Silk is derived from silk worms and has been a symbol of luxury since forever. Velveteen or Corduroy is similar to velvet. Sturdy and durable, wool and wool blends offer good resistance to pilling, fading, wrinkling, and soil. Cotton is a popular plant based fiber that is used extensively for many kinds of fabric. Velvet is used in everything from garments and upholstery to bedspreads and drapery. Chenille is A soft tufted cord of silk, cotton, or worsted used in embroidery or for fringing. Developed as an imitation silk, linen, and cotton, rayon is durable, yet wrinkles easily. Recent developments have made high-quality rayon very practical. 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. Consider higher thread counts when purchasing a designer upholstery fabric. Linen's downfall is that it wrinkles a lot, but some consider that its allure. Tapestry is a heavy, flat-woven fabric features elaborate designs appropriate for various uses throughout the home. Tweed and wool are direct from the world of men's fashion. Nylon doesn’t readily soil or wrinkle, but it does tend to fade and pill. Polyamide is a manufactured fiber that is a type of nylon. Polyamide is known for its exceptional strength, elasticity, and luster. Damask is a lustrous fabric (such as linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) that is characterized by its flat, glossy pattern on a solid background. The Jacquard loom is capable of weaving intricate patterns with many layers and many threads at the same time. Upholstery fabrics are usually a little heavier and more durable than multi-purpose or drapery-weight fabrics. Woven fabric patterns hold up longer than printed ones. Duck is a strong, durable, plain woven fabric made from either cotton or flax. It is characterized by a tight weave and looks similar to canvas, but is much lighter. Developed as imitation silk, acetate can withstand mildew, pilling, and shrinking. This natural fiber provides good resistance to wear, fading, and pilling. It is less resistant to soil, wrinkling, and fire. Microfiber, which has increased in popularity over the years, is a blend of polyester and polyamide. 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. There are many different choices for upholstery fabric. Sailcloth or Canvas are available in solids, stripes and prints. A piece of furniture covered in chenille will still look new in 10 years, depending on how well you take care of it. 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. The unifying element might be color, a type of print or a game of textures. Viscose is a manufactured fiber belonging to the rayon family, composed of regenerated cellulose. Viscose is characterized by its soft hand and drapability. Velvet has one plush side and one plain woven side. We also offer a complete line of indoor-outdoor fabrics which are perfect for upholstering furniture that will be used every day and perfect if you have kids or pets. Soiled linen upholstery must be professionally cleaned to avoid shrinking. Vinyl (Poly Vinyl Chloride) is a manufactured thermoplastic fiber. Vinyl is noted for its strength and ability to resist weathering. It may make more sense to avoid a very bold fabric color for a smaller room, especially if your furniture piece is also large. Leather is a very popular choice as an upholstery fabric, as it is delightfully soft yet resistant to spills and stains. Low-quality acrylic may pill excessively in areas that receive high degrees of abrasion. Sofas, chairs, and ottomans receiving only moderate amounts of wear will do fine with a less durable fabrics. Matelasse is a heavy fabric with a soft hand. Matelasse has the appearance of being puffy or quilted. Acrylic is a synthetic fiber and was developed as imitation wool. 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. Is your furniture in a traditionally themed living room that is only used on occasion? Polyurethane is a manmade organic polymer with high elongation and strength. Polyurethane is often used in elastic and plastic or vinyl like textiles. Washable is a fabric that is washable resists fading and shrinking during the laundering process, using cold water or dry cleaning method. Toile is a cotton or linen fabric with a printed design depicting figures or landscapes in a single color. Larger rooms can carry larger prints and bolder colors and even combinations of patterns and prints. For a slightly retro or timelessly Scottish look, tartan plaid is another superb choice for seat or couch coverings. Acetate is not a good choice for furniture that will get tough everyday use. Chenille is also used for bedspreads and garments. Upholstery is the art of providing furniture with padding and covering. 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. 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! Silks are manufactured by worms. Generally, wool is blended with a synthetic fiber to make it easier to clean and to reduce the possibility of felting the fibers (causing them to bond together until they resemble felt). Upholstery fabrics are designed to take more wear. Silk has a very soft hand and can be woven into nubby informal textures and shimmering paper-thin sheets. Chambray is a lightweight plain weave cotton fabric similar to denim. Chambray is woven on a colored warp with white fill yarns. While Chenille is extremely cozy, it's also excellent at hiding dirt. Avoid delicately colored fabrics around children and pets. i.e. White is going to appear dirty fast. Autos typically are clad in either leather or cloth, ranging from ultra expensive to the very basic. Some aspects of choosing upholstery fabric might seem pretty obvious like selecting a color. 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. When executed properly, a mix of fabrics can be beautiful. The challenge is to find a few fabrics with a common thread that ties the combination together.