How do I Choose the Best Lawn Chair Cushions?

Dan Cavallari

Lawn chair cushions are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, materials, and thicknesses. The most important qualities of good lawn chair cushions are water resistance, ease of cleaning, and durability. First and foremost, be sure to choose lawn chair cushions that will fit your chairs. Decide if you want a cushion for the seat, the seat back, or both, and determine your budget for purchasing the cushions. The filling of the cushions will have an effect both on the comfort of the cushion and the cushion's resistance to water damage and mold build-up. Choose between natural and synthetic fibers.

It's important to get moisture-resistant lawn chair cushions in order to prevent mold and mildew from forming.
It's important to get moisture-resistant lawn chair cushions in order to prevent mold and mildew from forming.

Synthetic fibers are generally water-resistant by nature and will usually be cheaper than natural fibers such as cotton. If you are environmentally conscious, however, natural fill may be a better but less convenient choice. The same applies for the casing of the cushion: synthetic materials such as nylon will be naturally resistant to moisture damage such as mold and mildew build up, while natural fibers will be more prone to become waterlogged and mold infested. If you choose to buy natural fiber lawn chair cushions, it would be a wise decision to store them inside and bring them outside when you are ready to use them.

The size of the cushion will be important as well. Lawn chairs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so lawn chair cushions will also come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Be sure to pick a cushion that will fit your lawn chairs properly, and be sure the cushions feature some method by which they can be secured to the chair. This may mean fabric ties or even Velcro® straps are sewn into the cushion. Such securing methods will prevent the cushion from shifting during use, thereby eliminating any possible discomfort due to the cushion being out of place.

If the lawn chair cushions you choose are synthetic, make sure they are able to be cleaned easily with a garden hose or damp cloth. If the lawn chair cushions are made from natural fibers, check to make sure the cushions are machine washable; if they are not, be sure to note the cleaning method written on the tags sewn into the cushion. The size, shape, materials, ease of cleaning, and additional features will all have an effect on the price of the cushions, so make a note of how much the cushion costs before purchasing it.

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