We have seen, in the recent days, a rise in the number of people opting for plastic furniture. You could also find yourself attracted in the same direction, but wanting to know why exactly you should buy plastic – and not wooden furniture for instance. Here, you would be looking for specific reasons as a pragmatist, to avoid a situation where you buy plastic furniture ‘just because that is what everybody is doing.’ It is those pros associated with plastic furniture that we now set out to explore.
Starting with the upside, there is no denying that plastic furniture tends to, on average, cost much less than most other traditional forms of furniture. It is possible, for instance, to find a plastic chair going for a fraction of what a similar chair made of wood would cost. Therefore if you are shopping for furniture, but you are very budget constrained, it makes sense to think plastic.
Plastic-furniture also tends to be lighter, very much lighter, than most other traditional forms of furniture. It also tends to be made in such a way that it can be dissembled to its barest pieces, reducing its physical size to very small dimensions. The end result is a reduction in the likes of shipping costs; which is important, especially for furniture bought online – because shipping costs on things like furniture can be rather high, but with potential for reduction as the weight and physical dimensions are brought down.
For the environmentally conscious, there is also the fact that plastic-furniture would seem to be a ‘greener’ choice than, say, wooden furniture. This is in a case where the making of the latter usually involves hacking down trees, reducing forest cover, maybe rendering a few animals here and there homeless in the situation, and so on. With plastic-furniture, of course, the manufacture simply involves mixing together a few chemicals in a laboratory, and coming up with the plastic material that is in turn molded into the plastic furniture. But then again, in this regard, someone will raise the issue of biodegradability; pointing out that although the process via which plastic furniture is made saves trees, the long term effects of those plastics tend to be rather devastating to the same environment. What is worth pointing out here is the fact that nowadays, it has become possible to create environmentally friendly plastics, which more than adequately address the environmental concerns that may be raised with regard to plastic furniture usage.
On another note, it is also many people‘s contention that plastic as a furniture-making material tends to be more malleable, making it possible to create all manner of furniture shapes from it. This is hardly the case with most other materials used for making furniture – like say wood, which can only be carved and chiseled to a certain degree, and with great wastage in the process. The end result of this malleability associated with plastic furniture is a situation where a greater level of aesthetic appeal can be inducted into the plastic furniture than would be possible for, say, wooden furniture.