Outdoor Fabrics: Your Choice Matters

Outdoor Fabrics: Your Choice Matters

Choosing fabric for outdoor cushions require the same efforts as if you are choosing outdoor furniture. If you want the best, you should choose a fabric that is water-resistant or waterproof. Do not forget – your outdoor cushions are also exposed to the wind, the sun, rain and moisture. Fade-resistant fabrics are also a great choice if you do not want the sun and rain to damage your cushions.


There are different fabrics to choose from but do not be overwhelmed. What’s important is that you understand the different types of fabrics that are suited to the outdoors. You don’t just have to focus on the outer material, you should also consider the pillow inserts – make sure they are 100% waterproof as well.



This type of fabric is woven polyester that comes with a PVC coating. It is used for sun shades, sling seating and outdoor furniture as it is waterproof and water-resistant, too. Another great feature of this fabric is that it is also mold-resistant. It is suited to the outdoors in terms of durability and functionality. However, this type of fabric comes with a distinct polyester (plastic) feel. So, if you are after comfort, you might want to do some touch tests first before availing a roll of this fabric.



This type of fabric is also known as polypropylene. It is a synthetic fiber and is ideal to use for both cushion inserts and cushion covers. It easily stands up to heat, mold and wet weather. This type of fabric is hardy that it is often considered a plastic fabric.



This type of fabric is a plain woven fabric that is heavy duty and used in many outdoor applications. It can be dyed easily and it is also available in pre-dyed solid colors as well as prints. So, if you want a blank canvas that you can paint on your own, this is a great choice for you. Give your outdoor living a personal touch with this type of fabric.



Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), also called vinyl, is the perfect fabric for you if you are after something that can be easily cleaned. It was first used in the 1920s and it is considered to be the second most popular plastic in production today. If you are an advocate for nature, then you would be glad to know that this fabric is recyclable. You just have to keep in mind that this fabric also has a distinct plastic feel, so you can limit the use of this fabric to pillows or backings. In warm weather, plastic that comes in direct contact with skin can be an unpleasant encounter.


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