Upholstery fabrics are usually a little heavier and more durable than multi-purpose or drapery-weight fabrics. Just like in fashion, you can dramatically change the look of your home by changing the fabrics that surround you. Acrylic fibers are also man made and include such brand names as Orlon, Acrilan, Dolan and Dralon. Velvet is used in everything from garments and upholstery to bedspreads and drapery. If comfort is at the top of your priority list, then chenille is the upholstery fabric for you. Damask is a sophisticated, floral-patterned fabric, damask has reversed colors on opposing sides. Muslin is a plain woven fabric that comes in various weights. Durability and use depend on the weave and finish. Damask weaves are formal; canvas (duck and sailcloth) is more casual and more durable. Surface treatments and blending with other fibers often atone for these weaknesses. Some aspects of choosing upholstery fabric might seem pretty obvious like selecting a color. As spring and summer bloom, linen and cotton in bright, happy tones suit the mood. 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). Full grain leather is a top grain leather with all its natural texture (grain) intact. Cotton is quite popular because like any natural fiber, it’s inherently strong and comfortable. Although it requires an investment, having an extra set of drapery, slipcovers and pillow covers allows you to adapt your interior design to the changing seasons. 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. Cotton is best ironed when the fabric is damp. Jacquard's name comes from the type of weave used to produce the fabric. Developed as an imitation silk, linen, and cotton, rayon is durable, yet wrinkles easily. Recent developments have made high-quality rayon very practical. A piece of furniture covered in chenille upholstery fabric will still look new in 10 years, depending on how well you take care of it. Silk is derived from silk worms and has been a symbol of luxury since forever. Olefin is a good choice for furniture that will receive heavy wear; however, it lacks the pliability and movement that natural fibers offer. Because leather is a natural product, it absorbs dyes and reacts differently to treatments from hide to hide.