Washable is a fabric that is washable resists fading and shrinking during the laundering process, using cold water or dry cleaning method. For a slightly retro or timelessly Scottish look, tartan plaid is another superb choice for seat or couch coverings. Chenille is soft to the touch and very popular as an upholstery fabric for sofas and chairs. Consider the size of the pattern on the piece of upholstery fabric. Consider whether it is appropriate for the size of the furniture it is covering, as well as the room size. Damask is characterized by elaborate floral motifs that are usually monochromatic or a maximum of two colors in matte and polished weave combinations. While Chenille upholstery fabric is extremely cozy, it's also excellent at hiding dirt. Low-quality acrylic may pill excessively in areas that receive high degrees of abrasion. Is your furniture in a traditionally themed living room that is only used on occasion? Consider the style of your furniture as well as its function to help when choosing the type of upholstery fabric. As spring and summer bloom, linen and cotton in bright, happy tones suit the mood. 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. Some aspects of choosing upholstery fabric might seem pretty obvious like selecting a color. Acetate is not a good choice for furniture that will get tough everyday use. Jacquard is a fabric having woven patterns such as tapestries, brocades, and damasks. Jacquard designs may be simple or very elaborate. Silk has a very soft hand and can be woven into nubby informal textures and shimmering paper-thin sheets. Autos typically are clad in either leather or cloth, ranging from ultra expensive to the very basic. Linen's downfall is that it wrinkles a lot, but some consider that its allure. Dry Cleanable is a fabric that is dry cleanable, can be cleaned with chemical solvents instead of water. Polypropylene is a manufactured fiber that is a type of Olefin. Polypropylene is quick drying, stain resistant, and exceptionally strong. Acrylic fibers are also man made and include such brand names as Orlon, Acrilan, Dolan and Dralon. Durability and use depend on the weave and finish. Damask weaves are formal; canvas (duck and sailcloth) is more casual and more durable. Today’s consumer is looking for “natural fabrics” and lots of textural interest. Linen upholstery fabric is another plant derived fiber, and shares many similarities with cotton. Leather furniture can be rather expensive, although the same look can be achieved with the use of fake leather uphostery 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. This natural fiber provides good resistance to wear, fading, and pilling. It is less resistant to soil, wrinkling, and fire. Just like in fashion, you can dramatically change the look of your home by changing the fabrics that surround you. All leathers display a variety of unique natural markings and variations in color. Rayon is a manufactured fiber composed of regenerated cellulose which is processed from wood pulp. Rayon is characterized by it high absorbency, soft hand, and drapability. It can imitate the feel and texture of silk, wool, cotton, or linen. Chenille is also used for bedspreads and garments. Velvet has one plush side and one plain woven side. When purchasing an upholstered piece or upholstery fabric, be aware that the higher the thread count, the more tightly woven the fabric is, and the better it will wear. Polyester is a manufactured fiber that is resistant to stretching and shrinking. It is also quick drying, wrinkle resistant, and strong. Spandex is a manufactured fiber known for its high elasticity. Damask is a sophisticated, floral-patterned fabric, damask has reversed colors on opposing sides. Silk is a delicate fabric and only suitable for adult areas, such as formal living rooms and must be professionally cleaned if soiled. Chenille uphostery fabric is a soft tufted cord of silk, cotton, or worsted used in embroidery or for fringing. 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. Velvet was originally made from silk for royalty. Wool blends can be spot-cleaned when necessary. Chenille is commonly used for bedspreads or rugs, but makes an excellent fabric choice for upholstery. Upholstery fabrics can be used for arts and crafts. Matelasse is a heavy fabric with a soft hand. Matelasse has the appearance of being puffy or quilted. Polyurethane is a manmade organic polymer with high elongation and strength. Polyurethane is often used in elastic and plastic or vinyl like textiles. Olefin is a manufactured fiber that is strong and very lightweight. Pure Aniline or Full Aniline is the most natural type of leather. Toile de Jouy dates back to 18th century France, and is a cotton print. Upholstery is the art of providing furniture with padding and covering generally in the form of upholstery fabric. Linen is a delicate fabric and does not withstand heavy wear; however, linen does resist pilling and fading. Dye Lot is a batch of fabric or yarn that has been dyed at the same time. There may be some color variation from lot to lot. Some fabrics appear casual, while others might look more formal. Consider the syle of the piece when choosing. Also consider the style of your interior decor. The Jacquard loom is capable of weaving intricate patterns with many layers and many threads at the same time. Olefin is a good choice for furniture that will receive heavy wear; however, it lacks the pliability and movement that natural fibers offer.