Different Types of Fabrics For Upholstery

When choosing upholstery, you should be aware of its type, kind, durability, cleanability, usage, wear & tear, ongoing maintenance & care. No matter how and what kind of upholstery is used in your home, it's important that the fabric stands up well to its usual level of use. When purchasing upholstery fabric or upholstered furniture, always keep in mind the thread count of the fabric. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the more tightly woven the fabric is and the better it will wear. There is a wide range of fabrics that can be used for upholstery.

They generally fall into two categories: natural fabrics and synthetics. Here is a brief overview of several common fabrics:


Natural upholstery fabrics refer to plant fibers and materials derived from animal products. Here are some of the most common natural fabrics used on upholstered furniture.

Cotton: Cotton is durable and resistant to wear, fading and pilling, but not as resistant to dirt and wrinkling. Cotton can go from casual to formal depending on the weave.

Cotton blend: Cotton blends are slightly more durable than cotton due to the mix of additional fibers.

Leather: Extremely durable and functional, leather wears well and gets better with age.

Linen: Resistant to pilling and fading, linen provides a crisp and casual look to furniture. However, it wrinkles and shows dirt easily.

Silk: This elegant fabric will add a sophisticated and formal touch to furniture. Due to its delicacy, its best for light use and requires professional cleaning.

Wool: Blended with synthetic fiber for easier maintenance, wool is durable while also being resistant to pilling, fading, wrinkling, and soil.



Synthetic fabrics are artificial fabrics that are man-made materials designed using chemical processes. They are more durable and less expensive as compared to natural upholstery fabrics.

Acetate: Developed as imitation silk, acetate is resistant to pilling and shrinking, however, it doesn’t hold up well for everyday use due to its tendency to wear, wrinkle and fade in the sun.

Acrylic: Developed as imitation wool, acrylic may pill easily if not of high quality. However, it’s softer than natural wool, and is resistant to wear, wrinkling, dirt, and fading.

Microfiber: Made from polyester fibers, microfiber is similar to suede and is easy to maintain, durable and affordable.

Nylon: Nylon is often blended with other fibers, creating a durable fabric that won’t wrinkle or soil but may fade and pill.

Polyester: Usually found in a blend with other fibers, polyester is resistant to wrinkling and fading.

Rayon: Though prone to wrinkling, rayon is durable and affordable.

Vinyl: Durable and affordable, vinyl is a more affordable option compared to leather. 

If you are new to the world of upholstery, choosing the right fabric may seem like an arduous process. With all types & kinds of fabrics available, how do you choose the one which is right for you? At Estética, we've heard you right. We are there to assist you with your preferences, requirements, and taste. Visit Estética and experience the largest collection of fabrics that will be the best for your upholstery, we follow a guided process & consult our customers after having a clear understanding of their upholstery placement & usage. Contact us for your requirement at - 96012 71037