High Performing Patio Fabrics

There is nothing better than basking in the heat and soaking up the sun. But, just the way you need to wear sunscreen to make sure you are filtering out any harmful UV rays, the fabric on your patio chairs need to be protected and high performing as well. There are a lot of outdoor furniture fabrics on the market, you can buy them by content type or there are some notable name brands that you can specifically look for as well.

Here are some of the more popular outdoor fabrics:


Olefin Fiber/ Polypropylene: An incredibly durable, man-made material often used for both cushion inserts and covering, but that tends to be stiff however is now offering more pliable options.
Vinyl: While easy to clean and relatively hardy, vinyl becomes hot to the touch as temperatures rise and does not absorb sweat, making for an unpleasant summer experience.
Duck Cloth: Also referred to as “canvas,” this fabric is commonly used in tents, stroller covers, workwear clothing, and other products in which durability is a crucial element.
Textilene Fabric: Synthetic and made from woven polyester covered in PVC (vinyl), Textilene holds up well when exposed to the elements, but can be less comfortable than natural fabrics due to its PVC coating.
Cotton: Used for centuries for outdoor cushions, cotton canvas is a popular choice for those lookingfor a balance of comfort and affordability but is prone to mildew and fading if not treated before use.
Polyester: fabric is strong, quick drying, and often inexpensive. For those on a budget, it is almost certainly the best choice for outdoor fabric. Many patterns, colors, and styles are easily available in polyester. If
properly cared for, this fabric can last for a long time outdoors.
Solution-Dyed Acrylic: Another synthetic option that resists mildew and fading well, but will remain soft to the touch and comfortable during all seasons.


Sunbrella is the most famous solution-dyed acrylic brand. Sunbrella is known to be the most fade resistant,water resistant, and mildew resistant outdoor fabric available. Sunbrella fabrics are much more UV resistant than many cheaper outdoor fabrics. They can be left outside in the sun for long periods without fading.
Olefin is another synthetic option that resists mildew, staining and fading well, is known for it’s soft hand and durability. It is frequently mentioned with polypropylene. These fabrics tend to be cheaper than high-end Acrylic fabrics like Sunbrella. They are often used as umbrella canvas.
Outdura is a 100% solution-dyed acrylic fabric that is fade, stain and water resistant. Their award winning designs are easy to clean, and are all proudly woven in the USA in Hudson, North Carolina.
Spuncrylic is a 100% solution-dyed acrylic fabric that is fade, stain and water resistant.

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