When it comes to your favorite furniture, more than likely it’s an upholstered item such as your sectional sofa, favorite accent chair or love seat. These pieces get the most use and we expect them to last for years to come. When selecting your next piece, it is important to take some time to research the many fabric options out there and what kinds of wear and tear to expect. Let us help you choose the best fabric for your needs.
The first thing that comes to mind when picking a fabric is pattern or color, and though it is the single biggest factor in fabric selection, other factors are equally as important.
The importance of fabric durability varies depending on the piece of furniture, which room it is used in and personal aspects of the family, such as if children and pets live in the house. Woven patterns hold up longer than printed ones, as do higher thread counts and tight weaves. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric, and denser fabric lasts longer. Choose a fabric based on who will be using your sofa.
Choose a fabric that complements both the piece of furniture and the interior decor of your house. Make sure your color choice is one you can live with and love for a long time. It’s a good idea to avoid bold colors or trendy patterns unless you really love them, or save them for a smaller room. Neutrals are generally the safest route since they tend to stay timeless.
For High-Traffic Areas
For the furniture in your home that gets the most use, such as the sofa you crash on after a long day, you’ll want to choose fabrics that are highly durable and resistant to wrinkles and fading. Olefin or polyester-cotton blends offer excellent strength, color fastness and resistance to wrinkling.
Where there are kids, there are spills! Protect your long lasting investment by choosing upholstery that is comfortable and easily cleaned. Acrylic or nylon blends are a soft alternative that resist stains and wrinkles.
Pet Friendly Fabrics
We love our furry friends, however, pet owners know that these lovable buddies will take a toll on your furniture if you aren’t careful in picking out the right fabric. Top-grain leather works well for many reasons. It’s durable, won’t absorb odors as much as other fabrics and it can be wiped clean easily. If your pet likes to use your furniture as a scratching post, you may want to skip the leather and choose a cotton blend. Its breathable, comfortable and resistant to signs of wear and tear.
Indoor / Outdoor Spaces
Stylish upholstery isn’t just confined to the indoors. Your patio can be just as cozy and on trend. High-performance fabrics such as Sunbrella, will keep it’s bright color even if your furniture is out in the sun all day. This fabric is also resistant to mildew and can be easily cleaned with a brush and mild soap.
We hope you’ve found our suggestions helpful when choosing the best upholstery fabric for your space. For more home design ideas and tips visit us at sheelys.com or stop in to see us at our showroom in North Lima, Ohio.