Acetate is a manufactured fiber made of cellulose acetate obtained from wood pulp. Acetate has a soft feel, a luxurious appearance, and drapes well. It resists shrinking, moths, and mildew. Generally, wool is blended with a synthetic fiber to make it easier to clean and to reduce the possibility of felting the fibers (causing them to bond together until they resemble felt). Velvet is a short, dense, cut-pile woven fabric with a luxurious feel and appearance. Marine furniture requires a significant amount of heat and water resistance, resulting in heavy uses of vinyl and polyester. Developed as imitation silk, acetate can withstand mildew, pilling, and shrinking. Linen is a natural fiber obtained from the flax plant. Linen is durable and has a natural luster. Spandex is a manufactured fiber known for its high elasticity. Acetate is not a good choice for furniture that will get tough everyday use. Acetate offers only fair resistance to soil and tends to wear, wrinkle, and fade in the sun. Color is the most important reason people choose an upholstery fabric, so make sure your color choice is appropriate. Cotton can also be washed. Acrylic is a synthetic fiber and was developed as imitation wool. As spring and summer bloom, linen and cotton in bright, happy tones suit the mood. When blended with wool, polyester can cause pilling. Easy-care and less expensive than leather, vinyl is ideal for busy family living and dining rooms and, durability depends on quality. Polypropylene is a manufactured fiber that is a type of Olefin. Polypropylene is quick drying, stain resistant, and exceptionally strong. Nylon doesn’t readily soil or wrinkle, but it does tend to fade and pill. Cotton is best ironed when the fabric is damp. Matelasse is a heavy fabric with a soft hand. Matelasse has the appearance of being puffy or quilted. Damask is a lustrous fabric (such as linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) that is characterized by its flat, glossy pattern on a solid background. Tapestry is a heavy, flat-woven fabric features elaborate designs appropriate for various uses throughout the home. Larger rooms can carry larger prints and bolder colors and even combinations of patterns and prints. To set the mood, take the color temperature into consideration. Since warm and cool colors affect the mood of the room, try choosing the right upholstery fabric for the right mood. Chenille is a yarn with a fuzzy pile protruding from all sides. Upholstery fabrics are designed to take more wear. Cotton is a fabric or yarn made from cotton fibers that have been obtained from the seed pod of the cotton plant. It is soft, breathable, and the most widely used natural fiber. Leather furniture can be rather expensive, although the same look can be achieved with the use of fake leather uphostery fabric. Vinyl (Poly Vinyl Chloride) is a manufactured thermoplastic fiber. Vinyl is noted for its strength and ability to resist weathering. Fabrics are versatile and allow for quick and inexpensive reinventions. Velveteen or Corduroy is similar to velvet. Low-quality acrylic may pill excessively in areas that receive high degrees of abrasion. Full grain leather is a top grain leather with all its natural texture (grain) intact. Olefin is a manufactured fiber that is strong and very lightweight. Chenille is commonly used for bedspreads or rugs, but makes an excellent fabric choice for upholstery. Upholstering for specific uses, such as in automobiles and boats, generally has a narrower set of upholstery fabric options. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of an upholstery fabric; just like you see when you buy linens for the bed. Nylon is a manufactured fiber that is exceptionally strong, elastic, and lustrous. Upholstery fabrics can be used for arts and crafts. Chenille is also used for bedspreads and garments. Toile is a cotton or linen fabric with a printed design depicting figures or landscapes in a single color. Durability and use depend on the weave and finish. Damask weaves are formal; canvas (duck and sailcloth) is more casual and more durable. There are many different choices for upholstery fabric. Upholstery is the art of providing furniture with padding and covering generally in the form of upholstery fabric. Chenille is French for “caterpillar,” chenille has a thick, soft pile and is one of today’s most popular fabrics. It was originally used in the 1800’s to block drafts at doors and windows. Silk is derived from silk worms and has been a symbol of luxury since forever. Wool is obtained from sheep fleece and the term "virgin wool" denotes new, not recycled wool.