Nowadays, there is a huge variety of weatherproof upholstery fabrics in a wide range of colors and textures. Whether you are purchasing new furniture for your porch or patio or just want to freshen up your existing furniture, you won’t have to look too far to find fabulous fabrics suitable for the outdoors – fabrics that are fade and mildew resistant, clean easily with mild soap and water, and look absolutely gorgeous. At one time outdoor fabrics were boring and often felt as stiff as a board, but with advancing technology, they have been engineered to feel as soft as cotton, and they come in a variety of weaves such as chenilles, jacquards, twills, damasks, and even sheers! These wonderful new outdoor fabrics are perfect to use for pillows and cushions and even drapery panels.
Sunbrella brand fabrics are probably the most widely known outdoor fabrics. In 1961, they started out manufacturing industrial-grade awning fabric in only six colors! They certainly have come a long way since then. With advancements in technology, the color pigments in Sunbrella fibers are added during production and penetrate all the way to the core rather than just being added to the surface as in ordinary fabrics. This process will ensure years of vibrant color and durability.
Because they are so beautiful and durable, many people are opting to use these fabrics indoors as well – they are often perfect in kitchens, family rooms, or other areas that get a lot of heavy use. In 2003, the famous English designer, Elaine Smith, created the world’s first luxury outdoor pillows that, with their embellishments like fringe and embroidery, truly look like they are made for indoor use.
Quality outdoor furniture manufacturers such as Lane Venture or Summer Classics have quite a selection of wonderful fabrics from which to choose and many designer showrooms or fabric stores carry a large line of outdoor fabrics. So, now it is easy to stop worrying about your fabric and enjoy carefree living!