While the aesthetics of a cushion is an important factor in choosing a look for your outdoor space, it’s what’s on the inside that will truly provide that look and comfortability for years to come. Considering elements beyond the colour, pattern and even feel of a product to see what particular elements and materials have gone into the cushion is crucial. At Sun Country, our sales associates are well-versed about the construction of each of the brands we carry and are eager to share this information and offer expert advice. Here is our cushion 101 guide to help you choose the best cushions for you:
1. What kind of foam is used?
A good outdoor cushion will be made of outdoor grade, open celled foam. This foam has antimicrobial properties which help it to stand up to the elements and resists growth of mold and mildew. Open celled means the foam is constructed in a way to allow water to pass through the cushion rather than being absorbed by the foam. This also cuts the growth of mold and mildew, and will allow you to enjoy your furniture sooner after a heavy rain.
2. What fabric is right for my lifestyle?
It is important to think about how you will be using the furniture when choosing fabric. Will your furniture be in a high traffic area? If so, a white fabric may not be the best option. Do you live somewhere with a lot of rain? You may want to ask us about Sunbrella® RAIN fabric, which offers a step up from the normal weather resistant properties. Most store selling outdoor furniture will offer solution dyed acrylic fabric, which is the quality-standard for outdoors.
3. Is the cushion made well?
Most retailers will know if a cushion is known to stand the test of time or not. Always consider the kind of fabric offered. It is standard for outdoor furniture manufacturers to use high quality Sunbrella® fabric or an equivalent (although not a given!).
Cushions are such an important element in the look, comfort, and longevity of your outdoor furniture. Ask us in store about what’s on the inside of our cushions!