Asked on Aug 30, 2016

Replacing patio furniture cushions

by Cheryl
I haven't been able to find any to replace my current ones, or they are way too expensive! The Colorado weather ripped them up in one season! I need ideas!
Odd shaped cushions, totally ruined
Several chairs
6 patio table chairs
Two more chairs
A lot of furniture!! Excuse my messy porch!
  29 answers
  • Tonie Tonie on Aug 31, 2016
    I replaced all of my cushions from Walmart online. I must say that I am very happy with them and have receiving many compliments. They were also reasonable.
  • C C on Aug 31, 2016
    When I couldn't find cushions the right size and shape, I went to Walmart, bought fabric and recovered my old ones. Worked great at a fraction of the price of new cushions
  • Donna C. Donna C. on Aug 31, 2016
    I am having the same problems. I have looked everywhere and I mean everywhere. Have you thought about making covers. I cannot sew so I am going to buy sheets or cloth shower curtains to cover my cushions. I think I will cut enough fabric and tie the fabric into a knot in the back of the cushion or use grommets and then tie them together. Good luck
  • Tonia Watson Tonia Watson on Aug 31, 2016
    Go to the Wayfair website
  • Tris Smith Tris Smith on Aug 31, 2016
    I would suggest outdoor fabric and make slip covers. Look for fabric sales now.
  • White Oak Studio Designs White Oak Studio Designs on Aug 31, 2016
    No matter what you decide you will want to make sure you get outdoor/fabric/or cuchions. I had a frend pay to have some chairs recovered but did not use outdoor fabric and she basically threw her money away. I got some at The Home Depot on fall clearance. Scour Wallmarts, and thebig box stores right now as summer items are going on clearance.
  • Lisa Terry Hann Lisa Terry Hann on Aug 31, 2016
    Recover them with Dollar store plastic tablecloths. They're weatherproof and come in all kinds of colours and patterns!
  • Arl9401407 Arl9401407 on Aug 31, 2016
    I ended up getting mine from Brylane Home.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Aug 31, 2016
    Slipcover with an outdoor climate proof fabric..and keep the template pattern*, for when you want to do it again.
  • Susan Bechamp Susan Bechamp on Aug 31, 2016
    If the cushions are removable, store them in an easy access place when not in use. They'll last longer.
  • Judi Judi on Aug 31, 2016
    Make slip covers..... I used pretty tea towels for to loose cushions.. shop at 2nd hand or discount stores for durable outdoor fabric for the seats.
  • Emily Emily on Aug 31, 2016
    My situation is not like yours as my chairs are on a roofed in screen porch, but we do live in Maine and while covered these chairs are on the porch year round. Mostly I post this to advise thinking outside the box in making your cushions serviceable and attractive. I needed (badly) new cushion covers. I can sew but at over 80 did not feel up to it. I solved the problem by buying at a surplus store, 4 small fleece blankets for $2 each. I wrapped each cushion in the blanket and just loosely sewed them closed by hand. These were done two years ago and are still holding up fine.
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  • Sheri N Sheri N on Aug 31, 2016
    Hi Cheryl! I've got the same furniture here and we had the exact same problem with the material! We have the dining table with the six chairs, the chaise lounge, the loveseat and two side chairs. What we did was get two of the largest painters drop clothes, 9 x 15, in the heavy weight material and just put the cushions on the drop cloth and cut it to fit like your wrapping a package. We then used white duck tape and taped the folds down. So far we've had them stay on for the whole summer and they're doing fine! It cost us a little over $30.00 to do everything except the chaise. Since we had no luck finding replacement cushions for ours, I'm sticking to this. AND I will never buy anything with Martha Stewart on the label again!
    • Cheryl Cheryl on Sep 03, 2016
      I complained to the Martha Stewart company, as mine only lasted one season, and were stored in the winter, I never heard a word from them! I'll never buy anything Martha Stewart AGAIN!
  • We28518635 We28518635 on Aug 31, 2016
    My cushions were ripped apart by raccoons I took off the old covers and bought new fabric to sew new ones; if you don*t sew use fabric glue. Using regular fabric costs less than outdoor you just have to take the cushions in when bad weather is predicted. BTW I keep ammonia rags in a small bowl to deter the coons now.!!
  • Linda Nadbrzuch Linda Nadbrzuch on Aug 31, 2016
    You can use any piece of fabric that is washable and either duct tape them on the bottom side or use self-stick velcro to hold them together. Cut your material by laying the cushion on top of the material then gently folding the cushion over so that it would cover two sides of the seat. Add enough material to cover the depth of the cushion all the way around then cut to size. Make sure that you have enough to wrap the cushion before you cut it. Then either tape or velcro it together.
  • Sharyn Sharyn on Aug 31, 2016
    I covered mine with oilcloth and used duck tape to secure on the back. Simply a matter of folding and taping plus I can change the color scheme anytime. Water proof and simply wipe off.
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    • Sharyn Sharyn on Aug 31, 2016
      No, not really. The biggest problem I find it they squish when you sit on them but other than that, no problem. Mine are on the front porch and under a side pergola but they do get direct sun several hours a day.
  • Karen Karen on Aug 31, 2016
    I buy fabric for sofa then use pillow cases from walmart or kmart for the chairs. You could also match up the fabric by using a single bed sheet.
  • Veronica Davenport Veronica Davenport on Aug 31, 2016
    Can't help with the remaking of the pillows, but I do have an idea: We have lots of patio furniture and our lawn maintenance company( at my age, I only do flowers and accessories, NO lawn care) was in charge of shoving everything into my potting shed or cabana. Couldn't get into either one of them for months at a time. So I bought some good quality patio furniture covers and my hubby and I placed them and covered them. Oh, and then I put the cushions in those vac-out-the-air jumbo storage bags and put them in the loft.
  • Susan E Susan E on Aug 31, 2016
    The most inexpensive outdoor fabric is at WalMart, if you want to try a recover.
  • Bernadette Staal Bernadette Staal on Aug 31, 2016
    Why not just leave them as they are and when you want to use them use a cheap throw blanket to cover them and brighten them up.
  • Esh7699074 Esh7699074 on Aug 31, 2016
    This will only work for cushions that are against the back or seat, but I buy fabric, cut a large square of it, and "giftwrap" my cushions. I secure the back side with large safety pins, so next year, these are easy to change. Throw pillows will have to be sewn, because the safety pins would show.
  • Loretta Elbel Loretta Elbel on Aug 31, 2016
    If you sew, I suggest a great fabric website You can find outdoor fabric from $4 to mostly $9 per yard. Of course, Sunbrella and other premium brands are m​ore expensive. Sign up for an account and get emails announcing their 25%, 50% , 75% off sales. Be flexible and consider mixing patterns if the remnants are too small .
  • Tanya Tanya on Aug 31, 2016
    If the foam or inner cushion material is good, and you don't have furniture upholsterers near you, I would think you could take this in to a tailor and have them reupholster it by cutting the outer material loose to use for a pattern. Another place that might consider doing the same thing is a tent restorer. I know they'll restore the canvas on your camp chairs, if the chair wasn't riveted its construction.
  • Karen Karen on Aug 31, 2016
    There have been many posts about using fabric shower curtains for the fabric to make pillows etc
  • Sonia Burrows Sonia Burrows on Aug 31, 2016
    I had the same problem with odd shaped cushions. What I did was remove the fabric from the cushions to create a template or pattern. I purchased outdoor fabric from and even got it on clearance so that really helped. I sewed new covers using the old covers as a pattern. I first tried it out using cheap muslin to make sure it would work and it did. I'm not an experienced sewer, but I can sew a straight line and I've very pleased with how it turned out.
  • Carol Carol on Sep 01, 2016
    I agree with Loretta, Fabric Guru is a great place to purchase fabric and there is always a sale going on there. If you sew, you should have no problem making new cushions. Take the old cushions apart to use as pattern and re-use the stuffing. The upper backs of your chairs are pretty and I see no reason why your cushions couldn't be lower (more square) to show off the decorative part of the chairs. This would serve to simplify the making of the covers as well. Perhaps you have a friend who sews and would be willing to take on this project. Keep the old covers to use for subsequent covers when the new ones wear out.
  • Mari Detto Mari Detto on Sep 04, 2016
    I use heavy painters canvas drop cloths, sew them so I can remove the inner cushion so the covers can be washed when needed. They've lasted years.
  • CK CK on Sep 04, 2016
    If you can sew, you can recover these quite easily. If I was there, I'd offer to do it for you. :-) (I'm in ND. The original cushions of the used set we bought looked just like yours...very worn from the elements. I recovered them.) Hope you can find someone to help you.
  • Dolores DeLuise Dolores DeLuise on Nov 11, 2016
    Great question; I have the same one!! The color of your cushions melts into the color of your patio. You may be happier with a stronger hue, maybe in the pink family or a print. My question is that my cushions have piping, and that seems complicated; I'm a basic sewer.