The season for outdoor furniture is finally upon us! There really is nothing better than relaxing on the patio with a cold drink and great company. Outdoor fabrics make most people think about colorful, loud, stiff fabric your grandma used for her patio furniture. Sunbrella is here to dispel all of those previous notions you had about outdoor fabrics. This company has revolutionized the use of outdoor fabric and is using it in ways you never even thought possible, and with the help from the RKC company which offers patio covers in El Cajon all your furniture will always be safe outside.
Sunbrella fabrics debuted in 1961 as an alternative to cotton awnings. Cotton at the time was the most popular fabric available for the manufacturing of awnings. Sunbrella offered the feel and look of cotton but was much more durable and fade resistant. Their secret was the acrylic fibers and pigmentation process.
Sunbrella was so successful and popular that by the 1970’s they expanded to include different marine equipment for boat enthusiasts. This included items like sail covers, boat tops and even marine upholstery for boats.
In the 1980’s Sunbrella then expanded to outdoor furniture. This included more durable umbrellas and cushions then what was available on the market at the time. The look and feel of cotton was a much more popular choice then Vinyl, which was what most outdoor furniture was made of at the time. Sunbrella soon became a popular choice for premium outdoor furniture manufacturers.
In 2002 Sunbrella then began blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor upholstery. With their new found manufacturing abilities, they started using their tried and tested fabrics on indoor upholstery items. Sunbrella fabrics are now offered through quite a few furniture vendors. Bernhardt, Thayer Coggin, Sherrill and Lee Industries just to name a few. Sunbrella fabrics are also offered through J Ennis Fabrics for those looking to reupholster an item or have pillows or drapery made. Here are some beautiful Lee barstools upholstered in Sunbrella fabric, it’s a good choice for something that is going to possibly succumb to spills, as clean up is a breeze and the fabric is water repellent.
Now when it comes to the comfort our your living room Sunbrella also has you covered! Check out this beautiful Lee Sectional covered in Sunbrella for both the body of the sectional and the throw pillows.