|With so many fabric choices available,
how do you know which one is right for the furniture piece
you plan to have reupholstered?
While some fabrics are intended for high-traffic treatment,
others are more delicate and meant for appearance and occasional
sitting. To avoid selecting the wrong type of material for
your furniture, here is a list of upholstery
fabrics containing descriptions of durability level and
Brocade resembles embroidered fabric and frequently presents
intensely colored, raised floral patterns. Shuttle-woven and
comprised of silks containing silver or gold threads, brocade
is meant for "sitting-room" furniture not subject
to rough treatment, mainly due to its tendency to snag and
One of the top choices for furniture frequently used, cotton
resists fading from sunlight and accepts any shade of dye.
Cotton is economical, extremely durable and easily cleaned
with soap and water or a vacuum cleaner. Examples of cotton
upholstery fabrics include canvas, corduroy and chenille.
Damask patterns are weaved into a fabric that is reversible
and with traditional slightly raised motifs featuring geometrically
flowing flowers or whimsical animal images. Damask is made
from cotton, silk, linen, wool and synthetic fibers such as
rayon. However, damask woven with synthetic fibers is more
durable than damask made with natural fibers. Therefore, frequently
used furniture should be covered with synthetic damask.
Chenille refers to the way this fabric is manufactured rather
than the fabric's texture. Made by placing short pieces of
yarn referred to as the "pile" between two core
pieces of yarn, these yarn lengths are then twisted together,
producing chenille's characteristic softness and appearance.
Depending on the way light falls on chenille, it's look will
vary from matte to iridescent. While sturdy as an upholstering
material, chenille will sag and stretch unless proper backing
is applied during the process of renovation.
Gingham fabric is the perfect choice for kitchen furniture,
commonly found with yellow, blue or red checkerboard background
complementing a charming checkerboard pattern. Manufactured
using synthetic fibers and cotton, gingham cleans easily and
wears well, although its cottony ingredients may cause it
to wrinkle more than other fabrics.
As an upholstery material, suede has its pros and cons. Because
suede is actually a kind of leather made from a hide's underside,
this material gives furniture a rich, sleek, velvety appearance
enhancing dens or home offices. However, cleaning suede is
not as easy a process as cleaning cotton or gingham. Upholstering
frequently used furniture with suede is therefore not recommended.
Another type of suede called microsuede is available that
is more stain resistant and colorfast than traditional suede.
Although slightly more expensive than other upholstery fabrics,
mohair looks and feels rich, lustrous and distinctive. A resilient
wool fiber made from Angora goat hair, mohair dyes well and
retains warmth, making it an excellent choice for chairs and
Reupholstering furniture with durable velvet instantly transforms
any piece from plain to vivid and opulent. Velvet not only
looks luxurious but feels luxurious as well, capable of turning
a sitting room or dining room into a royal chamber. One drawback
about velvet is its tendency to become crushed and shabby-looking
if frequently used.
Many other reupholstery fabrics are available if none of these
suits your needs. Just ask one of Premier Decorator's professionals
about additional fabrics, colors and styles in which you are
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