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Your Guide To Patio Cushions And Covers

Patio cushions are an ideal way of spicing up the appearance of an outdoor furniture collection, while making said collection more comfortable and inviting at the same time. Some patio ensembles come with customized accessories included, while others are more basic, and require separate purchases for items such as cushions, covers, and other accessories. Even if your original patio set came with cushions included, you may be interested in finding replacements due to weathering and wear and tear. The following paragraphs will offer some advice and guidance on what to look for when shopping for patio cushions and other accessories.

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Patio cushions are easy to find in a variety of styles, designs and materials, and are frequently purchased apart from, or in addition to the actual outdoor collection. It is possible to find a great many attractive designs, at reasonable price points, that are pre-fabricated for general sizes and types of furniture. For individuals with more specific or unique tastes, there is also the option of ordering customized coverings and accent pieces, either directly from the furniture manufacturer, or otherwise. Here are some considerations when shopping for cushion accessories.

Remember that patio furniture endures considerably more wear and tear than indoor furniture; it must endure abrupt changes in temperature and humidity, and all sorts of weather conditions. As a result, more outdoor items are constructed in a manner that accounts for all of the above-mentioned variables. Upholstered items are no exception. Popular materials for outdoor cushions include durable and/or weatherproof coverings such as polyester and acrylic, or other marine-grade materials such as umbrella fabrics and Outdura. Although various coverings constructed from more absorbent materials are also popular, owners need to take special care not to allow these items to be left out during rain or even light showers, since the moisture will be absorbed into the foam pads, resulting in the need to dry cushions for several days, and the possibility for mold or mildew to develop.

Another option for protecting outdoor furniture from all kinds of weathering and wear and tear is through the use of specially designed covers. Check with your furniture manufacturer, or with your local home and garden outfitter for a detailed patio covers guide that meets your needs as well as your budget.