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Arden Outdoor Cushions

Posted in outdoor furniture by admin on the April 14th, 2011

Arden, the number one outdoor cushion and patio umbrella supplier in the United States, offers outdoor furniture cushions upholstered in solids, prints and woven fabrics made from blends of acrylic fibers, polyester, olefin, PVC – coated fibers and delicate spun polyester. Each fabric provides unique features when used in cushion upholstery.

Chair cushions covered with outdoor fabric made from acrylic fiber will be less affected by UV rays and will also be stain and soil resistant. Acrylic fibers aren’t prone to mildew or mold therefore are excellent in damp or humid areas like gardens and poolside areas. The top acrylic patio chair cushions tend to be a little more expensive and are often designed specifically for use with wrought iron, metal lounge chairs or pool furniture.

One of the most popular styles, is the Arden Regency Fern Stripe Sunbrella Acrylic Wrought Iron Chaise Cushion (upholstered in acrylic Sunbrella fabric), measuring 22.5 by 74.5, and priced at around $80.

The matching outdoor chair cushions (such as the Arden Regency Fern Stripe Sunbrella Acrylic Wrought Iron Chair Cushion) costs about $50. Both are available online – just click on the images.

Some of the Arden outdoor chair cushions are upholstered in blends of polyester and olefin fabric, woven in such a way as to have good strength and resist stains, although being reasonably priced. The olefin fibers give outdoor fabric a refined appearance that looks more expensive than it is.

Consider the Outdoor wicker chair cushion in a fun print with a thick 4 inch inner fill that costs about $24. Match with other items such as the Wicker Settee Outdoor Cushion, which is long and fits a loveseat-style armchair or bench that measures 41.5 inches by 18 inches. It’s priced at around $40.

Sometimes when hear the term PVC we think of tubes, but when it comes to the Arden outdoor furniture cushions that are upholstered with PVC fabric, what this means is that the yarn, usually polyester, has been coated with PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and refers to what’s commonly known as vinyl. These strengthened coated fibers are then woven into a hardy upholstery fabric, ideal for the outdoors, that’s strong and easy to keep clean since it doesn’t easily absorb moisture, soil or spills.

Many of the soft printed fabrics that are affordable and popularly used for upholstering outdoor cushions and decorative pillows, are made from spun polyester (sometimes regular polyester). Spun polyester fabric on outdoor chair cushions is soft, comfy and resistant to wrinkles, but unless treated isn’t as durable as acrylic, olefin blends or vinyl coated fabrics.

Here are some of the best replacement cushions that we recommend from the Arden collections. All the outdoor cushions can be ordered online.

1. outdoor cushions as decorative accents

Arden Husk Texture Toss Pillow is a classic square cushion that measures 14 by 14 inches. It’s 4 inches thick, filled with fluffy “blow fill”, and upholstered with soft, durable spun polyester outdoor fabric. Choose a variety of solid colors or patterns, such as the plain hunter green, black or stropped orange (which is pictured).

2. hinged chair cushions – portable seating pads

A hinged chair cushion is a versatile lightweight pad that stands on it’s own or rests on a chair. It’s great for portable garden furniture or for taking to the beach. It’s not a plush seat, with just 1.75 inches of lightweight polyester fill, but adequate as a pad. Order the Arden V526146A Hinged Chair Outdoor Cushion on Amazon.com.

3. patio chair cushions and matching settee designs

One of the most elegant patio chair cushions and settee sets are the ones called Arden Cushion for Wicker Settee (model number Y348536B-9X4) that cost about $50 for the long settee pads, and about $40 for the chair cushions. Matching accenting pillows are about $20. Get the complete 3 piece sets for around $100 or choose pieces separately as required.

4. cheap outdoor chair cushions for wicker, metal or wood seats

For a very reasonable price you can order the Arden Wicker outdoor Chair Cushions that have a variety of patterns, and although they’re designed for wicker furniture, they can be used on wooden or standard metal seats. The matching bench and loveseat cushions are also available.

5. outdoor furniture cushions for benches and swings

There’s a bench cushion that comes with ties and measures 44.5 inches that’s ideal for standard benches and offers excellent comfort because it’s filled with a double layer of polyester fiber fill. The outdoor fabric upholstery is a vibrant orange color with a pattern called Casa Marina made from spun polyester. Buy the Arden Casa Marina Orange Double Welt Pad outdoor furniture cushion from Amazon.

Order the matching chaise lounge cushion in the same Casa Marina pattern, also with the double layer of padding. The cushions fit chaise loungers that are up to 72 inches long.

To pair the Casa marina design with other pieces of outdoor furniture, buy the coordinating seat cushions, upholstered in the same fabric, filled with two layers of polyester fiber, for around $25.

Although bench cushion can also be used on some models of swings, Arden creates a complete line of outdoor swing replacement cushions. One is the (model number 53X20flor) Swing Cushion and the matching (model A412577b-9X8) Patio Chair Cushions that cost about $20.

6. versatile deep seat outdoor cushion set

For about $60 you can have a deep seat cushion that’s designed to fit a variety of standard outdoor chairs. The Arden (model number R557727A-9X4) Flange Deep Seat Set of Outdoor Cushion designs are upholstered in a dual Varina pattern and deep green solid fabric.

This plush cushion set has a five and a half inch polyester fiber filling and has been upholstered in a polyester fabric treated to resist UV rays (with a 500 hour UV rating). The cushions measure 24 inches square. They’re easy to clean with plain water.

Why Choose Arden Outdoor Cushions?

Arden offers some of the most affordable options in outdoor replacement cushions for standard patio furniture. All the products, including their garden umbrellas, are guaranteed because they use some of the best outdoor fabrics available, including the Sunbrella collections that are renowned for their durability.

While Arden specializes in replacement cushions, they also make garden umbrellas, so it’s possible to coordinate fabrics and create matching patio / garden sets instead of having plain white or green umbrellas and then choosing separate floral printed cushions and pillows. For example the Arden 9 inch Floral Garden Umbrella (model number A412690a-9X1) is amongst one in the Garden/ Patio Umbrellas & Shades collections that have a variety of prints, solids and stripes. Take a look at all the options available that match their replacement cushions for chairs, swings, benches, loveseats and benches.

The umbrella pictured cost about $70. It’s a three position tilted design with a crank and is covered with UV resistant fabric that matches other Arden items we feature.

Caring for Patio Chair Cushions and Protecting Outdoor Fabric

The cushions that Arden offers are called “water resistant” but that shouldn’t be confused with “waterproof”. Fabric cushions with polyester fill, although treated to resist UV rays and not retain mold or mildew, will be ruined if left outdoors in the rain. It’s recommended that all patio furniture seats with upholstered fabric cushions and pillows be covered with vinyl or treated outdoor furniture covers (such as the ones by Veranda) so that the furniture / cushions will last year after year. It’s a good idea to use a cushion bag, that’s vented to store cushions, pillows and lounge seat pads during off-seasons.

Pillow and Cushion Storage

During summer months, when patio chair cushions are in use, the best way to clean them is with pure water. In some cases, polyester or spun polyester fabrics that haven’t been treated with a special coating, may be washed with a small amount of detergent, but the key to avoiding mold, mildew and decay, is to dry, dry, dry the cushions in the open air on a sunny day. Don’t store outdoor cushion in a bag before they’ve been washed and thoroughly dried.

Buy one of the top rated storage systems, like the Veranda Patio Cushion Bag that’s versatile for chair, chaise lounge cushions and pillows. The Veranda outdoor furniture covers and storage bags are available online. The bag we suggest cost about $32 and is part of the Veranda series of outdoor furniture cover designs by Classic Accessories. Order now for $31.29, and if you’re in the United States, receive free shipping.

(Note: the Veranda storage bags are water replant, but the zipper doesn’t have a flap covering, therefore the bag can’t be left outside on a deck or patio where it may be rained upon. Store the bag indoors, or slide it under a patio table or piece of furniture, that’s protected with a cover.)

Cleaning and Protecting Products

It’s worthwhile to invest in a bottle of outdoor fabric and upholstery cleaner like the Simoniz products or the DuPont Teflon Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner that retails in 16 ounce spray bottles under $10. Buy some now to make sure your outdoor cushions stay fresh and protected.

It’s recommended to give your new or replacement cushions a spray of extra protection before they get soiled, as soon as you receive them. We suggest that when you order your pillows and cushions online you also add a bottle of 3M 4106D 10-Ounce Scotchgard Fabric Protector for Fabric and Upholstery (which costs under $6) and will repel liquid spills and stop stains from occurring in the first place.

The 3M spray won’t alter how your cushions look or feel, and they can still be washed and air dried as usual, just that they won’t be so easy to stain. The Scotchgard Fabric Protector is specifically designed to protect your seat cushions and pillows from soil, dust, mildew and moisture, and can even help if they get wet in an unexpected shower.

3M ScotchGuard has almost no odor, isn’t flammable and will give any upholstery a bit of extra UV protection even if cushions (seats, backs, swings, canopies) have already been protected with a factory UV inhibitor and water repellent. It’s a good idea to give cushions and pillows a quick spray of Scotchgard Fabric Protector, after they’ve been washed and dried, to replace the original UV protection, stain resistance and water repellency that may have been lost through use and washing.

Outdoor Patio Suggestions

For more information on outdoor fabric options, bench cushions by other manufacturers and swing cushions that are designed for wooden or canopy-covered models, please refer to related posts.

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