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Why is wooden furniture better than plastic furniture?

By Jeff Frank

There are many answers to this question.

One of the most important to a small manufacturer or artisan is that plastic furniture is designed for low cost production in large quantities. (That may change when 3D printers become more cost effective.) 

Wood furniture is ideal for individually crafted pieces or small production runs.

  • Plastic requires expensive molds and is most cost efficient when the manufacturer produces thousands of identical components.
  • Plastic furniture cannot be ordered in special sizes or with other custom variations.

Wood furniture is amazingly versatile. It is ideal for custom work.

  • Making wood furniture one piece at a time (or in small batches) gives the furniture a more individual and personal feeling than you could ever get with plastic.

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