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Larger rooms can carry larger prints and bolder colors and even combinations of patterns and prints. Dry Cleanable is a fabric that is dry cleanable, can be cleaned with chemical solvents instead of water. Upholstery fabrics are designed to take more wear. As spring and summer bloom, linen and cotton in bright, happy tones suit the mood. Matelasse is a heavy fabric with a soft hand. Matelasse has the appearance of being puffy or quilted. Silk is so delicate that although it can be hand-washed it is best sent to the dry-cleaners. 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. All leathers display a variety of unique natural markings and variations in color. Low-quality acrylic may pill excessively in areas that receive high degrees of abrasion. Avoid delicately colored upholstery fabrics around children and pets. i.e. White is going to appear dirty fast. Muslin is a plain woven fabric that comes in various weights. Choose an upholstery fabric based on who will be using that piece of furniture. Durability and use depend on the weave and finish. Damask weaves are formal; canvas (duck and sailcloth) is more casual and more durable. 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. Upholstery fabric has so many choices, colors, textures. Chenille is a yarn with a fuzzy pile protruding from all sides. This tough material can be gently vacuumed, wiped with a damp cloth and cleaned with leather conditioner or saddle soap. Acrylic resists wear, wrinkling, soiling, and fading. Linen is best to wash it in cold water to avoid shrinkage. Upholstery fabrics can be used for arts and crafts. Today velvet is available in both silk and cotton. Cotton is best ironed when the fabric is damp. 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. Linen upholstery fabric is another plant derived fiber, and shares many similarities with cotton. We also offer a complete line of indoor-outdoor upholstery fabrics which is perfect for upholstering furniture that will be used every day and perfect if you have kids or pets. An upholsterer typically works on home décor, but some specialize in the marine or automobile industry. For the ultimate in spill and stain resistance, however, synthetic fibers such as vinyl are used extensively for uphostery fabric. Viscose is a manufactured fiber belonging to the rayon family, composed of regenerated cellulose. Viscose is characterized by its soft hand and drapability. Consider higher thread counts when purchasing a designer upholstery fabric. Leather furniture can be rather expensive, although the same look can be achieved with the use of fake leather uphostery fabric. Autos typically are clad in either leather or cloth, ranging from ultra expensive to the very basic. Just like in fashion, you can dramatically change the look of your home by changing the fabrics that surround you. Polypropylene is a manufactured fiber that is a type of Olefin. Polypropylene is quick drying, stain resistant, and exceptionally strong. Determine where your upholstered pieces will be used in the home before buying your upholstery fabric. 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. Chenille is made from woven yard loops that are then cut to expose a tuft. Soiled linen upholstery must be professionally cleaned to avoid shrinking. Polyamide is a manufactured fiber that is a type of nylon. Polyamide is known for its exceptional strength, elasticity, and luster. 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. Silk is a delicate fabric and only suitable for adult areas, such as formal living rooms and must be professionally cleaned if soiled. Wool blends can be spot-cleaned when necessary. 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. There are many different choices for upholstery fabric. Damask is a lustrous fabric (such as linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) that is characterized by its flat, glossy pattern on a solid background. Wool is obtained from sheep fleece and the term "virgin wool" denotes new, not recycled wool. Silk has a very soft hand and can be woven into nubby informal textures and shimmering paper-thin sheets. 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. It may make more sense to avoid a very bold upholstery fabric color for a smaller room, especially if your furniture piece is also large. When blended with wool, polyester can cause pilling. Leather is a very popular choice as an upholstery fabric, as it is delightfully soft yet resistant to spills and stains. High-quality acrylics are manufactured to pill significantly less. What type of upholstery fabric should you choose? There are natural fabrics such as mohair, wools and cashmeres, which are made from sheered and woven animal fur. Linen is a delicate fabric and does not withstand heavy wear; however, linen does resist pilling and fading. Polyurethane is a manmade organic polymer with high elongation and strength. Polyurethane is often used in elastic and plastic or vinyl like textiles. Sturdy and durable, wool and wool blends offer good resistance to pilling, fading, wrinkling, and soil. Fabrics are versatile and allow for quick and inexpensive reinventions.