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6 Materials That Are Best For Outdoor Furniture

In this article, we will deeply talk about six materials that are best for outdoor funiture, let’s learn more about it!

Table of Contents


2.Varying Outdoor Situtaions

3.How to Make Your Outdoor Furniture Durable

4.Six Outdoor Materials That Are Best For Outdoor Places

5.Suggested Outdoor Furniture Supplier



Nowadays, due to people’s increasing preferences to stay outside, people always spend most of their time chatting, doing sports or having fun in outdoor spaces. They seek solace in the pleasures of nature, finding respite from stress as they breathe in the fresh outdoor air. As a result, the environment and atmosphere of outdoor settings hold greater significance since they will directly affect people’s mood and enjoyment. That is to say, the layout and furnishing in an outdoor setting are important while creating an inviting atmosphere for relaxation and recreation.

To become an excellent outdoor furniture supplier, understanding the ideal materials for outdoor use is paramount. Yet, navigating this selection process can prove challenging because there are tons of options on the market. Some of them are cheap but of bad quality, and some of them are of good quality but at an extremely high price. Excluding the budget and quality consideration, the various types of materials and their functionalities are also essential to think about. In this article, I will introduce 6 types of materials that are suitable for outdoor use to you, helping you create a comfortable outdoor environment for your valued customers!

Stylish Metal Furniture From Coets

Varying Outdoor Situations

If you would like to craft some high-quality and excellent outdoor furniture, it is necessary for you to take into account the various outdoor weather conditions. Since outdoor spaces are normally built without covers, you need to

consider all the weather elements such as heavy sunshine, rain, strong wind, snow and hailstone that outdoor furniture will face while being outside. 

Imagine that if you ignore all these weather conditions and choose to decorate your garden area with a real wood bench, the real wood furniture will not survive in this outdoor space for a long time since it will easily rot or break due to the frequent rain and high humidity. Although natural wooden furniture has a beautiful and elegant appearance, its material characteristics do not support it to withstand the varying outdoor elements.


How to Make Your Outdoor Furniture Durable 

Manufacturing exquisite and high-quality outdoor furniture that can live longer outdoors is not an easy task because you have to strictly select the right materials that are suitable for outdoor living. If you can produce your furniture with excellent outdoor materials, you can gain a better business reputation from your clients! In the following paragraphs, I will deeply talk about six furniture materials that are suitable for outdoor settings!

Six Outdoor Materials That Are Best For Outdoor Places

1. Sustainable Plastic Wood

Plastic wood, also called plastic lumber, is one of the most popular outdoor materials that are used to produce outdoor furniture. It is a kind of eco-friendly material that can be fully recycled by humans when the time comes to replace it, which perfectly aligns with people’s increasing awareness of environmental protection. Plastic lumber is totally made of plastics and does not contain any wooden ingredients inside. It is commonly made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and Polypropylene (PP). Since plastic lumber mimics the natural appearance of real wood, it is normally used in furniture and decoration construction. 

However, please do not mess up plastic wood with wood-plastic composite (WPC), which is a kind of material that is similar to plastic lumber. The major difference between these two materials is that WPC contains wood flour inside. It is made of wood flour and thermoplastic(s) such as polythene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), or polylactic acid (PLA).

High-quality Plastic Lumber

Plastic Wood Applications in Outdoor Furniture

  • Recycled Plastic Wood Dining Sets

Plastic wood is commonly used in outdoor furniture, especially suitable for outdoor dining sets or bar sets. As a kind of material that perfectly combines aesthetics and functionality together, it is greatly loved by people. Imagine in your garden or commercial lounge area, a beautiful set of dining tables and chairs will be a joyful place for you to gather with your friends and family. Besides, since outdoor dining sets need to be placed outside for a long time, the characteristics of plastic wood can help a lot! That is because furniture that is made of plastic lumber can withstand

various harsh outdoor elements such as strong sunshine, heavy rain and so on, which can survive outdoors for a long period. What is more, there is one more big advantage of plastic wood boards is that they are easy to clean. Your

customers do not need to spend a long time cleaning the stains that are left after a great feast. 

  • Decorative Plastic Wood Boards

Except for the common use of plastic wood in outdoor tables and chairs, it is also widely used in some decorative areas of furniture. For example, look at this set of outdoor sofas from Coets, the armrest surface is made of plastic wood, since it can deliver a sense of nature and calm to people who sitting on it. Furthermore, the natural look of plastic wood can offer a durable and stylish decoration which is suitable for the outdoor environment. The unique plastic wood decoration on the sofa makes the minimalist brushed aluminium furniture look more novel and fashionable!

2. Exquisite PE Rattan

This is also widely used in the outdoor furniture industry. Unlike real rattan, PE rattan is primarily made of plastics, mostly HDPE (High-density Polyethylene), with a series of additive materials including pigments, antioxidants, anti-UV agents, light stabilizers and so on. It is popular and is widely loved by people since it not only has the natural appearance of real rattan but also has superior durability and weather resistance, which is suitable for outdoor environments. Most importantly, LTR’s plastic rattan goes through professional production processes and is with exquisite craftsmanship. You can customise various patterns and colours based on your needs and preferences. 

Flat PE Rattan Collection

LTR’s Different Types of Plastic Rattan


  • Flat Rattan

Both sides of the rattan are smooth and on flat surfaces. This kind of rattan is easy to form and weave into different stunning furniture based on your customers’ requirements.

  • Round Rattan

Round rattan is also crafted by resilient plastic rattan, which is lightweight but robust. It is sturdy and strong enough to provide people a comfortable and safe seating in garden areas. 

  • Half-moon Rattan

Just like its name, the surface of half-moon rattan is in the special shape of a half-moon, which is novel, stylish and sturdy.

  • Sea Grass Rattan

Sea grass rattan is a bit different from normal PE rattan since it is softer and more elastic. It can be waved into many different stylish patterns since it has a high imitation level of real sea grass. 

Different Rattan Collections for Your Needs

Plastic Rattan Applications in Outdoor Furniture


  • Rattan Sofa

If you are a big lover of outdoor activities, you might often see sofas that are made of plastic rattan in an outdoor setting. Due to its unique characteristics, it has a strong resistance to heavy rain, strong wind and sunshine outdoors, which makes it a superior choice for most outdoor furniture manufacturers. If you are someone who is looking for a suitable set of outdoor sofas for your patio, you might also be interested in getting a plastic rattan since it has the beauty of real rattan and can survive for a long time in outdoor spaces!

  • Decorative Items

Since plastic rattan looks pretty much like real rattan, the natural feeling of the material always brings people a sense of comfort, calm and peace. Therefore, most of the outdoor furniture suppliers like to produce various types of decorative items by plastic rattan. For example, when you would like to have a private conversation with your clients, friends or family in an outdoor space but feel insecure about the open space, you would like to have a screen to cut everything out of you. At this time, a screen which is made of plastic rattan not only adds a sense of natural beauty to the environment but also creates a comfortable private zone outdoors! What is more, in some coastal area, people also use plastic rattan to decorate the ceilings of their home or restaurant in order to enhance the feeling of

nature and relaxation. 

Closer Look at the Sling Fabric

3. Sling Fabric

I believe that most of you have heard of this fabric since it is very suitable for outdoor environments. It is a kind of mesh fabric which is often used between a metal frame such as aluminium since it needs something hard to maintain the shape and structure of the furniture. Sling fabric combines comfort and convenience together because it is easy to clean and can be dried quickly by a slight breeze after heavy rain. As a result, people do not need to worry about its functionality in an outdoor setting. No matter you are going to put furniture such a chair that is with the material of sling fabric in a commercial or residential outdoor area, the simple, beautiful design and quick-drying property making it become a perfect choice for most people!

What is more, it does not need additional care from people, which means it is easily maintained. When you found some stains on the fabric, what you only need to do is to remove it with a quick bath of soap and water. Look at this gorgeous dining chair from Coets, the black sling fabric adds an additional design to the brushed aluminium metal frame, making the chairs look more novel and stylish.

Gorgeous Sling Dining chair from Coets

4. Olefin

Olefin is a kind of synthetic fibre which is made from polypropylene or polyethylene, it is resistant to moisture and mildew, making them suitable for outdoor use. Since outdoor furniture needs to undergo various weather conditions, it is important to own the functionalities such as durability, stain resistance, and colourfastness. Nowadays, due to the increasing idea of a greener life style, people are more interested in outdoor living so that they can deeply enjoy the wonderful outdoor leisure with their friends or family.

Meanwhile, creating a comfortable and carefree outdoor lounge area is essential! At this time, outdoor furniture that is made of olefin is a good choice for lots of people since it has comfort and practicability. It is commonly used in outdoor furniture such as cushions, sofas and chairs. For instance, Coets’ sofas are made of olefin since they would like to create a peaceful and enjoyable outdoor atmosphere with carefree and comfortable materials.

Outdoor Furniture Material: Olefin

5. Quick-Dry Foam

Quick-dry foam is a type of high-density foam which is normally used in outdoor sofas, seating cushions, padding and sun loungers. That is because this kind of material is made from polyurethane foam with open-cell structures, which can prevent water retention and mould growth after heavy rain, providing people with a comfortable and convenient outdoor environment even in a high-humidity situation. Quick-dry foam is also applied in Coets’ furniture, which means the sofas and chairs can be dried up in a gentle breeze within

several hours after rain.

6. Aluminium

Aluminium is a common type of outdoor furniture material since it is simple, stylish and sturdy. It has lots of benefits to living outdoors since it is resistant to sun exposure, strong wind, heavy rain and insects, making it

a superior option for most outdoor furniture suppliers. Imagine that when you are placing a set of aluminium dining set on your patio, you do not need to spend much time caring for it. What you only need to do is to enjoy the carefree outdoor moment under the sunset.

Furthermore, as an experienced outdoor furniture manufacturer, Coets’ unique brushing technique adds a layer of special coat to the aluminium, making it unique, minimalist and fashionable. The brushed aluminium chairs and tables from Coets can create you a more comfortable and fashionable outdoor space! Last but not least, the light weight of aluminium furniture is a big advantage so that people can remove it to anywhere in the garden!

Suggested Outdoor Furniture Supplier

After knowing the above outdoor materials, do you have a clearer understanding towards how to choose the right materials for your furnitureproduction? Whether you are going to furnish a commercial area or a

residential space, furniture that is crafted from these materials can ensure durability, longevity, and style in any outdoor settings. Most of Coets’ products such as dining sets, sofa sets, bar sets and sun loungers are made of the above materials in order to create you and your customer a wonderful outdoor area!


With the growing market of outdoor furniture, the competition within the industry is higher than before. As a result, furniture suppliers are trying to use different ways to satisfy their customers and increase their revenue. With people’s increasing preference to stay outside, they would like to enhance their outdoor living experience by furnishing the spaces. Except for the aesthetic design of the furniture, the quality of the furniture is also important. The harsh outdoor elements such as the heavy rain, strong wind, sun exposure and snow will affect the beauty and durability of the furniture. As a result, selecting the right material is a crucial process. The

six materials that I mentioned above: plastic wood, plastic rattan, sling, olefin, quick-drying foam and aluminium are all common materials for outdoor furniture. Coets, which is famous for its simple, industrial and recycled design, is dedicated to deliver you and your customers pleasant, carefree and chilling outdoor leisure!

Amber Zhang

Hi, I’m the author of this post. Over the past 10 years, we have helped 55 + countries and 350+ clients with outdoor furniture layout solutions. If you have any problem with outdoor settings, call us for a free quote or discuss your solution.

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