|Choosing your upholstery fabric wisely
can mean the difference between keeping your furniture looking
great for a long time or watching in horror as your fabric
falls apart due to excessive use. Use this quick guide to
fabrics to ensure you are picking fabrics that accommodate
the needs of how the furniture will be used.
A lthough linen upholstery adds an air of elegance to sofas
and chairs, it wrinkles and stains easily so should not be
used as upholstery for furniture placed in living rooms, TV
rooms or other areas where a lot of activity is going to happen.
If linen upholstery becomes dirty, you will have to have it
professionally cleaned so that the material doesn't shrink
and pull away from the furniture's edges.
Cotton is a great choice for all types of furniture because
it resists fading, wrinkling and soiling. However, be aware
that cotton comes in different "thread" counts,
which indicate its quality level and durability. A cotton
thread count of 150 is considered the standard thread count
while 180 means the fabric is excellent quality and anything
higher than a 200 thread count is called "percale"
Leather is tough, sporty and easily cleaned with a damp cloth
or special conditioners formulated to clean leather and keep
it supple. Just remember to tell everyone to take their car
keys out of their pockets before sitting down on your new
Invented as a less expensive alternative to leather, vinyl
is sometimes called "faux" leather and is made from
ethylene and chlorine to create a durable type of plastic
resin. Vinyl is an excellent choice for kitchen furniture
because its smooth surface is highly resistant to permanent
staining. However, aging vinyl tends to split as worn spots
develop and color fading occurs.
Upholstery that is considered "wool" is usually
combined with synthetic fibers so that it resists felting
and is easier to wash. Felting often occurs with genuine wool
upholstery when fibers start to bond together due to wear
and tear and start to feel like felt instead of wool. Wool
blends also take a long time to fade and do not wrinkle like
other, less sturdy blends.
As an imitation silk upholstery fabric, acetate is suitable
for furniture that is not used everyday or furniture meant
for "looks" only. Although acetate withstands shrinking,
pilling and mildewing, it provides only average resistance
to wrinkling and fading due to ultraviolet light from the
Additional kinds of upholstery include acrylic (an ersatz
wool blend), nylon (a blend of exceptionally strong fibers),
polyester (another blended fabric resistant to wrinkling)
and rayon (a durable imitation of cotton, silk and linen).
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