Outdoor Furniture Fabric Options
Outdoor Upholstery for Commercial Projects
Upholstered —such as lounge chairs, dining chairs, and sofas—does not have to be limited to the indoors. There is a wide range of outdoor furniture fabric available on the commercial interior design market. However, designers must carefully specify fabric for the outdoors, since it must stand up to potentially large shifts in temperature, the sun’s harsh rays, as well as precipitation—aside from the usual issues related to wear and tear.
There are several types of outdoor upholstery products, and they can be labeled as indoor/outdoor fabric, all-weather fabric, waterproof fabric, and weather-proof or weather-resistant fabric. Many outdoor fabrics are made with polyester or acrylic, which can be solution-dyed or printed. Often fabric meant for outdoor applications is treated with a water-repellant guard in the factory.
A high-quality outdoor fabric will dry quickly, be breathable, and prevent the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. It should also be easy to clean and maintain. Outdoor fabrics will display a cleanability code that maintenance staff can reference. Eventually, most outdoor fabrics fade, so designers should keep that in mind when choosing colors and patterns. For especially high-traffic areas and locations near bodies of water, marine-grade fabric can stand up to more wear and tear than many standard outdoor fabrics.
Leading outdoor upholstery manufacturers include Bella-Dura, Holly Hunt, Robert Allen, and Sunbrella. Contract often features new outdoor upholstery products that can be specified for outdoor furnishings for commercial projects.