Saturday, April 17, 2010

Plastic Adirondack Chairs

They were for sale this morning at Home Despot Depot.

on the one hand: They require no maintenance -- no paint to peel, no wood to refinish every couple of years to avoid rotting or splinters in uncomfortable places. I love sitting in an Adirondack chair.

on the other hand: They're plastic.

"Well," said DairyStateMom, "they'd give us one more source of cognitive dissonance -- sitting in our plastic chairs as we admire our organic vegetable garden."

We didn't get any.

So, a survey for you: Plastic Adirondack Chairs: Cool? Or Bull$#i+?


  1. "Home -Despot- Depot"

    Love it!

    No opinion on plastic chairs, though. Except to say that mine aren't as strong as wood and buckle if they are tipped or scooted while being sat on or if sat on by a large person.

  2. Save up for the wooden ones. Got this one in natural for LinguistFriend for Christmas a few years ago. He loves it.


  3. I wish there was a third option, perhaps wooden chairs from a sustainable, renewable replanted forest? Maybe someone will invent a bamboo based adirondack. :)

    I still vote wood though. The plastic ones will eventually crack and bend and end up in a landfill.

  4. Well, if it were post-recycled plastics, it might be tenatively ironic and acceptable, but yeah, I know the feeling.

    Plus the plastic ones are not too sturdy. My mom broke her leg after leaning in one while outside picnicing and it buckled, dumping her out while keeping her ankle captive.

    So, for that matter alone (much less the more important eco-one) I'd recommend a good sturdy wooden one. Especially if it's from a local carpenter and thus supporting a small business.

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