Choose a style for your furniture upholstery, be it traditional or modern, country or contemporary. A prospective upholstery shopper will be daunted by the myriad choices available - patterns, weaves, textures, fiber content and weight of the fabric.
Bear in mind the room decor and other functional aspects before you make your upholstery material choice. If you are considering getting your furniture reupholstered, look up our useful tips to selecting the right upholstery fabric. Find out how to undertake regular upholstery cleaning.
An important consideration when choosing upholstery fabric is its durability. With kids and pets around, you need a durable and sturdy upholstery fabric. Elegant chairs would need different treatment as compared to the family couch. The upholstery fabric must also be appropriate for the furniture it is covering. The design must be balanced to the size of the room. The upholstery must be appropriate to the room and its overall decor (décor). Check the upholstery fabric for resistance to stains, moths and regular wear and tear. Does it fade when exposed to sunlight? If so it is unsuitable for a sunny patio.
Upholstery fabrics come in a wide price range, from $10 to $250 for embroidered silk upholstery. Rich upholstery fabric choices are chenille, suede and leather, jacquard, damask, tapestry and tweed. You can also go in for velvet, satin or silk dupioni. Prints come in florals or contemporary designs or plaids and stripes.
You can choose from natural upholstery fabrics like linen, cotton, silk or leather or opt for man-made fibers such as polyester and rayon. While the classic and elegance of natural upholstery fabrics cannot be denied, man-made fabrics are easier to maintain and resilient. Natural fibers tend to absorb stains faster. You can opt for blended upholstery fabrics that give you the best of both worlds.
Changing the upholstery material can add sparkle to your old furniture and give your room a facelift. Discount stores might be a good idea if you are planning do-it-yourself furniture upholstering with a limited budget. Solid chenille or faux leather, floral chintz or smooth satin – choose your furniture upholstery with care. With the right cleaning and maintenance, it can last you a long time.
Leather upholstery adds elegance and luxury to your furniture. Sink into the luxurious comfort of leather upholstered couch or sofa. You can go in for split leather upholstery or embossed leather upholstery. But ensure that you care for your leather upholstery so as to keep it clean and durable. Perspiration and natural oils have an adverse effect on leather upholstery. Wipe your leather furniture regularly.