How To Pick Upholstery Fabrics

Without much thought, people usually buy the upholstery fabric that first catches their eye. After a few months, however, they grow unsatisfied with their choice. Why? Because they failed to take a closer look and considered a few things. When buying a fabric, remember to be extra meticulous. After all, you want it to serve you for a good long number of years. Whether you are buying an upholstery fabric for your sofa, couch, or chair, here are some things you need to remember.

  • Consider the fabric’s use. First, figure what kind of furniture it is going to be used for. If it will be used for a living room sofa, consider the sofa frame. Is it traditional? If it is, you may want to opt for a traditional upholstery fabric, too. If the fabric is for a set of dining chairs, look for durable fabric that can stand excessive use.
  • Factor in durability. Especially if the furniture will see excessive use, you have to go for a highly durable fabric. A woven fabric is more durable than a printed one, so consider choosing woven fabrics. Also, look for fabrics with high thread count. Thread count is the amount of threads per square inch. Fabrics with high thread counts are durable. Examples of durable fabrics are wool, nylon velvet, microfiber, and leather.
  • Prioritize comfort. The buyer’s usual inclination is to consider the appearance and general appeal of the fabric. Comfort then is usually taken aside. But the thing is, no matter how pretty the fabric is, it will cease its function if it isn’t comfortable. Beauty generates initial ohs and ahs, but comfort, along with durability, is the ultimate test of a fabric.
  • Go for stain-resistant and easy-to-clean fabric. A good upholstery fabric should be stain-resistant. Keep in mind, however, that although some fabrics have stain-resistant qualities and are used with much care to prevent staining, the fabrics will, at some point, get grubby, especially if you live with children and pets. So to make your job easier, choose a fabric that is fairly easy to clean. Leather, wool, and microfiber are good examples.
  • Choose fade- and mildew-resistant. If the furniture is near the window or anywhere it receives a good amount of sun, it is best to pick a fabric that is fade-resistant. In the same way, pick a mildew-resistant fabric if your place is quite humid.
  • Decide on the color. You have a few things to consider when deciding on fabric color. First is the size of the room the furniture is situated. If the room is quite small, avoid getting fabrics with bold colors; instead, opt for subdued and neutral colors. The same applies if your furniture is small. Second is the dominant color in the room. Your fabric should match the overall theme of the room and the colors of the other furniture pieces and fixtures. Third is the mood you want to achieve. If you want to have a feeling of warmth, go for warm colors. If you want to have an upbeat mood, choose cool colors.

To get the perfect upholstery fabric for your furniture, it is wise to get a sample fabric. Then see if it works with your furniture and your room. If you can’t have a sample, get at least a picture.


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