very strong and durable, easy to clean, and comes in a wide range of exciting designs and fabulous colours.
What is resin outdoor furniture?
In essence, it’s plastic furniture which contains different properties. The type of chemicals used to manufacture plastic furniture can influence its durability and UV resistance. Typically inexpensive plastic furniture uses recycled plastics or other compounds to keep costs down. Better quality commercial grade furniture is manufactured from non-recycled materials and contains hardly any calcium carbonate. You probably won’t be aware that a plastic chair contains a lot of calcium carbonate but there should be a label stating that it is made from recycled plastic. While recycling sounds a good option, unfortunately it does not make for a good quality durable plastic chair.
Benefits of plastic furniture
There are many benefits for cafe owners in using plastic furniture, especially for outdoor patios. From being lightweight and durable, to being stackable, cost effective, and available in a wide array of colours and designs.
Durability – Due to the structure of its make-up, plastic and resin is durable and sturdy especially if quality resin is used.
Recyclable – Plastic can be recycled but when it’s used in furniture it’s not as durable in respect to breaking or UV resistance. If you can afford to pay a little more for polypropylene furniture then in the long run it will save you money for the simple fact that it will last longer. If you see two chairs that look pretty much identical but one costs more than the other, then understandably you may be tempted to purchase the cheaper one. So do take a look at the labels to see what they are manufactured from. If one says recycled plastic, then opt for the other chair that isn’t.
Non-fading – Adding certain compounds to plastic makes it UV resistant, even in direct sun, with the result that patterns and colours on your furniture will take considerably longer to show any signs of fading.
Weather resistant – Because of added UV compounds, harsh weather will not break down quality plastic chairs. Even the sun struggles to affect this type of furniture.
Impact resistant – Resin can withstand customer abuse and it’s very difficult (although not impossible) to chip or break top quality plastic furniture.
Easy to clean – Most resin furniture can be cleaned simply by wiping it with a damp cloth and mild, non abrasive cleaning cream. Often items are moulded in one piece so there are no corners or seams where dirt or debris can collect.
Plastic furniture is a terrific choice for your customers and your ROI so it’s well worth considering. Here at Cafe Chairs Sydney we have a wide range of plastic chairs to choose from. So why not take a look and get inspired. If you need any further information on any of our products then just give us a call on (02) 8379 7737.