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Old 06-30-2013, 04:40 PM
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Default Why is patio furniture so expensive?!?

I can't figure it out. I have been shopping for patio furniture for what seems like 2 months now and I can either buy what home depot/target/etc have for say $300-500 for a random set of junk, or the next step up is somewhere north of $2000.

I was in one of the big chain furniture stores today, and I could either buy their faux wicker plastic and aluminum outdoor set for $2700, or I could buy a WHOLE LEATHER LIVING ROOM for $2000. I should point out that $2700 gets you something that looks nice, but if you want it to look nice AND be comfortable, you're looking at $3500+.

Admiral and I finally agreed on a mediocre aluminum bistro table and chairs - $900 - store across the mall had a nice (indoor) wood and upholstered leather set for $600.

What am I missing here? Why is there no middle ground between throwaway junk and more-expensive-than-indoor furniture? The only places I've found anything promising in the $1000-2000 range are places like Sams and Costco, but you have to buy online and hope you don't hate it when it arrives.

I am sorely tempted to buy myself an "outdoor" leather couch.
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I only put the plastic wood furniture out now, it is expensive, but has a lifetime warranty and you never have to touch it for the rest of your life, no scrapping and painting.
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Love our outdoor La-Z-Boy recliners - called the Whitley Line when at Sam's. Now the "Breckenridge." Seriously comfy! A little pricey, but worth it.
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I meant poly wood like this:

http://www.dutchcrafters.com/Amish-H...r-Chair/p/3376
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Back in the day, my bride bought patio furniture from "TELESCOPE", and we used it at the house, used it at the lake, and then took it down to the beach for a few years.

She picked Telescope because it's what the Birmingham Country Club used, and who best knows patio furniture if it isn't country club managers?

That stuff went more than 15 years before we consigned it, and she got good money from the sale of that old furniture.

Fabric was faded, but secure.

Aluminum chair frames were perfect...albeit I'd had them painted once or twice.

Telescope. A brand worthy of mention.
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All over priced I'm with the OP.


http://www.dutchcrafters.com/Amish-H...r-Chair/p/3376

This might be 1 exception.
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We found a happy medium. Lowes "nice" brand, Allen and Roth, uses sunbrella fabric and appears to be well built. My wife obsesses over such things, so I leave those decisions to her. She pored over this for two months before making the decision on it.

Love seat, two chairs, a cheesy table that's not bad, and four or six throw pillows for under $1500. Go on ebay and get a 10% off coupon for $3, and save 150$.
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Not to steal the thread just some info that may be useful in the future for many.

Just a tip for those who purchase new cushions for their patio furniture, wicker furniture and pool furniture yearly. Last fall while shopping with the admiral in a major store we learned from another shopper in the store that the supplier (manufacturer) of the cushions we were considering purchasing would be sold at very low prices at the manufacturers North Carolina facility each spring at their annual sales event.
My wife obtained the company information and registered with the company to receive an email prior to the sale in NC. Upon arriving at the sale location we were amazed at the prices in which the cushions and other related products were being sold for. When leaving the wife had purchase cushions that would be valued in the garden shop for approx. $480.00 for $84.00.
This manufacturer has facilities in several states.
Anyone interested in the company info send me a pm.
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If you have a Pier 1 around take a look. Sometimes they have some deals.
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Not sure why but Sears has good sales on this stuff. Right now they have 4 pc plastic wicker set for $720.I bought 5 pc set 6-7 years ago for the covered front porch. Cushions are stained but all else is in great shape. Paid $600.We will buy new cushions soon.
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I agree....99% is overpriced crap.
For the price of decent cushions you can buy a patio set. I think their business model is the same as Lexmarks.
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Costco has some decent stuff for good prices. My parents just paid $1300 for a sofa, 2 chairs, 2 ottomans and a table.
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The prices suck - no doubt.
When I was a kid (1971) my parents spent the then astronomical sum of $600 for aluminum pool furniture. The same stuff used at the local (lauderdale) beach hotels. They have been painted and re-strapped about once every ten years - I finally powder coated the frames.
41 years on, they still look like new on my deck.
Quality costs. Quality lasts.
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I bought a ton of polywood furniture for my deck and porch 12 years ago. It was expensive but still looks new after 12 summers on the water at the shore...and I do mean NEW! I pressure wash it after each season and store out of the weather over the winter.

Stuff will definitely outlast me.
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If you have to spend the money just do it once and buy teak. I have a set that has been sitting outside year round in Texas, blazing sun, snow, rain, hail, you name it has seen it all and looks as good as ever. There are a bunch of overstock/surplus places to buy teak furniture and will last forever ( or close enough that you wont care).
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Try these guys here:

Beliani.com

The have those cool modern styles of patio furniture. The quality is similar to Costco and actually better than expected. The prices are better than most that we have seen.

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Wife bought ours from Pier 1. Had a decent price I guess.
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I just got a set from Tortuga Outdoor, they have a distribution/floor sales here in Alanta, I got the pictured set for $609. Don't like the rocker as much as I did in the store, but the other chairs are very functional and sit well, I'm 6-5 270; I like things to feel solid.
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Originally Posted by txj33p View Post
If you have to spend the money just do it once and buy teak. I have a set that has been sitting outside year round in Texas, blazing sun, snow, rain, hail, you name it has seen it all and looks as good as ever. There are a bunch of overstock/surplus places to buy teak furniture and will last forever ( or close enough that you wont care).
I agree with the slight disclaimer that you want to get the real tight grained wood. I have a set of that and also two teak Adirondack style chairs that have a looser grain. They look a lot worse (after like 20 years) than the better ones. I have rubbed linseed oil on them about 3-3 times over their life. Great stuff.
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