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Sunbrella Fabrics

Sunbrella fabric swatches, about Sunbrella fabrics, and more

Sunbrella Fabrics - A History of Excellence

Since its 1961 debut on the fabrics scene, Sunbrella has worked tirelessly to develop and produce the world's most durable and elegant fabrics for myriad uses. From indoor armchairs and outdoor furniture to convertible boat covers and water repellant, sun-proof tops, Sunbrella is THE leader in high-quality all-weather fabrics. There are a lot of competing outdoor fabric brands out there, but Sunbrella is the best - read on and see why!

Sunbrella fabric swatches, about Sunbrella fabrics

Who Is Sunbrella?

As pioneers of performance fabrics, Sunbrella has the experience and the resources necessary to continuously innovate and inspire the market. Their stylish and enduring products can be traced back to their beginnings creating awning fabrics: cotton was the most popular awning material in 1961, but Sunbrella was set to rattle the fabric world with a new material that could last up to ten times longer than cotton, with less maintenance and no color fading. Their patented fibers are not dyed, but use instead "color-to-the-core" technology. This means the colors of all Sunbrella fabrics are integral to the fibers themselves, rather than just superficial stains on the fabric exterior.

With innovative engineering and clever new coloring methods, Sunbrella quickly became the awning industry's most desired fabric. It was not long before the material was adopted by sailors and companies in the boating industry, as Sunbrella had gained a reputation for its water-repellency as well as its fade-resisting quality. Now, just a few years later, Sunbrella is the most popular, long-lasting fabric material for outdoor wood furniture cushions as well as the number one choice for awnings and watercraft covers.

Why Choose Sunbrella Fabric?

The Sunbrella difference is clear. Compared to other outdoor textile brands, Sunbrella is longer-lasting, is easier to clean and maintain, is better at enduring sun and weather damage, is scratch and cut resistant, and offers more choices when it comes to colors and designs.

Sunbrella is meticulously crafted for a typical lifespan of up to 10 years, which is more than twice as long as most other outdoor fabrics from other manufacturers. This means it will keep your patio furniture sets looking brilliant long past the typical expiration date of most consumer-grade fabrics.

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1. All-Weather Resistant Fabric

Sunbrella fabrics prevent mold and mildew from growing. This means that they can be left outside during light rain showers. Cushions use a slip off cover that can be tossed in the laundry cycle to remove any dirt spots. Steps to Cleaning Sunbrella Fabric:

  1. Brush off the fabric to remove any loose dirt, sand, salts, etc.

  2. Prepare a simple solution of warm water and mild soap, like dish soap, diluted.

  3. Using a soft-bristle brush, lightly apply the soap solution and clean the fabric.

  4. Give the soap solution a little time to soak into the fabric.

  5. Rinse thoroughly to remove soap residue; consider removing the cushion cover and hosing it down.

  6. Allow the fabric to air dry.

2. UV Fabric

Sunbrella was awarded the “International Seal of Recommendation for UV Fabric/Umbrellas/Awnings” in 2006 by The Skin Cancer Foundation.

3. Sewing Thread

Sunbrella fabrics last much longer than cheap cushions because they use Tenara Sewing Thread. Tenara sewing thread is made from 100% expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) which is 3 times stronger than conventional PTFE.

4. Customization

Sunbrella Fabrics are available in over 248 choices and are constantly expanding their collection. Many interior designers love this about the company as there is always a perfect color/pattern for every space imaginable. View Custom Sunbrella Decorative Cushions.

5. Eco-Friendly

Sunbrella fabric is manufactured to maximize efficiency and minimize environmental impact. No water is wasted in the color-saturation process. Their unique technique reduces water and energy consumption. Glen Raven has a proprietary recycling and repurposing program called “Recycle My Sunbrella.” Here the company reclaims pre-consumer & post-consumer waste associated with manufacturing Sunbrella Fabrics. Learn more about Eco-Friendly Outdoor Furniture.

6. Extended Lifespan

Glen Raven uses the highest grade of fabrics. For this reason, Sunbrella fabrics have an estimated lifespan of 10 years under heavy outdoor use. This is 3 times longer than other outdoor fabrics on the market.


Sunbrella Styles and Inspired Designs


Sunbrella fabrics are available in a multitude of gorgeous colors and designs, from richly-hued solids to intricate and eye-catching multi-color patterns. Sunbrella is constantly updating its catalog of appealing designs to guarantee consumers the perfect accent for their quality patio furniture. Many of the patterns themselves are created by top-tier artists and designers like Joe Ruggiero and Richard Frinier.

The driving mantra behind Sunbrella's manufacturing process is "Design + Performance." While the world's best performance is obviously what sets Sunbrella apart from other outdoor-grade textile brands, the fact that they put the word "Design" first in their mission statement should tell you something. These high-quality fabrics are created to be absolutely beautiful and visually powerful, first and foremost. That is why Sunbrella releases all-new patterns, in partnership with the world's best designers and artists, year after year. They are always innovating and moving forward for the betterment of design.

While we obviously love Sunbrella for its outdoor furniture-grade cushion and pillow fabrics, they also offer beautifully-crafted textiles for a variety of other indoor and outdoor applications: upholstery, umbrella shades and sails, drapery, window treatments, and marine canvases and boat covers.

Currently, the Sunbrella catalog features over 400 unique fabric patterns for outdoor and marine use. That's a lot of options! You are sure to find something that is perfect for your needs. You can customize your patio furniture even further by adding a welting fabric to your cushions that differ from the cushion fabric. Feel free to contact our sales team on the "Contact Us" page for some examples and ideas. Perhaps the best quality of these gorgeous fabrics is that they are completely worry-free!

You don't need to be concerned about drinking wine while lounging in your Sunbrella-fitted outdoor sofa set, nor should you fret if your kids sit down in a patio dining set after playing in the mud: Sunbrella fabrics are stain-proof, due to the same characteristics that make them water-resistant and weatherproof. Grass stains, mud stains, blood stains, coffee stains - you name it, Sunbrella blocks it!



Sunbrella and Patio Productions: The Perfect Pairing for Outdoor Furniture

We promise you, nothing makes your outdoor wood furniture look as good or last as long as high-quality Sunbrella fabric. That is why at Patio Productions we are proud to offer more outdoor furniture sets fitted with customizable Sunbrella fabrics than anyone else on the internet! 

We know you have a lot of shopping choices when you look for patio furniture online; we hope you will choose Patio Productions, featuring Sunbrella fabrics, and get the best furniture possible for your own backyard! 

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