Pool furniture should be designed for easy repositioning so both sun lovers and shade seekers can find the right spot as the day progresses. Wheeled chaises are a smart pick because they can be rotated easily and silently.
As for fabrics, the best is solution-dyed acrylic, according to Steve Lida, a co-owner of Outdoor
fabrics.com. "It's inherently mildew- and fade-resistant," he says. Weather-treated polyester, a more economical alternative, is a solid runner-up. Opt for light-colored fabrics, which absorb less heat. The following textiles retain their good looks, no matter what the elements.
- Solution-dyed acrylic: This fabric resists UV rays, moisture, mildew, and staining. It has the look and feel of indoor fabric and is machine washable and bleachable. It's often sold under the brand names Sunbrella and Outdura.
- Polyester: A quick-drying, affordable choice. It lacks the UV resistance of solution-dyed acrylic, so look for options that come with UV-protective coatings. Spot-clean only.
- Woven mesh: Used in "sling" furniture, these vinyl-coated polyester yarns won't stretch out, are mildew-resistant, and can be hosed down. One brand name to look for is Textaline.