In a bid to understand them, furnitures have tended to be put into various categories. This is how we end with those that are referred to as being natural furnitures, and those that are referred to as being synthetic furnitures. That is also how we end up with artificial furnitures. Natural furnitures, for the most part, will tend to be those that are made from naturally occurring materials (usually wood) which is harnessed and immediately put into their making. Very little industrial processing is done in this case, except for the purposes of treating the furniture to make it less prone to destruction by pathogens and other elements of nature. Synthetic furnitures, on the other hand, are made from industrially formulated materials, typically chemicals – which are formulated in such a way as to provide a thick, solid material which has the capability to bear the sorts of weight that a typical furniture item would be subjected to. The term ‘artificial furniture’ is often an allusion to these synthetic furnitures as well, but it could also be used in reference to natural furnitures that have been further processed to imbue in them various structural and aesthetic qualities.
At this point, we can introduce into our discussion plastic furnitures. Anybody who has gone shopping for any sort of furniture will have come across these. For every major sort of furniture, you tend to have plastic pieces in contention for the market – so that you end up with selections of plastic chairs, plastic tables, plastic beds (especially the cribs), and plastic ‘representatives’ for almost any sort of furniture. These tend to be amongst the most popular types of furniture too. The people who are drawn to them are attracted by certain things. Those would include their typically cheap pricing, their often great aesthetic appeal (thanks to their great malleability), and their typically great durability; bereft as they are of joints which tend to be the points of weakness on most other furniture pieces.
When we get to the task of categorizing plastic furnitures, we encounter no challenge at first. Since the plastic furnitures are made from chemical formulations, then they are obviously synthetic furniture pieces. What we know for fact is that in order to obtain the materials with which these plastic furniture items are made of, certain chemicals (known as polymers) are mixed in certain amounts and for certain periods of time, with the end result being the hardy material that is employed in the making of the plastic furnitures.
But when we think about the classification of plastic furnitures further, it emerges that they are also in contention to be considered ‘natural furnitures.’ This is what arises from the fact the chemicals being mixed to ultimately give us the plastic have a natural origin – most of them being byproducts from organic matter which existed millions of years ago, and which has subsequently fossilized. And thanks to the artistry that is employed in making the specific plastic furniture items, we also see them coming in contention for classification as ‘artificial furnitures.’
So, how do classify plastic furnitures?