After you have purchased your patio furniture, outdoor rugs and patio umbrellas, outdoor pillows and cushions are the critical accessories that help to soften a space and create an inviting and lounge-worthy outside seating area. They primarily serve a decorative role, but outdoor conditions mean that they must also stand up to the challenge of the harsh outdoor elements by balancing beauty and function. When thinking about buying new accessories for your patio, consider the following:
Do I need outdoor cushions or outdoor pillows?
While this may seem like an obvious and unnecessary question, knowing what you plan to use them for will only expedite the process and aid you in making necessary decisions faster. With cushions, you will need to be more precise with size and style as this will need to fit on a chair or chaise base more precisely. With outdoor pillows, have fun with size, style and pattern. They’re decorative accents and can be treated as such.
What style of padding do I want?
If you are buying outdoor chair cushions or outdoor sofa cushions, consider the different options and styles available. For chaises or other patio loungers, one with a full back and seat would be the most comfortable to spend hours in, while a garden bench only needs a flat seat pad. Outdoor furniture should be comfortable, so if you need to constantly readjust your seat cushion back in order to make it comfortable, something isn’t right.
Are the pillows covered in outdoor fabric?
Another important tip is that you confirm that the materials you are buying in fact are intended for outdoor use. Pillows made of Sunbrella fabric, or other UV and weather resistant materials are perfect for protecting against the harsh rays of the sun, as well as for preventing mold and mildew that may build up in damper conditions.