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While it won't replace your living room, your outdoor space is, in some ways, your own summertime oasis. After choosing the right outdoor furniture to suit your space, it’s time to focus on the accessories you can add to really bring it to life. But perhaps no accessory is as important as outdoor cushions.
Throw them onto a patio chair to make it more comfortable or keep them handy to quickly add in extra seating while entertaining guests. Outdoor cushions are also the perfect way to play around with fun pops of color and patterns, and can instantly liven up even the most basic or simple furniture.
From pillows to poufs, check out our favorite outdoor cushions now.
A pouf is arguably one of the best ways to add both function and style to any space, be that indoor or outdoor. Case in point: This versatile option which can be used as an extra seat, placed next to a chair as a foot rest, or topped with a tray and turned into a side table. The geometric gray pattern and woven texture is playful yet subtle, and can be easily incorporated into any indoor family or living room once summer is over.
As the name suggests, this trio of throw pillows is an easy way to add a beachy vibe to any outdoor setup. Better yet, this set takes the guesswork out of putting together coordinating patterns. You get three pillows in various sizes and prints—a striped 20-inch square, a frond-patterned 18-inch square, and a textured lumbar. Try clustering them together or scatter them across any sofa or sectional.
Jute is an underrated material in our book, and one of the most effective ways to add texture and an organic, carefree vibe to your outdoor space. Enter this stylish pouf from CB2 which was designed for both indoor and outdoor use. The dense poly-fill makes it sturdy enough to use as a table, though still comfortable enough to sit on. And if you don’t love the look of natural jute, there's a black option, too.
While these minimalist pillows may appear to be made of natural fiber, they're actually made from a waterproof poly-blend material that's built to last. Coupled with bold color-blocking (in either blue or black), these feel decidedly coastal and classic, AKA something you’d see on the porch of a Nantucket beach house. They come in both a standard 22-inch square size as well as a lumbar so you can choose what best fits your setup.
A black, white, and tan palette keeps this pillow neutral enough to work with any décor, while the fringed tassels make for a boho touch. Also noteworthy: The material is made of recycled plastic bottles which are turned into yarn, dyed, and handwoven on looms, making each pillow slightly unique.
Featuring a Southwestern-inspired pattern, knotted texture, and warm yellow, orange, and red palette, this pouf looks notably more expensive than it is. The 16-inch cubed size is versatile, yet compact enough to tuck away in even smaller spaces. While it’s made for outdoor use, we love the idea of bringing it indoors for a pop of color once summer is over.
Sure, we love lumbar pillows because they offer, well, lumbar support, but the rectangular shape is also a great way to break up the look of other square throw pillows. The Tallulah from Frontgate boasts a bold, multi-colored fringe on the front (available in two colors, it looks great paired with other either solid or patterned pillows) and a solid back. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but it's made of Sunbrella fabric and treated to be 100 percent weather-resistant, so it'll last season after season.
A few floor cushions scattered across a deck, patio, or even the yard are the perfect solution when you need to quickly create extra seating. We’re partial to this whimsical option, with its poppy pattern of citrus fruits in pink and orange tones. The 26 x 26-inch size is roomy and comfortable, and the woven polyester canvas cover boasts a UV- and water-resistant coating for extra durability.
Article's Ebba Pillow set combines comfort and quality at an attractive price point. Available in six vibrant shades (think: yellow, indigo blue, teal, orange, green, and red), this boho set comes complete with one striped and one leafy patterned option. While they're soft, fluffable, and durable, we do suggest storing them indoors when the forecast calls for summer showers.
Overstuffed for extra comfort, this chic cushion is ideal for casual lounging. With an abstract print in blue, gold, and whites tones, it feels summery yet sophisticated, and, on the function side of things, it features a UV-coated cover so you never have to worry about fading. The cushion also scores bonus points for its attached handle which makes moving it a breeze.
This outdoor staple comes in six solid colors—and we say go ahead and stock up on multiples of all. The wallet-friendly price can’t be beat, nor can the comfortable fill, bright hues, and playful fringe. Plus, they’re sustainable, woven out of a thread made from recycled plastic water bottles.