What is Poly Wood Furniture?

Is it possible to have patio furniture that lasts a lifetime? The kind that can withstand everything the great outdoors throws its way without fading, cracking, wobbling or falling apart after only a few years?

Yes! And here’s how.

It’s called poly wood and if you haven’t heard of it we’re here to help you learn why we’re so excited about it! Made from fully recycled materials, it is used to make outdoor furniture with pieces that are attractive, durable, comfortable, weather resistant and maintenance-free.

Ready to make your outdoor space the envy of the block? Read on to learn more!

What is poly wood furniture and how is it made?

Arguably the most durable all-weather outdoor and patio furniture, poly wood is made with 99% recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or what’s also known as the plastic from the milk jugs, detergent bottles and bottle caps thrown into the recycling bin. The recycled HDPE is mixed with foaming agents and colorants which are then pressed into boards that emulate the look of wood.

Because HDPE is infinitely recyclable, buying furniture made from it is a great way to do your part in helping the environment. There is no demand on wood and it’s made to last; meaning it won’t be thrown to the curb in a few years like previous patio sets that start looking shoddy over time.

How is poly wood furniture colored?

Unlike other types of patio furniture that are painted on the surface and will begin to chip as they weather, poly wood lumber has color that runs all the way through. The light-stable pigments are mixed with UV inhibitors and stabilizers to stop color from fading over time. This also means there will never be a need to stain or repaint your outdoor furniture. No yearly maintenance or upkeep.

Plus, the furniture colors are completely customizable to match your home and outdoor space’s current style and decor.

What else can you do with poly wood?

High-density plastic lumber like poly wood can be used for things aside from furniture. This includes fences, decks, garden beds, docks, and playground equipment. Because it is weather-resistant, doesn’t require staining or maintenance, is easy to clean and eco-friendly, it is a great choice for projects that can be affected by all kinds of harsh weather conditions and other natural elements like water and dirt.

How are Amish furniture builders using poly wood?

It’s no surprise that Amish artisans who build furniture to last are choosing poly wood as their material of choice for the outside. Outdoor collections are designed and put together with the same sense of pride and craftsmanship that goes into everything they make.

Many outdoor pieces are made in the familiar Mission and Shaker styles that are simple and timeless. This means you don’t have to substitute style for durability - you can have both! And because you can be sure each piece is made one at a time with fine Amish craftsmanship and not mass produced, the poly outdoor furniture you choose is fully customizable to your desired colors and specifications.

At Modern Bungalow you can pick from tables, chairs, benches, gliders, and swings that won’t fade, splinter, split or crack. Additionally, the hardware is made of stainless steel ensuring the furniture will never rust.

Benefits of poly wood over other types of outdoor furniture

Outdoor furniture is made from a number of materials. And, if you’re like most, you’ve probably had experience with at least a few different types that were eventually disposed of for reasons ranging from falling apart to requiring too much maintenance.

What you decide to put in your outdoor space comes down to how you want to enjoy it. Some might want the raw, graceful and rustic look of weathered wood and don’t mind the maintenance that comes along with it. Others prefer easy, bright and durable, which means poly wood is the way to go.


Outdoor Furniture Comparison Chart

Poly Wood

Wrought Iron

Wood (Teak, Cedar, etc)

Fabric

Aluminum

All-Weather

X

Water Resistant

✔ (with treatments)

✔(depends on fill material)

Rust Resistant

X

Fade Resistant

X

Wind Resistant

X

Stylish

⭐⭐⭐

⭐⭐⭐

⭐⭐⭐

⭐⭐

Comfortable

⭐⭐⭐

⭐⭐

⭐⭐⭐

⭐⭐

Durable

⭐⭐⭐

⭐⭐

⭐⭐⭐

⭐⭐

⭐⭐⭐

Level of Maintenance

None

Low

High

Average

Average


While each type listed has benefits, we choose to sell poly wood outdoor furniture because it is the only one we are comfortable guaranteeing will not only last but look good while doing it.

You may pay more for poly wood up front, but you will save over time. Think about how many pieces of outdoor furniture you’ve already had in your lifetime. If you consider that an investment in poly wood furniture means keeping it for the next 20, 30, or 40 years, the money saved from not purchasing a new set every 5-10 years will definitely add up.

Are you ready to invest in Amish made poly outdoor furniture?

Because sometimes all you need is one more list to show why poly wood is an excellent choice when it comes to outdoor furniture.

  • Maintenance free!
  • Colored to match your home and outdoor space
  • No splinters, always smooth to the touch
  • Made of 99% recycled materials
  • Sun, rain and salt water resistant - can leave out all year
  • UV stabilized (will not fade)
  • Has the look, thickness, weight and feel of real wood, but completely eco-friendly
  • Cleaning poly wood requires only a soft rag, soap and warm water
  • Virtually indestructible

Check out Modern Bungalow’s collection of poly wood outdoor furniture. Like all our expertly crafted Amish furniture, should there be any problems due to defects in materials or craftsmanship, our makers will either fix it or replace it.

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