Sizing Up Your Patio Furniture Cushions
If your outside furniture is looking old, outdated and dull, you may feel that nothing short of replacing it
will make your outdoor space look vibrant and inviting again. Before you go spending thousands of
dollars on a brand new set, you may want to consider some more cost-effective options for revitalizing
your old outdoor patio set and patio furniture cushions.
One simple option that is often overlooked is simply cleaning your set. Smooth over some rough spots
and paint it, if it’s metal, or apply protective oils to wooden outdoor furniture. But even after a cleaning,
sometimes your patio furniture may continue to look drab. That’s when you should consider giving them
the ultimate facelift with a new set of patio furniture cushions.
Buying new outdoor cushions may seem like a simple task, but there are certain considerations you
want to keep in mind so you get the best fit.
Before getting started, you must understand that your old cushions are probably flattened quite
a bit from their original state. So before taking any measurements, try to puff them back up to
their original shape by compressing the sides together.
Your calculations should be from side to side, not seam to seam. Measuring to the seams will
include some of the thickness or height of the cushion. If you include this in your measurement,
your cushions will be too wide and long.
With the above points in mind, start measuring from right to left to get the width of the patio
cushion. Write this measurement down as width.
Next, take the measurement of the depth, sometimes called the length, by measuring the
cushion from front to back. Write this down next to the previous measurement as length or
Choose your thickness (height). You can either measure this on the old cushion while trying to
prop it up or you can simply choose your desired thickness based on your personal preferences.
Two to four inches is typical for most furniture.
If your cushion has a back, take that measurement separately following the same procedure
Once these have all been accounted for, you must take into consideration is the actual shape of
your patio furniture. Does it have perfect right angles or is it U-shaped as is common with some
wicker furniture? Do the arms of your chair make the seat take on a “L” shape?
With all of these factors out of the way, now you get to have fun by choosing colors and fabric
textures. Solids, stripes, and floral prints are all popular as are canvas or linen weight fabrics.
Most patio furniture cushions are made of fabrics that resist mold and mildew, but to be sure
you get ones that will withstand the test of time, make sure to look for a brand name like
Sunbrella, the gold standard in the outdoor furniture cushion industry.