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orb white plastic chair for teen room desk

ORB Chair by Marcello Ziliani (2011)
Destined to be a classic

Did you know there are over 600 plastics? Yep. Because there are so many varieties (making generalizations impossible), there are a few essential points to know when selecting plastic teen room furniture.

What is Plastic?

Plastic is actually made from a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic solids and come in two basic types—thermoplastics and thermosetting polymers. Thermoplastics can be reheated and molded again and again. Thermosets can only melt and take shape once.

That plastic is moldable into flowing, sculptural design is its #1 property for furniture but chairs made of plastic alone will not stand up to heavy use. It must be reinforced and fiberglass is the most common choice for high quality “plastic” furniture.

Pros and Cons

First the good stuff about plastics used in furniture:

  • May be exposed, painted or covered with upholstery
  • Color is consistent throughout entire piece
  • Lightweight and strong when reinforced
  • Recyclable
  • Weather-proof and UV resistant
  • Easy care washable surfaces (see Acrylics post for care tips)

Cons—plastic can scratch and can melt.

Trying to select the right plastic furniture for teen rooms can be a challenge….but here are a few classic favorites.

classic ball chair in pink for teen girls room

The Ball Chair by Eero Aarnio has always been one of my favorites. Designed in 1966, this “room within a room” now comes in petite size for kids. Loved by both teens and kids, it’s a great place to curl up and read. Made of reinforced fiberglass supported by a metal base.


formed white plastic chair for teen girls room

Another of Eerio Aarnio’s chairs, the Pastil (1967) is just as modern today as it was in the 60’s. Made of reinforced fiberglass, lightweight, and ultra-cool for teen rooms!


chic plastic furniture for teen girls bedroom

Well-designed plastic furniture mixes well with traditional for a chic, eclectic look. Notice the acrylic legs on the chair? Not sure who made this one but no doubt this design will last for decades. Clean and simple.


classic tulip chair for teen home study center

Guess when this little plastic gem was designed? In 1956 by Eero Saarinen. The Tulip Chair is definitely a classic. The upper is molded fiberglass with reinforced plastic bonded finish and base is cast aluminum. Comfort, strength, and style all in one.


panton chair in white for teen desk chair

Simply called the Panton Chair (1959) after designer Verner Panton, this curvy molded chair is also available kid-size. (Panton Junior—Yippee!) Made of batch dyed polypropylene and available in white plus 5 colors. Teens will enjoy it, but kids LOVE this chair.

Most of the chairs shown in this post are considered modern classics and are not the inexpensive chairs found at your local box stores. When it comes to selecting kids’ furniture, quality in both material and design are important….but only if you want the furniture to last more than a year. Like I mentioned in the last nursery furniture post, classic chairs never go out of style. Well-made furniture lasts for decades.

Your choice on quality…..but plastic is a great design choice even for teen room furniture.


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  41 Responses to “Essential Plastic Teen Room Furniture”

  1. where do you go about buying one of the chairs

  2. Hey im interested in the ball chair . please email me asap thanks

  3. Want to buy the ball chair ASAP. Please email me with details. Thanks!

  4. im also interested in the pink ball chair can you send the the price and where to buy it? Also does it come in adult sizes? Thanks

  5. Where can I get the pink ball chair?

  6. Hi.. Also interested in the pink ball chair.. Please send me info.. Thanks

  7. I’m interested in the ball chair.

  8. Please email me info on the ball chair. Does it come in different colors?

  9. I’m interested in the first chair pictured, the ” ball chair “

  10. i am interested in the pink ball chair. Can you send me more information about it please(: thanks

  11. How much does the Ball Chair cost?

  12. Please email me the cost of the pink chair

  13. can you tell me how much the pink ball chair is? where can it be purchased and is it available in different colors? thank you!


  14. how much for the pink ball chair? where can it be purchased?

  15. Also interested in the ball chair. Where can we get it and how much?

  16. I am interested in the Tulip Chair

  17. Hi I’m interested on the ball pink chair can you send me information about the ball chair size you have it in and the colors and the price please and thank you.

  18. Hello, Im interested in the ball chair in a kid size. Please send info.

  19. Please email me information on the ball chair Thanks!

  20. hi

    I am wondering if the ball chair is still available and the cost.

    Thank you

  21. where can I go to buy the pink ball chair?

  22. How mich does the bal/bubble chair cost? I’m super interested. Email me please. Thanks

  23. what is the price of the pink ball chair?

  24. I would like to know the price of the pink ball chair please? Thank you!

  25. I’m am interested in the pink ball chair how much is it

  26. Interested in purchasing ball chair. Please send info. Thtank you

  27. Hi,
    I would please like to know how much both the ball and pastil chairs are. Also, are they available in white and silver? If so, may I see pictures of them in those colors?

  28. Hi. Where can I buy the pink ball chair and how much is it? Thank you. Please email me. Have a good day!

  29. Can u please tell me where u can get that adorable pink ball chair? I’m redoing my room and I just have to have it!!!!! The😊

  30. I am interested in the ball chair. Can I please get information on where to purchase the chair. Thank you!

  31. How much is the ball chair?

  32. Can I please get info on the ball chair? Thank you

  33. Can I get more information about the pink ball chair please.

  34. Also need info for pink ball chair, thanks in advance

  35. I’m interested in the the ball chair, can you please send info? Thanks

  36. Hi

    How much for the pink ball chair please?



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