With so many options out there it’s sometimes hard to know what qualities to look for in fabric for outdoor cushions. Australia has one of the most unforgiving climates in the world. When it comes to choosing the right fabric for your outdoor furniture, think as you would buying sunscreen; you want the best quality and protection to ensure it will last through the most challenging conditions.
While many brands tend to promote a smorgasbord of inexpensive furniture, sadly these have not been specifically designed for the Australian weather and do not look good or last for long.
If you don’t want to be putting your once favourite furniture out for council clean-up every couple of years, take a moment to read about the most important element in your outdoor furniture setting – the fabric on your cushions.
While you’ll find many fabrics marketed as ‘outdoor’, checking their true worth can be confusing and misleading. Moreover, you definitely need these qualities to defy Australia’s extreme weather.
Do not opt for a nylon or polyester fabric. You will sweat, and it will fade before your receipt does!
Linen and cotton options aren’t bad, but they will not hold their colour. They are not water-repellent (in fact they absorb water), the fibres will break down within a couple of years and these materials are prone to mould.
Let’s remove the perplexity and provide you with the essential knowledge to help you invest your money wisely. If possible, check the back of the fabric swatch or ask the retailer for specification details for your furniture upholstery.
If you have any questions about choosing fabrics for outdoors, please reach out to our team here.