Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Replacement Cushions - Revitalize Your Patio

Adding New Cushions OR Replacing Existing Cushions - Make Your Patio BRAND NEW!

An affordable way to renew your outdoor living area is to update your existing furniture with replacement cushions.  Depending on the age of the cushions being replaced - you can either order covers only OR opt to replace both the covers and the foam for a fresh new look.  

Foam should be replaced if there is mold growing on the inside or if atrophy (misshape/sagging) has occurred as well if there is a not-so-pleasant smell coming from the foam when unzipped for inspection.  There are two types of foam when having new cushions made.  High Density Polyeurathane Foam or Outdoor Dryfast Foam.  If your cushions are going to be in a covered or protected area the High Density Foam is more affordable and is a more comfortable foam to use.  The Outdoor Dryfast Foam is ideal for totally exposed cushions as they will dry quick should they get wet frequently, but this foam is a little bit more expensive the the more superior high density foam.

When selecting your fabric for outdoor use the leader in the industry is Sunbrella Furniture Grade Fabric.  Sunbrella manufactures a variety of colors and weaves to choose from making your design selection easy!  Solids, Stripes, Specialty weaves and Jacquards all come with a 5 year warranty against fade, mildew and water resistancy...ideal for outdoor use OR indoor high-performance areas.

Sunbrella Solid 5416 Aruba
Sunbrella Stripe 56001 Dolce Oasis

Sunbrella Specialty Weave 8050 Dupione Paradise
Sunbrella Jacquard 45706-000- El Greco Calypso

After you have selected the fabric material for the body of your cushions its time to decide on your cushion style.  Cushion styles vary company to company; however, the most popular cushion styles are: Wrap Around, Boxed and Welted, Boxed Contrast Welt, Wrap Around with Side Piping, Boxed No Welt or Centerseam with Butterfly Pleats.  Any reputable cushion manufacturer should offer these styles at the minimum for you to choose from.  As well, labor to produce your cushions should remain the same!  The only additional charge should be when you opt to use a CONTRAST WELT, which would be a per yard cost for the material to make the welt.  Do not pay extra for your cushion style selection and be sure that your new covers are made with zippers.  The benefit to manufacturing your new cushions with Sunbrella is that they are machine-washable.  (Visit my BLOG section for a great Cleaning and Care Sheet for cleaning instructions.)  To see images of the different cushions styles visit: Cushion Styles.

Making sure your cushions are a perfect fit to your furniture should be easy!  Replacement cushion sizes and templates are readily available for big brand manufacturer's OR you may supply the dimensions yourself.  If you are hesitant to provide dimensions yourself you may also send a template of an existing cover to your manufacturer to ensure the replication is exactly to your original cushions.  Some replacement cushion covers dimensions and templates are readily available by the cushion manfucaturer making it even easier for their clients.  Some popular furniture manufacturer's are - Smith and Hawken (now sold through Target Stores), Gloster Furniture, Brown Jordan, Summer Classics as well as Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.

The final touch to any outdoor living room is accent pillows!  These come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are an affordable way to brighten up your patio and add a more custom design aspect to your home.  To view some great pillow styles visit: Patio Accent and Throw Pillows.

When you are ready to send in your request for custom cushions or throw pillows - submit your inquiry via email or by using an easy Custom Cushion Quote Form like: Custom Cushion Quoting Form.  All quotes should be answered in a timely manner - within 24 hours - and manufacturing should not be longer than 2 to 4 weeks with any reputable cushion manufacturer.

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