Whether upholstery and bedding, or window treatments and throw pillows, the fabrics in our home add softness and comfort to our spaces. It's important to choose a fabric that reflects your style in look and feel, but it's equally important to think about your lifestyle when choosing a fabric. Does your family like to snack while watching movies? A stain-resistant fabric may be the best option for you. Do you live in a chilly climate? Wool or handsome leather could be a good fit. Here, we introduce the most common fabrics used in upholstery, bedding, window treatments, and accessories to help you choose the best fit for your home.
Benefits: Strong, versatile, soft
Good to Know: Since it comes in many different weaves and finishes, cotton can range in formality/casualness. It soils easily, but is a good option for items that can be laundered frequently, such as slipcovers. Cotton is prone to wrinkling and stretching.
Benefits: Easy to wipe clean, strong, ages well
Good to Know: Leather is a fabric that develops more character and softness with age. It's generally expensive, but determining factors such as whether the piece is created from top grain (best quality) or split hides and how it is dyed affect the cost. Punctures and tears are difficult to repair.
Benefits: Easy to care for
Good to Know: Faux leather is a practical choice for children's playrooms or family rooms. It's also a less expensive option than leather, but doesn't have the same softness and feel.
Benefits: Resists pilling and fading Good to Know: As a delicate fabric, linen is best for a low-traffic area (such as a formal living room), because it's more prone to wrinkle and soil. It's recommended to get linen professionally cleaned.
Good to Know: Velvet is made of silk, cotton, rayon, linen, or wool. Often velvet can be difficult to maintain and/or clean because the pile is very fragile. Depending on the velvet type, it may need to be dry cleaned.
Benefits: Wrinkle- and fade-resistant
Good to Know: Polyester is often blended with natural fibers, such as cotton, to produce a fabric with combined qualities. Generally, polyester is perceived as having a less natural feel than cotton or wool.
A general rule of thumb for fabrics is the higher the thread count, the better it will wear.