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Upholstery Fabrics

When it comes to choosing fabric for upholstery, there are a wide range of options available. As you consider What fabric may be best for your upholstery needs, consider:
The amount of wear and tear you need the upholstery to be able to withstand
The amount of money you want to spend on upholstery
The amount of time and money you want to dedicate to the upkeep of your upholstery
The level of luxury you need to exude, or conversely, how casual you need your upholstery to be

With these points in mind, let's take a look at the most common fabrics used for upholstery.

Silk is a natural material. It is considered luxurious due to its expense and feel, which is lightweight and smooth. If silk comes into contact with liquid or food, it stains very easily. Stains may only be removed through professional treatments. Therefore, silk may not be a great choice for a busy restaurant or for someone who doves not want to put time and money into maintaining an upholstered surface.

Another high-end natural upholstery material is leather. Leather is considered one of the more durable materials available on the market. It is also very attractive, if it fits the aesthetic you are working to achieve. Leather is also fairly easy to wipe clean should a minor spill occur. Leather is, however, one of the more expensive options available for upholstering.

Synthetic Leather
Synthetic leather, such as vinyl that is crafted to give off the appearance and feel of genuine leather, is fairly durable. It comes in a wide range of looks and feels and is suitable for many applications. It is also very easy to maintain. However, synthetic leather doesn't stand the test of time as well as its genuine counterpart. Over time, synthetic leather may wear or crack.

Microfiber is a synthetic material that is very widely used in upholstery for furniture. Microfiber is made of polyester and, depending on how it is crafted, can give off a similar feel and appearance as either velvet or suede. Microfiber upholstery is fairly easy to maintain by brushing or even vacuuming the fabric. Since microfiber tends to attract dust, vacuuming is actually a common method of maintenance. Microfiber is fairly reasonable in its pricing, making it a common choice for many different types of applications.

Other materials that may be used in upholstery include:

Canvas is very casual and tough. It can stand up to heavy use, and can sometimes be perceived to be almost industrial.

Velvet is a soft material with some raised fibers. Although it has a fairly luxurious look, many people associate its use with dated design over contemporary fashion.

Wool + Nylon:
Wool, a natural material, is made more tough and durable for use in furniture upholstery by the addition of nylon, a synthetic. Nylon is one of the toughest synthetic materials out there, so wool + nylon fabrics have the visual appeal of wool with the toughness of nylon.
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