When investing on a new upholstery, choosing the right fabric is essential. Same is true for reupholstery projects and choosing new curtains. In most cases, if not all, what initially comes to mind is the choice of color. We choose mainly with the aesthetic aspect in mind. While color choice is crucial, other equally important factors need careful consideration. It is an overwhelming task especially if you’re doing this for the first time. The textures, the fabric material, and the choice between synthetic and natural all come into play during the selection process. Before shelling out a good amount of cash for a new upholstery from a furniture store, it is good to understand some basics on fabrics.
Choosing the Right Material
Functionality and style are top priorities when choosing an upholstery fabric. Along with design and color, the durability factor must also be considered. Keep in mind that the wear and tear of the materials greatly depends on how the furniture will be used. Durability is a top priority if the furniture will be used in a high-activity area such as the living room or dining room. For this purpose, go for woven patterns of denser fabric materials with tighter weaves. Leather, although durable, is high-maintenance and an expensive material best reserved for libraries, bedrooms, or areas with lesser children or pet activities. Polyester fabric is often the top choice for active areas due to its durability and ease of cleaning.
Cleaning and Maintenance of Fabric
Identify your lifestyle during the selection process. While cotton fabric may look cool and comfy, remember that these can soil and absorb stains easily. It is often the top choice for fabric sofas due to its beauty. However, it is very susceptible to wrinkling, sun damage, fading, and tears. These lean on the more expensive side, most particularly silk. To avoid damaging natural fabric upholstery, it would be best to call have it cleaned professionally.
When it comes to draperies, linen and silk are among the more luxurious options. Man-mad fibers including acetate, nylon, acrylic, olefin, and polyester are cheaper and easier to clean. Ask around when visiting fabric stores for suggestions and different types of options to explore.
Recommended Fabrics for Different Purposes
Different types of fabric serve different purposes. The frequency of use and exposure to human or pet activity should help you determine the type of fabric to use. Here are some tips:
- Office Spaces: For high traffic areas such as reception areas and lounges, you will want durable material that cleans up easily. Vinyl, synthetic leather, and other man-made materials are the top choices for these areas.
- Living Room: the lifestyle of the family should dictate the type of upholstery, and not the other way around. For those living with pets and children, choose wrinkle-resistant and easy-to-clean upholstery such as synthetic materials.
- Bedrooms: With bedrooms, you can experiment with different types of fabric to suit the dweller’s personality. Cotton, leather, or silk can be used especially if it solely functions as a place to for resting and slumber. The main goal here is comfort.
With these basics, you now have some ideas on the type of fabrics to choose for your home or office. For a more expert advice on upholstery, call DrSofa.