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How do I Choose the Best Molded Plastic Chair?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

The design of a molded plastic chair will have a significant impact on its strength and visual appeal, so it is important to choose a chair that fits your visual preferences but one that is also strong enough to support your weight and be durable for years to come. A molded plastic chair may be made exclusively from molded plastic, or the plastic seat may be mounted on a metal frame. This will have an impact on the strength and visual appeal as well, so be sure to consider several models before settling on the molded plastic chair you will purchase.

Be sure to carefully consider what the chairs will be used for, as this will have an impact on which molded plastic chair will work best for you. Some people choose these chairs as patio furniture, while others want such chairs for seating around a dining table or kitchen table. Still others seek these chairs for banquet halls or large gatherings. In the latter case, you may want to consider less expensive molded chairs, as you are likely to be purchasing a large number of the chairs as opposed to just a few or one. For the kitchen table, simple chairs that will stand up to regular use will be the best choice, and for the dining room, visually appealing chairs that fit the aesthetic of the room will be the best choice.

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Woman with hand on her hip

If the molded plastic chair will be used at a table or desk, it is important to choose a chair that is the right height to work with the table. A taller work surface such as a drafting table will need a taller molded plastic chair, as will seating at a bar or bar table. Dinner tables will require a shorter chair. Some molded plastic chairs feature height adjustments, which makes them more versatile; this can have an effect on the visual appeal of the chair, however, so be sure to choose carefully.

Molded lounge chairs will feature arm rests and a high back, so when considering a lounge chair, be sure to sit in it for an extended period of time to determine its comfort level as well as its stability. Some lounge chairs will feature rocking capabilities as well, which can further enhance the comfort experience of the chair. Be sure to choose a molded plastic chair with a stable base in this case, as a rocking feature made with weak materials may lead to cracking or chair failure down the road.

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