Out­door fab­ric

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Whether wood or metal, most out­door fur­ni­ture will be more com­fort­able with a few cush­ions. With an ever-grow­ing de­mand for out­door fab­rics, fully up­hol­stered out­door fur­ni­ture takes ‘fresh air liv­ing’ to the next level. “From out­door vel­vets, faux leathers and che­nilles to jacquards and prints in a huge va­ri­ety of de­signs from tra­di­tional to con­tem­po­rary, there are plenty of op­tions avail­able,” says June da Silva of Her­tex.

AD­VAN­TAGES Fab­ric cre­ates a lux­u­ri­ous look and feel and some out­door fab­rics of­fer a stain-re­sis­tant fin­ish, mak­ing it ideal for full sun ex­po­sure. It is also wa­ter-re­pel­lent with best colour fast­ness. In­ter­na­tional brand Sun­brella Fab­rics is your best bet, as this is what is used on boats – but it is costly!

DRAW­BACKS Even though the fab­ric is de­signed for out­door use, cush­ions should be brought un­der cover when not in use. Out­door prints do not en­joy greater light fast­ness and are not rec­om­mended for con­stant ex­po­sure to di­rect sun­light.

MAIN­TE­NANCE Reg­u­lar wash­ing and vac­u­um­ing is rec­om­mended as mildew can grow on the dust that sits on the fab­ric, even if the fab­ric has an anti-mildew fin­ish.

RE­MEM­BER When it comes to up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture, also con­sider the foam used for in­ners, says Mia of Pa­tio Ware­house. “Thanks to new tech­nol­ogy, ex­tra-large open cells per­mit max­i­mum wa­ter drainage and air cir­cu­la­tion so that wa­ter can seep through quicker, al­low­ing up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture to dry faster. Look for the la­bel “quick dry foam”.

Cozy two-seater sofa with alu­minium frame and out­door foam and fab­ric R13 280, Pa­tio Ware­house Bean­bag cov­ered in out­door para­sol so­lu­tion-dyed polyester fab­ric R750–R1 500, Tradewinds

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