What is Performance Fabric?

Performance fabric is a term used in the furniture and interior design industries to describe fabrics that are easily cleanable, stain resistant, and durable to withstand the wear and tear of everyday life. The “performance” in performance fabric is defined by specific qualities of the material like water resistance, mold and mildew resistance, and fade resistance. 


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Sunbrella performance fabrics come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and styles.

Indoor and Outdoor Performance Fabrics

The idea of performance fabrics started in the outdoor space, with fabrics engineered to withstand the elements. However, as performance fabric innovation has evolved, many performance fabrics like Sunbrella are designed for use both indoors and outdoors. Sunbrella performance fabrics feature the strength and durability to stand up to spills, stains, mildew, and UV rays, with comfort and softness to stand all the tests of time.  


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Our dedication to high performance textiles starts with the fiber. We use the highest quality materials to ensure all Sunbrella products meet our stringent performance standards.

Long-Lasting Fabric

Sunbrella performance fabrics are made with Color to the Core™ technology. This unique process means our fibers are saturated with color and UV-stabilized pigments. Once saturated, the proprietary fiber is spun into yarns which are then woven into our long-lasting performance fabric. Color to the Core™ technology ensures the color stays true over time, with fade proof color and quality that lasts through cleaning, wear, or exposure to outdoor elements.


Our distinctive manufacturing processes result in fabrics that are mold and mildew resistant, stain and water resistant, pilling and abrasion resistant, and designed to stand all the tests of time.


Cleanable Fabric

Sunbrella performance fabrics are easily cleanable while maintaining the strength and integrity of the fabric. Our fabrics are engineered to resist stains and repel water, keeping your fabrics looking fresh for years to come. When spills, muddy paw prints, and sticky fingers do occur, cleaning is easy with gentle soap and water. For tough outdoor stains like mold and mildew, Sunbrella performance fabrics can be cleaned with bleach without damaging the color, strength, or integrity of the fabric.


Our How to Clean page details cleaning methods for all types of spills and stains, helping you quickly and easily treat each mess with the best cleaning method.  


Durable Fabric

Sunbrella prioritizes weaving fabrics ideal for indoor and outdoor upholstery with the softness, comfort, and long-lasting durability needed for everyday life. Sunbrella fabrics include many different weaves and surface textures, all designed with long-lasting comfort. Our yarns have softness and durability woven into each fiber, which makes Sunbrella high-quality upholstery fabric perfect for creating long-lasting, comfortable spaces. 


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Sunbrella performance fabrics ensure years of beautiful living with comfort and durability that lasts.

Explore Sunbrella Performance Fabrics

Browse the Sunbrella upholstery collection to find fabrics you can shop by the yard. Need help getting started? Try the Sunbrella Fabric Finder to help narrow down your selections by use, color, and pattern.  

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