Plastic Patio Chairs

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Now the hottest weather of the year has arrived for many, plastic patio chairs are the perfect addition to your outdoor space. Easy to keep clean and maintain, a patio chair made of plastic is versatile and can come in many different styles, from modern to classic. Plus, you can use your chair as a sun lounger or a place to sit when dining al fresco. Our design experts have picked out some of the best plastic patio chairs below.

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Our Picks

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Lattice Plastic Lawn Chairs
Rockwell Karissa Patio Chair
Rockwell Karissa Patio Chair
Rockwell Karissa Patio Chair
Rockwell Karissa Patio Chair

Lattice Plastic Lawn Chairs

Wrought Studio™

This set of two patio chairs comes with over five color options, including black and orange. They feature an intricate interlaced web design and a high back for support. Made of resin, they are resistant to tarnish and scratches over time. 

$87 $184.99

Designer Advice:

The chic design of these chairs makes them a good choice for a modern patio. They would look great tucked around a colorful outdoor table when hosting BBQs, or on either side of an end table on your patio. Plus, the range of colors available means you can match or contrast with any existing outdoor furniture.

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Funky Outdoor Plastic Chairs
Ameswood Patio Chair
Ameswood Patio Chair
Ameswood Patio Chair
Ameswood Patio Chair
Ameswood Patio Chair

Funky Outdoor Plastic Chairs

Joss & Main

Available in five colors, ranging from bold red to pastel blue, this set of two chairs arrives fully assembled. They have an armchair design and are crafted from injected molded resin for long-lasting durability. The weight capacity is 300lbs each.

$175 $428

Designer Advice:

The ultra-modern design of these chairs means they won’t suit a more traditional patio made of brick or sandstone. They would, however, look stunning paired with stark white pool tiling for a cool and contemporary vibe. Their curved design will be super comfortable, though due to their low height they won’t be as easy to get in and out of. 

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Wide Plastic Deck Chairs
Dawes Patio Chair
Dawes Patio Chair
Dawes Patio Chair

Wide Plastic Deck Chairs

Ivy Bronx

This set of four patio chairs is available in either gray or white. Arriving fully assembled, they are streamlined, sophisticated, and suitable for all weathers. They also feature a contoured silhouette and four tapered legs. Additionally, they are fade resistant.

$259.99 $324

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Ridged Cheap Outdoor Plastic Chair
Nyx Patio Chair

Ridged Cheap Outdoor Plastic Chair

Etta Avenue™

Affordably priced, this plastic chair has three color choices – black, dark green, and white. Able to recline, it has a subtle mid-century modern design and a waterfall edge seat for a comfy seating experience. Best of all, it is stackable. 

$163.99 $220

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Faux Rattan Plastic Patio Chairs
Rockwell Carina Weatherproof Patio Chair
Rockwell Carina Weatherproof Patio Chair

Faux Rattan Plastic Patio Chairs

Wrought Studio™

You can choose from brown, black, white, or gray with this set of two patio chairs. Fully assembled, they are designed to look like rattan without any of the upkeep. They have an armchair-style seat and arms and are made of high-quality resin. 

$120 $239.99

Designer Advice:

Due to the rattan look of these chairs, we recommend pairing them with other rattan furniture for a tropical look. They would also suit being in a sunroom due to their island-style vibe. Brighten your chairs up by surrounding them with plenty of greenery, fake or real. You could add a mosaic cushion for a finishing touch.

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Modern Plastic Outdoor Chair
Mcadams Club Patio Chair with Cushions
Mcadams Club Patio Chair with Cushions
Mcadams Club Patio Chair with Cushions
Mcadams Club Patio Chair with Cushions
Mcadams Club Patio Chair with Cushions

Modern Plastic Outdoor Chair

AllModern

The frame of this chair is available in either white or taupe, whereas the cushion has three color choices. The Sunbrella cushion and plastic frame are made for commercial durability and have been UV treated, meaning they will last a long time.

$327 $500

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Simple Plastic Lawn Chairs
Melissus Patio Chair with Cushions
Melissus Patio Chair with Cushions
Melissus Patio Chair with Cushions
Melissus Patio Chair with Cushions
Melissus Patio Chair with Cushions

Simple Plastic Lawn Chairs

Mercury Row®

There are over five frame and cushion color options to pick from with this set of two chairs. Constructed from commercial grade resin polypropylene, they are UV resistant. Plus, the cushion cover is removable for easy cleaning. They arrive fully assembled.

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Classic Plastic Chair Outdoor
Adirondack Chair
Adirondack Chair
Adirondack Chair

Classic Plastic Chair Outdoor

Dovecove

Ergonomically designed to curve to your body, this outdoor chair features a vertical lattice back and extra-wide arms for your comfort. For storage purposes, it can be folded up. It is available in red, white, blue, brown, or navy.

Designer Advice:

We love the classic look of this chair, especially its firm tall back and the supportive arch shape. The wider arms are also longer, meaning you can rest in style without your own arms dangling. Moreover, the foldable aspect of this chair makes it extremely useful if you live in a state where the climate changes quickly.  

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Buying Guide

Harsh elements and inclement weather can wreak havoc on your outdoor areas. As such, it is of utmost importance to make sure you choose furniture that is made to stand up to being outside continuously. 

Luckily, there is a myriad of durable and long-lasting materials used to make outdoor seating and patio chairs so the furniture withstands exposure to rain, sun, wind, and other harsh elements. Outdoor furniture is typically made of the following:

  • Aluminum: The most popular material used to create contemporary outdoor seating. It is lightweight, long-lasting, and easy to maintain. Available in a wide range of finishes.
  • Resin Wicker: Unlike natural wicker, resin is a waterproof synthetic material that is also fade-resistant and mold/mildew resistant. It looks like natural wicker and comes in a variety of natural and neutral finishes. It comes in contemporary and traditional styles.
  • Wood: A classic choice for outdoor seating made of dense hardwoods including teak, mahogany, pine, cedar, and oak. Wood withstands high temperatures and humidity.Comes in a plethora of stain, finish, and color options. Choose from all décor styles from modern to rustic.
  • Concrete: The hardiest of the materials used to make outdoor seating, it can stand up to any outdoor elements. Concrete is prone to chipping and cracking if not taken care of properly. It is traditionally the heaviest of the outdoor materials, but new technology and mixing compounds have resulted in some lightweight designs. Décor styles run the spectrum from extravagantly ornate to sleek contemporary.
  • Wrought Iron: Historically used to create traditional style outdoor seating with ornate detailing and ample use of scrolls. Today, iron is used for contemporary seating as well. Luxurious, long-lasting, and available in practically endless finish options. It is durable, strong, and heavy. Moderate maintenance is required.
  • Plastic: The most inexpensive and lightweight material used for outdoor seating. Some plastics are prone to fading, chipping, cracking, and, thus, are not long-lasting in outdoor settings. Alternately, substantially made polyurethane chairs are treated and made to stand up to the elements.Typically, made in contemporary designs.

Wrought iron outdoor seating and patio chairs provide the most durable and long-lasting option. They are typically higher priced than other materials but can last decades if used and cared for properly.

It depends on the manufacturer. If they do, they are usually standard cushions with limited color and fabric selection. If they do not come with cushions, then the manufacturer will often offer cushion options in different materials and colors made specifically for your seating.

Otherwise, you will need to search for cushions online to fit the measurements of your chairs or outdoor seating. Be sure the cushions you choose are made for outdoor use and treated to be waterproof, fade-proof, and mildew/mold resistant.

There are some outdoor fabrics that are better than others in terms of longevity and durability. Determine where you will be using your cushions and if you will be leaving them out in the elements for periods of time.

  • Polypropylene/Olefin Fiber: Durable, synthetic material stands up to the harshest elements of sun, wind, rain, and snow. Waterproof, fade-proof, and resistant to stains, mold and mildew. Comes in a wide variety of patterns and colors. Best outdoor cushion fabric for all types of situations, in and out of harsh elements.
  • PVC Mesh: Durable, breathable, manmade material. Ideal for pool furniture and furniture left out in humid tropical areas.
  • Marine Vinyl: Strong, durable, man-made. Retains heat making it sticky and hot in warmer months. Comes in varied solid colors and patterns. Not well suited for outdoor cushions.
  • Canvas/Duck Cloth: Highly durable, common for outdoor furniture. Available in ranges of color/patterns. Best for use in covered areas where cushions will not be exposed to the elements continuously.
  • Cotton: A popular choice for outdoor upholstery and cushions. Cotton can be easily washed and is cool and comfortable. However, it is prone to mildew and mold. Best for temporary outdoor use. Store these cushions in water-tight storage when not in use.
  • Solution-Dyed Acrylic: Durable, synthetic material. Resists mildew, mold, and fading. Soft to the touch. Sold in ranges of colors and patterns. Good for temporary and long-term use outdoors. (Brand name: Sunbrella)

Typically, the most comfortable and resilient cushions are constructed with a high density quick dry foam core. This foam is ideal for outdoor use because it easily drains any excess water and dries quickly after.

Polyurethane foam is also comfortable, durable, and resistant to mildew. However, it is best used on outdoor seating that is kept out of the elements.

Polyester fiber fill is the least expensive yet is least comfortable and durable too. It tends to break down in a short period of use and results in a flat or lumpy cushion.

4 inches to 4 ½ inch foam core cushion thickness is the most comfortable for outdoor seating and will remain resilient over long periods of use

  1. Consider how your outdoor space will function (relaxing or dining?)
  2. If comfort is top on your list, be sure to sit on the chairs or sofa before purchasing.
  3. Choose low-maintenance materials to keep things easy.
  4. If you have lots of stuff you use outdoors, consider dual-purpose storage furniture pieces.
  5. Quality over trendiness is always preferable for saving money and enjoy your seating for years to come.
  6. Be sure if you have a brick patio or deck that the chairs you choose will not fall through the cracks or be unstable.

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