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. Developed as imitation silk, acetate can withstand mildew, pilling, and shrinking. Pure Aniline or Full Aniline is the most natural type of leather. Chambray is a lightweight plain weave cotton fabric similar to denim. Chambray is woven on a colored warp with white fill yarns. High-quality acrylics are manufactured to pill significantly less. Olefin is a manufactured fiber that is strong and very lightweight. Cotton is best ironed when the fabric is damp. Rarely used alone, nylon is usually blended with other fibers to make it one of the strongest upholstery fabrics. Linen is another plant derived fiber, and shares many similarities with cotton. Silk has a very soft hand and can be woven into nubby informal textures and shimmering paper-thin sheets. Nylon doesn’t readily soil or wrinkle, but it does tend to fade and pill. Cotton is a fiber that grows out of a plant and is woven in many forms. Choose an upholstery fabric based on who will be using that piece of furniture. Upholstery fabrics are usually a little heavier and more durable than multi-purpose or drapery-weight fabrics. Wool blends can be spot-cleaned when necessary. Consider the luxuries of silk upholstery fabric and its gorgeous appeal. Cotton is a popular plant based fiber that is used extensively for many kinds of upholstery fabric. Mohair is a very desirable fabric or yarn made from the long silky hair of the Angora goat. Mohair is characterized by its luster and exceptional strength. Acetate offers only fair resistance to soil and tends to wear, wrinkle, and fade in the sun. 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. Today velvet is available in both silk and cotton. Chenille is also used for bedspreads and garments. Silk is a delicate fabric and only suitable for adult areas, such as formal living rooms and must be professionally cleaned if soiled. Just like in fashion, you can dramatically change the look of your home by changing the fabrics that surround you. Sofas, chairs, and ottomans receiving only moderate amounts of wear will do fine with a less durable fabrics. Linen is a delicate fabric and does not withstand heavy wear; however, linen does resist pilling and fading. 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. Chenille is a yarn with a fuzzy pile protruding from all sides. Boucle can be identified by its curled or looped surface, this material is heavier than many other upholstery fabrics. Small or dimly lit rooms benefit from the use of plain fabrics, vertically striped fabrics or fabrics with a small motif. Trevira is a manufactured fiber belonging to the polyester group of fibers. Trevira fabrics are durable, lightfast, and drape well. A special type of Trevira, Trevira CS, is inherently and permanently flame retardant. Cotton is quite popular because like any natural fiber, it’s inherently strong and comfortable. The Jacquard loom is capable of weaving intricate patterns with many layers and many threads at the same time. Sturdy and durable, wool and wool blends offer good resistance to pilling, fading, wrinkling, and soil. Railroaded is a fabric that is railroaded is applied to furniture at a 90 degree angle from the way it appears on the roll. Damask is a lustrous fabric (such as linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) that is characterized by its flat, glossy pattern on a solid background. There are many different choices for upholstery fabric. 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. Today’s consumer is looking for “natural fabrics” and lots of textural interest. Linen is best suited for formal living rooms or adult areas because it soils and wrinkles easily. Upholstery in high traffic areas or pieces subjected to daily heavy wear need to be covered in tough, durable, tightly woven upholstery fabrics. Easy-care and less expensive than leather, vinyl is ideal for busy family living and dining rooms and, durability depends on quality. Damask is characterized by elaborate floral motifs that are usually monochromatic or a maximum of two colors in matte and polished weave combinations. Muslin is a plain woven fabric that comes in various weights. There are natural fabrics such as mohair, wools and cashmeres, which are made from sheered and woven animal fur. Silks are manufactured by worms. Some aspects of choosing upholstery fabric might seem pretty obvious like selecting a color. Unless you happen to really like them, try to avoid trendy colors. Color trends come and go so be careful. What if you don't consider the upholstery fabric color attractive in the first place? There is more chance you'll hate it when the fabric color is not popular? While Chenille upholstery fabric is extremely cozy, it's also excellent at hiding dirt. Ideally, upholstery fabric should compliment your room’s decor and the furniture itself while also proving practical for your needs. As spring and summer bloom, linen and cotton in bright, happy tones suit the mood. We also offer a complete line of indoor-outdoor upholstery fabrics which are perfect for upholstering furniture that will be used every day and perfect if you have kids or pets. Consider the style of your furniture as well as its function to help when choosing the type 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. Woven fabric patterns hold up longer than printed ones. 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. Velveteen or Corduroy is similar to velvet. Denim is a durable cotton fabric usually characterized by diagonal (twill) lines. Traditionally denim was indigo blue; however, today it is available in a wide range of colors. 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. Chenille tends to be a family favorite upholstery fabric. Upholstering for specific uses, such as in automobiles and boats, generally has a narrower set of upholstery fabric options. 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. The natural fabrics are cotton, linen and silk. Depending on the weave, cotton blends can be sturdy, family-friendly fabrics. A stain-resistant finish should be applied for everyday use. 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. 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. Washable is a fabric that is washable resists fading and shrinking during the laundering process, using cold water or dry cleaning method. Toile de Jouy dates back to 18th century France, and is a cotton print. Fabrics are versatile and allow for quick and inexpensive reinventions. Toile is a cotton or linen fabric with a printed design depicting figures or landscapes in a single color. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric; just like you see when you buy linens for the bed. Widely used for upholstery, drapery and garments. Velvet is a short, dense, cut-pile woven fabric with a luxurious feel and appearance. Chenille is made from woven yard loops that are then cut to expose a tuft. The unifying element might be color, a type of print or a game of textures. Upholstery fabric has so many choices, colors, textures. Linen is a very strong and sturdy fabric, even more so than cotton. Surface treatments and blending with other fibers often atone for these weaknesses. Consider higher thread counts when purchasing a designer upholstery fabric. Acetate is a synthetic fiber made from cellulose acetate. Jacquard is a fabric having woven patterns such as tapestries, brocades, and damasks. Jacquard designs may be simple or very elaborate. 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. Tapestry is a heavy, flat-woven fabric features elaborate designs appropriate for various uses throughout the home. Spandex is a manufactured fiber known for its high elasticity.