Garden chair cushions are not only available for garden chairs. They are also for benches, sofas, rocking chairs, gliders, low backs and many other types of outdoor furniture. For the most part, they are generally made of a tough fabric like twill or canvas with some type of decorative backing, like wood or plastic. The variety of designs makes them suitable for almost any home or garden. Some of the more popular materials used in garden chair cushions are
The most common material used for garden chairs is twill. This fabric is sturdy and long lasting and is easy to maintain. However, if you have very thick or heavy furniture, the fabric may not be strong enough to withstand it. In addition, there are a few disadvantages of using twill in your outdoor decorating.
One advantage of twill in garden chairs is that they are very versatile. They are available in a variety of colors and styles and you can find one for any occasion. In addition, they are relatively inexpensive and come in a number of different styles. Twill in garden chair cushions are often one of the easiest kinds to match with any other outdoor decor. You just have to decide what color you want and what pattern.
Two other fabrics that are quite popular in garden decor are canvas and rubber. Canvas is an easy to care for fabric and its wide availability means that it is a practical choice as well. Although it is a durable fabric, it does not stain easily and one elastic side tends to give, which may cause it to lose its shape when used over time.
Rubber is another durable fabric that is easy to care for and inexpensive. It is stain resistant, but not so stain proof as canvas, so it does have one elastic side that tends to go out of place. One advantage is that rubber is very durable and because it is available in such a wide variety of colors, it can fit in with many different garden chair patterns.
Cotton is another very comfortable fabric that is very popular. It tends to be mildew resistant and will withstand exposure to sunlight. However, it is not as durable as either wool or nylon and is one of the more expensive fabrics on the market. Cotton garden chair cushions will require one less elastic side to go out of position and they are usually available only in a few standard colors. If one area has a particularly nasty stain, then you may need to order special stain removers or even have the cushion reupholstered, but it is relatively easy to clean and if you make the effort, it is a very low cost investment.
The third and most popular type of cushion is a one-piece wooden frame that offers two-way comfort. The frame can be made from cedar, redwood or teak and the one-piece cushion is available in a variety of designs and colors. These are relatively easy to clean since you just need soap and water and a feather duster or wash cloth. One advantage is that there are usually many different colors available so if you do purchase a cedar frame for your cushion, you will have many choices. Some people like to match their garden chair cushions to the decor in the garden and others want the cushions to blend in totally with the decor. One disadvantage of a one-piece frame cushion is that it tends to be smaller than other styles, so one frame may not be adequate for a large garden.
Foam garden chair cushions offer a much larger range of choice in terms of color, pattern and design. They are easy to maintain since they are not as durable as cotton or rubber and may not last as long as traditional materials, but some people still like them. There is one disadvantage and that is that they are heavier than other cushion styles, but many people like them because of the comfort they provide. There are several different patterns available, including animal print, camouflage print and even zebra print. Most of these are suitable for children and there are even some foam cushions with built-in slides to protect the chair in high traffic areas.