Terrycloth is a great fabric for summer.  From beach towels to kids swim cover-ups, it wicks up moisture in no time and is super soft to the touch. Innovative designers and textile manufacturers are finding new and creative ways to incorporate this relatively inexpensive and stylish fabric into home decor projects in beach houses coast to coast.

Famed surfer and Santa Monica lifeguard Dave Rochlen created the original “jams” board shorts in 1964 and his legendary company Surfline Hawaii followed years later, now considered an “ocean lifestyle store”.  This terry Surfline pillow highlighting surfboard shaper Dewey Weber is a stylish accessory for an outdoor chaise or chair giving your backyard pure vintage surfer charm.

Try your own hand at making a similar surf style pillow using PB Teen’s “Eat Sleep Surf” towel and help save the coastline at the same time.  Every towel sold benefits the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches.
Or if you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor shower, consider experimenting with this pink cabana stripe towel from famed east coast board shaper Ron Jon Surf Shop, now a beach lifestyle brand, on a cool shower curtain (with a liner of course).  You’ll need a u-shaped shower rod to make it work.  Photo courtesy of Coastal Living.
Place this double lounger by West Elm with its soft terry cloth fitted cover  in a sunny corner of the yard for a mid afternoon siesta.  Frontgate offers a similar plush cover for their chaise lounge chairs. For a good night’s slumber, a terrycloth covered pillow or two on the bed adds a beachy touch and will ensure a dry pillow in the morning.   For a custom version, email modernpillowcovers@mail.com.
The owners of this nautical Jersey Shore house gave their chairs an interesting twist by upholstering them in white and blue terry with contrasting piping.    Photo Coastal Living.
Design your own piece of plush furniture with Alaxi for Sunbrella’s fun line of indoor/outdoor fabric. What are you waiting for?  Isn’t time to try terry?


1 Comment

Avelina Tomaino · March 11, 2013 at 5:58 am

The type of material your beach towels are made from has a direct impact on the absorbency of the towel. Thick terry is one of the best materials for beach towels as they tend to soak up the moisture the fastest. Terry is also warm, and because it is thick, it is nice to lie on at the beach. You will want to make sure that your beach towels are made of 100% cotton for the best absorbency, and to make sure that your towel performs the way you expect it to, Egyptian or Turkish cotton is the best way to go. ^

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