USA Made Patio Furniture
With so much outdoor furniture manufacturing done in China, many consumers are looking for patio furniture USA made. Is USA made patio furniture still a thing? Actually, there are options, primarily made from “composite.”
Composite outdoor furniture is made from recycled milk jugs and other plastic bottles.
While some of this raw material is found domestically, ironically USA made patio furniture is made primarily from imported plastic. The USA doesn’t recycle enough to satisfy the demand for this type of material. Manufacturers bring in millions of dirty, smelly containers, they clean them, and then grind them into small pieces. Small pieces are melted and filtered to exclude everything unwanted. UV inhibitors and dye is added to the molten material and then lumber is extruded into long planks.
Planks are cut into any shape by computerized machines, making the design options very diverse. Excess that is trimmed off can be ground up, melted, and sent through the extrusion process again. All scrap is used leaving no wasted material.
How does composite outdoor furniture fare in our harshest of dry and hot conditions in Phoenix?
Great! One of the distinct advantages of this material is that it doesn’t get hot to the touch like metal or retain heat once put into shade. It will not crack or peel, rot, rust, or corrode. It resists mold, is very easy to clean, and is heavy. It’s virtually maintenance free. Wipe it off or hose it down when dirty. It’s perfect for hot, windy, dusty conditions. Sounds like Arizona, right? It’s manufactured with the intention of leaving it outside year ‘round.
While this material was once stereotyped as coastal, or nautical in design, many traditional and contemporary designs are available. This type of outdoor patio furniture comes in many colors, different textures, and many of the chairs are very comfortable with no cushion. Deep seating pieces come with Sunbrella cushions, available in hundreds of fabric choices. You’ll find pieces to create conversation areas, chaise lounges for your pool, bars and bar stools for entertaining, dining sets, courtyard benches and bistro sets, and even fire features.
Composite USA made patio furniture can easily be purchased over time. Additional pieces will match perfectly when added later because the frames are made with computerized formulas that result in identical color matches again and again.
- Anesia St. Clair