[Michlib-l] Outdoor Library Furniture.

David Conklin dconklin at thegdl.org
Fri Jun 23 09:24:38 EDT 2017


Here is a summary of the responses I received to my outdoor library furniture query:


1)     We've had good luck with:  http://www.thebenchfactory.com/recycled-plastic-benches/custom-inlay-memorial-benches

2)     I really like Landscape Forms furniture (www.landscapeforms.com).  It is contemporary and fun; however, we do bring ours in for the winter.

3)     If you're interested in poly furniture, we ordered a bench from this company 6 years ago and flower boxes 5 years ago. We can move both with relative ease, but we leave them out all year. There may be a little fading at this point, but otherwise they're still in excellent condition. The bench is quite comfortable (http://www.poly-lumber-furniture.com/polywood-vineyard-48-bench.html)

4)     We purchased classic landscapeforms outdoor furniture<http://www.landscapeforms.com/en-US/product/Pages/Scarborough-Bench.aspx> 10 years ago.  It was a bit pricey, yet still looks good today even though we leave the furniture out year round.   On the downside, the furniture is very heavy and takes two people to move.   The tables that we chose had a solid top which needs cleaning after it rains.  Their new improved design<http://www.landscapeforms.com/en-US/product/Pages/Carousel-Seating.aspx> has holes on the table top which allow water and dirt to drain off the top.  I can only assume that they do not look as dirty and do not need to be cleaned as often as our table tops.

5)     We ordered the following chair, as well as a bench and table by the same manufacturer last July.  They are very sturdy, yet can be moved fairly easily by the average adult.  They endured the winter very well. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HHT0BCO/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

6)     I just moved to Michigan from Duluth, Minnesota. Many of the outdoor commercial spaces in Duluth have invested in Loll outdoor furniture. Loll is a great midwestern company. The furniture is extremely durable and comfortable, and since it is easy to move most places lock it down. It is pricey, but it will look like new for years.

7)     I've been very happy with some purchases we made at Costco.  Not a "library furniture" store, but good quality and an excellent return policy.

8)     Library Design<http://www.librarydesign.com/>

Dave

David Conklin
Director
Genesee District Library
(810) 230-3335 Office
(810) 732-1161 Fax
dconklin at thegdl.org
Genesee District Library Headquarters
4195 W. Pasadena Avenue
Flint, MI 48504

From: David Conklin
Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:32 AM
To: michlib-l at mcls.org
Subject: Outdoor Library Furniture.

I'm looking for advice/vender recommendations for outdoor library furniture.  Ideally, this furniture would be durable enough to leave outside all year round, comfortable, and relatively easy to move around an outdoor patio.

Please submit response directly to me and I will respond to this email with the results in the body of the email next week.

Thanks for your help.
:o)
Dave

David Conklin
Director
Genesee District Library

(810) 230-3335 Office
(810) 732-1161 Fax
dconklin at thegdl.org<mailto:dconklin at thegdl.org>

Genesee District Library Headquarters
4195 W. Pasadena Avenue
Flint, MI 48504

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