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Choosing the Right Fabric for Upholstery

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If you are new to upholsteries, choosing the right fabric may be an intimidating process. With the multitude of available designs and colours, choosing the right fabric can be tricky. To help you, we summed up the type of fabrics you can choose to transform your home furniture Ireland pieces.

Natural Fabrics For Upholstery

Natural fabrics for upholstery come from natural fibres from animals or plants. Well, there are also heavy upholstery fabric types you can select for your couch, sofas, chairs and other home decors.

1. Chenille:

Chenille has a similar texture with velvet and is an excellent option for home decors and upholsteries. It is best to use chenille on pieces like recliners, sofas and children’s furniture.

2. Cotton:

Cotton fabric for upholstery is typically a blend, combining nylon or other comfortable and breathable natural fibres with polyester, linen, etc.

3. Jute:

Jute fibres are natural fibres mainly used for rope and matting. Its rustic look makes it perfect for accent pieces such as ottoman. Surely, jute adds a mildly rougher texture that pairs well with leather or wood.

4. Leather:
Leather upholsteries can greatly vary in terms of quality and price. Of course, it will depend on the treatment and grade you want for your upholstery. Consider purchasing an Italian Leather Sofa that will give your furniture an Ireland vibe.

  • A. Full Grain Leather:
    Full-grain is the thickest and highest quality leather in the market. Full-grain leather uses whole animal hide rather than layers. Thus, the natural marks and imperfections are left intact.
  • B. Top Grain Leather:
    A top grain leather, following a full-grain leather in terms of quality, uses animal hide for a stronger top layer.
  • C. Split Leather:
    This leather uses the underside split of the hide. Similar to a bycast leather, an artificial or synthetic layer is laminated to the leather surface. 
  • D. Corrected Grain Leather:
    If you dislike imperfections and natural marks, then consider corrected grain leather. The treatment they use to produce this type of leather removes imperfections and gives an imitation grain for a uniform appearance.


5. Wool:

It's the most durable upholstery fabric. Wool, commonly made from animal hair, is now made from a blend of natural and synthetics fibres. Aside from being more animal friendly, the use of synthetic materials also allows wool to become more durable and easier to clean.

6. Silk: Silk, as many of you know, has a reputation for being luxurious. However, even in non-formal settings, silk will feel suitable and comfortable. It is, however, advisable to make sure that you minimize spills around such fabric. This Gold Silk Chair is a top-notch choice if you have decided that silk is your new fabric of choice.

7. Linen: 

Linen fabrics are usually made from flax. The texture of linen fabrics offers a smooth and soft feel, with a lustrous look. Furthermore, linens are also durable and have resistance against spills and abrasion

8. Velvet: Velvet is a luxurious woven fabric that may be distinguished by its thick and short pile. There are many variants to choose from, offering different qualities and texture. Check out how this Black cotton Velvet Sofa can turn your home into an Ireland modern home.

Synthetic Upholstery Fabrics

Unlike natural fabrics, synthetic ones are more durable. They are also highly resistant to staining and fading.

1. Faux Leather:

Faux leather is an eco-friendly substitute for vinyl or PVC. Take a look at this Faux leather dining chair, a furniture Ireland piece that could bring about an astonishing feel to your home. 

2. Rayon:

Rayon is a cellulose-based material that was developed to mimic linen and cotton. It is commonly blended with other types of fibres to create a material appropriate for upholstery.

3. Polyester:

Typically, polyester fabrics provide excellent strength and durability for upholstered furniture. If you hate maintenance, polyester can resist fading, wrinkling and abrasion. Spills are also easier to clean when you use polyester in your furniture.

4. Microfiber:

Microfibers, while synthetic, are softer than suede. Since they are made of tightly woven synthetic fibres, microfibers are durable and highly resistant to moisture.

5. Nylon:

Nylon fabric is durable in terms of abrasion. Aside from this, they also do not collect dirt well. Usually blended with other materials, nylon is often wrinkle-resistant. Try stopping by your favourite furniture shop to check out the different variants of nylon fabrics.

6. Olefin:

Olefin is a synthetic fabric made from the melted plastic pellet. It's durable, colourfast, and allows easy clean-up, making it perfect for heavy use upholstery.

7. Acrylic:

Acrylic is another widely used synthetic fabric for upholsteries. It is a soft fabric that allows for easy cleanup. Furthermore, acrylics may come in different colours. Acrylic fabric is also a sun-safe fabric, which means that you can use this material on your outdoor furniture.

8. Acetate:

Acetate is yet another great material for upholstery. Unlike other synthetic fabrics, acetate provides a more luxurious look on your furniture.

There are many different types of upholstery fabrics available on the market. However, if you have read this content, you will be a master of fabrics in no time.

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