Sunbrella®: What You Should Know About Sunbrella Fabric

I’ve deemed the “perfect fabric,” whether for upholstery projects, patio furniture, boat interiors, or outdoor covers, as a high quality fabric that doesn’t wear out, fade, stain, or shrink. It is easy to clean and looks great no matter where it’s used. A fabric line with beautiful colors and patterns without the ridiculous price tag! Sounds almost too good to be true!

I’ve found that Glen Raven Sunbrella® Fabrics come pretty close to “perfect,” and they have been growing in popularity and demand for the last several years because more and more people agree! Here’s why…

All Sunbrella fabrics are:

  • • 100% Solution-dyed acrylic fabric – Each individual Sunbrella fiber is color saturated from the inside out for a rich, fade resistant color that lasts even in extreme conditions.
  • • Water resistant – Sunbrella is treated with a fluorocarbon finish for water repellency.
  • • Fade Resistant– A must-have in my book for both outdoor and indoor fabrics!
  • • Mold and mildew resistant
  • • Stain resistant and easy to clean
  • • Minimal shrinking or stretching
  • • Easy to sew

The Sunbrella brand undeniably leads the way in both outdoor and indoor fabrics with a great list of qualities you can expect in every Sunbrella fabric! The great news is that Sunbrella comes in a variety of different collections that are specifically designed for certain uses. Use this quick reference to determine which Sunbrella fabric you need for your application:

Sunbrella® Marine Grade Fabric

Sunbrella Marine Grade fabric is designed to withstand the harsh weather conditions and durability needs of boat and marine environments. Sunbrella’s marine grade fabric offers good stability and also up to 98% UV protection. Use for boat covers, awnings, cockpit cushions, and other outdoor covers.

Sunbrella® Awning Fabric

Sunbrella Awning fabric offers the same great durability and UV protection of the marine fabric collection but comes in a variety of beautiful striped patterns designed with commercial and residential awnings in mind.

Sunbrella® Upholstery Fabric

Sunbrella Upholstery fabric features a soft hand and a wide variety of beautiful patterns, colors, and textures that makes it a comfortable indoor and outdoor upholstery fabric. Sunbrella furniture fabric is intentionally easy to clean and maintain making it a worry-free fabric for families and pets. Use for cushions, pillows, patio furniture, upholstery projects, and gazebos.

Sunbrella® Sheer Fabric

Sunbrella Sheer fabric is also an open weave Sunbrella fabric designed with a very light, soft hand to create romantic, airy curtains or draperies both indoors and out. Sunbrella Sheers fabric is beautiful and luxurious yet flaunts the fade resistance, stain resistance, and cleanability of a performance fabric.

Where to buy Sunbrella fabric?

Sailrite became an official distributor for Glen Raven Fabrics back in 2003, making it possible to keep hundreds of indoor and outdoor fabrics, like Sunbrella, in-stock and available at great prices. Buy Sunbrella fabric by the yard or find more detailed information about a specific Sunbrella fabric at

Photos provided by Glen Raven.

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  6. Yates James said:

    I recenty purchased a patio set that was made totally with sunbrella fabric and products, do I still need to invest in chair covers & firepit covers to protect against the sun.l

    • Hello Yates, it is still recommended to cover the cushions to protect them from dirt and to protect the thread from UV rays. That being said most will only cover Sunbrella cushions when they will not be in use for an extended period of time.

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