Understanding Fabric for Upholstery

Fabric for Upholstery North HoustonBefore you jump into picking colors and patterns, it’s important to understand the basics regarding fabric. What types of fabrics are there? What fabrics are durable, fade resistant and easy to clean? What does thread count mean? These are some of the things you should understand before making your purchase.

Fabrics can essentially be broken down into two categories: natural and synthetic.  Natural fabrics are plant, animal and mineral based, where synthetic fabrics are chemical based. Natural fabrics are biodegradable, easier on the skin and improve over time. Synthetic fabrics, when blended with other fibers can be durable, but they can be harsher on the skin and harmful for the environment.

NATURAL FABRICS

Cotton is most often spun into yarn or thread, which is soft and breathable. This fiber wears well and is less prone to pilling and fading. It can soil and wrinkle more easily than other fabrics, but treating the surface or blending it with other fibers usually corrects this.

Leather is an animal product that is both flexible and durable. It is also fairly easy to clean, generally only needed a damp wipe or light vacuuming. Saddle soap or leather conditioners are additional options for cleaning and preserving the life of the fabric. For a synthetic version, try faux leather made from PVC or Polyurethane.

Linen, made from the fibers of the flax plant, soils and wrinkles easily, making it a better option for a formal room, rather than a room with high traffic. This fabric is fade resistant, but requires professional cleaning to avoid shrinkage.

Vinyl is a less expensive alternative to leather. Good quality vinyl is durable, easy to clean and ideal for high traffic family rooms and dining areas.

Silk is a beautiful, yet delicate fabric. Because of its delicacy and ability to soil easily, it is best suited for formal rooms.

Wool is one of the sturdiest and durable fabrics around. It is resistant to fading, soiling, pilling and wrinkling, on its own and as a blend. When blended with a synthetic, this fabric becomes even easier to clean.

 

SYNTHETIC FABRICS

 

Nylon is one of the synthetic alternatives to silk and is also commonly blended with Polyester to create faux silks. When blended with other fibers, it becomes one of the strongest upholstery fabrics you can get. Although resistant to wrinkles and soil, it does fade easil

Rayon is actually semi-synthetic, as it is neither a true synthetic fiber nor a natural one. This fabric is durable, but prone to wrinkles. However, new developments are making rayon a much more practical option.

Polyester is usually blended with other fibers for upholstery purposes. It’s durable, it retains its shape and it is less likely to fade. Polyester is also commonly used for faux silks, or in blends for faux silks (commonly blended with Nylon, or used as 100% Polyester).

Acrylic can be looked upon as imitation wool. Just like wool, it is resistant to fading, soiling and wrinkling. If possible, try purchasing higher-quality fabric, as it is less likely to pill.

Atcetae has a silky, luxurious appearance, holds its shape and can withstand mildew. It can fade, wrinkle and wear out easily, making it a poor choice for everyday use.

Olefin is very strong. It is stain, fire, chemical, mildew, sunlight and abrasion resistant. It is also known for holding its color. All these properties make it a wonderful choice for items that will get a lot of wear.

Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch. If you want fabric or furniture that will wear the best, purchase the item that has the higher thread count. In a nutshell, items that are moderately used will do just fine with a fabric that is less durable. Heavy use items however, will need those tougher fabrics to maintain a longer life.

Come in to Interior Fabrics in North Houston, about a block east of Willowbrook Mall on Cypress Creek Parkway, where you can come to check out all your favorite fabrics for your next project!

 

 

 

 

Wake Up A Tired Bedroom

blue-decorated-bedroom-ft-worthConsidering the bedroom isn’t a room regularly seen by guests, it’s no surprise that it often gets left out of the home decorating plans. With that said, you will spend one third of your life sleeping in it, so why not customize it to suit your style? Here are six tips on how to make this special place a comfortable sanctuary.

 

  1. Remove the unnecessary. Too much stuff in a room can make it look cluttered. If there are pieces of furniture or other items that aren’t really needed, let them go so you have space to rearrange what you really need to keep. Try consigning them to make save time and make extra cash for your other update. Alternatively, you can repurpose them in another room, or donate them to a great cause!
  2. Create an amazing headboard. Not only will an upholstered headboard make a nice focal point, it will be much more comfortable to rest your head against. With so many styles of headboards and fabrics available, you’re sure to find exactly what you want.
  3. Use your favorite fabric as the starting point. It doesn’t matter if it’s a certain color, texture or pattern, hone in on what you love the most and then build from there. Try to stick with the rule of three: one large pattern, one medium and one small. Incorporating a solid fabric for the small pattern is also an option that will bring great results.
  4. Add an accent fabric. You may have your three fabrics picked out, but when used sparingly, an accent fabric can give you a little extra punch. Add it to something simple like a pillow or throw. This can be your solid color piece if you decided to keep three patterns.
  5. Make the entire room your canvas, not just the bed. You can dress up the bed, but don’t forget the other areas of the room. Be sure to spread your fabrics throughout, to tie the whole room together and create harmony.
  6. Change with the seasons. This may not be ideal for everyone, but it’s a good way to preserve the life of your fabrics and keep the room exciting all-year round. Deck the room in cool-colored fabrics for spring and summer and then swap them out for a warmer palette during the fall and winter months.

 

Before pulling it all together don’t forget to think about wall paint, draperies and lighting. All three of these can do so much individually to a room, but can really add drama if incorporated into the whole design. Redesigning your space is supposed to be enjoyable, so above all else, have fun with it.

When you stop in to see us at Cutting Corners in Fort Worth, make sure to check for any current promotions we are running for extra savings!

 

Picking the Perfect Upholstery Fabric

Fabric Colors Austin TxWhether you’re salvaging an old piece, or designing a new one, picking upholstery fabric will eventually come into play. This task, which should be enjoyable, can actually be a daunting one for many. That’s not surprising—with so many options like colors, textures, patterns and thread count, it can be difficult to even know where to begin. Once you have an idea on what to look for however, picking upholstery fabric can actually be fun. Hopefully these tips will help simply the process a bit and make your experience more pleasant.

Examine Your Space

Is your upholstered piece going in a large room or a small one? As a general rule, a larger space can visually accommodate more patterns and colors than a small one can. For instance, if you have a large room, don’t be afraid to go all out with bold colors and repeating patterns. Your room can handle it. A smaller room however, might be more appealing with a simple print and a smaller range of color.

Assess the Piece

Is the piece you are upholstering small and narrow or big and long? A smaller piece, such as a chair, won’t really showcase a big pattern like a couch will. Instead, you might want to look for something along the lines of thin stripes or small flowers.

What is your piece’s style? Is it modern? Early American? Traditional? In most cases, the piece will look its best when covered in fabric that compliments its character. Will the colors and patterns blend nicely with the other items in the room? Are you picking the color because you truly like it or because it’s the latest trend? These are all things to consider before making a final choice.

Wear and Tear 

Will your piece be in a high traffic area or used less often for formal affairs? Do you have kids? Are pets in the house? Is its location by a window? Taking things like this into consideration will really help you narrow down your choices.

Woven fabrics, rather than printed ones, and fabrics with higher thread counts, will definitely be the most durable. If you have children, you might want to lean toward a darker color scheme in order to hide dirt more easily. If there is a dog or a cat sharing your space, leather and microfiber fabrics are more likely to withstand your furry friends.  If your piece lives near a window, ask for fade resistant fabrics that will hold up against sun damage.

Once you’ve narrowed down your decisions, be sure to examine the fabric before you buy. Giving the fabric a little tug and pull, both with and against the grain, is an easy way to determine the quality. If loose threads appear, the fabric is poorly made. That doesn’t mean that quality fabric comes at a higher price. You can get really good deals for your piece of furniture, if you’re willing to do some homework. Before you stop in to buy your next designer fabric at only a fraction of the cost at Interior Fabrics Austin, make sure you measure your piece of furniture correctly so that you know exactly how much fabric you will need!

Fabric Design for Your Outdoor Living Area

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Gone are the days of green plastic chairs and tables being the only options for decorating your outdoor space. Fortunately, times have changed, and the world of outdoor furniture has come a long way. Outdoor living spaces have become popular for social events and innovative fabrics have made it possible to make those outdoor spaces just as stylish as your indoor spaces. New colors, textures and patterns are available at your fingertips, allowing you to have fun creating the perfect area for relaxing and entertaining.

Mix and Match For Optimum Results 

There’s no need to stay monochromatic when it comes to designing your outdoor space. Don’t be scared to mix up patterns and incorporate bursts of color. There’s lots of variety to choose from:  stripes, paisleys, florals, checks, swirls, animal or tribal prints and much more. If bold and bright shades aren’t really your style, aim for cooler colors like soft greens and blues. If you have an enclosed space, like a sunroom, don’t limit your fabric choices to sofas, chairs and pillows. Follow through with your design by including other accents like tablecloths, window treatments and awnings.

Protect to Preserve Its Lifespan 

Today’s outdoor fabrics are designed to weather the elements, but that doesn’t mean that they are totally indestructible or maintenance-free. To best preserve your furniture, keep items like pillows and cushions out of heavy downpours and snowfalls. If items such as these do get soaked, prop them up against a wall so the moisture can drain out. Dirt attracts mold and mildew. In order to keep it at bay, try shaking, brushing or vacuuming cushions regularly. Not all fabrics are machine washable or dryer-friendly, so always be sure to read labels before using this method. As a general rule, stick with cold water and air-drying to avoid ruining cushions and pillows.

Best Fabrics for Your Space

When it comes to picking fabrics, take into consideration your climate and the elements your furniture will face. Look for fabrics specifically made for the outdoors. Many, but not all of these fabrics are fade, stain and liquid resistant, so be sure to take your time and figure out how many pieces you’ll want. It’s important to find out as much information as you can, regarding outdoor fabrics, so you can make an informed decision before making your purchase. Come stop by Interior Fabrics Houston to see your favorite fabrics in person to determine which will make your outdoor living space the most beautiful.

Interior Fabrics named one of Houston’s ‘Best Fabric Stores’ by CBS Houston.
 


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