It is fun to pick out new patio furniture when you are getting to remodel your backyard or have your first go at it. You can look for great investments such as wrought iron furniture, spruce up the place with fun, summery colors or even try to make your patio a place where you can throw amazing summer parties. One thing people often overlook is the quality of their backyard cushions – which is funny considering that they play an important role in how comfortable you are going to be on your patio furniture! We have narrowed down a few different signs that you should look for if you want durable outdoor cushions for your patio.
Sign #1 – Check The Stitching
You need your outdoor cushions to be sturdy – oftentimes even sturdier than cushions you would get indoors. Make sure that you go for cushions that have self-welts and good stitching that it made to last a long time.
Sign #2 – Are They Built To Last?
You want to find cushions that are intended for more than a single season. You need to make sure that you buy from a manufacturer that anticipates that you use the cushions for more than one season. It is also a good idea to make sure that you can use the cushions in the machine washer before you buy them. The fabric should be designed to be cleaned.
Another indicator that you have a cushion that is built to last is that the slipcover and cushion can be separated. This means that you do not have to wash the entire pillow and can opt to wash the covers. Check for conceals snaps or zippers. A slipcover also means that you can keep the same pillow forms, but change the appearance if you want to change the style of your patio,
Sign #3 – Are They Made From Durable Outdoor Fabrics?
When you compare them to traditional upholsteries, outdoor fabrics are quite different. One thing that you have to account for with outdoor cushions is UV radiation damage. That is why there need to be fibers woven into the cushions that resist UV radiation damage. Not only can exposure to sunlight make the material weak, it also means that the pattern is going to fade.
The best high-quality cushions are also going to be water resistant, meaning you have no problem with snow and rain. Check to make sure that that the fabric is mildew and mold resistant. Even if the fabric does not hold onto moisture, letting mold grow between the stitching is a surefire way to ruin your cushions.