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5 Outdoor Furniture Ideas For Designing Your Patio

April 14th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Mod Outdoor Furniture

Your porch or patio is a great place to entertain guests, dine, and relax with your friends and family.  Even a simple backyard can be transformed into a beautiful secondary living space when designed well! Simple upgrades in your outdoor furniture, lighting, and decor can turn your space from plain to inspiring in no time!

Here are some great outdoor furniture ideas to help you plan your space:

1. Think about what you use your space for, or what you want to use your space for the most in the future. Do you want it to be a relaxing place for your family? A place to entertain friends and host parties? A nice spot to spend time alone and read? Think about what you envision the space being. This will dictate the decisions you make about your outdoor furniture & decor.

2. Draw out your space. Measuring your space is imperative in buying outdoor furniture because you need to know the exact amount of space you have available before you start buying. Go out to your space and analyze what the typical traffic patterns will be. Do you need a lot of room for people to walk around? Take notes on highly trafficked areas you’d like to keep clear.

3. Browse Pinterest & other inspiration sites for all of the elements you’d like to see on your patio space. Think about food– do you need a grill, decorative wood serving bowls, or dining tables & chairs? How about your lighting–candles are always a great option for a romantic and dreamy outdoor space. Hanging string lights are festive and bring life into the space. Get a piece of paper, browse Pinterest & take note of all of the different things you love about porch and patio decor.

4. Consider the climate. Will your outdoor furniture & decor need to be weather resistant? If your patio furniture will be exposed to harsh heat, cold, winds, rain, etc… you might want to consider products that are maintenance free and can survive throughout even the most severe weather conditions! Do a little browsing online and you’ll find great outdoor rugs to keep the floor looking stylish and resistant to the weather too! If your furniture, rugs, etc, will be exposed to rain and wetness, don’t use any fabrics that will mold or decay over time!

Euro Modern Outdoor Furniture

5. Colors. Choose color schemes that bring out the personality of your space and your home! We love the bright blue of this ultra modern outdoor furniture set–accented by the blue water of the pool. Think about your space and the feeling you want your porch or patio to give your guests, and find colorful furniture and decor to match it! Browse Pinterest for inspiration.

Stay tuned for more updates on the perfect outdoor furniture style for you & your space!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios.  Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.


All Weather Adirondack Chairs

January 7th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

All Weather Adirondack Chairs from Vermont Woods Studios

The backyard of Stonehurst yesterday.  These wooden Adirondack chairs are longtime residents and have actually weathered quite gracefully.  But today’s Polywod recycled plastic outdoor furniture lasts a lifetime… guaranteed.

We’re in the middle of winter here in Vermont but elsewhere in America people must be getting ready for Spring.  We’re getting lots of inquiries about our Polywood all weather Adirondack chairs.  It seems we’re not the only ones unwilling to haul outdoor furniture back and forth from the basement every year.

Polywood all weather Adirondack chairs | Recycled plastic milk jugs

Which Adirondack chairs do you prefer?  Wood or recycled plastic?  And which setting do you prefer?  Winter in the backyard of Stonehurst or summer on the banks of Lake Champlain?

Unlike the wooden chairs above, today’s all weather Adirondack chairs are made of recycled plastic milk jugs or Polywood.  They offer the traditional design that’s proved itself comfy for generations along with new state of the art plastics technology that makes these chairs super durable.  Polywood holds up against harsh weather such as rain, snow, ice, and salt water.  It’s insect, mold and mildew resistant, requires no maintenance and even comes with a  lifetime guarantee.  Best of all, there are over a dozen colors to choose from and you’ll never have to touch up or paint (Polywood’s color runs all the way through each recycled plastic board).

So, let us know which Adirondack chair (wood or Polywood) and which seasonal setting (winter in the mountains or summer on the lake) you prefer on Facebook.


White Adirondack Furniture: A Customer Review

September 12th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

White Adirondack Furniture by Polywood | American Made

This is our Classic Adirondack 5-piece conversation group in white (dog not included).  The outdoor furniture set is also available in blue, teak, tangerine, red, sand, mahogany, lime, lemon, green, black, aruba and slate grey.  Do you love your dog enough to buy matching outdoor furniture for him (or her)?

I love blogging about our customers and their comments, feedback and reviews of our furniture.  B.R. of Westport, CT sent us this photo and testimonial:

We love our new white Adirondack furniture! Looks great and inviting and is EASY care! Makes me feel like I’m on vacation in the Cape when I look at it…. :-)) 

Furniture photos are always ten times better when the customer or their pets are in them, don’t you think?  I want to write a blog post titled:

How To Match Your Outdoor Lawn and Garden Furniture to Your Dog

I’ll need more photos though so I’m reaching out to all you Polywood owners today.  Surely some of you have dogs that qualify?  The Polywood Adirondack furniture set above comes in 13 different colors (blue, teak, tangerine, red, sand, mahogany, lime, lemon, green, black, aruba, slate grey or white).  Granted some of them won’t match your dog.  But what color is your dog?  I’m going to have a hard time believing you have a dog that doesn’t match one of these colors.

How about you post a photo of your dog and your outdoor furniture on our Facebook?  Even if they don’t match we’ll send you a free copy of Rachel Carter’s Vermont Explorer’s Guide just for being such a good sport. And I’ll collect the photos and post them here on the blog.  OK?  Humor me.  Please?


Outdoor Rocking Chairs: A Customer Review

August 25th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Outdoor Rocking Chairs | Polywood | Recycled Plastic | USA Made

Katie B recently received her Polywood Presidential Outdoor Rocking Chairs:  “Our deck in the mountains of western NC faces the morning sun and is uncovered. Thusly, our need for strong, durable porch rockers. They are so comfortable and look amazing!!  Thanks, Vermont Woods Studios!”   Thanks for your feedback, Katie.  What a beautiful outdoor space you have!

We love getting customer comments, feedback and suggestions about our American made furniture, especially when the reviews come with photos attached.  Today we’re sending our thanks out to Katie B who recently received her Polywood Presidential Outdoor Rocking Chairs:

“Our deck in the mountains of western NC faces the morning sun and is uncovered. Thusly, our need for strong, durable porch rockers. They are so comfortable and look amazing!!  Thanks, Vermont Woods Studios!”        Katie B

Here’s a little information on these durable outdoor rockers.  They’re a green product, made in America from recycled plastic milk jugs.  We guarantee them to last a lifetime (a little known benefit I don’t think you’ll find at any other furniture store). The porch rockers come in 12 traditional and bright colors.   They’re built in Indiana with maintenance-free recycled plastic lumber and premium stainless steel hardware.  The seats and backs are contoured for extra comfort, plus comfortable elbow support and big armrests make it easy to get up.  Optional seat cushions are available and our price includes free shipping.

Oh and there’s no need to store these outdoor rockers during winter months – leave them outside! Polywood is weather resistant and fade resistant.  The color isn’t just on the surface of Polywood, it’s all throughout the plastic lumber so there’s no painting, staining, waterproofing, stripping or resurfacing needed.  It’s a product you will never have to replace.

Give Liz or Sean a call if you’re interested in learning more or need a sample of Polywood in one or more of the many colors available (blue, teak, tangerine, red, sand, mahogany, lime, lemon, green, black, aruba, slate grey or white).


Outdoor Rocking Chairs: Best Seller In Spite of the Rain

June 15th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Outdoor Rocking Chairs | All Weather Porch and Patio Furniture

The view from our porch at Stonehurst hardly looks like this one, but ever-optimistic customers are still stocking up on outdoor rocking chairs, in spite of the rainy start to summer.

If you follow us on Facebook, you’ll know that we’ve been suffering from one deluge after another this “summer”.   The view from our porch hardly looks like the one our polywood rockers are looking at above.  No… our view is all mud puddles and raindrops.  But our ever optimistic sales and customer service staff isn’t letting that get them down.

I guess our customers aren’t giving up on having a summer either because these Polywood Presidential Outdoor Rockers were our best sellers last week.

Kelsey took this picture of our Sales and Customer Service staff the other day.  From left: Michelle, Liz, Douglas, Sean, and Loryn.  They are trying to charm the sun into coming out from behind the clouds.

A couple years ago, in response to customer requests for outdoor furniture, we selected Polywood as the best all weather furniture to meet their needs. Customers wanted sturdy, maintenance free, all weather porch, patio, pool and beach furniture.  And we wanted a product we could guarantee for a lifetime, just like we guarantee our wood furniture.

Polywood came out on top of a number of outdoor furniture lines we evaluated.  It’s heavy construction is sturdy and durable– it won’t blow off the beach, deck, patio or into the pool.  Polywood withstands extreme heat, freezing cold, salty air, and corrosive chemicals so you can leave it outside all year and never have to worry about where to store it.  There’s no more mold, mildew, weathering, cracking or warping with Polywood and no painting, staining, waterproofing, stripping or resurfacing.

In addition to all that, Polywood is a great value– it’s a product you will never have to replace.  And best of all, for our  eco-friendly furniture lovers– Polywood is made of recycled plastic milk jugs.

There’s only one downside of Polywood– it can’t seem to stop the rain.


Polywood Club Furniture For Relaxing: Outdoors or In

May 21st, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Polywood Deep Seating Patio Furniture

This all weather Polywood Club Furniture is perfect for relaxing in- whether you place it outdoors on the porch or inside in the den or Florida room.  The recycled plastic Polywood frames are made in America and carry a lifetime guarantee along with several other buyer protection policies.

Have you noticed that fine furniture is moving outside to luxury spaces around the patio, deck, fire pit, pool and even the beach?  Why not?  With advances in all weather outdoor furniture and Sunbrella deep seating fabrics, you’ll find high end club furniture like the Polywood Club Deep Seating set shown above in all kinds of luxury spaces–outdoors and in.

If you’re needing some deep relaxation in your life, check out Angelo Surmelis’s designs on HGTV’s Outdoor Spaces Design Guide.  You’ll find inspiration and advice on how to transform your outdoor space into a luxury retreat.  Whether your space is a small patio, expansive beachfront or something in between, Angelo’s got creative ideas to help you achieve your dream decor.  He’ll show you how to use simple designs, colors, textures, accessories and patterns to produce the perfect outdoor space for your needs.

Of course, outdoor furniture selection is critical to achieving your design goals so be sure to have a look at our large selection of all weather Polywood recycled plastic furniture.  You’ll find cushy, deep seating club furniture for serious relaxing– and each piece can be customized in your choice of 6 polywood colors and 14 different Sunbrella cushion fabrics.  You can feel confident using Polywood on the beach, at the poolside or in your new outdoor kitchen.  And when the season’s over, it’s luxurious enough to bring indoors for an upscale addition to the porch, sunroom or den as well.

Find dozens more all weather Polywood outdoor furniture styles that you can customize in many different colors and fabrics on our website.



Polywood Rockers: Jefferson is Best Seller This Week

May 8th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Polywood Rocking Chairs | Jefferson Rocker is This Week Best Seller

These Polywood Rockers were our best sellers last week.  Shown here in white frames with Cahaba black woven wicker seats, these comfy, high end Jefferson rockers are available in 6 different recycled plastic frame colors and 4 different wicker colors.

Isn’t Springtime great for relaxing in your rocking chair on the front porch?  You can grab a drink and a friend and watch the world go by.  I know Douglas is chomping at the bit to do this at Stonehurst as he’s got 6 of Polywood Jefferson Rockers all assembled and ready to put on the porch.  We’re hoping we’ll all be able to sit out there by the end of the month or so, as renovations are scheduled to wind down by then.

Since Polywood Rockers were our best sellers last week, we must not be the only ones longing to get outside and enjoy the Spring air.  If you’re one of those people and need a sturdy, high end, all weather chair you can leave on the porch throughout the year, give the Jefferson Rocker a look.  It can be ordered with or without wicker in your choice of 6 traditional colors: white, black, teak, mahogany, sand and green.

Polywood furniture is eco friendly and made in America from recycled plastic milk jugs.  It’s ultra-durable, weather-resistant and can be left outside all year round.  At Vermont Woods Studios we guarantee our Polywood furniture for a lifetime of use and we offer a low price guarantee as well.

Find more buyer protection policies for Polywood furniture and learn why these Jefferson Rockers were our best sellers, by browsing our website — perhaps from your front porch.  Enjoy the Spring weather while you do.



All Weather Outdoor Furniture = More Time to Relax

April 30th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

All Weather Outdoor Furniture

This All Weather Outdoor Furniture is maintenance free, giving you more time to relax and enjoy the summer.  The Adirondack chairs shown are part of our Polywood South Beach Collection.

In Vermont, spring and summer slip by all too quickly so when winter finally rolls out of sight, we want to get outside and relax in the sunshine ASAP.  And that’s where the beauty of Polywood all weather outdoor furniture comes in so handy.  There’s no longer any need to go schlepping downstairs to the basement and dragging heavy outdoor furniture outside before you can relax on the patio in the warm sunshine.

Polywood is new type of American made, recycled plastic furniture that can be left outdoors all winter long!  It’s basically impervious to harsh weather such as rain, snow, ice, and salt water.  Made from recycled milk jugs, Polywood is a thick, heavy, dense plastic designed to replicate high quality tropical lumber like mahogany and teak.  It’s maintenance free and insect, mold and mildew-proof.  And Polywood is available in natural colors, plus white, black and a wide variety of vibrant contemporary colors.  Best of all, polywood colors are infused throughout the recycled plastic lumber, rather than just on the surface so there’s no need to ever refinish.  Hooray!

Now your Springtime routine of lugging furniture to the patio, scrubbing it clean, scraping old paint and applying new paint pretty much boils down to this:  pour wine, sit on your Polywood with a book and relax in the sunshine.

Check out additional details about this all weather outdoor furniture, including our Polywood lifetime guarantee, low price guarantee and the Top 10 Reasons to Buy Polywood from Vermont Woods Studios.



What is the best outdoor furniture?

April 9th, 2013 by Dennis Shanoff

Best Outdoor Furniture

Best Outdoor Furniture

When it comes to the best outdoor furniture, what would your criteria be? After many conversations with our customers we have found five things that is on everyone’s wishlist.

1. Zero Maintenance

2. Sturdiness and Durability

3. Stylish

4. Eco-friendly

5. American Made


Polywood Outdoor Furniture

We have only been able to find one manufacturer that fits our customer’s 5 point criteria, and that is Polywood.

1. Zero Maintenance

Polywood is constructed with recycled plastic lumber, which is designed to resist fading; won’t splinter, crack, or rot; and never requires refinishing.

2. Sturdiness and Durability

Polywood is as thick and heavy as conventional wood lumber, assuring that it will hold up for heavy use or won’t blow all over your yard.

3. Stylish

With 20 collections and 13 colors to choose from, there’s a piece of Polywood outdoor furniture for all tastes.

4. Eco-friendly

90% of Polywood’s lumber is made from post-consumer recycled plastic. Typically, containers such as water bottles, milk jugs, ect. The average Polywood adirondack chair requires 500 milk jugs to manufacture.

5. American Made

Polywood is 100% made in America for over 20 years and is the premiere plastic outdoor furniture maker in the industry. In recent years, there have been a lot of companies trying to produce a similar product, but Polywood innovated this process, and no one can beat the original.

We offer the full Polywood product line, and you can check it out on our website. As an authorized Polywood dealer, we try to keep it competitively priced, tax-free, and offer free shipping. If you have any questions about our Polywood outdoor furniture, feel free to contact us.



Think Summer with Polywood’s New Outdoor Furniture

March 26th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Recycled Plastic Outdoor Furniture for Patio, Porch and Pool Deck

Athletes are taught to visualize great performances and theoretically their thoughts will come true.  So I’m thinking summer and seeing myself lounging in this comfy Polywood deep seating outdoor furniture, wine cooler in hand.  Think that will hurry warm weather along?

For awhile I thought we might sneak through March without our annual Spring snowstorm, but obviously I was wrong.  The good news is that today is just one of those spectacularly beautiful, crisp winter days where the fresh snow is glistening in the sunshine, against a blue sky background. Not to be ungrateful, but it’s just that I’m kinda over winter at this point.

I keep seeing photos of our new Polywood recycled plastic outdoor furniture coming across my desk.  Check out the Club Deep Seating Outdoor Furniture pictured above.  Can you picture yourself relaxing on them this summer?  They can be customized online in white, black, green, teak, sand or mahogany recycled plastic “polywood”.  Cushions can be chosen from a selection of 14 different Sunbrella outdoor fabrics.

Deep seating furniture is typically selected for a covered outdoor space but if you’re looking for all weather furniture to place on an open patio, deck or poolside, maybe have a look at Polywood’s new Captain’s Collection.

Signature Captain Chair Bistro Set | High End Recycled Plastic Outdoor Furniture by Polywood

Polywood’s high end Captain’s Collection includes their Signature Bistro Set along with dining tables and chairs for round, square and rectangular seating.

There are dozens of other outdoor furniture pieces on our website to get you thinking about lounging around or entertaining outdoors this summer.  Have a look and let us know which ones you like best on our Facebook.