Marc Shotland, Sales and Marketing director of Home Fabrics, has this advice when furnishing outdoor living areas
When reupholstering furniture that lives outside, look for new generation outdoor fabrics like the UV Pro range, which are engineered to last several years without losing their unique properties.
Outdoor fabrics should be guaranteed colourfast and be water-, stain- and UV-resistant. They must also be comfortable to sit on.
When choosing cushion inners, make sure the material is mildew-resistant and dries quickly after being out in the rain.
If having umbrellas made up in these fabrics, choose those that block up to 90% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.