Whether you are replacing your current wicker furniture cushions or are in the process of purchasing your first wicker furniture set for your patio, garden or deck, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the number of choices you have. In addition to the size of the cushions, you will also need to consider the overall design, whether or not the material is best for outdoors, what color and pattern is best for your theme and any other decorative accessories.
Adding cushions to your outdoor wicker furniture is a great way to update the entire look and feel of the space. And if you already have cushions, chances are that you will need to replace them at one point, as prolonged exposure to rain and sunlight can fade and weaken the cushions and pillows. Whether you are searching for cushions for your chairs or benches, be sure to follow these tips to find the perfect styles for your home:
Measure before buying
Before you even consider the design, colors and patterns of your cushions, you will want to make sure to record accurate measurements for each piece. Not only do you need to take into consideration the width and the length, but also keep in mind the thickness. The thickness is particularly important as this will likely affect the level of comfort for your cushions.
Furthermore, while seat cushions may be more forgiving, such as those for open wicker chairs, you’ll have a more difficult time trying to snuggly fit your bench cushions if they are too long for the piece.
Settle on a design
When buying outdoor chair cushions, you’ll usually have two styles to choose from: a single piece that is long enough to cover both the seat and the back of the chair, or two separate pieces that can easily be securely tied to the chair. The one-piece option is most suitable for structured patio chairs that have upright frames and arms. On the other hand, if you have benches or armless wicker chairs, you might want to opt for just outdoor seat cushions, instead of one piece seat and back cushions, as these tend to not shift as much.
When it comes to color and design, you can either complement or contrast with your current decorating scheme. For a nautical theme, look for red and white stripes. Going for a high-end cabana feeling? Black and white stripes will do the trick. If you’re going for a more exotic feel, a fun tropical print will be perfect, especially during the summer.
Make sure the material of your cushions are suitable for the outdoors
This is a no-brainer– since your outdoor wicker furniture will likely be exposed to a wide range of elements, you will want to make sure that the cushions you choose are weather-resistant and UV-hardy. Cushions that are manufactured to resist UV rays and rain will obviously last much longer than cushions that aren’t. In addition to prolonging the life of the cushions, weather-treated cushions are less likely to develop mold and mildew during periods of heavy rain or humidity.
Cushions for wicker furniture offer much more than simply an aesthetic appeal; they help improve your sitting comfort. Whether you’re browsing for cushions for your benches, ottomans or love seat, be sure to keep these tips in mind.