Editors Note: Updated September, 2018
Don’t wear out your bum this summer! Sitting down on flat cushions is like jumping in a pair of tennis sneakers with a worn out sole. It can be downright painful and the discomfort is enough to ruin your experience! To make sure that your guests are enjoying their visit during your summer activities, now is the perfect time to replace your patio cushions with high quality outdoor cushions.
Frankly, I’ve sat on some cushions that have seen their better days to say the least. Replacing cushions can be a bright idea that allows you to highlight, accent, and even contrast the color scheme of your home’s exterior. Patio Productions is one of the only online retailers that offers hundreds of custom fabric options so you can find the perfect fit for you patio.
The main function of your cushion is to provide padding between you and the bottom of your chair. For sectional sets, typically you’ll have an additional seat back to rest on. Any piece of outdoor furniture will be more comfortable with a new set of cushions. Once you lay out on your chaise lounge, you’ll realize the difference instantly! You certainly don’t need cushions for every piece of patio furniture you have. There are certain materials and sets that aren’t used with cushions. Dining sets and bar sets don’t need to have outdoor cushions on them to look nice. On the flip side, it’s a must to have cushions on sofas, sectionals, chaise lounges, and day beds. Those are all patio furniture pieces that are dedicated to hanging out and lounging. Without cushions, there would be a serious lack of comfort. Patio cushions make it possible to remain seated for extended periods of time, enjoying pouring sun rays and feeling the heat radiating across your body. Imagine that!
Maybe you’ve been doing some renovating around the house. To keep up to date with your evolving style and personality (mid-life crisis), you can order custom Sunbrella cushions that will complement your home’s exterior finish. You should aim to connect the interior of your home with the exterior. This will help blend your home together instead of segmented and mismatching into disconnected spaces that don’t really go together. Outdoor cushions have a reputation of fading and losing their color after an extended time outdoors. This will definitely happen if you buy cheap fabric. Sunbrella makes amazing cushions that are top of the line and extremely water and UV resistant. Of course, they’re not going to last forever if they’re left outside year round. We like to recommend taking them inside after the main outdoor lounging season is over and put them in storage. This way they’ll get a little break from the elements!
The canvas of your cushion can accumulate mold or mildew. To avoid this, remember to store your cushions during the rainy season or invest in a matching cushion storage box. A fresh set of cushions means a whole new lease on life! Even if you’re an expert on taking care of outdoor cushions, they will inevitably get dirty. If you purchased Sunbrella cushions (as per our recommendation) then we’ve got a quick cleaning check list that will leave your cushions looking good as new.
- Brush off loose dirt.
- Spray on a cleaning solution of water and mild soap.
- Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
- Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.
- Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
- Air dry.
Sunbrella Replacement Cushions & Tenara Sewing Threads
Sunbrella holds the gold standard when it comes to outdoor canvas’. Their name is synonymous with high-quality outdoor cushions. Sunbrella uses special Tenara Sewing Thread that offers a long lasting hold along the seams of your cushions and throw pillows.
About the Author
Cheryl Khan is a contributor to the Patio Productions Blog and an avid reader. Some of her favorite publications include Architectural Digest, Time Magazine, and Luxe Interior+Design. She recommends each of these very highly!