Made to Last: New Trends in Outdoor Furniture and Fabrics

Outdoor fabric companies are offering expanded lines of sun- and weather-resistant products that are made to withstand harsh weather.

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Creating outdoor rooms remains a popular design trend with home owners across the country. It’s a simple, budget-friendly way to increase your home’s square footage and to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you have a large patio or a small porch, your outdoor room can easily reflect your style and become a treasured gathering spot in your home.

Yet, many home owners quickly become frustrated when the beautiful furniture and fabrics they select do not survive the outdoor elements. Fortunately, manufacturers are now creating more durable outdoor furnishings to help your decorating dollars go even further.

Outdoor fabric companies are offering expanded lines of sun- and weather-resistant products that are made to withstand harsh weather. These resilient fabrics are low-maintenance and can easily be cleaned by hand. Despite the increased durability of these fabrics, they remain soft and comfortable for everyday use.

Retailers also are responding to the popularity of outdoor rooms by increasing their inventory of indoor/outdoor rugs, weatherproof cushions and fabrics, and all-weather furniture. Home owners can choose from a wide variety of durable solids, patterns, florals and stripes, both online and at various home retailers.

Home owners also want to spend more time enjoying their outdoor space and less time maintaining it.

Easy Maintenance Tips

After you’ve furnished and decorated your outdoor space, be sure to follow a few simple tips to ensure that you can enjoy it for years to come.

— Protect outdoor furniture with weatherproof covers during the times of year when it’s not in use. Or, bring smaller furniture items inside.

— Store cushions in weatherproof containers during winter weather – or if a big storm is on the way.

— Spot clean spoils or spills on outdoor fabric right away to prevent the growth of mildew. Use a mild, bleach-free soap-and-water solution and rub gently with a cloth or sponge.

— Always air dry outdoor fabrics, which generally are made of synthetic materials. Never dry clean or tumble-dry these fabrics – or the protective finish will begin to erode.

This article is provided by the Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana, a nonprofit trade association of builders and associated industry professionals dedicated to promoting the American dream of home ownership. For more information, cal 219-464-2944 or visit hbanwi.com.

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