How to Pick the Best
Upholstery Fabric for Furniture
When choosing upholstery, you should be aware of its durability, cleanability, and resistance to soil and fading. Use our guide to upholstery fabrics to find the right material for your project.
Upholstered furniture receives varying degrees of use depending on the type of piece and where it's located. No matter how upholstery is used in your home, it's important that the fabric stands up well to its usual level of use. For example, sofas, chairs, and ottomans receiving only moderate amounts of wear, such as those in bedrooms or more formal spaces, will do fine with a less durable fabric. However, pieces subjected to daily heavy wear, like the family room sofa, need to be covered in tough, durable, tightly woven fabrics to protect against stains and damage.
When purchasing upholstery fabric or upholstered furniture, be aware that the higher the thread count, the more tightly woven the fabric is and the better it will wear. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric. Use this guide to natural and synthetic materials to help you find the best upholstery fabric for your next furniture project.