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Compelling Facts To Know When Choosing Outdoor Pillows

Indoor and outdoor throw pillows serve both an aesthetic and a functional purpose and are commonly used to decorate with to tie in color accents from the surrounding colors in and around our homes. There are compelling differences when it comes to outdoor pillows and their exposure to the weather related elements that you should know. 

We will be your guide and walk you through everything you need to know to make an informed decision when selecting the best outdoor cushions available to make your backyard home entertaining space an oasis.


  • Water-resistant simply means it is designed to resist though not entirely preventing the penetration of water but offers a slightly less complete barricade from the rain and other forms of water.  The material is coated with a very thin layer of factory based fluoropolymer substance that will repel droplets of water but will eventually absorb moisture and become saturated over time. Most factory-applied treatments will decompose eventually with the exposure to sun and water and need to be reapplied.
  • Waterproof means no water should be able to seep through the cover into the Polyester fiberfill inside the pillow.  It could be treated with a material (such as a solution of rubber) to prevent permeation by water. It also means the outside fabric will not absorb water or moisture. Using the term waterproof does not mean that this is a permanent condition, and that whatever has been ‘waterproofed’ will never fail due to contact with water–no matter the situation. 

Remember these differences when it comes to determining the best material for your outdoor pillows, then take into consideration where you’ll be using them. Throw pillows used in outdoor spaces like a covered patio or deck area that are protected from the extreme elements can be a little less expensive.

On the other hand, outdoor seating options like a garden bench, pool seating, or seating around a campfire will have cushions that will be exposed to the elements all the time, so they should be designed with a material that can stand up to precipitation and sunlight conditions.

There’s is no shortage of possibilities for material used for outdoor pillows. You can choose from natural, synthetic, hardy, more delicate—the possibilities are endless. Here are some of the more popular options:

Polyolefin Fiber/ Polypropylene

  • Olefin fiber is a synthetic fiber made from a polyolefin, such as polypropylene.  It is an incredibly durable fabric that holds it colorfastness and is resistant to staining, mildew, abrasion, and sunlight. This man-made material is often used in wallpaper, carpeting, ropes, vehicle interiors and for both pillow inserts and pillow coverings, but still can be stiff and uncompromising.


  • Vinyl is a synthetic resin or plastic consisting of polyvinyl chloride or a related polymer, used especially for wallpapers and other covering materials. While it is easy to clean and relatively strong, vinyl becomes hot to the touch when temperatures rise and does not absorb moisture, making for an unpleasant summer experience.

Cotton Duck

  • Cotton duck also simply duck, sometimes duck cloth or duck canvas — commonly called "canvas" outside the textile industry — is a heavy, plain-woven cotton fabric. It's a fabric that is woven with two yarns together in the warp and a single yarn in the weft.  This fabric is commonly used in tents, stroller covers, work wear clothing, outdoor pillows and other products in which durability is a crucial element.

Texteline Fabric 

  • Texteline (or Textoline) is a generic term for synthetic fabrics. Texteline are high strength polyesters with PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) compounds or synthetics that are made from woven polyester covered in PVC (vinyl).  Due to its PVC coating it can be less comfortable than natural fabrics. It holds up well when exposed to the elements and often used in outdoor and garden furniture due to UV resistance, comfort and ease of cleaning.


  • Cotton has been used for centuries for outdoor cushions. Cotton canvas is a popular choice for those looking for a balance of comfort and affordability but is prone to mildew and fading if not treated before use.


  • Polyester outdoor pillows are 100% woven polyester and designed to resist fading up to 500 sunlight hours with a UV treated resistance material safeguarded for year around protection. They are constructed with a rot resistant thread that prevents pillows from mold and mildew while providing lasting durability but still recommended to be brought indoors when not in use to extend the life of the product. They can be easily cleaned with warm water and mild soapy solution. 

Solution-Dyed Acrylic 

  • Solution-dyed acrylic is another synthetic option that resists mildew and fading very well, and will remain soft to the touch and comfortable during all seasons.These fabrics have a higher abrasion resistance (stated in double-rubs) as well, making them perfect for outdoor upholstery, cushions and pillows. Although these fabrics are made to resist the outdoor elements, it is recommended to bring under cover when not in use to help prolong their life. The best waterproof fabric for outdoor cushions is synthetic plastic material like vinyl, or, to a certain extent, polypropylene. While the other fabrics can be water-repellent to a certain degree, they are not truly waterproof.

I'm confident these tips will be helpful when selecting the best outdoor pillows for your gorgeous outdoor spaces.

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