When choosing the upholstery fabric for any piece of furniture that you intend to spend any amount of time on, the way it feels, looks, and holds up over time are the most important considerations. The best choice usually depends on how and when the piece of furniture will be used.
For example, you might choose to use a strong and water resistant outdoor fabric for chairs and sofas in the game room where kids will play and eat snacks, but you aren’t as likely to bring something delicate like satin to the outdoors.
Fabrics that are made for outdoor use are heavier, made of weather-resistant materials, and have traditionally had a more practical appearance to them. Today, technology has brought these fabrics into the 21st century in designs that look great indoors as well.
The added durability of material made for outdoor use in a design that has the beauty of indoor upholstery materials can be the ideal solution for areas where you know your furniture will get harsher-than-normal treatment, like in the kids’ rooms.
When it comes to materials made specifically for indoor use, there are many more types and textures to choose from. Different materials often have common uses based on their appearance and how durable or comfortable they are. For example, velvet has long been a favorite of designers and decorators because it adds instant elegance to window treatments, bedspreads, furniture, and accessories.
Choosing a fabric for its comfort is as simple as touching it and determining how it feels against your skin. Determining durability may not be so simple. A basic concept to help is that fabrics that are made of 100% natural fibers are usually less durable than those made of blends. In some cases, you may have to sacrifice some degree of comfort or durability for more of the other.
Color is the third trait that people will consider when deciding on upholstery materials for their home. Many prefer deep, dark colors to hide dirt, and this can have an impact on durability as well. Furniture that has to be cleaned more frequently will usually wear out faster, too.
The reason that these features matter when choosing the material for upholstering furniture is that you want to find a look that you like and enjoy it for years to come. The only reason that you should change upholstery is that you are ready for something new. For help choosing the perfect fabric for your project, call the design experts at Beckenstein Fabrics at 888-960-9958.