American Made Outdoor Furniture: What’s The Best Wood?

Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 03:50 pm

Best Wood for Outdoor Furniture?
I think the best wood to use for outdoor furniture isn’t wood at all. It’s POLYWOOD, made out of recycled milk jugs and guaranteed for a lifetime of outdoor use.  Shown here is the new Bayline Dining Furniture Collection.

Tis the season for buying outdoor furniture and prepare for spring and summer!  Even in Vermont we have a couple nice days each year when everyone wants to lounge in the sun with a cold drink and a good book.

Our customers often discover us when they’re searching for American made, eco-friendly furniture.  We’ve worked in collaboration with Vermont furniture makers for many years but have stuck to selling just sustainable indoor furniture for the dining room, bedroom and home office.

So when customers began to ask for outdoor porch, pool and patio furniture we were at a loss.  What type of wood could we make it out of?  The cherry, maple, walnut and oak woods we typically use for indoor furniture won’t hold up to outdoor conditions.  Plus, we offer a lifetime guarantee on our furniture.  How would we do this for an outdoor line?

Adirondack Chairs | Polywood | Recycled Plastic
This POLYWOOD Classic Adirondack chair is made in America of recycled plastic.  We guarantee it for a lifetime of use!

American Made Outdoor Furniture

We considered many options.  Teak and mahogany are about the only types of wood that would meet our standards for weather resistance and longevity but they are both rainforest woods that are often harvested illegally and unsustainably.  Not an option.

So after researching all the alternatives we selected an American made wood-alternative material for our first outdoor furniture line. It’s called poly wood and it’s made in Indiana of recycled plastic milk jugs.  It’s not real wood, but it has the look, thickness, weight, and feel of real wood plus it’s virtually indestructible and maintenance free.  No more scraping, painting, or weatherproofing needed.  POLYWOOD recycled plastic furniture can even be left outside year round eliminating the need for seasonal storage.

So that’s what we chose for our first outdoor furniture line.  We really do feel that POLYWOOD is the best “wood” to use for outdoor furniture.  With summer being so short up here in Vermont, we want to spend it enjoying our all-weather outdoor furniture rather than maintaining it!  How about you?  Check out the POLYWOOD furniture collections we offer.  It’s eco-friendly, Made in America outdoor furniture and it comes with free shipping and a lifetime guarantee.  Pretty tough to beat, I say.

Rec ycled Plastic Chaise Lounge
This POLYWOOD chaise lounge weighs over 50# so it won’t blow away when high winds come in off the ocean.  It’s available in 12 different colors including red, yellow, blue, orange, green, black and white.

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All Weather Porch Furniture: Less Maintenance, More Wine!

Last updated on June 4th, 2015 at 02:29 pm

All Weather Porch Furniture
Doesn’t this look like the perfect scene for you and your best friends? Our Tip: Mix & Match colors to create a look that fits with your porch, patio, or yard!

In Vermont, spring and summer slip by all too quickly so when winter finally rolls out of sight, we want to get outside and relax in the sunshine ASAP. And that’s where the beauty of POLYWOOD All Weather Porch Furniture comes in so handy. There’s no longer any need to go schlepping downstairs to the basement and dragging heavy outdoor furniture outside before you can relax on the patio in the warm sunshine.

All Weather Porch Furniture: What is it?

POLYWOOD is new type of American made, recycled plastic furniture that can be left outdoors all winter long! It’s basically impervious to harsh weather such as rain, snow, ice, and salt water. Made from recycled milk jugs, POLYWOOD is a thick, heavy, dense plastic designed to replicate high quality tropical lumber like mahogany and teak. It’s maintenance free and insect, mold and mildew-proof. And POLYWOOD is available in natural colors, plus white, black and a wide variety of vibrant contemporary colors. Best of all, POLYWOOD colors are infused throughout the recycled plastic lumber, rather than just on the surface so there’s no need to ever refinish. Hooray!

Now your Springtime routine of lugging furniture to the patio, scrubbing it clean, scraping old paint and applying new paint pretty much boils down to this: pour wine, sit on your POLYWOOD with a book and relax in the sunshine!

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New for Summer: Harbour Deep Seating Outdoor Furniture

Last updated on February 18th, 2019 at 12:44 pm

Finally, a deep seating outdoor furniture collection that is as lush and comfortable as it is stylish. 

polywood-harbour-cat-1The Harbour Collection by POLYWOOD is the perfect furniture to create your summery outdoor retreat. Imagine spending long afternoons relaxing by the pool with a good book and a fruity drink, or warm summer nights enjoying lively conversation with your closest friends and family…sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? No matter the occasion, the Harbour Collection will inspire feelings of ultimate luxury and relaxation all summer long.

Less Maintenance, More Relaxation

American Made Deep Seating Outdoor FurnitureWhy waste precious time trying to maintain flimsy & faded outdoor furniture? With the Harbour Collection, there is hardly any maintenance, leaving you more time to relax and enjoy the sun! This low-maintenance deep seating outdoor furniture collection is constructed using high quality POLYWOOD recycled plastic lumber combined with premium stainless steel hardware ensuring extreme durability all year round.  Each chair, settee, sofa and ottoman is made complete with newly designed Sunbrella waterproof fabric cushions, specifically designed for the highest quality of comfort. The fabrics are durable and weather resistant, giving you four seasons of enjoyment. Available in Black with Granite cushions, Slate Grey with Natural cushions, Teak with Antique cushions, or White with Air Blue, each style is sophisticated and modern.

Shop Now & Avoid Being Left with an Empty Patio!

American Made Outdoor FurnitureSure, it’s only April now but before you know it you are going to wake up one morning and realize that A) It’s the middle of July and B) your patio is completely empty. How will you entertain your friends? Where will you relax? Our advice is to start shopping now, or at least start planning for the perfect patio. You deserve an oasis of fun and relaxation, and our Harbour deep seating outdoor furniture collection will give you just that.

What do you think of the Harbour Collection? Would you use it to beautify your space? If you love it, shop it now!

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5 Outdoor Furniture Ideas For Designing Your Patio

Mod Outdoor Furniture

Your porch or patio is a great place to entertain guests, dine, and relax with your friends and family.  Even a simple backyard can be transformed into a beautiful secondary living space when designed well! Simple upgrades in your outdoor furniture, lighting, and decor can turn your space from plain to inspiring in no time!

Here are some great outdoor furniture ideas to help you plan your space:

1. Think about what you use your space for, or what you want to use your space for the most in the future. Do you want it to be a relaxing place for your family? A place to entertain friends and host parties? A nice spot to spend time alone and read? Think about what you envision the space being. This will dictate the decisions you make about your outdoor furniture & decor.

2. Draw out your space. Measuring your space is imperative in buying outdoor furniture because you need to know the exact amount of space you have available before you start buying. Go out to your space and analyze what the typical traffic patterns will be. Do you need a lot of room for people to walk around? Take notes on highly trafficked areas you’d like to keep clear.

3. Browse Pinterest & other inspiration sites for all of the elements you’d like to see on your patio space. Think about food– do you need a grill, decorative wood serving bowls, or dining tables & chairs? How about your lighting–candles are always a great option for a romantic and dreamy outdoor space. Hanging string lights are festive and bring life into the space. Get a piece of paper, browse Pinterest & take note of all of the different things you love about porch and patio decor.

4. Consider the climate. Will your outdoor furniture & decor need to be weather resistant? If your patio furniture will be exposed to harsh heat, cold, winds, rain, etc… you might want to consider products that are maintenance free and can survive throughout even the most severe weather conditions! Do a little browsing online and you’ll find great outdoor rugs to keep the floor looking stylish and resistant to the weather too! If your furniture, rugs, etc, will be exposed to rain and wetness, don’t use any fabrics that will mold or decay over time!

Euro Modern Outdoor Furniture

5. Colors. Choose color schemes that bring out the personality of your space and your home! We love the bright blue of this ultra modern outdoor furniture set–accented by the blue water of the pool. Think about your space and the feeling you want your porch or patio to give your guests, and find colorful furniture and decor to match it! Browse Pinterest for inspiration.

Stay tuned for more updates on the perfect outdoor furniture style for you & your space!

 

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All Weather Adirondack Chairs

All Weather Adirondack Chairs from Vermont Woods Studios
The backyard of Stonehurst.  These wooden Adirondack chairs are longtime residents and have actually weathered quite gracefully.  But today’s POLYWOOD recycled plastic outdoor furniture lasts a lifetime…

We’re in the middle of winter here in Vermont but elsewhere in America people must be preparing for Spring.  We’re getting lots of inquiries about our POLYWOOD all weather Adirondack chairs.  It seems we’re not the only ones unwilling to haul outdoor furniture back and forth from the basement every year.

Polywood all weather Adirondack chairs | Recycled plastic milk jugs
Which Adirondack chairs do you prefer?  Wood or recycled plastic?  And which setting do you prefer?  Winter in the backyard of Stonehurst or summer on the banks of Lake Champlain?

Unlike the wooden chairs above, today’s all weather Adirondack chairs are made of recycled plastic milk jugs or POLYWOOD.  They offer the traditional design that’s proved itself comfy for generations along with new state of the art plastics technology that makes these chairs super durable. POLYWOOD holds up against harsh weather such as rain, snow, ice, and salt water.  It’s insect, mold and mildew resistant, requires no maintenance and even comes with a  lifetime guarantee.  Best of all, there are over a dozen colors to choose from and you’ll never have to touch up or paint (POLYWOOD’s color runs all the way through each recycled plastic board).

So, let us know which Adirondack chair (wood or POLYWOOD) and which seasonal setting (winter in the mountains or summer on the lake) you prefer on Facebook.

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Easily Buy POLYWOOD Cushions Online

Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 03:35 pm

Polywood Cushions Online

 Shop for POLYWOOD Cushions Online Easily at Vermont Woods Studios

So you bought your wonderful new eco-friendly Polywood outdoor furniture, but forgot to buy the POLYWOOD cushions? No problem. We have a great selection of luxurious Sunbrella fabric cushions, specially made for your POLYWOOD pieces. Beautiful colors like Forest green, Pacific blue, Sunflower yellow and Bravada salsa are just a few of the chic and summery colors we have to choose from.

Add a little extra plushness to POLYWOOD’s already comfortable, high-quality outdoor furniture with this extensive line of durable marine grade fabric cushions. It’s weather resistant, stain and fade resistant, quick drying, and available in 12 different colors and patterns of your choice. Buy a few different cushions to mix and match as you change your decor. 

An outdoor POLYWOOD® set simply is not complete without these wonderful POLYWOOD Cushions to give your backyard patio a spa-like feel. Just kick up your feet and relax!

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Create a Faux Wood Adirondack Bar Set For Year Round Style

Faux Wood Adirondack Bar Set

If you live in an area where the weather can be a severe and unpredictable, then you’ve likely seen outdoor furniture ruined or tarnished by the rain, snow, wind, or intense heat. Maybe the wood began to mold or crack from too much time spent outside in wet weather, or perhaps it started to fade– whatever the problem, you won’t have it with our Faux Wood Adirondack Bar set. Our Faux Wood Adirondack Bar Set furniture is made from recycled plastic lumber, meaning that hundreds of discarded milk jugs were re-purposed to create this stylish outdoor furniture! It’s ultra sturdy, built to resist all weather conditions, and comes in dozens of fade resistant colors.

Our Faux Wood Adirondack Bar Set is beautiful, sustainable, and built to last (so we’ve backed it with a lifetime guarantee).

Faux Wood Adirondack Bar Set

If you’re going to create the perfect Adirondack Bar Set, you have two great options for seating. A) Our Adirondack Bar Height Chair, or B) The Adirondack Counter Chair. They both come in 7 earthy colors and come with lots of great features including:

  • Made from eco-friendly POLYWOOD® HDPE recycled plastic lumber and maintenance free
  • Best All Weather furniture solution, leave outside year round
  • Resists heat, below freezing cold, salt air, and corrosive chemicals
  • Premium stainless steel hardware, 18-8 commercial grade with protective xylan coating
  • 7 Fade resistant frame colors with UV protection
  • No mold, mildew, weathering, cracking or warping
  • No painting, staining, waterproofing, stripping or resurfacing
  • Great value! This is a product you will never have to replace
  • Perfect for both residential and commercial outdoor use
  • Made in the USA

Faux Wood Adirondack Bar Set

Complete your “set” with one of our bar height tables. Our Outdoor Bars and Counter Tables are super durable, maintenance free and available in many modern styles and colors! Voted best quality outdoor pool and patio bar furniture, our POLYWOOD® outdoor furniture collection brings super durable outdoor entertainment furniture that not only looks beautiful but is made to last and give you years of maintenance-free enjoyment. Pick one of these tables to accent your new Adirondack Bar Chairs, and you’ll have the elegant and eco friendly faux wood Adirondack bar set of your dreams!

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Outdoor Dining Furniture: Our New Bayline Collection

Last updated on May 28th, 2019 at 09:12 pm

Outdoor Dining Furniture

The Bayline Outdoor Dining Furniture collection is our newest collection from POLYWOOD. We just launched it last week and we’re so excited about this new addition. It’s sustainable, casual, and the perfect outdoor dining furniture solution for the contemporary design lover. This Outdoor Dining Furniture collection incorporates modern styling with several bold, summery colors. The chairs feature a slender profile made of weather-resistant aluminum, paired with a selection of durable weather-resistant outdoor fabric options.

The sleek look of the Bayline collection and the usage of metal + fabric provide a chic alternative to POLYWOOD’s typical furniture styling. Four frame options are available in textured or satin finishes, with side and arm chair styles in two height choices for dining and bar usage. The arm details offered are plastique or solid.

This collection can easily accommodate any outdoor space style and layout. It’s an ultra versatile set, especially when complemented with the popular Euro outdoor dining table.

Bayline Outdoor Dining Furniture Color Options:

Outdoor Dining Furniture

While most of POLYWOOD’s eco-friendly outdoor furniture comes in a variety of colors, this collection is striking in the use of colorful Sunbrella fabrics rather than RPL (recycled plastic lumber). This gives the collection a more modern, fresh look while still maintaining durability and weather resistance.

Bayline Outdoor Dining Furniture Frame Options:

Outdoor Dining Furniture

Elegance, cool sophistication, and a fresh simple look are just a few ways to describe the new Bayline Collection from POLYWOOD. Pair with our Euro style table, and you’ve got the perfect outdoor dining furniture setup for your porch, patio, or other outdoor space. This luxury collection is part of a new era of light-weight outdoor dining furniture that is sure to create the perfect focal point for your outdoor space.

What do you think about this new Outdoor Dining Furniture collection? Let us know in the comments section or share this on Twitter or Facebook!

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Eco Friendly Outdoor Furniture

Last updated on January 25th, 2020 at 08:50 am

For five years our customers have been asking us to offer eco-friendly outdoor furniture that meets the same high quality standards that our handcrafted, Vermont made indoor furniture does.  I’m sorry for the delay… we weren’t ignoring you.  We just had a lot of research and soul searching to do.

The issue with outdoor furniture is that the really high quality, solid wood furniture we were considering is of questionable origin.  Teak and mahogany are about the only types of wood that would meet our standards for weather resistance and longevity but they are both rainforest woods that are often harvested illegally and unsustainably.  Our company mission is founded on forest conservation principles and we’ve made the decision not to offer outdoor furniture made of rainforest woods.

After researching all the alternatives we selected a wood-alternative material for our first outdoor furniture line.  It’s called poly wood and is made of recycled beverage containers.  Instead of clear-cutting engandered rainforests to make our furniture, we’re taking plastic out of the waste stream.  We see that as a WIN-WIN situation for the customer and the environment.

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Our Quattro 7-Piece Dining Set in Satin White/Sand

Have a look at our new outdoor patio furniture collection as it comes online.  We’re just starting the process of getting everything ready for the Spring season, but you can still get a good idea of what’s to come.  Let me know what you think of poly wood and whether you would consider it for your outdoor patio, deck or garden.  It’s not real wood, but it wears even better than wood– so well, that we’re able to give it a lifetime guarantee just like our indoor furniture.  It’s good stuff– check it out!

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