Replacement cushions for outdoor furniture are needed from time to time to update or to simply replace worn out, mold-covered, or outdated designs, which make your patio set look bad. Going with new pads, rather than replacing an entire outdoor furniture set makes a lot of sense, since it is much cheaper and cost effective to do so. In this article, I’d like to share some information on replacement cushions, including how to get the best value for your money, how to keep them looking new, and how much you can expect to pay for them when you are shopping.
Finding Quality Replacement Cushions for Patio Furniture
There are many different way to compare the quality of the items you select, many of which go well beyond simply finding the cheapest ones available for sale online or in the stores. The suggestions below will help you get more value for your money and find bargains, while keeping quality in mind as you shop around. There is much more to consider than price when it comes to shopping.
Type of Padding: Crushed padding, which mats down and flattens, is one of the main culprits in ruining the outdoor chair cushion replacements. Be sure to select a good, relatively firm interior pad, which springs back when you compress it. This will be a sign of a quality cushion that isn’t likely to crush and lose some of its comfort over time. This is one of the most important things you can compare when you are shopping and trying to get the best value for your money.
Memory Foam: Memory foam is very comfortable and relatively affordable. They are becoming more popular, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding memory foam outdoor chair cushions as you shop around for the best deals possible. This type of padding has become very popular and will likely continue to be very popular for a number of years to come.
Water Resistance: If you can find pad with water resistant or even waterproof covers, they are probably going to last a lot longer. Those which are waterproof are available as well, although the fabric is somewhat ‘rough’ to the touch, which would not be nearly as comfortable on bare skin, which is common when wearing shorts or a bathing suit. Comfort is always something to keep in mind, and balanced with durability and quality. When items are wet, especially those inside of a covering, like these, they are prone to mold and mildew growth, which will break them down and ruin them pretty quickly.
Keep Replacement Lawn Chair Pads Looking Great
Waterproof: You can buy waterproof spray and use it on your outdoor replacement patio furniture cushions. This will help to repel the water, so it doesn’t soak in. It helps to reduce mildew and mold growth. In addition, it can help to repel liquids that would otherwise stain the cushions and make them look shabby. It’s a cheap way to make sure they look good for many extra years to come.
Store Inside: The weather will reduce the life of your pads. Not only does the sun bleach out fabric, but wet pads and fabric is prone to mildew. Keep them inside, if possible, when not in use and they will look great for a lot longer period of time and they will last a lot longer. You will likely get many more years out of them, which means many extra summer seasons without having to spend any extra money. You don’t have to keep them in your house though, since a garage or even covered shed will probably do the trick just fine. If this simply isn’t an option, a quality set of covers might be okay, but they will hold moisture.
Shield from Sun: Few things will fade colors nearly as quickly as the sun. In fact, about the only thing which would fade fabric more than the sun, over time, is bleach. If you don’t have a covered porch or a shade tree that shelters your furniture from the sun, you can either cover them up or move them when they are not in use. This will help to keep replacement outdoor furniture chair cushions looking great for many years to come.
Wash Regularly: Washing your outdoor chair cushions does more than just keep them free of dirt; it actually cleans of the mold and helps to resist the growth of future mold. This will help to keep them looking great and will help them last longer, since mold and mildew will be eliminated, for the most part, when you wash routinely. This is a key component in making it last for many years to come.
Treat Fabric: Stain resisting sprays are generally a good idea, but of course, you will want to check to make sure they will not make the fabric bleed or fade. This is more of a thing to make the fabric look great, by resisting stains, more than anything else. Spills will happen, so this does make a lot of sense to help keep them looking great and stain free for a long time to come.
Replacement Covers: If possible, assuming you have regular size cushions, you might want to make sure replacement covers are available. They are generally quite a bit cheaper than the entire cushion, and make it easier and cheaper to update the colors and styles, if you should happen to need to do this. Of course, times do change, so the sizes can change as well, making a common size today, a not so common size tomorrow.
Don’t Be Cheap: You might save a ton of money if you go cheap, but you might not get the best quality. Now, there is nothing wrong with finding something that’s value priced, assuming the level of quality is sufficient. You can find good quality, for the most part, by only spending just a little more money than you can buy the cheapest replacement cushions for outdoor furniture.