Creating an outdoor refuge to escape from the stress of daily life is one of the benefits of having a yard, patio, and balcony. A great looking and comfortable patio assure that the time you spend outside is enjoyable.
One feature that plays a large role in the creation of your outdoor sanctuary, after the choice of furniture is the color and comfort of the patio furniture cushions you choose.
With thousands of styles to enhance and complete your patio, it is just a matter find something that will suit your personal taste. Finding just the right style for your retreat has never been more available.
Patio furniture cushions come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Some of the most popular outdoor cushions are made to fit outdoor benches, wicker furniture, chaise lounges, wrought iron furniture, swings, Adirondack chairs, lounge chairs, and wood furniture.
When choosing the fabric for your patio furniture cushions consider its exposure to the elements. You must also decide on how you plan to use your outdoor patio. Having a sense of your furniture’s function will play an important role on the choice of cushion you choose. High traffic areas and young children may need a more durable fabric. Dinning outside, then a stain resistant fabric maybe needed, if your only plan on using your space for relaxation then you may wish to purchase a fabric geared towards comfort. Any fabric you choose should also be resistant to sun fading.
Understanding how your cushions are filled is also important. Outdoor furniture is often exposed to the elements. Most cushions today are filled with either foam or poly fill. Foam will give you a more upholstered feel to your outdoor furniture, but its water retention level is higher that poly fill and it will take longer to dry after it get wet. Polly fill drains water faster and dries more quickly. Drying time plays an important role in the prevention of mold and mildew, so it is important that any patio furniture cushion you choose is weather resistant.
Finally, think about how much time you want to spend in maintaining and caring for your patio. Some fabrics are very easy to clean while others need extra work. Dirt and oils are another cause of mildew on outdoor fabrics. Even mildew resistant fabrics can get mold and mildew on them if they are not cleaned. Your goal should be to pick a fabric that has been treated so that it can be cleaned quickly using a gentle soap and water.
Knowing what you want, how much you want to spend, and your budget prior to shopping for patio furniture cushions will make your selection process easier. Prices vary and the choices of fabric, color, and style have never been more diverse.