There are a variety of options available when it comes to Newport upholstery. Just like when building a home, the foundation is one of the most important pieces of the upholstered item. Traditionally most frames are build from Newport lumber which is treated for the outdoor environments. Even with time though, moisture will break down the wood causing to to crack and crumble requiring replacement. Sometimes an original frame can be reused but you never want to reupholster a piece with a rotted out frame. Painting wood will help in extending the life of a wooden frame but ideally a synthetic frame is preferred such as King Starboard. King StarBoard® is the original Newport-grade high-density polyethylene sheet and the industry standard. It is the product of a proprietary process called K-Stran™, the most advanced manufacturing process for superior flatness and consistency. King StarBoard® is environmentally stabilized to withstand the harshest Newport conditions. It will not warp, rot, or delaminate when exposed to humidity or water. King StarBoard® is easy to fabricate with standard woodworking tools and requires little or no finishing.