Private backyards, charming patios, scenic balconies—all these lounging spaces can benefit from furniture with comfortable outdoor cushions. These cushions are specifically designed to handle outdoor weather and wear, featuring covers that are removable for washing. Outdoor cushions come in different sizes and shapes to suit an array of furniture; outdoor benches and loveseats, lounge chairs, patio chairs, Adirondack chairs, and more.
When selecting the best outdoor cushions for your space, size is an important consideration. Measure outdoor furniture seating you plan to place the cushion on, to make sure it will fit the intended spot. Outdoor cushions vary in thickness as well, with a standard depth between 19 and 23 inches thick. If your priority is comfort, deeper cushions between 24 and 26 inches thick may be more suitable.
The most common fill options for outdoor cushions are foam and polyester. Foam varies in density, with denser options offering more support. Dacron foam, for instance, is very firm and gives cushions a full and well-kept appearance. Polyester fiberfill is a fluffy and comfortable material that’s more affordable than foam. Unless the cushion contains extra fill or a combination of polyester and foam, these cushions will flatten out over time.
The cover material you choose for outdoor cushions does matter. Different materials have their own functional benefits and downsides:
- Vinyl (PVC) covers are among the least expensive options. Vinyl is durable, water resistant, and stain resistant; on the other hand, this fabric can get extremely hot in the sun and PVC is non-recyclable.
- Polyester covers are similarly water- and stain-resistant. Polyester dries more quickly than vinyl, making it resistant to mold and mildew. While polyester is affordable, this material is one most detrimental to the environment.
- Cotton canvas is another economical option, and is generally machine washable. Downsides to this fabric include lack of water resistance, which can cause problems with mold and mildew, and vulnerability to staining.
- Textilene features a woven mesh of polyester yarns coated with PVC. This synthetic material is durable and waterproof, but will get hot and experience color fading in the sun.
- Olefin (polypropylene) is durable, stain resistant, water resistant, and maintains its color. This fabric is an upcycled material, so it’s better for the environment compared to vinyl and texteline.
Some outdoor cushions include ties, which keep the cushions in place when you move around, stand up, and sit down. The ties prevent strong winds from blowing cushions off furniture, and also keep the cushions clean by preventing them from falling to the ground. Not all outdoor cushions are built with ties, so be sure to check for this feature if it’s something you’re interested in.
Lastly, consider the aesthetics of an outdoor cushion. Some cushion covers contain decorative elements like tufts and welting (thin piping along the edge of the cushion cover that accentuates the cushion’s shape). Outdoor cushion covers are available in different colors, patterns, and prints. You can opt for a neutral shade to blend in with surrounding decor, match the color of other outdoor furniture, or choose a bright shade or striking print that stands out.
Our Top Picks
With those shopping considerations in mind, the following top picks are among the best outdoor cushions for different types of patio, deck, and porch seating.
The Montlake Chaise Lounge Cushion is our top pick for poolside and backyard lounging. This chaise cushion includes a semi-firm, 3-inch foam fill that provides optimal comfort while relaxing in a reclined position. Its fade-safe, water resistant, and stain resistant cover keep the rain out and protect the foam interior. Convenient ties on the bottom secure the cushion to the chair it’s placed on.
Double-stitched construction and bound interior seams offer additional strength and durability. The Montlake lounge cushion is designed to be enjoyed for years, and its high-quality construction offers incredible value. This lounge cushion is available in three sizes and 10 colors to best suit your space.
These tufted Pillow Perfect cushions come in a deep red shade that can provide a splash of color and classic style to outdoor spaces. The indoor-outdoor cushions are filled with 100 percent recycled polyester fiberfill to give them a plush and cozy feel. This 2-piece set is reasonably priced, and can be purchased along with a pair of lumbar or throw pillows (sold separately).
The exterior fabric contains durable polyester that’s resistant to water and color fading. The cushions are 19 by 19 inches square and have a rounded back, so they won’t fit every patio chair set. The seat cushions should be spot-cleaned only with water and mild detergent.
Quality Outdoor Living’s Deep Seating Chair Cushion is a durable and supportive option for larger patio chairs, measuring 26 inches from front to back. This two-piece set includes a 4-inch thick seat cushion that provides firm support with a polyurethane foam pad, and a plush overstuffed back cushion to rest against.
The olefin fabric is resistant to UV rays for up to 1,000 hours of exposure, and also resists water, color fading, mildew, and mold. Spot-clean only and treat more thoroughly if necessary by removing the cushion’s foam insert. This deep seat cushion set comes in 25 reversible color and pattern choices.
This high back chair cushion offers plush comfort and weather resistance. The one-piece cushion is 5 inches thick and extra-stuffed for extra coziness. Featuring a soft polyfiber fill made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, the eco-friendly inner material makes up for the polyester exterior fabric. The cushion comes in over 50 colors to accommodate personal preferences.
The durable polyester cover is resistant to water, stains, fading, and mildew, with string ties for secure chair attachment. To extend the life of this cushion, store it indoors, in a deck storage box, cover it when not in use. Spot clean as needed with a mild diluted soap solution.
This Classic Accessories cushion contains one long piece of 3-inch thick, triple-layered polyester foam seat padding. It comes in lengths ranging from 41 to 59 inches and can accommodate different sized benches. The fabric is solution-dyed to resistant water, staining, and fading. The cover contains double-stitched seams for extra strength and durability through consistent use.
The Montlake Patio Bench Cushion is built to provide firm support for years to come. It’s available in 10 different colors and five bench/settee sizes. Spot-clean this cushion only.