Outdoor seating may not be considered a necessity for everyone but it sure is a nice-to-have, especially if you live somewhere with great weather most of the time.
Investing in outdoor seating furniture like gliders and swings is a great thing to do if you have the space for it. To make sure that outdoor furniture last, special outdoor fabrics are used to cover them. These fabrics not only have to look good but also have to withstand outdoor conditions such as sun exposure, dirt, dust and humidity.
Sunbrella, one of the world’s best and leading fabric brands, is a top choice when it comes to covering outdoor furniture. They have durable, high quality fabrics in vibrant colors and gorgeous designs that can protect your outdoor furniture from natural elements like rain and heat and make them look prettier at the same time. Aside from Sunbrella fabric, the brand also has lots more to offer and that includes cushions.
But what makes Sunbrella such a distinct brand? Their colors are brighter and last longer. Why? This is because the colors are printed onto the thread or fiber--not the finished fabric. They aren’t prints, they’re woven together in their colors to create the design.
Cushions, in general, can make any outdoor furniture much more cozy and comfortable but only Sunbrella cushions can make your porch a sun bathing paradise.
These cushions are covered in Sunbrella fabric which means that they’re made to last and endure outdoor conditions. They’re also safe from mold and mildew – a common problem with cushions for outdoor furniture.
Outdoor Cushion Types
There are several different types of cushions you can get from Sunbrella. Some of them are meant for indoor use while other are designed specifically to conquer the outdoors. Here are some of the outdoor cushion types from the brand that you can use along with your outdoor furniture:
Sunbrella Throw Pillows
Sunbrella throw pillows can be placed on outdoor gliders and benches. They’re square and look like regular indoor throw pillows but covered in the Sunbrella fabrics.
Sunbrella Lumbar Pillows
Lumbar pillows support and protect your lower back and it is nice to have a few couple of these on your outdoor furniture if you spend a lot of time on them. They help keep lumbar strain at bay while also making your outdoor experience a whole lot more comfortable.
Sunbrella Bolster Pillows
Whether you intend to use them solely for decoration or you actually need them for back and arm support, there’s no doubt that they are a must have accessory for your outdoor furniture. Bolster pillows are usually more popular for indoor uses but that doesn’t mean you cant have them outdoors as well.
Sunbrella Patio Seat Cushion
Thinking of hosting an outdoor dinner? Make sure you and your guests remain comfortable all through the night by adding patio seat cushions to your chairs. Sunbrella has two different patio seat cushion styles: knife-edge and box type. Both come with tie strings that you can use to secure them on to the chair nicely.
***Other types and styles of Sunbrella pillows and Sunbrella outdoor cushions you can buy include chaise lounge cushions, outdoor chair cushions, Adirondack chair cushions, bench cushions, Sun Lounger cushions, recliner cushions and ottoman cushions.
Advantages of Sunbrella Outdoor Pillows and Cushions
If you’re a busy person who barely has time to maintain their backyard and all the furniture in it, you wil simplyl love Sunbrella outdoor pillows... Here are some reasons why:
1. Set them and forget them
They are basically ‘neglect-proof’ which means you can forget about wiping them and cleaning them all season long and they would still be fine. This is great news for those who love a good-looking porch, patio or backyard but hate high-maintenance items.
2. Small animals don’t chew on them
One of the most common problems with outdoor cushions in general is rodents ruining them by chewing through them. With cushions and pillows from Sunbrella, that is not going to be a problem. This is because the fabrics that the pillows are covered in are made from acrylic fiber and rodents do not consider that as food.
3. Wax on, wax off
Another problem that is common with outdoor cushions is the growth of mold and mildew. Thankfully, fabrics from Sunbrella do not promote mold and mildew growth. However, in the instance that you do find mold and mildew growing on your outdoor pillows and cushions from Sunbrella, you can easily get rid of them by simply wiping them away with a clean cloth.
4. Spills? Just chill
Another great thing that you will love about Sunbrella seat cushions is that they have a water-repellant finish. Most often confused with water-resistant, this brand actually lets liquid slide off neatly. Great for entertaining kids or clumsy adults on the porch. Or for when you spill that cocktail while you’re sunbathing.
Fabric that comes with a warranty
With all these great features, you are sure to have a blast outdoors with your Sunbrella chair cushions. You don’t have to worry about keeping them in great shape because they are designed to stay amazingly sturdy and pretty with minimal care. On top of all these, the best part is that cushions and pillows from Sunbrella are covered by a warranty.
Sunbrella cushion fillings
Your Sunbrella cushions can have different fillings. Sunbrella has CumuPlush and foam to fill your pillows with. What goes in your pillow or cushion depends on the item that you are getting.
- Standard Outdoor – standard outdoor cushions have a CumuPlush filling which is layered polyester. It is designed for outdoor cushions though it can be used indoors as well. This filling resists mold and mildew which is always an added bonus for anything meant to be placed outdoors. CumuPlush is used primarily in throw pillows and back cushions from Sunbrella.
- Premium Outdoor – Sunbrella’s Premium Outdoor cushions and pillows are filled with a combination of CumuPlush and batting. CumuPlush makes your pillows and cushions more suitable for the outdoors since they are resistant to mold and mildew and they do not retain water while the batting (added to the top and bottom, sandwiching the CumuPlush) adds a more rounded, elegant look to the pillow.
- Optimal Comfort – for those who are getting their Sunbrella products from Cushion Source, you can opt for the Optimal Comfort filling which is an exclusive filling developed for cushions and pillows from Sunbrella. This filling combines regular foam and batting with Memory foam and is then wrapped with a water-resistant lining from Hanes, making your cushions / pillows superior for outdoor use.
For the designers and home decorators
You can have your pillows and cushions customized by Sunbrella. There are a number of stores where you can have customization done but you can also order your customized pillows and cushions online.
To keep your pillows and cushions in tip-top shape, make sure to store them properly when they are not in use. It would also help a lot if you could wipe them up every now and then to get rid of dirt and dust which is not uncommon since it is outdoors.
With great outdoor furniture and comfortable pillows and cushions, could your outdoor lounging experience be any better?
The answer is yes.
Matching and complementing fabrics are designer no-brainers
Having canopies and awnings to provide you with cool shade on a hot summer day is the ultimate way to ensure the perfect day lounging outdoors. Sunbrella also offers fabrics designed to be especially used as canopies and awnings.
An awning is also called an overhang. It is composed of a frame attached to a wall with a fabric spread over it. Awning frames are usually made of aluminum, iron, steel or wood while the fabric used is usually canvas or woven acrylic like Sunbrella.
Sunbrella has awning and marine fabrics that are very popular when it comes to awning applications. Fabrics from Sunbrella are ideal for fixed, retractable and window awnings. Aside from that, they can also be used in various other applications including pergolas, loggias and even shade sails. Sunbrella awning fabrics come in a multitude of color, making it easy for you to choose one that will blend in well with your home.
Like their cushions, Sunbrella awnings also come with a 10-year warranty against color fading, and loss of strength from everyday exposure to outdoor elements. Of course, to keep them in tip top shape, you are expected to maintain your awnings by cleaning them regularly and removing stains, dirt and dust.
Clean your porch--or have someone do it for you
You can have your awnings professionally cleaned. There are professional awning cleaners that are experienced in handling Sunbrella products, be it fabrics, cushions, pillows or awnings. You can get in touch with your local cleaners and ask about their experience with cleaning Sunbrella.
On the other hand, if you want to save some cash, you can also clean them yourself. Cleaning and then re-treating your Sunbrella awnings is one of the many ways to keep it in great shape. Sunbrella awnings can be cleaned while still on its frame, making it easier and more convenient for DIY cleaners.
As for re-treating them, the 303 Fabric Guard is a highly recommended product for enhancing water repellency on your awnings. You should re-treat your awning’s fabrics after each thorough cleaning, especially when bleach is used for cleaning.
For more tips on maintaining, cleaning or even replacing your Sunbrella products, you can visit their website. You will also find stores near you that sell Sunbrella as well as stores that take orders for customized Sunbrella products like cushions, fabrics and pillows.