Corded edges make these 2 durable and give a sophisticated finish. Feature even stitching. Nice material that allows them to do double duty indoors. Size is perfect for lower back support. Fade-resistant.
Wide weave on the fabric sometimes allows the stuffing to leak through.
Soft and fluffy, and they provide good back support. Contain waterproof fillers that protect them from water damage. Available in different sizes and in sets of 1, 2, or 4.
Fillers are packed tightly in the center and do not reach the corners, so they may need to be cut open to evenly distribute fillers.
Vibrant colors won’t fade and can be used to brighten up a bland patio. Well-made and nicely shaped option that isn't flat make this set of 4 worth the price.
Occasional reports of fading and loose stitching.
Well-made and comfortable. Come in several modern patterns. Polyester fabric and filling. Come in a nice 17-inch-square size. Offer bright pops of color.
Spot-clean only. These should not go through the washing machine.
Comes in a set of 2 inserts with matching covers equipped with zipper closures for easy insertion. Covers are made from thick and durable polyester that can be machine-washed.
Very thin and do not provide much lumbar support.
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From porch to deck, the extra room can expand your living space into the outdoors, but making that space comfortable and welcoming takes planning. If you look at photos of a well-designed outdoor space, what do you see? Accent pillows, and plenty of them. Choosing outdoor throw pillows is a similar, yet different, process than selecting them for your indoor spaces.
When picking outdoor or indoor pillows, comfort, design, and size are all key factors. The difference is in the fabric, filling, and cleaning of outdoor versus indoor pillows. Fabric designed for outdoor use resists damage from water and fading under harsh sunlight. Outdoor pillow fill also absorbs less water than indoor pillow fill. You can typically use diluted bleach to clean outdoor pillows but not indoor pillows. Even with all of that said, many people use outdoor pillows indoors just for the sheer durability and easy maintenance of the fabric.
Outdoor pillows come in all sizes, from small to oversize. One of the most popular shapes is square, much the same as interior accent pillows, and sizes range from 14 inches to 22 inches square. You’ll also find bolsters and rectangular shapes of different lengths.
Outdoor upholstery fabric comes in hundreds of beautiful styles and colors that rival interior fabrics and suit every taste. You’ll find materials such as the popular Sunbrella acrylic fabric and other weather-resistant fabrics used for outdoor pillows. This type of fabric is designed to withstand hundreds of hours of direct exposure to sunlight before it begins to fade.
There are two types of outdoor pillow fabric to consider for your home:
Solution-dyed acrylic: This is a strong, durable, sun-proof fabric (the most famous brand is called Sunbrella). It comes in vibrant colors that have a long lifespan even under heavy outdoor use and intense sunlight exposure.
Solution-dyed polyester: This fabric is less expensive than acrylic and lasts about 300 to 800 hours in sunlight before fading, but it’s recommended that you keep it out of direct sunlight.
Solid: Decide if you want a solid pillow insert of foam or polyfiber, a material that feels like foam but won’t absorb moisture. Note that some pillows are sold as covers only, and you need to get the inserts separately.
Loose: Polyester fiberfill filling is often cheaper than a solid insert, but it may at times pop out or pull through the fabric, depending on the fabric’s weave.
Some outdoor pillows should be spot cleaned. Other pillows have a removable cover that can be washed by hand or machine. Typically, the pillow fabric needs to be air-dried, not placed in the dryer.
Though you can get one unique outdoor throw pillow, a set of accent pillows offers you a coordinated look and often costs less than each pillow separately. Sets may include two of the same size matching pillows, three different looks but of the same theme, different sizes of matching pillows, or two matching pillows plus two coordinating seat cushions.
Small rectangular pillows sit low on your furniture and offer lumbar support for your lower back. These pillows typically measure around 20 x 10 inches.
Edging: More expensive outdoor throw pillows may include contrasting or matching piping for visual interest and durability. Other types of edging include fringe and shirring, which give an outdoor pillow an upscale look. Trim and edging give style to outdoor pillows so they can be easily used for indoor rooms as well.
Stitching: Seams should be tight and well stitched rather than loose. The tighter the stitching, the drier the filling will stay when the pillows are left outdoors during wet weather.
Outdoor rug: Fab Habitat Indoor/Outdoor Reversible Rug
An area rug anchors the outdoor conversation area and coordinates with the pillows. This Fab Habitat reversible rug is made of recycled plastic and resists mold, mildew, and fading. It comes in seven sizes and eight colors to match any outdoor décor.
Weather-proof table lamp: Sunnydaze Indoor/Outdoor Lamp
Add to the comfort of your outdoor seating area with a weatherproof slate lamp. It comes with a 6-foot cord and a glass top that protects the electrical components from moisture.
Outdoor pillow insert: IZO Home Goods Premium Pillow Insert
Anti-mold, hypoallergenic, water-resistant pillow inserts can be covered with your favorite outdoor pillow covers. The high-quality IZO Home Goods inserts will stay comfortable and soft for years.
Deck storage container: Suncast Patio Storage Box
An outdoor container gives you a place to keep pillows, cushions, and blankets during summer showers. This Suncast box is made of waterproof, fade-resistant resin molded to resemble wicker. The generous 99-gallon size is large enough to hold pool toys, grill tools, and gardening supplies, too.
From $12 to $28, you’ll find a variety of outdoor pillow covers that come in sets of two to four or some packs of six. You’ll also see two-packs of standard pillows or single larger square pillows. The fabric may be budget quality with little or no edging.
Between $29 and $50, you’ll find better-quality fabrics and designs, and a rare find will have edging. Here, you’ll also see a variety of sets, from two- to four-packs in numerous sizes, colors, and patterns.
In the $70 to $173 range, you’ll find Sunbrella outdoor pillows. Not all the pricier outdoor pillows are made from premium Sunbrella fabric, so it’s best to read the fine print. Even if it’s not Sunbrella, the fabric is likely thicker and better quality than that in lower-priced items. You’ll see two- to four-packs in all sizes, solid and patterns, and most pillows have edging or piping.
Q. Is there a way to keep outdoor accent pillows from sliding off furniture?
A. Outdoor accent pillows can slip off furniture and blow away in windy conditions. There are plenty of DIY solutions, like sewing ties on the pillow edges or putting small dots of industrial or outdoor hook-and-loop tape on the pillow and the furniture to connect them. Search for outdoor pillows that are made from rougher canvas or other textured, grippy, nonslip outdoor fabric that won’t slide off even the slickest outdoor seating.
Q. How do I clean mold and mildew off non-removable fabric on outdoor pillows?
A. Regardless of how resistant the fabric might be, you may spot some mold and mildew on outdoor pillows. Luckily, the fabric is durable enough to withstand some elbow grease. The easiest way to clean it is to prepare a solution of a quarter cup of mild soap in a gallon of lukewarm water. with a soft bristle cleaning brush, massage the solution into the fabric and let it soak in. Rinse thoroughly and air-dry the pillows.
Q. What is solution-dyed polyester or acrylic, and why is it used for outdoor fabrics?
A. Solution-dyed fabrics aren’t new. They’re used in all types of products, from commercial fabrics and carpets to items in your home, including outdoor furniture fabric. Solution-dyed fabrics are used because the process prevents the colors of the fabric from fading under harsh UV rays. When the fibers (polyester, acrylic, as well as nylon for other uses) are being made, they begin as a liquid chemical. Dye is added to the liquid and so penetrates the finished fibers. The color-embedded fiber then resists fading. With printed fabric, the dye is added later to the surface, which means the colors may fade faster.