Deciding upon which upholstery fabric type to choose PART 1

With so many fabric choices available each with its unique feature and purpose, one cannot help but feeling somewhat indecisive. With this two-part blog on the most popular fabrics, you will be one step closer to making your decision.

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Brocade

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Brocade can be described as an elaborate fabric often with a floral damask pattern. When used for upholstery, it should be used for occasional use because of its tendency to snag and abrade due to its tight weave.

Crewel

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Crewel, a wool yarn embroidery that is usually stitched on a coarse cotton or linen ground. The typical large-scale patterns work best on flat applications.

Chenille

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Chenille features cut yarns that give this casual fabric a plush texture. Chenille upholstery is sturdy, but it will stretch and sag if not backed.

Chintz

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Chintz is a glossy cotton fabric, solid or patterned. It is also highly suitable for upholstery and slipcovers because of its strong resin finish.

Cotton

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Most absorbent cotton accepts brilliant dye and resists sun damage. Comfortable, durable, cleanable, and economical, cotton is a great upholstery choice for furniture used daily.