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What Is Resin Furniture?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

Resin furniture is any type of furniture made from certain plastics that can be molded into particular shapes. This furniture is commonly used for outdoor purposes on patios and decks, and it is generally lightweight, inexpensive, and easy to clean. Resin furniture is resistant to water damage such as rotting, molding, and cracking, though some types of this furniture can be susceptible to warping when left in direct sunlight for long periods of time. It is not uncommon to see this type of furniture around pools, since chairs and tables will not incur water damage.

One of the advantages of resin furniture is the relatively easy manufacturing process, which keeps the price of the furniture low. A homeowner can purchase several units of resin furniture often for the same price as only one or two pieces of wood or metal furniture, and the resin is likely to last a very long time without any maintenance required. Cleaning the furniture is very easy, as the chairs and tables can be hosed off quickly and easily. A wet rag can also be used to clean the furniture.

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Chairs made from resin can be made with convenience in mind; folding chairs are common, as are adjustable chairs. Deck chairs often feature an adjustable back for lying down or sitting up, and the seat of the deck chair is usually extended to support the legs as well. Wheels mounted on the base of the chair make it easy to move and maneuver, and foldable resin furniture can be stored easily when not in use. Since the resin is light, moving the furniture easily is usually not an issue.

Resin is moldable, which means shapes, textures, and designs are possible for different furniture styles. Resin furniture is very often molded into a wicker pattern that mimics true wicker, but the resin will be less susceptible to damage, and the individual strands of wicker can separate while resin will not. The resin is textured like wicker for comfort and aesthetics, and the tint of the resin can even be adjusted to mimic the look of true wicker. Like wicker furniture, resin furniture can be accented with cushions to enhance comfort and aesthetics. These cushions are very often made from synthetic materials that will be resistant to water damage, and they are likely to be fast-drying as well. If no cushions are used, the resin chairs can be designed in such a way that the seats and backs are scooped for enhanced comfort.

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@spotiche5- You should try painting your old resin furniture. Several companies make spray paint that bonds to plastics. You can choose from a wide array of colors and give your old furniture new life. Just make sure that you give it at least 3 to 4 days to dry before using it so the paint finish bonds completely.


Does anyone have some tips for restoring some old, weathered resin furniture? I have several chairs and a table that are very worn looking, but still in good shape otherwise. I would rather fix the set up than throw it away.

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