Patio Materials


A row of colourful Kenzo pillows on outdoor furniture

Protecting your outdoor cushions from water is essential to making sure they remain a vibrant and comfortable part of your backyard decor for years to come. The best way to protect your cushions and make them last longer is to begin with high-quality material and then preserve that material to offer maximum effectiveness.


Outdoor cushions can become damp from consistent rain, morning dew, or even your sprinkler. Many outdoor cushion brands are water-resistant; however, some manufacturers are better than others in this area. 

When poor-quality outdoor cushions get soaked through with water, the foam filling can take a while to dry out. If the foam doesn’t dry properly, it can hold moisture for too long, which may lead to mould. Another culprit of mould is spillages from alcohol and other beverages. 

For everyday life and entertaining, it’s vital to have high-quality, moisture-wicking outdoor cushions to bring you the peace of mind you need and stop worrying about your outdoor cushions simply getting wet.

A list of three ways you can keep your outdoor patio cushions dry


The weather can be unpredictable here in Calgary. One minute you might be enjoying the sun, and a couple of hours later, the weather might turn toward thunderstorms and heavy rain. These sudden weather changes can make the common strategy of moving your cushions under cover difficult. 

In times when you don’t have the time to bring your outdoor cushions inside, or they do get wet, it’s nice to have peace of mind. High-quality products can often withstand moisture for longer, making them last longer and reducing the risk of growing mould and mildew.

Quality products are always a safe way to go in terms of making an investment. While quality outdoor cushions may have a higher initial cost, the return on your investment is greater than low-quality products since you don’t have to replace them every year. 

Outstanding Product Difference

Sunbrella, Outdura, and Temptoest fabrics are some of the world’s leading outdoor and indoor upholstery manufacturers. Their product quality is revered in the outdoor furniture industry. All three manufacturer’s materials are UV resistant, hold their colour over time, and are easy to clean. 

When it comes to water resistance, Sunbrella, Outdura, and Temptest fabrics are designed to withstand high volumes of moisture and wick away hydration to protect the inner foam layers. Since the material is moisture-wicking and easy to clean, it’s highly resistant to mould and mildew.

Another benefit of these high-quality fabrics is that they are quick-drying, so even when they get wet, it won’t be long until you can sit outside and enjoy your outdoor space again. 


You can treat your cushions with a silicone waterproof spray to offer additional protection. Taking extra steps to care for your outdoor cushions by treating them with waterproofing spray or keeping them clean can help them maintain their quality for longer.

You might also consider using a plastic cover to protect your outdoor cushions. Plastic is waterproof and lightweight, making it an excellent option to add further water resistance to your patio cushions. If you don’t want to keep your cushions covered all the time, consider larger sheets you can lay out on top of your furniture.

White and brown outdoor furniture cushions resting on a Avallon curved sectional


Another effective way to protect your furniture is to invest in a high-quality patio umbrella or cantilever. Depending on the level of wind you get in your area, a water-repellent patio umbrella or cantilever can sit over your patio furniture to offer maximum protection.

Umbrellas and cantilevers benefit from blocking ultraviolet rays from the sun, which helps your outdoor cushions remain vibrant for longer.


Finding the right outdoor cushions is essential to making your space the oasis you’ve always dreamed it could be. From sofa and chair sets to sectionals and more, your cushions are just as important as high-quality frame materials. 

When shopping for outdoor furniture and accessories, it can be tempting to go with an inexpensive but lower-quality option. However, if you want your outdoor oasis to be more affordable in the long run, investing in quality products is the way.

If you’re unsure of which products to invest in, don’t worry—we’re here to help. Get in touch with our team to book a professional consultation, and we’ll get started on planning your dream outdoor space.

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