Cushion Construction

A host of waterproofing options

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No Outdoor Cushion Is Impervious To The elements, meaning they’re not meant to be left out in the rain, even though they are water-resistant.

Sarasota, Florida–based Windward makes all of its cushions in house and offers several different options to help make cushions water-resistant including waterproof cushion liners and reticulated foam.

“The level of waterproofing needed depends on the customer and application,” says Carrie Morales, executive vice president, Windward. “Not all of our fabrics are offered as waterproof, but there are numerous options to choose from between Sunbrella’s Rain collection and Outdura’s Weathertex.

“If a waterproof fabric isn’t chosen, there are still solutions to keep the cushion core from retaining water, like using a waterproof cushion liner or a reticulated foam core.”

Reticulated foam is a very porous, low density solid foam. “Reticulated,” means “like a net,” and these foam cores have extremely open cells, which allow water to drain through easily.

At Gloster, president Eric Parsons describes reticulated foam seating as “firm, firmer and firmest.” He recommends so indoor foam with a water-resistant coating for standard deep seating, as there’s a greater variety of density and comfort available.

“It’s a more comfy sit,” Parsons says. “But it’s not as water-friendly as reticulated foam, so you should cover or bring in the cushions if sustained rains are expected.”

Then there’s Gloster’s fully upholstered outdoor lounge. “These cushions are designed to be virtually waterproof,” Parsons says, “thanks to innovative fabrics and reticulated foam with a Dacron wrap.”

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