The Best Outdoor Fabrics

by Dean Jeffery

Patio season is here, and from coast to coast diners are spilling out onto their favorite restaurant patios to bask in the sun and take full advantage of summer’s glory. Like a lime to your margarita, or chips to your salsa, an outdoor cushion is the perfect garnish for your commercial restaurant chairs.

This year, our favorite outdoor fabrics are full of bright and bold colors. From playfully saturated stripes and a few go-to solids, we’ve rounded up the best all-weather Sunbrella contract fabrics ideal for high-use commercial patios. Thanks to a companies like Mayer Fabrics, Maharam, Robert Allen Contract and more, there’s an outdoor fabric for every color of the rainbow.

So here are the must have outdoor fabrics we’re confident you’ll love, from fabric companies you can trust…


Rbert Allen Contract - Terrazza Koi                                                                                Sina Pearson - Icon Poppy

Red2_OutdoorFabHBF Textiles - Mr. Dimples Scandalous                                                                            Carnegie - Triathlon 

Orange1_OutdoorFabrics-2Robert Allen - All In Check Papaya                                                                            HBF Textiles - Sir Stripe A Lot 1004-46 

Orange2_OutdoorFabricsMaharam - Regatta Parasol                                                                                       Fabricut - Rally Flame 93976-03

Yellow1_OutdoorFabricRobert Allen Contract - 14 Karat                                                                                        CF Stinson - Deza Sunflower

Yellow2_OutdoorFabricsSina Pearson - Icon Sunny                                                                                           Mayer Fabrics - Soleil Dijon

Green1_OutdoorFabricsRobert Allen Contract - All In Check Azzure                                                              Robert Allen Contract - Polo Beach Lagoon 222338

Green2_OutdoorFabricsSir Stripe A Lot 1004-67                                                                                                  Designtex - Span Glass

Blue1_OutdoorFabricsDesigntex - Span Ocean                                                                                                     Arc-Com - Sonata Stripe Midnight

Blue2_OutdoorFabrics-1Robert Allen Contract - Cabana Bar Curacao                                                            Mayer Fabrics - Soleil Indigo

Purple1_OutdoorFabricRobert Allen - All In Check Passion                                                                                 HBF Textiles - Dot Structure Purple & Black

Purple2_OutdoorFabricsMayer Fabrics - Soleil Orchid                                                                                            Designtex - Angle Mulberry

Black1_OutdoorFabricMayer Fabrics - Reflector Ebony                                                                                  HBF Textiles - Sir Stripes A Lot

Black2_OutdoorFabricSina Pearson - All Over Coal                                                                                         Robert Allen -  All In Check Obsidian

All of these fabrics come straight from Sunbrella’s Contract collection and are available through the companies listed throughout this piece, but because Sunbrella is the leading outdoor textile producer in North America, you can count on each of these fabrics to not only be beautifully designed, but durable as well.

Sunbrella Contract upholstery fabrics use highly UV-stable pigments, making them extremely resistant to sun damage and fading. The unique fibers used to create these textiles are also inherently mold and mildew resistant, making it easy to maintain your outdoor cushions all year long and all Sunbrella Contract fabrics are bleach cleanable, so cleaning is easy!

Upholstered outdoor cushions are a great way to add a pop of color to busy patio spaces, and make the whole outdoor dining experience more comfortable. To explore design-forward outdoor products, be sure to check out our Opla and Hula collections.