-Friday, February 15, 2019
Consider the style of your furniture as well as its function to help when choosing the type of upholstery fabric. The unifying element might be color, a type of print or a game of textures. Chenille is commonly used for bedspreads or rugs, but makes an excellent fabric choice for upholstery. Dry Cleanable is a fabric that is dry cleanable, can be cleaned with chemical solvents instead of water. Rarely used alone in upholstery, polyester is blended with other fibers to add wrinkle resistance, eliminate crushing of napped fabrics, and reduce fading. 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. Silk has a very soft hand and can be woven into nubby informal textures and shimmering paper-thin sheets. 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. Acrylic is a manufactured fiber made with synthetic materials. Acrylic may have the look of wool, cotton, or other fabric blends. It is colorfast, moth resistant, quick drying, and retains shape. This tough material can be gently vacuumed, wiped with a damp cloth and cleaned with leather conditioner or saddle soap. 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. Linen is a natural fiber obtained from the flax plant. Linen is durable and has a natural luster. Is your furniture in a traditionally themed living room that is only used on occasion? Soiled linen upholstery must be professionally cleaned to avoid shrinking. Chenille is a yarn with a fuzzy pile protruding from all sides. Chenille upholstery fabric comes in many different styles and colors, including patterns and textures. Cotton is quite popular because like any natural fiber, it’s inherently strong and comfortable. Chenille is also used for bedspreads and garments. 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. For the ultimate in spill and stain resistance, however, synthetic fibers such as vinyl are used extensively for uphostery fabric. Linen is best to wash it in cold water to avoid shrinkage. Larger rooms can carry larger prints and bolder colors and even combinations of patterns and prints. Durability and use depend on the weave and finish. Damask weaves are formal; canvas (duck and sailcloth) is more casual and more durable. Wool is a natural fiber obtained from the fleece of sheep, lamb, Angora goat, or Cashmere goat. Specialty wool fibers are obtained from the camel, alpaca, llama, or vicuna. Wools are characterized by their fine, soft, wavy appearance. Sturdy and durable, wool and wool blends offer good resistance to pilling, fading, wrinkling, and soil.