Upholstery – What Is It And How To Select The Basic Fabric?

January 11, 2019

Want to give your old furniture a refreshed look? Upholstering is the best option! With new fabric and a makeover, worn-out furniture piece can look attractive and new. Now, what is upholstery? It is the material including springs, padding, webbing, and fabric that make the soft covering of a sofa, chair, and other furniture pieces. Gradually, materials used in upholstery have improved – from hay came horsehair and now, wool is used.

Modern upholstered furniture pieces are made of foam and metal springs to give them more durability. It is true that interior materials are not visible but they contribute a lot to the comfort of the person using it. You can always change the fabric but choosing the high-quality ones to ensure that a furniture piece lasts for a longer period of time.

Tips to Choose the Right Upholstery Fabric for a Furniture Piece

Experts say that while buying fabric for upholstered furniture, you should keep in mind the practical needs of that furniture piece.

First of all, you should consider your lifestyle and the type of person who will use that piece. This will help you to select the right fabric. For instance, people generally like silk velvet, but it will be quickly damaged if there are pets and/or small children at home.

Furniture in high traffic zones of the house, like the living room, must be made of durable fabric. Meanwhile, furniture pieces which are less subject to wear and tear, such as the headboard in a bedroom, can have any variety of textile.

Them is take that people usually make during fabric selection is longevity – how will the fabric become after ages have passed? One should know the exact content of the materials and their cleaning process. In other words, you must have a clear idea of how to maintain your selected fabric. For example, you have to know whether you will have to vacuum your upholstery fabric every day. Or whether you have to close the draperies when the room is not in use.

So, a little thought will help restore your upholstery and preserve its fabric for ages.