It may not feel like it where you are, but today is the first day of spring. Soon you will put away your winter coats and head back outside to enjoy sunny days and warmer temperatures. And, after you’ve updated your wardrobe for the season, it will be time to update your outdoor decor. Adding outdoor cushions is one easy way to update your space for comfort and style, but how do you know which ones to choose? Don’t worry, Kirkland’s customer, we have you (and your seats) covered. Here is our guide to choosing the right outdoor cushions for your space.
Outdoor Cushions: The Softer Side of Outdoor Decor
Outdoor furniture needs to withstand the sun, the wind, and the rain; it must be sturdy and last through every season. Unfortunately for you, the sturdiest materials—like metal and wicker—aren’t always the most comfortable to sit on. This is where outdoor cushions come in. The right cushion can turn your outdoor seating from functional to relaxing with almost no trouble. Crafted from weather-resistant fabric, these cushions are as durable as your furniture, but plush enough to make your seats feel soft.
Once you’ve decided that your outdoor seating needs a boost of comfort, finding the right cushion for it is as easy as matching shapes. Your first step is to measure your seats to determine what shapes they are and what they measure. Ill-fitting cushions can make your seating look sloppy; oversized cushions can hang over edges, while too small cushions slide around when guests sit down. If you measure your seats before you shop, you can mix and match types of cushions to suit your needs and keep your seating looking tailored.
Matching Shapes: A Cushion for Every Seat
So what options do you have for cushions? The three most common outdoor cushions are settee cushions, chair cushions, and ottoman cushions. Settee cushions—or bench cushions—are the easiest to spot; they are long and rectangular. Chair cushions are typically U-shaped so that they fit into your chairs and rockers.
Ottoman cushions are generally square to fit the shape of traditional ottomans, but they can also be rectangular. They can help you turn a footrest into an extra seat when company comes to visit. Because ottoman cushions and chair cushions share similar shapes, you may be able to use an ottoman cushion for a chair, or cover a bench with a pair of cushions, depending on the space you need to fill. Pay special attention to measurements when you shop—you don’t want to buy a cushion only to realize when you get it home that it won’t fit your seat.
If you’ve been shopping for home decor or fashion lately, you’ve probably noticed that geometric prints are everywhere. This trend looks as good on an outdoor cushion as it does on a fabulous dress. Geometric trellis or gate patterns look particularly good outside because they mimic patterns that already appear in garden decor.
If you want something a little softer, medallion patterns and floral patterns can add a delicate touch to any patio. For decorators who want their flowers or other decor to shine over everything, solid cushions provide a subtle pop of color that complements a theme without being distracting. How your outdoor space comes together is up to you, so whether you go bold or subtle with your cushions, you can be comfortable in style.
Time to Go… Outside
Remember, whether you go striped or solid, the key to making your patio or outdoor space look and feel great is finding cushions that fit. Once you have cushions that are the right size, you can have fun choosing patterns and colors that make you happy. Be bold, or stay simple; either way, you’ll feel great sitting in your newly cushioned space. So take a look around Kirklands.com, or your local Kirkland’s store, to find plenty of options that will help you say hello to spring from a relaxing seat outside.