Finding the right upholstery fit

Although we all jump at the chance to replace furniture with newer, but sometimes a good-quality sofa or chair just needs a fabric revamp. The right upholstery can easily transform the look and feel of your dining room, living room or home office furniture. There are many different textures, colours and patterns to choose from, so be sure to consider what makes sense for your family, as well as what complements your room's decor. If you're on the verge of making a new furniture or re-upholstering your furniture, do consider the following factors to make sure you pick the right material for your furniture - 

Fabric Durability

  • Choose a fabric based on its uses like, who will be using your sofa. If your pets will also be sharing your sofa with you, consider a microfiber fabric or leather as they can withstand heavy use.
  • Consider fabric durability if your sofa or chair will be placed in a high-traffic area of the home.
  • Woven patterns hold up longer than printed ones, as do higher thread counts. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric, and denser fabric lasts longer.

Fabric Design / Pattern

  • Your fabric choice should approximate the style and character of the piece it is covering. For example, a traditional fabric would look better on a traditional style of frame.
  • Some fabrics appear casual, while others might look more formal. Choose a fabric to echo your own style or theme that you have established throughout the home.
  • Consider the scale of the design repeat. It should be appropriate to the size of the furniture it is covering, as well as the room size. A large bold, pattern might work better in a larger room, while a more muted or smaller one might be a better choice for a smaller space.

Fabric Colour

  • Colour is the most important reason people choose a fabric, so make sure your colour choice is appropriate. For instance, it may be best to avoid a very bold colour for a smaller room, especially if your sofa is also large.
  • Avoid delicately coloured fabrics around children and pets.
  • To strike the right mood, consider the colour temperature. Since warm and cool colours affect the mood of the room, make sure you’re choosing the right fabric for the right mood.
  • Avoid trendy colours unless you happen to really like them. Colour trends come and go so be careful. What if you don’t consider eggplant attractive in the first place? Will you be able to live with a colour even when its popularity wanes?

Special Considerations

  • Fade Resistance: Consider if your fabric is fade resistant especially if it will be placed in a room that gets plenty of sunlight or will be placed close to a window.
  • Mildew Resistance: Look for fabric that is mildew resistant if you live in a humid climate that fosters mildew.
  • Allergies: Consider fabric such as microfiber for certain allergies because it is lint free and does not attract dust.
  • Pets: If you have pets avoid using delicate fabric such as silk, or any fabric with lots of texture. Select pet-friendly upholstery instead.
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