Your upholstery and drapery are what typically give your room that comfort factor that is sometimes hard to achieve. Boucle is a fabric or yarn with a looped surface. Velveteen is made from thick woven cotton and is available with ridges known as corduroy. Because leather is a natural product, it absorbs dyes and reacts differently to treatments from hide to hide. Toile de Jouy dates back to 18th century France, and is a cotton print. Washable is a fabric that is washable resists fading and shrinking during the laundering process, using cold water or dry cleaning method. Jacquard's name comes from the type of weave used to produce the fabric. 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. Dry Cleanable is a fabric that is dry cleanable, can be cleaned with chemical solvents instead of water. Silk is a delicate fabric and only suitable for adult areas, such as formal living rooms and must be professionally cleaned if soiled. Woven fabric patterns hold up longer than printed ones. Faux Suede is a fabric woven with a nap to resemble suede. Today’s faux suede is primarily made of microdenier polyester. Polyurethane is a manmade organic polymer with high elongation and strength. Polyurethane is often used in elastic and plastic or vinyl like textiles. Damask is characterized by elaborate floral motifs that are usually monochromatic or a maximum of two colors in matte and polished weave combinations. The nap (or hand) of chenille lasts forever. Cotton is a fiber that grows out of a plant and is woven in many forms. Microfiber upholstery fabric, which has increased in popularity over the years, is a blend of polyester and polyamide. Chenille is made from woven yard loops that are then cut to expose a tuft. Consider higher thread counts when purchasing a designer upholstery fabric. Linen is a very strong and sturdy fabric, even more so than cotton. Larger rooms can carry larger prints and bolder colors and even combinations of patterns and prints. Railroaded is a fabric that is railroaded is applied to furniture at a 90 degree angle from the way it appears on the roll. Consider the style of your furniture as well as its function to help when choosing the type of upholstery fabric. Upholstery fabrics are designed to take more wear. Developed as an imitation silk, linen, and cotton, rayon is durable, yet wrinkles easily. Recent developments have made high-quality rayon very practical. Cotton can also be washed. Sturdy and durable, wool and wool blends offer good resistance to pilling, fading, wrinkling, and soil. Boucle can be identified by its curled or looped surface, this material is heavier than many other upholstery fabrics. Widely used for upholstery, drapery and garments. Upholstery fabrics can be used for arts and crafts. This natural fiber provides good resistance to wear, fading, and pilling. It is less resistant to soil, wrinkling, and fire. Up the Bolt is a fabric that is up the bolt is applied to furniture exactly the way it is made on the roll. This is often necessary to keep designs in the proper direction. Up the bolt fabrics may result in seams on some styles. Viscose is a manufactured fiber belonging to the rayon family, composed of regenerated cellulose. Viscose is characterized by its soft hand and drapability. Damask can be made of cotton, silk or synthetic fabrics and is commonly used for drapery and upholstery. 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. Damask is a lustrous fabric (such as linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) that is characterized by its flat, glossy pattern on a solid background. Silk has a very soft hand and can be woven into nubby informal textures and shimmering paper-thin sheets. Sofas, chairs, and ottomans receiving only moderate amounts of wear will do fine with less durable upholstery fabric. Just like in fashion, you can dramatically change the look of your home by changing the fabrics that surround you. Cotton is a popular plant based fiber that is used extensively for many kinds of upholstery fabric. Ideally, upholstery fabric should compliment your room’s decor and the furniture itself while also proving practical for your needs. The natural fabrics are cotton, linen and silk. Jacquard is a fabric having woven patterns such as tapestries, brocades, and damasks. Jacquard designs may be simple or very elaborate. Linen is a natural fiber obtained from the flax plant. Linen is durable and has a natural luster. 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. 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. Rarely used alone, nylon is usually blended with other fibers to make it one of the strongest upholstery fabrics. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of an upholstery fabric; just like you see when you buy linens for the bed. Nylon is very resilient; in a blend, it helps eliminate the crushing of napped fabrics such as velvet. 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. Wool blends can be spot-cleaned when necessary. 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. Toile is a cotton or linen fabric with a printed design depicting figures or landscapes in a single color. Acrylic resists wear, wrinkling, soiling, and fading. Upholstery fabric has so many choices, colors, textures.