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Upholstering Your Walls

Upholstering Your Walls Austin

Instead of traditional wallpaper, consider using beautiful fabric to add texture and pattern to the space. Using fabric as a wall covering gives a warmth that’s hard to achieve with paint or wallpaper. It’s easy to do and much easier to update when needed. Here’s a look at how you can achieve a unique space by upholstering your walls.

Choose Your Method

There are three main ways in which you can hang fabric: stapling it, starching it, or draping it. All are great options, but it’s up to you to decide what will work best for you, as well as your space. Before you rush out to the fabric store, determine how temporary or how permanent you want this new look to be.

Choose Your Fabric

With so many fabric choices available your possibilities are endless. If you want the fabric to adhere to the wall however, it must have fabric or acrylic backing. Should you fall in love with fabric without backing, this problem can be solved by taking it to a local fireproofing or backing shop.

Fabric can work on any wall, but they do work best in rooms with low traffic and room where water or cooking odors won’t be a problem. Generally, you’ll get better results with wider, lighter weight fabrics that don’t stretch. Also keep in mind that large repetitive patterns will require more yards, which will result in a higher cost. On the other hand, while smaller prints and textured fabrics will require fewer yards, the impact might not be as big. Be sure to bring swatches home to test and take proper measurements of your walls (add 5% just to be safe) before making a final purchase.


Stapling is an easy method especially if you have drywall. If you have plastered walls however, you must attach lath strips to the wall first in order for the staples to be effective. To give the room a plush, padded look, add batting to the wall before hanging the fabric.

What you’ll need: staple gun, long staples, glue gun and sticks, utility knife, fabric, and a helper (two, if possible).


  • Iron wrinkles and seams from the fabric
  • Start at one of the top corners, pulling fabric taut while moving horizontally, and stapling every 2”. Do your best to keep the staples in a straight line. Doing so makes them easier to conceal later on.
  • Once the top is complete, move to the center of the wall, working out and stapling just above the baseboard. Repeat for each panel of fabric, trying to only place staples at stress points. If possible, use fabric glue for pieces around windows, doors, corners or seams.
  • Trim excess fabric with the utility knife after the wall is finished and then cover staples by using a glue gun to adhere trim.

Starching the fabric is very similar to wallpapering. Using liquid starch to adhere the fabric is great for apartment tenants that are limited to changes and also for homeowners who are apt to frequent change. Starched fabric is easily removed when dampened.

What you’ll need: liquid fabric starch, sponges, large container, fabric, utility knife, drop cloths (plastic and fabric) and masking tape.


  • Iron wrinkles and seams from the fabric
  • Wash walls thoroughly with soap and water
  • Cover the floor with your drop cloths, layering the fabric over the plastic
  • Apply liquid starch with a sponge or paint roller
  • Starting with a top corner, press the fabric to the wall and smooth with sponge as you go
  • Use tacks [if necessary] to secure the fabric while it dries
  • Trim excess fabric with the utility knife

Draping fabric for an upholstered look is by far the easiest to accomplish. Simply purchase your fabric and decorative rods so you can drape your fabric like a curtain.

If you feel overwhelmed with covering an entire wall, try the lower half of a wall like wainscoting. No matter what method you choose or how much wall you plan to cover, upholstered walls will bring a fresh new look to your space.

Come in to see us at Interior Fabrics on Burnett Road in Austin, Tx to pick out your favorite fabrics for your next project!

Area Rugs for Your Texas Home


Sometimes the interior design of a home just isn’t complete without an area rug. Area rugs are multifunctional and should really be considered when decorating your home. Not only do they bring color and style into a room, they also protect your flooring. With that said, not all rugs are alike. When it comes to rugs, they are constructed differently both in material and weave, come in variety of sizes, and require specific care and cleaning based on their design. Keep in mind that a high quality rug is going to be an investment. You want to buy the best rug you can afford, so if you have to go without, until you save up enough money, it’s better to do so.

Although machine-made rugs can be produced more quickly, the same basic techniques used in hand-woven rugs, still apply. Whether you purchase a machine-made product, or a handcrafted one, knowing the features of each type of weave will help narrow down your options.


Hand-Knotted rugs are made up of individual knots that are tied to the warp yarns that make up the length of the rug. All of these knots are what makes up the surface, otherwise known as the pile, of the rug. The amount of knots in the rug, enhance both the durability and the value, meaning the more, the better. Another key feature is that no two hand-knotted rugs are the same.

Tufted rugs don’t have knots, which make them easier to manufacture. The surface of these rugs is created by loops of yarn that are pulled through the backing material. The loops are then sheared, making the rug smooth. Keep in mind that tufted rugs tend to shed more than other rugs, which means more vacuuming may be required.

Hooked rugs are similar to tufted rugs, but without the sheared loops. Instead of a smooth surface, you have a knobby, embroidered look.

Flat-Woven rugs do not have a pile like the above-mentioned rugs. Instead, the vertical yarns are woven through the horizontal yarns.

Braided rugs do not have a pile either. Another special feature is that they are often reversible. These rugs are extra strong and durable, because the yarns are braided into one continuous rope, which is then sewn in a spiral.

As mentioned earlier, rugs are made from a variety of materials. The main natural fibers area rugs are made from are wool, silk, cotton, sisal, hemp, jute, bamboo. Rugs also come in synthetic fibers like nylon, polypropylene (olefin) and rubber. Before making a purchase, think about your needs. Will the rug be placed beneath furniture? Will the rug be used in high-traffic areas? Understanding more about fibers will help you make a decision.

  • Wool – strong, durable, soft and easy to clean, but prone to fading.
  • Silk – strong and soft, with sheen, but harder to clean.
  • Cotton – durable, machine washable and biodegradable, but wears quickly.
  • Grass fibers – strong and durable, with great texture, but prone to staining.
  • Synthetic fibers – strong, durable and stain-resistant but crushes easily.

As you can see, all have their pros and cons, when it comes to durability, feel and ease of cleaning, so it’s really going to come down to your budget and your needs.  Talking with the rug supplier will help you figure out what will work best in your home.

Fabric Resource has a wide variety of Persian, contemporary, and shag rugs for you to choose from. Often times, when a rug is purchased from a department store, there is a huge price markup involved. This is why the best option is to purchase from a reputable rug dealer. The quality of our rugs is exceptional and we offer a 25% off introductory offer. Shop online or come visit us at Interior Fabrics in Austin, or another of our Texas locations!


Fun Playroom Decorating Ideas

Decorating a playroom with style Austin Texas

Children love to play and it’s important that they have a special place of their own to do so. Not everyone lives in a climate where playtime can occur outside for long periods of time all year round, so having a space indoors for him or her to have fun becomes a necessity. With that said, however, not every home is equipped with adequate space for this, so parents are required to get creative. Whether you have a whole room, a section in the basement, or a corner in a bedroom, there are ways to make a designated play area. Here are a few ideas that will hopefully inspire you to design the perfect space for your little one to have some fun.

Design for the Child, Not for You 

As a parent, you are probably full of ideas for a playroom, but what you have in mind might not actually be things your child likes, or wants, for that matter. Since your child is the one who will spend the most time in that area, it’s really important to be in tune with their interests. Maybe your son is big into trains, legos or sports, while your daughter is into books, drawing or playing dress-up. Find items like a small table, an easel or a cushy chair, that will help promote their interests. If you’re tight on space, try putting a rubber mat on the floor that trucks or trains can roll across, and instead of an easel, paint a square in chalkboard paint on the wall so they can create masterpieces.

Splash it With Color

There are lots of fun colors out there to choose from that can make a playroom a desirable place for your little ones. And color, doesn’t have to stay on the walls. Color can be incorporated in a variety of ways: on furniture, with an area rug and with window treatments. By visiting your local fabric store, you can find a ton of great kid-friendly fabrics that will accommodate your children’s interests. If you don’t have a fabric store nearby, look for some great fabrics online, many at discount prices. Since this will be a playroom, you want durable fabric that cleans easily, but you don’t want to pay a fortune. Often times, you can find discount fabric easily enough that will work well. As a general rule, pick your fabrics before you pick the paint color. It’s much easier to match paint to fabric than it is to match fabric to paint. Also keep in mind that themes come and go quickly, so if possible, pick patterns and colors that will grow with the child.

Storage, storage, storage!

Kids tend to come with a lot of toys, so unless you want the floors constantly covered, then storage is important. To maximize your space, go for vertical storage like floor to ceiling shelving and store toys in colorful baskets. If you don’t have a separate playroom and need to make room for play in the bedroom, try switching to bunk beds if possible to add space and then incorporate something like shelves, and armoire, or a window bench.

Stop by to see us on Burnet road in Austin, at Interior Fabrics to select great discount designer fabrics to start your fun, fabulous playroom!


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!