Summertime means pool parties, backyard barbecues, and family get-togethers. If your patio furniture is looking a little worn out, you may be in the market for some new cushions and pillows. The possibilities are endless—so where do you start? Here are our tips for choosing the best outdoor cushion fabric for your needs.
Weather Protection For Outdoor Furniture
The biggest impact on outdoor furniture is the weather. From heavy rain to scorching sun, the elements take their toll. When you are looking for the best cushion fabric for your patio furniture, you need to consider how exposed to the elements your outdoor chair cushions will be. If you have a deep, covered patio, you may have more flexibility in the material you select. But if you are like most people, your cushions are going to be impacted by the wind, rain, and sun. If this is the case, you will get more use out of cushions that are made with a weather-resistant material like Sunbrella.
Best Outdoor Fabric Textures
Depending on the look you are going for, the color palette you want to achieve, and your personal preferences, you have a lot of options in materials for your cushions. Heavy-duty cotton canvas is a popular choice, and it can be dyed to just about any color. Fabric woven with a PVC coating is another great option for long-lasting material since the coating repels rainwater and dirt. Another great choice is olefin fiber, which is essentially woven plastic. It’s a perfect choice for outdoor furniture cushions because it does so well against all the outdoor elements.
Sunbrella Outdoor Cushion Fabric
Perhaps the “gold standard” in outdoor cushion material, Sunbrella is resistant to water, the sun, and overall wear and tear. Beyond cushion coverings, Sunbrella waterproof fabric is also a popular choice for awnings, boats, and patio umbrellas. These fabrics come in a wide array of colors and patterns, so no matter what your personal style is, we can help you select the right option for your furniture. Sunbrella outdoor cushions will make a statement, and they will stand the test of time better than any other outdoor fabric on the market.
How To Protect Your Outdoor Furniture Cushions
Patio furniture is an investment. The best way to maximize the life you get out of that furniture is to take care of it. Ideally, we recommend removing your cushions in inclement weather, but we know this is not always feasible. In any event, we recommend wiping down the cushions and the frames after heavy storms. This will help prevent mildew growth. Also, periodically cleaning your furniture with a mild detergent will keep all of your pieces looking their best.
Stop By Our Showroom
At Bob’s Upholstery and Decorating Center, we love to help our customers find that perfect fit for their needs. Whether you are wondering what the best color for outdoor cushions is, or you are not sure if your current cushions can be reupholstered in a new fabric, we are here to help. Stop into our showroom or give us a call. We have been proudly serving the greater Marietta, GA area since 1960.