Sunbrella: The Outdoor Performance Fabric of Choice for Australia’s Top Resorts

Sunbrella: The Outdoor Performance Fabric of Choice for Australia’s Top Resorts
April 8, 2014 Cushion Factory
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Outdoor furnishings need to be weather resistant. Unfortunately most ordinary fabrics are neither UV resistant nor waterproof. They look perfectly fine to begin with, great even, but after a few weeks of continual exposure to the harsh sun, rain, and other elements, ordinary fabrics fade and lose their lustre. This is why Australia’s top resorts (and anyone else who takes pride in their outdoor furniture) choose Sunbrella fabric for their outdoor furniture cushions.

What is Sunbrella?

Sunbrella fabric is a special 100% solution-dyed acrylic fabric made by Glen Raven. This fabric is specifically designed for outdoor use and is UV, mould, mildew, water and stain resistant. Or in other words, the stuff is practically bullet proof and no matter how much sun, rain, sun lotion or red wine it is subjected to, it still looks fantastic. Fortunately for us, you don’t have to be a resort owner to buy it for your outdoor cushions.

What is Sunbrella Used For?

There are many applications where Sunbrella fabric can be used. Outdoor furniture cushions are a popular use for Sunbrella, particularly in busy resorts and hotels, but boat owners love Sunbrella, too, as it is perfectly suited to cushions on boat seats as well as boat covers. You will also see Sunbrella used in restaurant and café awnings.

What Is So Great about Sunbrella?

Sunbrella is the ultimate in low maintenance fabrics. It won’t fade in the sun or let water in if used as a cover. It is also very tough and can be cleaned using mild detergents if necessary. But despite the fact that Sunbrella is exceptionally hard wearing, it feels comfortable to the touch and is available in a range of different colours and patterns. This makes it the perfect choice for outdoor cushion covers.

Is it Sunbrella?

Unfortunately, Sunbrella is such a popular fabric that there are now many cheap imitations that look virtually identical. But whilst these look-alikes appear to be the same fabric, they don’t have the same UV resistance or water repellent characteristics, so your outdoor cushions will soon fade and lose their colour.

In order to protect your investment, it is essential that you buy your outdoor cushions from a reputable supplier. Cushions made from cheaper alternatives will not stand the test of time and you won’t be able to enjoy them for long. Sunbrella may be a more expensive choice of fabric, but you get what you pay for and it if sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


As the unofficial ‘cushion experts’, Outdoor Factory would love to help you create a space that you and your guests can’t wait to relax in.

Say goodbye to those old, faded cushions or that bare space, order your new cushions today.


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