Outdoor furniture is exposed to the harsh weather elements like heat, rain and winds. As such the furnishings and cushions placed on them tend to get damaged and faded. It is hence important to choose the right kind of materials for cushions to be placed out-of-doors.
In order to protect outdoor pillows from the natural elements, it is advisable to choose water-proof fabrics. In addition, fabrics which resist fading when exposed to sun (Fade-resistant) may also be preferred. It is also recommended to ensure that the filling in the cushions is waterproof or cannot absorb moisture, as this can make them last longer.
Types of outdoor cushion fabrics
There are several types of fabrics available, which may be used for cushions placed on patio furniture. Few of them include:
This is basically a woven fabric and a preferred choice for outdoor seat cushions. The fabric is durable and yet quite affordable. You can choose from amongst prints and solid colours, which have been pre-dyed. The biggest advantage of using this fabric is that customized designs may be painted on it using fabric colours.
Also known as duck, cloth duck or duck canvas, this fabric is quite similar to cotton canvas. The difference lies in the tighter weave and smoother texture when compared with cotton canvas. The tighter weave makes it more durable than cotton canvas. However, the fabric cannot be customized, easily.
This fabric is made of woven polyester and also has a PVC coating. The fabric is flame retardant, mould & fade resistant as well as waterproof. These features make it extremely durable and well suited for garden cushions. However, being made of polyester, it may fail to provide the desired level of comfort.
The synthetic fibre also known as polypropylene is well suited for both cushion covers and inserts. It effectively resists wet weather, sun, heat and mould and may hence be used for garden seat pads.
Vinyl or PVC is quite popular as it is easy to maintain. It is durable but being made of plastic, often feels unpleasant and uncomfortable on the skin.
Besides selecting the right materials for outdoor cushions, it is also important to pay attention to other aspects like outdoor fabric slings and straps. While selecting materials for this purpose, it is advisable to evaluate their durability.