Velcro to the Rescue! No More Outdoor Cushions Blowing Away!

by CK
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We have a nice patio...but when the wind blows from the north it's like a wind tunnel out there! And here in ND we have a lot of northerly winds. The back cushions on the chairs were always blowing off. I thought I'd hand stitch on some outdoor cushion fasteners or ties to keep them in place.....but I really didn't want to work that hard. ;-) So Velcro to the rescue! Read on to find out how I made Velcro cushion fasteners.....

outdoor chair with blue cushion and printed pillow

The cushions look nice...but the backs were often being blown off by the wind. (Side note: I actually spray painted the fabric with Rustoleum --two different colors. I made three throw pillows from Sunbrella fabric. This one is actually stuffed with plastic grocery bags!)

metal chair base with velcro strip

Using industrial strength Velcro with self-adhesive backing, I cut a piece of both the "loop side" and the "hook side" to fit. As you can see, I made it so it won't be visible when the cushion is placed up against the frame. I used the" hook side" of the Velcro to attach to the top back of the chair frame.

velcro strip on back of chair cushion

This is the back of the cushion. Here's how to get the two sides of the Velcro for outdoor cushions to line up perfectly.

  1. Remove the self-adhesive back from one side of the Velcro. (eg. the hook side) Attach it to the frame.
  2. Remove the self-adhesive back from the other side (eg. the loop side) and attach it to the part that's already positioned on the frame. NOT to the cushion itself.
  3. Now merely press the cushion up against the frame snuggly. Voila, now you've got your Velcro cushion ties! The two parts are now adhered together, perfectly aligned.

I used industrial strength Velcro because I had some on hand. But I do think it'll come in handy with our strong winds. ;-)

Suggested materials:
  • Industrial strength Velcro   (Any store)
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  • Lynn Krawczyk Hanvey Lynn Krawczyk Hanvey on May 14, 2017

    Can you wash the cushions with the Velcro on it?

  • Ashley Wilkens Ashley Wilkens on Nov 27, 2017

    We have a home in Isla Mujeres, Mexico (an island off the coast of Cancun) and it is directly on the ocean (windward side) and have a rooftop concrete sectional couch and I can't seem to find a way to keep my cushions & throw pillows on it without them blowing away.. Will the velcro stick to concrete as well? Thank you .. I appreciate any feedback!

  • Pat  Canale Pat Canale on Nov 15, 2020

    Sofa cushions on porch keep flipping down. Do I vertically or horizontally attach Velcro strips? Thank you.

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  • Kathleen Byrne LaSelle Kathleen Byrne LaSelle on Jul 20, 2017

    Your idea works, unless and until you want to flip the cushion(s), which a lot of folks do. Having a strip of velcro on the cushion facing out would just be too unsightly for me.

    • CK CK on Nov 15, 2020

      I agree. It would look very unsightly. But in my case it was easier to do this method rather than lose my cushions to the strong winds in our area.

  • Karen Keith Sears Karen Keith Sears on Jan 21, 2018

    Just an idea, but maybe if you wanted to wash the covers you could make an extra loop strip, attach that to the cover strip and then wash. Nothing would cling to it then.