Choosing The Right Fabric For Your Outdoor Furniture

Right now is a great time to take advantage of the end of summer sales on patio furniture. When choosing the best products for your outdoor space, pay close attention to the fabric. The right one will be heavy enough to withstand outdoor elements and will also store well during the winter.

You may want to check out Sunbrella® fabrics which are considered some of the best for outdoor products like awnings, umbrellas and furniture upholstery. Once you find the perfect material you’ll want to make sure to protect it from the sun and elements.

Prevent Fading

Unfortunately, all fabrics are at risk for sun damage. Natural fabrics such as cotton and wool are excellent choices for withstanding the sun’s powerful rays. You may also want to consider the colors you select as dark fabrics fade faster than lighter ones.

Avoid Mold and Mildew

When shopping for patio furniture and fabrics, many people forget to consider the possibility of mold and mildew formation. For example, if you have cushions on your patio furniture, water can permeate through fabric and into the foam inside. Over time, the water may become trapped, potentially causing mold, mildew and permanent damage. You can easily avoid this problem by making sure the fabric will repel water rather than absorb it into the cushion with a product like 303® Fabric Guard.

Making the investment in the right fabric along with treating it regularly will ensure that your patio furniture will last for years to come.

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