How do I Choose the Best Patio Chair Cushions?

K. K. Lowen

When shopping for patio chair cushions, there is more to consider than simply the cost. You may first want to decide what type of cushion you need because there are many kinds available, including chaise lounge cushions, upright chair cushions, and seat-only cushions. Once you have decided on a style that will suit your needs, you can focus on finding an appropriate material, color, and pattern.

Polyester fabric, which is often used to make patio chair cushions.
Polyester fabric, which is often used to make patio chair cushions.

Polyester is a common material for both the cover and filling in patio chair cushions. If you choose polyester, your cushions will look newer for longer periods of time because polyester is fade, stain, and wrinkle resistant. Another benefit to polyester is increased durability and environmental resistance. Natural fibers, such as cotton, are much more prone to fading and may mold or deteriorate if left outside. If you choose to purchase cushions covered in a natural material, you will increase the product life by bringing the patio chair cushions inside at night and during harsh weather.

Patio chair cushions are available in countless colors and designs.
Patio chair cushions are available in countless colors and designs.

Patio chair cushions are available in countless colors and designs. When choosing colors and patterns, you may want to keep in mind the color of the chair itself to avoid clashing. Matching the colors with other outdoor items, such as patio umbrellas, is also a good idea. If children or teens use the patio frequently, a bright and fun pattern may be fitting. A solid-colored patio cushion with pillows for accents will allow you to easily change the look of your furniture.

Choosing between Velcro® straps, tie straps, and strapless styles is another aspect to consider before making your purchase. Strapless cushions may be a bad idea for chairs made of slick materials, such as plastic and some metals, because the patio cushions may slide off the chair when not in use. In windy areas, the cushions could blow off the chairs as well. Both tie straps and Velcro® straps alleviate this problem, but tie straps may rip over time because they are generally thin and exposed to the elements. Velcro® straps tend to be wider, which may prevent tearing.

Store selections may vary depending on the time of year. During the winter months, stores tend to carry fewer cushion varieties, especially in areas where the weather gets cold. You may have better luck shopping for patio chair cushions if you make your purchase in the spring or summer seasons. To find cushions that suit your needs, style, and budget during the off season, online shopping may be easiest.

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Patio cushions with vibrant colors or interesting patterns stand out and give your patio a little extra boost of color. They also look great against neutrally-colored furniture by contrasting it with fun colors and designs.


I think it is nice to match your patio chair cushions to the exterior colors on and around your house. For example, matching them to the color of your house trim and shutters creates a nice, stylish effect.

Another way to make the colors of your patio chair cushions stand out is to match them to the colors of any flowers that you have around the front of your house. This creates a homey feeling and also give your home nice curb appeal.


If your patio furniture is exposed to the elements, patio chair cushions that are made of a vinyl-like material will last the longest in my opinion. They are waterproof and durable, and are also easy to clean with a little soap and water. Unlike fabric cushions, vinyl chair cushions also dry off easily after being washed or caught in a rainstorm.

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