The Best Types of Upholstery Fabrics and Their Benefits

types of upholstery fabric

Finding affordable furniture can be a hassle, especially with the average cost of a sofa having jumped above $1,000 this year.

If there’s nothing wrong with your current furniture, you may want to reupholster it instead. This gives your home a new look and extends the life of your furniture.

However, with so many types of upholstery fabric to choose from, it can be difficult to know which to choose from. That’s why we put together this guide so you can determine which is the best upholstery fabric for your project.

Types of Upholstery Fabric

Let’s look at the two main types of upholstery fabric you can choose from along with a few examples of each and some reasons you may want to choose one above the other.

Natural Fibers

There is a huge variety of materials that come from plants or animals which are used to upholster furniture. Because they’re made from sustainable sources, these are considered eco-friendly and safer than synthetic fibers.

The most common natural fibers used in furniture upholstery include:

  • Cotton
  • Leather
  • Chenille
  • Jute
  • Silk
  • Velvet
  • Linen
  • Wool

Some of these may be combined to create a stronger fabric, such as silk which is often backed with cotton.

Others are mixed with synthetic fibers to enhance the natural properties. So, if you want the safest possible fabric for your new project, be sure to ask about what it may be blended with first.

Synthetic Materials

While many synthetic materials can be more durable than natural ones, they’re also not environmentally-friendly and many contain fire retardants. These chemicals are harmful to humans and animals that come into contact with them.

Here are some of the most common synthetic materials found in furniture:

  • Faux leather
  • Nylon
  • Rayon
  • Olefin
  • Polyester

Many of these will be blended with other synthetic materials or natural fabrics to create a material that works well for heavily-used pieces of furniture. These are often more color-fast and easier to clean compared to natural fibers.

How to Choose the Best Fabric

Let’s quickly look at a couple of things you should keep in mind when determining what the best fabric is going to be for your project.

The first thing you want to consider is the type of furniture and how it will be used. For example, you can use a rough-textured fabric for upholstered headboards since you won’t often be in direct contact with them.

You’ll also want to consider the quality of the fabric. Keep in mind that paying more for a high-quality fabric could mean it lasts years longer than a cheaper option, saving you money in the long run.

Ready to Have Something Reupholstered?

Now you know more about the types of upholstery fabric that are available to you and how to choose which is best for your project.

If you know what you want or still need some direction, contact us today. We would be more than happy to help you figure out which furniture fabric type will make your interior design dreams come true.