Upholstery is the art of providing furniture with padding and covering generally in the form of upholstery fabric. Upholstery in high traffic areas or pieces subjected to daily heavy wear need to be covered in tough, durable, tightly woven upholstery fabrics. Muslin is a plain woven fabric that comes in various weights. Tapestry is a heavy, flat-woven fabric features elaborate designs appropriate for various uses throughout the home. Linen is best suited for formal living rooms or adult areas because it soils and wrinkles easily. Damask can be made of cotton, silk or synthetic fabrics and is commonly used for drapery and upholstery. Avoid delicately colored upholstery fabrics around children and pets. i.e. White is going to appear dirty fast. 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. Fabrics are versatile and allow for quick and inexpensive reinventions. 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. As spring and summer bloom, linen and cotton in bright, happy tones suit the mood. Upholstery fabric has so many choices, colors, textures. Pure Aniline or Full Aniline is the most natural type of leather. Autos typically are clad in either leather or cloth, ranging from ultra expensive to the very basic. Linen's downfall is that it wrinkles a lot, but some consider that its allure. Dry Cleanable is a fabric that is dry cleanable, can be cleaned with chemical solvents instead of water. Polypropylene is a manufactured fiber that is a type of Olefin. Polypropylene is quick drying, stain resistant, and exceptionally strong. Microfiber upholstery fabric, which has increased in popularity over the years, is a blend of polyester and polyamide. Jacquard is a heavier fabric that tends to be multicolored and used for upholstery, as well as drapery. There are natural fabrics such as mohair, wools and cashmeres, which are made from sheered and woven animal fur. Your upholstery and drapery are what typically give your room that comfort factor that is sometimes hard to achieve. Determine where your upholstered pieces will be used in the home before buying your upholstery fabric. If comfort is at the top of your priority list, then chenille is the upholstery fabric for you. 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. What type of upholstery fabric should you choose? For a slightly retro or timelessly Scottish look, tartan plaid is another superb choice for seat or couch coverings. Matelasse is a heavy fabric with a soft hand. Matelasse has the appearance of being puffy or quilted. 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. Just like in fashion, you can dramatically change the look of your home by changing the fabrics that surround you. Cotton is a fiber that grows out of a plant and is woven in many forms. Marine furniture requires a significant amount of heat and water resistance, resulting in heavy uses of vinyl and polyester. 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. Silk has a very soft hand and can be woven into nubby informal textures and shimmering paper-thin sheets. Choose an upholstery fabric based on who will be using that piece of furniture. Today velvet is available in both silk and cotton. Cotton is the most used fabric in the world. It can breathe. 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. 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. Widely used for upholstery, drapery and garments. The Jacquard loom is capable of weaving intricate patterns with many layers and many threads at the same time. Washable is a fabric that is washable resists fading and shrinking during the laundering process, using cold water or dry cleaning method. Easy-care and less expensive than leather, vinyl is ideal for busy family living and dining rooms and, durability depends on quality. For the ultimate in spill and stain resistance, however, synthetic fibers such as vinyl are used extensively for uphostery fabric.