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! Your upholstery and drapery are what typically give your room that comfort factor that is sometimes hard to achieve. Microfiber, which has increased in popularity over the years, is a blend of polyester and polyamide. Upholstery fabrics are designed to take more wear. Larger rooms can carry larger prints and bolder colors and even combinations of patterns and prints. Woven fabric patterns hold up longer than printed ones. Linen is best suited for formal living rooms or adult areas because it soils and wrinkles easily. Velveteen or Corduroy is similar to velvet. Jacquard is a heavier fabric that tends to be multicolored and used for upholstery, as well as drapery. Choosing an upholstery fabric's color is the single biggest factor in fabric selection. Small or dimly lit rooms benefit from the use of plain fabrics, vertically striped fabrics or fabrics with a small motif. Wool blends can be spot-cleaned when necessary. All leathers display a variety of unique natural markings and variations in color. 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. Damask can be made of cotton, silk or synthetic fabrics and is commonly used for drapery and upholstery. 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. Some aspects of choosing upholstery fabric might seem pretty obvious like selecting a color. Chambray is a lightweight plain weave cotton fabric similar to denim. Chambray is woven on a colored warp with white fill yarns. Depending on the weave, cotton blends can be sturdy, family-friendly fabrics. A stain-resistant finish should be applied for everyday use. When blended with wool, polyester can cause pilling. Surface treatments and blending with other fibers often atone for these weaknesses. Polyamide is a manufactured fiber that is a type of nylon. Polyamide is known for its exceptional strength, elasticity, and luster. Faux Suede is a fabric woven with a nap to resemble suede. Today’s faux suede is primarily made of microdenier polyester. What type of upholstery fabric should you choose? Tapestry is a heavy, flat-woven fabric features elaborate designs appropriate for various uses throughout the home. The Jacquard loom is capable of weaving intricate patterns with many layers and many threads at the same time. Consider the style of your furniture as well as its function to help when choosing the type of upholstery fabric. Today velvet is available in both silk and cotton. The nap (or hand) of chenille lasts forever. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric; just like you see when you buy linens for the bed. Nylon is a manufactured fiber that is exceptionally strong, elastic, and lustrous. 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. Cotton is quite popular because like any natural fiber, it’s inherently strong and comfortable. Toile de Jouy dates back to 18th century France, and is a cotton print. Acetate offers only fair resistance to soil and tends to wear, wrinkle, and fade in the sun. Jacquard's name comes from the type of weave used to produce the fabric. Upholstery fabric has so many choices, colors, textures. Dry Cleanable is a fabric that is dry cleanable, can be cleaned with chemical solvents instead of water. Velvet has one plush side and one plain woven side. Silk is a delicate fabric and only suitable for adult areas, such as formal living rooms and must be professionally cleaned if soiled. 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. Chenille is also used for bedspreads and garments. Upholstering for specific uses, such as in automobiles and boats, generally has a narrower set of upholstery fabric options. Railroaded is a fabric that is railroaded is applied to furniture at a 90 degree angle from the way it appears on the roll. 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. Polypropylene is a manufactured fiber that is a type of Olefin. Polypropylene is quick drying, stain resistant, and exceptionally strong. Because leather is a natural product, it absorbs dyes and reacts differently to treatments from hide to hide. The practice of upholstery originated in Europe, particularly London, in the 18th century. Before that, many chairs featured either bare seats or fabric coverings without padding or springs inside for cushioning. Easy-care and less expensive than leather, vinyl is ideal for busy family living and dining rooms and, durability depends on quality. Cotton is a fiber that grows out of a plant and is woven in many forms. Rarely used alone in upholstery, polyester is blended with other fibers to add wrinkle resistance, eliminate crushing of napped fabrics, and reduce fading. Polyester is a manufactured fiber that is resistant to stretching and shrinking. It is also quick drying, wrinkle resistant, and strong. Olefin is a manufactured fiber that is strong and very lightweight. Velvet was originally made from silk for royalty.