In the world of outdoor furniture, fabric is one of the first things that is considered when purchasing a furniture set. With a wide range of fabric options to choose from, it can become cumbersome to sift through and decide on the best fabric for your needs. Today, we are going to discuss the most popular fabric for outdoor seating: Sunbrella. Since its inception in the 1960s, Sunbrella has become the best fabric for cushions, tapestry, and covers in the fabric business. There are plenty of reasons to love Sunbrella, and we are going to show you each of these today.
Sunbrella first began in the 1960s as a pioneer in innovation. When the rest of the competition was creating fabrics primarily made of cotton, which are prone to damage, fading, and tearing, Sunbrella came in with its own take on fabric: 100% solution dyed acrylic fabric. This type of fabric differs from its cotton and polyester competitors in a few different areas, which gave Sunbrella a unique edge in the industry. Compared to their cotton counterparts, which kept the color dye on the surface, Sunbrella patented a unique color-to-the-core technology, which made each individual fiber colored instead of a fiber with coloring on top. With their continued research & development on honing their fabric, Sunbrella quickly gave rise to a new way of looking at outdoor patio furniture fabric, as well as boat covers and umbrella tapestries.
Long Lasting Guarantee
With its innovative design, Sunbrella fabric continues to take over the market in outdoor & indoor fabric for cushions, tapestries, & covers. Because of the unique fabric that is colored to the core instead of just the surface, Sunbrella has one-of-a-kind benefits that other fabrics cannot match. With its deep coloring, not only are the colors more vibrant, leading to a wide array of choices, but also the color doesn't fade over time. As the fabric sits in the sun, instead of the superficial layer of dye disappearing like most typical fabrics, the coloring only deepens to the next level. This is why Sunbrella outdoor fabric has a 10-year lifespan, which far outlasts even its closest competitor. Additionally, Sunbrella fabric is water repellent and tear resistant, which makes it one of the top outdoor fabrics for patio furniture. No more worries about spilling wine or getting dirty shoes on your outdoor furniture; with Sunbrella, you can rest assured your outdoor investment is long lasting.
Sunbrella already makes its mark in the textile industry with its patented technology for long-lasting fabric, giving it fade and water resistance. Since its founding, and continuing into the present day, Sunbrella also makes its case for being a step ahead of the industry in environmental consciousness. The manufacturing process for the outdoor fabric is top-of-the-line in business practices for not only efficiency but also environmental standards. On top of that, the process for dying the fabric is so unique that it uses a significantly lower amount of energy and water, adding to all-around earth-friendly product. In keeping with these eco-standards, Sunbrella also has their own unique recycling program called Recycle My Sunbrella. This program not only takes your fabric once it's fulfilled its purpose, but it is also repurposed into other textile products.
Sunbrella at Eurolux Patio
At Eurolux Patio, we work with Sunbrella to provide our customers with the best fabric for their outdoor furniture. Because Sunbrella has such high standards with their material and multiple colors to choose from, we offer our customers a few options when it comes to fabric colors. Our Sunbrella Quick Ship program gives our customers several popular cushion color options that are ready-to-ship with each patio set purchase. Some of these colors vary with the seasons, but a few of our most popular options, Sunbrella Heather Beige & Sunbrella Canvas Taupe, are typically in stock throughout the year for our customers. We also offer a Custom Sunbrella Program. With such a wide variety of color choices, our Custom Sunbrella Program gives you all the color options to choose from. Cushions are made locally and can be ready as early as two weeks from time of purchase.
We've all been there: you bought the patio furniture, you used it for the time you need it, and now it's about to get into rain or snow season, so your furniture needs to cover up. Even though you may have that weather-resistant fabric on your cushions or that resin wicker that was made to be outdoors, you still want to ensure your patio furniture is protected from the elements. Finding the right patio furniture cover seems pretty easy, but if you want to avoid damage and extend the life on your investment, here are 5 easy things to look for in your search for a patio furniture cover.
The first and most obvious thing to look for in your patio furniture cover is the dimensions. This is important for several different reasons. First, you want a patio furniture cover that fits exactly over your patio furniture set. If it's too loose, wind could get underneath, making the cover more like a sail and blow it off & away. If it's too long, it can absorb water or snow sitting on the ground, leading to moisture and possible mold on your furniture and cover. Check with the manufacturer of your furniture to ensure a cover isn't already available. A good rule of thumb is to stay away from One Size Fits All covers for the reasons mentioned above. Most of those are either too loose or too long.
Having a waterproof cover is also essential. A lot of covers can prevent light rain, but will eventually have the water soak through and cause mildew build-up. The best material for your furniture cover to prevent this is vinyl. Vinyl will accumulate the rain into beads and allow it to roll off, keeping your furniture dry. Additionally, this helps dust & dirt from accumulating and leaving an unpleasant imprint on your clothes when you take the cover off. Beware of cheap materials that will let precipitation through and ensure the cover you're buying is actually waterproof.
A great option for your patio furniture cover is added ventilation. It is good to have a thick material, like vinyl, to ensure your cover is waterproof. However, if there is not breathability to the cover, it can accumulate moisture under the cover and cause mildew & mold buildup on your furniture.. Although some products will advertise as being breathable fabric, this will take away from the waterproof factor we mentioned earlier. It's a good practice to have added ventilation, but if you have the waterproof factor, that is the most important.
You got the cover, you applied it for the season, and upon removal, you notice some of the wicker comes off, the varnish is removed, or the surface of the alumnium is scratched. All these and more are easily prevented with a soft-cloth backing. The inside of the patio furniture cover shouldn't be the same as the outside. The outside is meant to protect your furniture from the elemtns. The inside, however, should protect your furniture from mildew, mold, and scratches. Utilize this soft cloth backing to ensure your patio furniture stays well protected from the cover itself.
The last thing to look for in a patio furniture cover is tie down strings. While entirely optional, tie downs can be beneficial to ensure the tightest fit around your furniture. They can either be drawstrings to ensure the tightness of the cover, or they can be leg ties that can go around the legs of your furniture. Either way, tie downs are an added bonus to prevent any covers from ballooning and blowing away in the wind or a heavy storm.
When we started writing this article, we had to ask ourselves, "What is a terrace?...It's just a patio, right?". The answer is yes and no. To keep your mind clear of the confusing jargon and get right down to the answers, we've put together this simple blog that lays out the differences in three parts: size, location, & construction. But before we get into the key differences, let's take a look at the basics of what is a patio & what is a terrace.
So, What is a Terrace & What is a balcony
Terrace: ter·race / ˈterəs/ (noun) - a level paved area or platform next to a building; a patio or veranda.
Balcony: bal·co·ny /ˈbalkənē/ (noun) - a platform enclosed by a wall or balustrade on the outside of a building, with access from an upper-floor window or door.
Terrace comes from the latin word "terra", which means "earth". As you may have guessed, a terrace is something that's located on the ground and attached to a house or building. The words terrace and patio are interchangeable, but there are some differences, which we will discuss in further detail below.
As far as a balcony, this comes from the old Italian "balcone", which emphasizes the romanticism that surrounds this word. Perhaps the most famous balcony you can remember is from Romeo & Juliet and accurately describes the essence of a balcony: it's raised and attached to a building. Now that we have some basic definitions, let's look at the key differences between a terrace & balcony.
3 Main Differences between a Balcony & a Terrace
As you may have guessed, the location differences are pretty easy to spot; a terrace is on the ground and a balcony is raised and attached to a room. This gives way to the idea of a terrace being a party place and a balcony being a romantic place. Although some terraces may be located on a rooftop, they are typically located on a ground level and are wide-open areas.
Now a terrace is typically a larger space to host a larger guest list. In more urban areas, terraces are even used as outdoor garden spaces. A balcony, on the other hand, is much smaller to fit a smaller party. Both can fit patio furniture on them, but you would typically buy larger sets for filling up a terrace than you would a balcony.
A terrace, by definition, is its own structure. It can stand alone and is typically detached from the building. A balcony, however, is attached to a building. It usually has one main entrance to a room, wheras a terrace can have multiple entrances. The construction material doesn't matter; it's more how it is constructed that matters.
And there you have it. You now know the differences between a balcony and a terrace. So the next time you're at a patio hangout with someone, you can ask them if they're standing on a terrace or a balcony and know the answer right away.
Patio umbrellas are a centerpiece to any outdoor patio. It brings comfort, shade, and even a little pizazz to your patio. However, finding the right umbrella to set the tone for your outdecor (outdoor + decor) can be a bit strenuous. So we put together a handy-dandy guide to help show you how to find the right umbrella for your patio so you can enjoy the great outdoors in style & comfort.
Umbrella Size & Shape
The important questions to begin with are what will you be using the patio umbrella for: dining events, outdoor lounging, extra shade? This will help you decide what size of an awning you'd need and how tall you need it to be. For the shape, you get the most coverage with a square or rectangle shape, wheras the standard circle shape provides less coverage. The first good rule of thumb when picking height is 7 feet tall is good for all. Bumping heads on an umbrella isn't fun, so be sure your umbrella height is at least 7 feet. Another good rule of thumb is 2 feet wider than what you cover. So if you have a 4 foot round table, an 8 foot diameter umbrella (2 feet per side) would do you well. Here's some more sizing to help you further:
- Table = 30-36 inches — Umbrella = 6-8 feet
- Table = 38-48 inches — Umbrella =9-11 feet
- Table = 54-60 inches — Umbrella 11 feet or larger
Pole Diameter & Base Weight
It's important to note the diameter of the umbrella pole as it sometimes do not include a base. This is called a free standing umbrella. The average diameter is 2 inches, but double check to ensure yours matches the base. As for the base, you want to ensure you choose one that'll actually hold the weight of your umbrella. Also note if the base has wheels, as the heavier it is, the harder it is to move. Here's a useful chart to help you decide:
- 20 lb. Base – Up to 6' tall umbrella
- 30 lb Base – Up to 6.5' tall umbrella
- 40 lb Base – Up to 7' tall umbrella
- 50 lb Base – Up to 7.5' tall umbrella
- 70+ lb Base – Up to 11' tall umbrella
There are three basic types of umbrellas: free standing, cantilever, & tilting. Let's discuss the function of each.
a. Free Standing - Also known as a table or market umbrella, this is typically part of a dining set with an umbrella hole measuring 1.75" in diameter on average.
b. Cantilever - This is great for furniture sets or covering large areas, as they have a wider range of motion and shade coverage. They are typically heavy duty and a popular buy.
c. Tilting - Much like a cantilever, a tilting umbrella allows you to adjust the shade as the sun moves, keeping you sun protected and happy.
Now you may see the obvious recommendation we have when it comes to patio umbrella fabric: Sunbrella. It's fade-resistant, has an excellent warranty, and comes in a wide variety of colors. It's important whatever fabric you choose that it is weather resistant, all weather, & waterproof. Additionally, if you're going to be in a more windy area, we recommend fiberglass, as it can bend and morph to the gusty conditions.
Pole Material & Color
You would think an umbrella pole would come in a standard material & color, but by now you've probably seen anything is possibly from canopy size to base weights. Most standard umbrella poles are aluminum with coloring options. However, you can also find the poles in hardwood, or flexwood, anondized steel, and even bronze. The metallic poles have more color options, such as white, sand, and black just to list a few popular options, whereas the wood typically is treated and comes in a shade of brown.
Single vs. Double Ventilation
Lastly, you'll want to note the ventilation you want with your umbrella, mainly a single or double ventilation option. Single ventilation is standard in most patio umbrellas and allows for a dissipation of heat, as well as the occasional wind. However, if you live in a more tropical area or more windy area, the best option is to go about a double ventilation, which will add more heat dissipation and holds up better in the wind. Additionally, the double ventilation adds a look of elegance for an outdoor patio.
When it comes to buying your next outdoor fire table, there's a lot of things to consider, such as style, height, shape, material, price, and a plethora of other variables. We at Eurolux Patio like to make your shopping experience informed and fast so you can get right to enjoying your fire table. So we've comprised a list of the most important things to consider when purchasing your next fire table.
Pictured: Marquee Fire Island from Outdoor Great Room. View it here.
1. Table Style & Size
Is your patio large or small? Will you be hosting people or enjoying nights outdoors looking at the stars? Do you want to be able to eat on your table? These are all questions to ask yourself when buying an outdoor fire table. With many different shapes, from round to square, and many different sizes, from dining height to chat height, there are plenty of options to consider. Consider what your main use is for it, and from there you can choose more freely.
2. Table Top Material
Stick and stones may break bones, but sticks definitely don't make good fire table material (unless you're burning them). Most fire tables are made of aluminum or stainless steel for longevity and portability. A small fire bowl may be great for easy moving, but a large round firepit might be good for larger gatherings. Consider also how this table will blend with the rest of your outdoor patio furniture. Granite tops can accent a patio nicely, but an aluminum top may be more up your avenue.
3. Fuel Source
When you think of a fire, you think of wood, right? When it comes to outdoor fire tables, you have a few other options, including propane or gas. What makes one better than the other? In terms of cost, gas is cheaper than propane tanks. However, when it comes to portability, propane comes in a tank, typically full size (5 gallons) or half size (2.5 gallons). They also come in vertical or horizontal to best fit your needs. Unlike the portability of propane, gas is connected to a gas line from your house, making it harder to place strategically in your patio. Be careful with the wood option. Some zoning laws prevent such fires within certain cities.
You want the right fire table for the right price, and at Eurolux Patio, we pride ourselves on carrying the top brands, as well as our own exclusive products, at a price that won't empty your pockets. You'll also want to consider warranty coverage on your fire table, as many retailers offer them, such as Homecrest, one of the top Fire Table lines in the world.
The last thing to consider when purchasing your outdoor fire table is location. Here in California, there are some restrictions in certain areas against wood burning due to the drought we are experiencing. In other areas, there are certain zoning laws that prevent any outdoor fires period. It's best to check your local laws to be sure you're in compliance with any zoning restrictions. In addition to physical location, you'll also want to consider where you want your outdoor fire table. Will it be on the grass, on concrete, in your backyard, under an awning? Will you want it to be easily moved or more permanent? These are all great questions to consider when you purchase your fire table.