Choosing Outdoor Fabric
When you order custom patio furniture, you have many choices. First, you sit in different sets of furniture, learn about the different manufacturers and furniture types, and then choose the furniture that fits you perfectly.
Once you’ve chosen your ideal patio furniture, it’s time to chose any remaining customizations, such as frame finishes and fabric.
For us at Stover’s, getting the new fabric swatches each year feels like Christmas. There’s almost nothing more exciting that cracking open the binding on a new swatch, and evaluating each piece of fabric that has been meticulously crafted and then curated for the new collection.
- color and pattern : Think about what’s on your patio. What’s your floor covering? Is it wood decking (which have warm tones), or maybe stone pavers (which have cool tones)? Then think about your home, is it brick, or maybe white vinyl? Careful though… is it actually white or is it more of a taupe or off-white? Do you own any perennial flowers with notable colors, such as red roses or orange day lilies? Overwhelming? Snap a photo and we’ll help guide you.
- grade : the higher the grade, the thicker the fabric (and higher the price)
- textures : cross-stitching and interesting textures often feel nicer and can hold up better, however the additional threads needed to make those textures increase the cost of the fabric. These are often a higher grade.
- type : Stover’s almost exclusively carries fabrics that are solution-dyed acrylic, as opposed to printed fabrics which don’t hold up as well in the sun. There are tougher solutions as well that are water repellent as opposed to water resistant.
Each company curates their own collection of fabric to keep with their cushion manufacturer. So, if you order a new synthetic wicker sofa from Lloyd-Flanders, we will pull you the Lloyd-Flanders swatch book.
If you don’t see the fabric you like, you can also order “OEM,” meaning, from the “original equipment manufacturer.” You can look through additional books from the fabric companies, and request those fabrics to be sent to your furniture maker. While this takes additional time and generally an increased cost, you will have a stunning piece of furniture that perfectly matches what you have in mind. We carry multiple fabric brands, and most notably Sunbrella® (you can catch their advertisements in magazines like Elle Home and Veranda!)