Patio chair cushions come in every size, colour and pattern imaginable. Today's cushions are as comfortable as sitting in your favourite recliner or lounging on your favourite couch. Whether you have wrought-iron, aluminium, wicker or wooden furniture, there are chair cushions to enhance any type of outdoor decor.
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Patio chair cushions are available for every type of chair. You can purchase cushions for wicker furniture, teak chairs, Adirondack chairs, glider chairs, swing chairs, chaise longues, PVC chairs and wrought-iron patio sets. Some cushions are tufted. Some have a knife edge or smooth edge style. Boxed and welted styled cushions are thicker cushions with contrasting cording for a classic look.
Sunbrella brand fabric is the leader in durable and quality outdoor furniture fabrics, according to cushionsource.com. It carries more than 200 different styles of fabric. Outdura is another well-known outdoor fabric, which resists fading and mildew. When looking at fabric, look for material that is fade and stain resistant and durable. Acrylic and acrylic linen are soft, breathable fabrics that are fade and stain resistant. Spun polyester feels like soft fabric and is fade and stain resistant as well. Olefin is another choice with the same qualities.
Most patio furniture has polyester filling, which is compressed or layered to give you the feel of indoor seating. The filling allows water to drain through the cushion, so the cushion dries quickly. Some companies offer high-density foam, but these are better suited for enclosed patios.
Custom-made chair cushions are available online and at outdoor furniture centres. American Cushion Co. will make chair cushions to any dimension. It offers striped, patterned, floral, solid and prints, and uses Sunbrella fabrics. Patio Shoppers offers square and rectangular cushions for hard-to-fit chairs. These are thick cushions in a boxed and welted style. Some outdoor furniture centres have ready-to-buy cushions and can order custom-made cushions.
Clean patio chair cushions periodically with a homemade solution or commercial cleaner. A simple homemade cleaner is 1 tsp of dish detergent, 1 quart of warm water and 1 tbsp of borax. Spray on the cushions; let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with clear water. Patio furniture stores and garden centres sell commercial cleaners. Even though patio furniture is designed for the outdoors, to extend the life of your furniture, take it inside during heavy rains.
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