Leather furniture can be rather expensive, although the same look can be achieved with the use of fake leather uphostery fabric. Linen is best suited for formal living rooms or adult areas because it soils and wrinkles easily. Polypropylene is a manufactured fiber that is a type of Olefin. Polypropylene is quick drying, stain resistant, and exceptionally strong. 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. When blended with wool, polyester can cause pilling. 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. Silk is so delicate that although it can be hand-washed it is best sent to the dry-cleaners. Boucle is a fabric or yarn with a looped surface. Backing is a sprayed coating or another layer of fabric applied to the back of fabric. A backing may be needed to give the face fabric more body or to make it more appropriate for upholstery. This natural fiber provides good resistance to wear, fading, and pilling. It is less resistant to soil, wrinkling, and fire. What type of upholstery fabric should you choose? Chambray is a lightweight plain weave cotton fabric similar to denim. Chambray is woven on a colored warp with white fill yarns. Upholstery fabrics are usually a little heavier and more durable than multi-purpose or drapery-weight fabrics. Acrylic resists wear, wrinkling, soiling, and fading. Nylon is a manufactured fiber that is exceptionally strong, elastic, and lustrous. This tough material can be gently vacuumed, wiped with a damp cloth and cleaned with leather conditioner or saddle soap. 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. Acetate offers only fair resistance to soil and tends to wear, wrinkle, and fade in the sun. Boucle can be identified by its curled or looped surface, this material is heavier than many other upholstery fabrics. The Jacquard loom is capable of weaving intricate patterns with many layers and many threads at the same time. Toile is a cotton or linen fabric with a printed design depicting figures or landscapes in a single color. Olefin is a manufactured fiber that is strong and very lightweight. Chenille is also used for bedspreads and garments. Today’s consumer is looking for “natural fabrics” and lots of textural interest. Chenille upholstery fabric comes in many different styles and colors, including patterns and textures. Muslin is a plain woven fabric that comes in various weights. Choosing an upholstery fabric's color is the single biggest factor in fabric selection. 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. Damask is a lustrous fabric (such as linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) that is characterized by its flat, glossy pattern on a solid background. As spring and summer bloom, linen and cotton in bright, happy tones suit the mood. Linen's downfall is that it wrinkles a lot, but some consider that its allure. The right upholstery can completely transform the look and feel of your furniture. Toile de Jouy dates back to 18th century France, and is a cotton print. Cotton is a fiber that grows out of a plant and is woven in many forms. Wool is a natural fiber obtained from the fleece of sheep, lamb, Angora goat, or Cashmere goat. Specialty wool fibers are obtained from the camel, alpaca, llama, or vicuna. Wools are characterized by their fine, soft, wavy appearance. Faux Suede is a fabric woven with a nap to resemble suede. Today’s faux suede is primarily made of microdenier polyester. Velvet was originally made from silk for royalty. Developed as imitation silk, acetate can withstand mildew, pilling, and shrinking. 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. Upholstery fabrics are designed to take more wear. Fabrics are versatile and allow for quick and inexpensive reinventions. Rarely used alone, nylon is usually blended with other fibers to make it one of the strongest upholstery fabrics. Chenille is a yarn with a fuzzy pile protruding from all sides. Acrylic is a manufactured fiber made with synthetic materials. Acrylic may have the look of wool, cotton, or other fabric blends. It is colorfast, moth resistant, quick drying, and retains shape.