Outdoor pillows are a great way to dress up your outdoor furniture. Outdoor pillows are of two major types. First, there are outdoor throw pillows and second there are outdoor pillow cushions. Some examples of specific outdoor pillow cushions are ones for benches, chaise lounges, or chairs. Decorative outdoor throw pillows can be used on any piece of outdoor furniture or even just on the floor. You can create a comfortable place to sit on your patio with a pile of outdoor pillows or a floor style outdoor pillow that is a large pillow meant for sitting on the ground. No matter what kind of outdoor pillow you are talking about, you need to make sure that your outdoor pillows and cushions can hold up in the elements.
At one time, the only way to make sure that your outdoor pillows survived the rain, hot sun, and harsh winter was to make them out of plastic. Vinyl was a favorite material. The problem with these outdoor pillows was that they were not very comfortable. The vinyl could be scratchy and the rough texture did not feel well against the skin. In addition, these old-fashioned outdoor pillows did not come in a lot of colors or styles. You were limited to square pillows of limited design. Modern outdoor pillows come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, shapes, and fabrics. You choices are almost endless for the perfect outdoor pillows.
The newer outdoor pillows are usually made of a weather resistant fabric like Sunbrella, Outdura, or Sun-n-Shade. These brands of outdoor fabrics are perfect for outdoor pillows because they are water and mold resistant. You can leave your outdoor pillows out all the time without having to check the weather and bring them in if it is going to rain or snow. These fabrics are made of finely spun acrylic, which makes them quick to dry and very durable. The best thing about these fabrics is that they come in many patterns and colors. In addition, you can purchase round, square or even oblong pillows. The companies that make outdoor pillows today want you to have as many options available to you as possible. The outer fabric is not the only thing that makes pillows for outdoors appropriate for use in bad weather. Some pillow companies also fill their pillows with mildew resistant filling in case any water gets in.
The water resistant quality of Sunbrella outdoor pillows and other fabrics like them gives them another benefit. These fabrics are also mildly stain resistant. If someone spills a drink on your throw pillows for your patio then it can quickly be wiped up without any long term stains setting in. Because these pillows are so durable and long lasting they do not always come cheap. You can get cheap outdoor pillows that are an imitation of these brands, but they might not be as beautiful, comfortable, or durable.