The best outdoor cushions to refresh your patio furniture


Whether you’ve spent the whole year sprucing up your garden or want to update the look without spending a fortune, small changes can have a big effect.

Giving fences and sheds a fresh coat of paint, adding to your flower beds, or adding an inexpensive bistro set so you can enjoy brunch on weekend mornings go a long way toward making your outdoor space a more inviting place, no matter how small.

The fastest way to refresh your look? Add some textiles.

Many recoil from this idea due to the uncertainty of British weather; no matter how sunny the forecast is, we never seem to be far from a gray cloud. But that’s no reason to shy away from outdoor cushions, which are made with weather resistance woven into their very core.

A few floor, seat or chair cushions can add welcome pops of color to your setup, not to mention the level of comfort. When you’re spending hours outdoors to make the most of long evenings while they’re here, or hosting friends and family for long-awaited barbecues, parties and get-togethers, you’ll want be as comfortable outside as inside your four walls.

So, to help you in your search, we’ve rounded up the best outdoor pillows to inflate.

Whether it’s to blow your budget or buy on the cheap, we’ve taken care to choose options from a number of price ranges and styles, so whatever your tastes, you’ll be sitting well this summer and beyond.

Shop our favorites below

Alexis Snell Fish That Ate The Meteor Powder Outdoor Cushion

Alexis Snell

A dream come to life with a cushion print, this whimsical design is just the ticket to introduce some fun fairy tale vibes to your rug. While it’s undoubtedly pretty to look at, it’s also a functional piece of furniture, showerproof, mold and mildew resistant, and antimicrobial. Spread out in all the corners that could be animated.

Habitat Large Colorful Outdoor Throw Pillow


Give your outdoor space a playful and artistic vibe with the help of these multicolored outdoor cushions from design maestro Habitat. Crafted with 100% coverage over polyester fill, it’s an easy way to jazz up your garden with pops of vibrant color.

So’home Platalea Outdoor Filled Cushion


A floor cushion is a great way to create extra seating from scratch. This one measures 43 x 43cm and features spatulas trailing through an exotic jungle. Water and UV resistant, it is made of 100% polyester.

Les Fruits multicolored outdoor cushion


Dunelm has a range of garden textiles that can happily hold their own against almost anything the infamous British weather deigns to throw at it. This fruit-themed outdoor cushion is a prime example, offering a juicy Club Med vibe without setting foot on the Continent. Coordinate the same design on your garden benches and outdoor dining sets, or choose a few designs for a mix and match look.

Lucia Kinghorn Lime Headed Shroom Garden Indoor/Outdoor Cushion Cover

Lucia Kinghorn

Create mushrooms for this tart cushion cover, the perfect way to inject color into your back garden – especially welcome on gray days. It’s a conscious creation: this digitally printed cover was made with eco-friendly water-based inks and Repreve fibers from recycled plastic water bottles.

VonHaus Set of 2 Sage Outdoor Cushions


Looking for a quick way to update your outdoor space? VonHaus offers this pack of two reversible cushions designed for the outdoors. One side features a geometric print while the other is a block of solid green, allowing you to polish your look with a simple flip.

John Lewis Beach Stripe Garden Cushion

john lewis

A striped print is a classic all year round and thanks to the four colors involved in this design, it ties in with any color scheme you have in the garden or conservatory. The cotton cover is finished with a water repellent coating to protect it against light showers and drizzle.

Chloe Croft London Limited Coral Weatherproof Shell Throw Pillow

Chloe Croft London Limited

Give your garden an Art Deco touch with the addition of this large 48 x 48 cm cushion. The waterproof cover not only means it will brighten up your seats, but you can also use it by a pool or take it to the beach for extra comfort on your next trip.

Jonathan Adler Eden Outdoor Cushion

jonathan adler

Create your own personal paradise with upholstery fabrics from the great interior guru Jonathan Adler. Praised for its playful designs, this washable outdoor cushion is inspired by the original backyard, the Garden of Eden, with a geo-printed snake snaking lazily around a bright orange background.

fur. Ibiza Multi outdoor cushion


Seemingly reminiscent of Assouline’s collection of cult coffee table books, this weatherproof cushion cover exudes Balearic freshness. Pair it with other cushions from the same palette or invest in other designs from the collection to add glamor to your party rug. Choose between Capri, Saint-Tropez, Miami and Amalfi.

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