What to expect from fabrics

Outdoor fabrics are designed to withstand the stress of living outside. Textiles used for Extremis products are made from a variety of materials including acrylic, polyester, tarpaulin, mesh and synthetic leather. Not only do they perform well outdoors the fabrics also add to the look and feel of your outdoor furniture pieces.

What to expect from fabrics

Shades

Always including a cover

Extremis umbrellas are made of polyester fabrics that are water and dirt repellent. These fabrics are also highly resistant to UV radiation and fading. Although - as with all materials left outdoors - slight discoloration is unavoidable over time.

To make sure that the shade fabric lasts for many years, it’s important to protect it with the supplied cover when not in use. Tree leaves, dust, pollutions and bird droppings may leave marks on the fabric, so keep this in mind when choosing the perfect location for your shade.

When not used for a long time – for instance during Winter – we recommend storing the parasol vertically, completely dry, with the cover, and in a dry environment.

Upholstery

Heavy duty or marine-grade

Extremis upholstered furniture pieces like Walrus, Sol+Luna and Kosmos are made of fabrics that vary in aesthetics and functionality.

The Walrus sofa for instance is upholstered in Tarpaulin, a heavy-duty material that is completely waterproof, which means liquids won’t penetrate the fabric. That’s why Walrus can stay outdoors all year long without needing a cover.

The Batyline mesh fabric of the Sol+Luna sofa sunbeds consists of a polyester fiber covered by a coating of PVC, making it resistant to rot and mildew. Its resilient properties make it an ideal material to place close to swimming pools or in other moist environments with chlorine or saltwater.

Kosmos can be upholstered in indoor leather, Sunbrella or synthetic leather. The two last materials are weatherproof, and synthetic leather is even a marine-grade fabric. Made with a tighter weave and a heavier finishing process than most outdoor fabrics, the synthetic leather is stiffer and built to endure rough weather and conditions.

If you put a cover over your Kosmos or Sol+Luna when not in use, make sure the fabric underneath can still breathe. That way you avoid mold or mildew.

Cushions

It’s also what’s inside that counts

Some Extremis cushions are made of wool felt, which is water repellent, but not waterproof. Which means you better not leave it outside. All the other outdoor cushions are made with Sunbrella fabrics, which are water repellent, mold proof and UV resistant. Besides performing well outdoor, the Sunbrella fabrics also as soft and luxurious as interior textiles.

Most people are wary of how water, dirt, and stains can ruin their patio cushions, but not everyone knows that there is a more regular threat that looms over our yard: sun damage. Similar to how the sun and UV rays are harmful to our skin, it also applies to fabrics.

For outdoor cushions and upholstery, it’s hard to ignore what’s inside that also determines its comfort and durability. At Extremis, we use quick-dry PU foams that drain extremely well for our comfort and deco cushions. While for our seating and back cushions an interliner is used around the foam to protect it against rain and humidity.  

Remember: just because the fabrics are high performance doesn't mean they're indestructible. Exposure to sun and rain can still wear them down over time. Here are some tips to prolong their lifespan:

  • If not used for long periods, bring them inside or use a cover (but make sure the fabric underneath can breathe).
  • When dirty, clean following our maintenance guidelines

Read about caring for your outdoor fabrics here →