Patio furniture transforms outdoor spaces into perfect entertainment areas. Whether your patio is designed for partying or relaxing, having the right patio furniture cushions can keep your space stylish and comfortable.
Patio furniture cushions can complement the rest of your outdoor décor but must be functional and durable as well. Here's what to look for when choosing cushions for outdoor chairs, sofas, and chaises.
What Size Patio Furniture Cushions Do I Need?
The right size for your chairs will depend on their width, depth, and height. Measure the seat width between the armrests and depth carefully to make sure you get a cushion that is as large as or slightly smaller than your seat. Most seat cushions will be 18-24" wide and deep. For backrest cushions, get one that is at least 18" high or almost as tall as the backrest.
For long one-piece cushions for reclining patio chaises or loungers, make sure to get cushions that can fold in the right spot. Most chaise cushions have two or three segments of equal length, but make sure your furniture has joints in approximately the same two or three places.
What Fabric is Best for Patio Furniture Cushions?
Vinyl is durable and stain-resistant but gets hot in the sun and can fade easily. It is inexpensive and a good choice for patio furniture that will be in the shade.
Cotton canvas is tough and inexpensive. However, it is not water-resistant or colorfast unless it is treated with a special coating.
Solution-dyed acrylic is durable, colorfast, and soft. It's a little more expensive than other materials, but it will hold up longer.
Polyester has high stain resistance and makes a good outdoor fabric when it is covered with PVC. However, this PVC material makes it noticeably less soft.