With fall just around the corner, many of us will be spending more time outdoors on patios and decks, and Sunbrella fabrics would be a great choice for your upholstered pieces there. Everyone knows Sunbrella as maker of the popular awning fabric, and today these fabrics are popular indoors and out because of their durability as well as their great style.
Sunbrella debuted in 1961 as an alternative to cotton, the most popular fabric being used in awnings back then. Sunbrella is made of acrylic fibers with pigmentation added prior to extrusion, offering the rich look and feel of cotton, but it doesn’t fade or degrade—even in the brightest sun. In the early eighties, Sunbrella expanded into outdoor furniture, especially umbrellas and furniture cushions made of Sunbrella fabric. By 2002, the line between indoor and outdoor use was disappearing when the team at Glen Raven created Sunbrella fabrics that matched the look and feel of fine custom fabrics. Today, Sunbrella fabrics are as likely to be chosen for their attractive design as much as they are for their durability.
These fabrics are stain-resistant and mildew-resistant. Also, homeowners who have pets occasionally tracking dirt and mud into the house are often fans of Sunbrella fabrics because of how easily they can be cleaned. If you would like to see some Sunbrella fabrics for yourself, please give us a call here at Panoply and we'll be glad to show you some samples from our resource library.