How to Choose the Best Upholstery Fabric

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How to Choose the Best Upholstery Fabric

How to Choose the Best Upholstery Fabric

Choosing the perfect upholstery fabric for your needs can seem daunting at times. While we want our fabric to look great and be comfortable, we also want it to last. If you spend a little time and research before you buy, you will confidently be able choose the best upholstery fabric, and enjoy it for years to come.

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How to Choose the Best Upholstery Fabric for Your Needs

First

Before you purchase new upholstery fabric, ask yourself some important questions to narrow down your choices.

  • Where and how will the furniture be used? Think about which room in the house your furniture will be in and how you plan to use it. If you want chairs for your dining room, you need a fabric that is durable and easy to clean.
  • Will it be heavily used? If the furniture will see a lot of use and traffic, the more durable and easy to clean, the better. Also think about who will be using it; will kids and pets add to the heavy traffic?
  • Will it be in the sunlight? If so then you want to pick a fabric that is resistant to fading.
  • Is it mildew resistant? If you are in a high humidity area or you’re considering purchasing outdoor furniture, there are some great fabrics that are mildew resistant.
  • Does anyone who will be using the furniture have allergies? Certain fabrics such as wool and microfiber are better for those with allergies.

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Next Consider Four Main Characteristics of Upholstery Fabric

Once you know how the furniture will be used, and any special considerations, these four main characteristics will help you ultimately choose the best upholstery fabric.

  1. Durability: how enduring the fabric is, how long it will last and how well it will wear. Remember, durability does not depend on the fiber alone, but also the thread count, or weave. Fabrics with higher thread counts or tighter weaves often withstand use better and last much longer. Durable fabric choices: cotton, leather, wool, hemp, some acrylics, microfiber, nylon, olefin, rayon, and vinyl.
  2. Care: is it easy to clean? This often goes hand in hand with durability. If you’re using your furniture in a room with lots of traffic and potential messes, for example, if you have kids and pets, you want something that is easy to clean, or easy to have cleaned. Easy to Clean Fabrics: cotton, leather, ramie, microfiber, nylon, olefin, vinyl
  3. Resistance: how well it prevents an effect? Is the fabric fade resistant, mildew resistant or wrinkle resistant? Resistant Fabrics: cotton, ramie, acetate, acrylic, nylon
  4. Color/Style: Choose a fabric you like that fits your style.

Finally Choose the Best Upholstery Fabric

Now comes the fun part, you get to choose the best upholstery fabric for your needs. For more information on how to keep it looking fabulous the IICRC has a great article on importance of having it professionally steam cleaned.

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You can also check out our article, “Why It’s Important to Hire Professional Upholstery Cleaners?”Or call us at (08) 6311 4082.

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