Sunbrella Fabric Product Guide

Sunbrella is an outdoor décor fabric that is water and sun resistant. It can also be used indoors because of its renowned durability and stain resistance, which makes it a great upholstery and slipcover fabric for kids and pets.

Upholstery Sunbrella fabric has a soft hand and can wrap easily around curves and corners, making it great for outdoor furniture and boat interiors. Upholstery Sunbrella comes in different weights and there are also specialty weave patterns and jacquards for a more decorative look.

Sunbrella also makes a stiffer fabric for awnings and marine uses.

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There are many different varieties of Sunbrella. Sunbrella Canvas is the most prevalent kind and is available in dozens of solid colors. It’s made out of Sunbrella acrylic that’s UV resistant, mildew repellent, bleach cleanable, fade resistant, breathable, and has minimal shrinking or stretching. It has a soil, stain, and water repellent finish. It’s a medium weight at 7.9 oz per square yard.

Sunbrella Spectrum is a little lighter weight at 6.3 oz. It has the same finish and is also mildew repellent, bleach cleanable, and fade resistant.

Sunbrella Heritage fabric is made of 50% Sunbrella acrylic and 50% recycled Sunbrella acrylic. It’s a heavier weight at 10.5 oz and is very durable.

Other varieties, including Dupione, Mainstreet, and Sailcloth, range from 8 to 12 oz. There are also stripes, florals, geometrics, and other patterns weighing up to 14.4 oz.

All of these fabrics are very durable and can be used in outdoor, indoor, and marine environments. Sunbrella is popular for indoor upholstery that gets a lot of wear and tear from kids and pets because of how well it resists stains.

Awning and Marine Sunbrella is a stiffer fabric that’s mainly used for awnings, shade structures, and boat covers. This Sunbrella fabric has a fluorocarbon top finish that provides UV resistance, stain, and water repellency. It’s also heat sealable with seam seal tape.


Brush off loose dirt. Wash with a mild soap and lukewarm water solution. Rinse thoroughly. Allow to air dry.

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which is the softest sunbrella fabric for outdoor cushions?
A shopper on Jan 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You'll want to use the Sunbrella meant for upholstery (not the awning/marine Sunbrella):

There may be some differences in softness between the different upholstery fabrics so we suggest ordering samples if you want to feel the material.
Is outdoor fabric hard to sew?
A shopper on Oct 28, 2017
how to make covers for a chaise?
A shopper on Jul 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: See our slipcover tutorial:

This tutorial is for a chair but the same techniques would be used for a chaise.
I am trying to match some Sunbrella fabric I bought by the yard several years ago. It’s Forest Green, I think, and not very heavyweight. The texture is not like a canvas. It’s kind of an open weave. It's a little bit sheer, and doesn’t make full shade, more filtered. What do you think I have?
A shopper on May 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Did you buy it from OnlineFabricStore? We haven't carried any Sunbrella fabric like that. The closest thing I can think of is Phifertex fabric like this:
Phifertex Standard Solids - Spruce Green Fabric
Phifertex Standard Solids - Spruce Green Fabric
Phifertex Plus - Holly Green Fabric
Phifertex Plus - Holly Green Fabric
Is it possible to make your own outdoor umbrella replacement cover?
A shopper on Feb 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this would be an appropriate use for Sunbrella fabric, especially the Awning/Marine Sunbrella fabric.
I want to make furniture covers for our outdoor chairs and loveseat. Does it matter what type of sunbrella fabric I use? Is the Marine sunbrella better for this? Is it harder to work with since it says it is stiffer? Can I sew it using a regular sewing machine?
A shopper on Oct 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Any Sunbrella fabric would work, it may be a little stiff, but that could be nice for covers. It can be sewn with a regular sewing machine.
what is the best fabric for RV furniture with pets in the RV?
A shopper on Oct 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Sunbrella fabric would be a great choice! It is water resistant and is a really great option for people with pets.
What markers, paint and ink work good un sumbrella fabric?
A shopper on Aug 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is possible that it would work.. Sunbrella fabric has a protective coating so it might not let the paint or ink actually penetrate the fabric. It is always worth the shot though because we have not tried it.
I need to make outdoor curtains for a patio , but don't know how to sew 🙄?
A shopper on May 23, 2019
A shopper on Apr 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately It is not. if a material is Fire Resistance it would note so in the details box under "features"
what exactly is a flourocarbon finish? Does that mean it has chemicals on it that will be dangerous, similar to scotch guard?
A shopper on Feb 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Fluorocarbon chemicals are used to create water repellency, oil repellency, and stain resistance. It is used in many applications, including sporting apparel, upholstery, wall
covering, and floor covering. In 2000, 3M changed the formula used in Scotchgard so the environmentally harmful chemical is no longer used.
Can I use the lighter fabrics to make some ft carrying bags ?
A shopper on Feb 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure what kind of bags you're referring to but Sunbrella fabric would be great for most kinds of bags.
How long does it take for a slip covered cushion to air dry after washing?
A shopper on Jan 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hard to say as it greatly depends on the conditions like temperature and humidity. We'd guess at least a couple of hours, possibly longer.
Can you make slip covers out of your fabric. Can the covers be washed or cleaned ?
A shopper on Jun 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Sunbrella is great for slipcovers because it is durable and stain resistant.
What type of sunbrella fabric would you recommend for indoor window treatments (roman shades)?
A shopper on Mar 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Any of the Sunbrella fabric, other than the Awning / Marine fabric, would work for Roman shades. You can order samples if you want to see it in person.
Can you use it as an ironing board cover?
A shopper on Mar 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We would not recommend it because Sunbrella is made out of acrylic which is not as resistant to high heat as cotton is.
Is Sunbrella soft enough and strong enough to be used in a hammock?
M L on Dec 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Upholstery Sunbrella fabrics should work.