Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Patio Furniture is for sale everywhere these days. Albertsons, Kroger, Winn Dixie, Target, Sears, Kmart, Ace Hardware, Lowes, Sam’s Club, Costco B J’s, and Home Depot are filling their stores with patio furniture. Some of these businesses have nothing to do with furniture. The primary reason is purchasing agents for the large companies buy items from China and most if not all of this furniture is made in China. The benefit to the customer, Cheap patio furniture. The downside for the customer is, cheap patio furniture. Our store often receives calls to have piece replaced that have failed or broken. The furniture falls into the category of “bic” furniture; meaning that it is a throw away when it breaks.
Patio furniture is also a huge USA domestic business. The patio chaise lounges, tables and chairs are more expensive. However, they usually hold up for years. One structural difference is that made in USA patio furniture use little or no steel in their construction. This determines whether you will have pools of rust on your pool deck. Cast aluminum or tubular aluminum is used with stainless steel as the predominant frame materials. Cast iron is used sometimes for bench frames. Fabrics are also milled in the USA for these companies to provide sling and vinyl materials.
Chairs, tables, chaise lounges, bar stools, ottomans, outdoor sofas and chairs are staples of patio furniture. Outdoor wicker is becoming popular for outdoor sofas, outdoor loveseats with cushions. Resin patio furniture or white plastic resin furniture including tables and chairs are popular. Resin is a form of plastic. Some customer call it PVC with is the material Pipe patio furniture is made from. Sunbrella fabrics are many times the most popular as they are colorfast and weather well. The customer is given many choices for their patio furniture choices.