Determine where your upholstered pieces will be used in the home. The right upholstery can completely transform the look and feel of your furniture. Olefin is a good choice for furniture that will receive heavy wear; however, it lacks the pliability and movement that natural fibers offer. Upholstery fabric has so many choices, colors, textures. Is your furniture in a traditionally themed living room that is only used on occasion? Sturdy and durable, wool and wool blends offer good resistance to pilling, fading, wrinkling, and soil. For the ultimate in spill and stain resistance, however, synthetic fibers such as vinyl are used extensively. While Chenille upholstery fabric is extremely cozy, it's also excellent at hiding dirt. If comfort is at the top of your priority list, then chenille is the upholstery fabric for you. The Jacquard loom is capable of weaving intricate patterns with many layers and many threads at the same time. Polypropylene is a manufactured fiber that is a type of Olefin. Polypropylene is quick drying, stain resistant, and exceptionally strong. The nap (or hand) of chenille lasts forever. Matelasse is a heavy fabric with a soft hand. Matelasse has the appearance of being puffy or quilted. Linen's downfall is that it wrinkles a lot, but some consider that its allure. Wool is obtained from sheep fleece and the term”virgin wool” denotes new, not recycled wool. Leather is a very popular choice as an upholstery fabric, as it is delightfully soft yet resistant to spills and stains. Chenille is commonly used for bedspreads or rugs, but makes an excellent choice for upholstery. This natural fiber provides good resistance to wear, fading, and pilling. It is less resistant to soil, wrinkling, and fire. As spring and summer bloom, linen and cotton in bright, happy tones suit the mood. Chenille is a yarn with a fuzzy pile protruding from all sides. Upholstering for specific uses, such as in automobiles and boats, generally has a narrower set of upholstery fabric options. Nylon doesn’t readily soil or wrinkle, but it does tend to fade and pill. Full grain leather is a top grain leather with all its natural texture (grain) intact. 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. Upholstery fabrics are sometimes light enough for window treatments and slipcovers. Boucle can be identified by its curled or looped surface, this material is heavier than many other upholstery fabrics. Chenille is soft to the touch and very popular as an upholstery fabric for sofas and chairs. Upholstery fabrics can be used for arts and crafts. Velveteen or Corduroy is similar to velvet. Acrylic fibers are also man made and include such brand names as Orlon, Acrilan, Dolan and Dralon. Jacquard's name comes from the type of weave used to produce the fabric. Velveteen is made from thick woven cotton and is available with ridges known as corduroy. Marine furniture requires a significant amount of heat and water resistance, resulting in heavy uses of vinyl and polyester. Vinyl (Poly Vinyl Chloride) is a manufactured thermoplastic fiber. Vinyl is noted for its strength and ability to resist weathering. Chenille tends to be a family favorite upholstery fabric. Cotton is best ironed when the fabric is damp. Sofas, chairs, and ottomans receiving only moderate amounts of wear will do fine with a less durable fabrics. Jacquard is a fabric having woven patterns such as tapestries, brocades, and damasks. Jacquard designs may be simple or very elaborate. The attractiveness of the napped suede look has lead to microsuede gaining in popularity in upholstery fabric applications, replicating the feel of real suede and adding stain resistance and durability, in addition to lower costs. Woven fabric patterns hold up longer than printed ones. 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. Some aspects of choosing upholstery fabric might seem pretty obvious like selecting a color. Washable is a fabric that is washable resists fading and shrinking during the laundering process, using cold water or dry cleaning method. Linen is best to wash it in cold water to avoid shrinkage. Wool blends can be spot-cleaned when necessary. Damask is a lustrous fabric (such as linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) that is characterized by its flat, glossy pattern on a solid background. Chambray is a lightweight plain weave cotton fabric similar to denim. Chambray is woven on a colored warp with white fill yarns. Silks are manufactured by worms. Our broad assortment of jacquards, florals, stripes, damasks, chenilles, velvets, tapestries, faux suedes and solid textures will help you create fabulous furniture and great pillows! Cotton is the most used fabric in the world. It can breathe. Latex is a substance often used as a back coating on fabrics to make them easier to upholster. It is a milky white liquid that is extracted from the rubber tree, milkweed plant, or the poppy family. Upholstery is the art of providing furniture with padding and covering. Acetate is a synthetic fiber made from cellulose acetate. Microdenier / Microfiber is a yarn made of fibers that tend to be thinner than a silkworm’s web. Most microfibers are synthetics such as polyester, nylon, acrylic, or rayon. Today’s consumer is looking for “natural fabrics” and lots of textural interest. Cotton is a popular plant based fiber that is used extensively for many kinds of upholstery fabric. Rarely used alone, nylon is usually blended with other fibers to make it one of the strongest upholstery fabrics. Silk is derived from silk worms and has been a symbol of luxury since forever. Silk is so delicate that although it can be hand-washed it is best sent to the dry-cleaners. Larger rooms can carry larger prints and bolder colors and even combinations of patterns and prints. Developed as imitation silk, acetate can withstand mildew, pilling, and shrinking. Depending on the weave, cotton blends can be sturdy, family-friendly fabrics. A stain-resistant finish should be applied for everyday use. Linen is another plant derived fiber, and shares many similarities with cotton. Avoid delicately colored upholstery fabrics around children and pets. i.e. White is going to appear dirty fast. An upholsterer typically works on home décor, but some specialize in the marine or automobile industry. Rarely used alone in upholstery, polyester is blended with other fibers to add wrinkle resistance, eliminate crushing of napped fabrics, and reduce fading. Cotton is quite popular because like any natural fiber, it’s inherently strong and comfortable.