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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.


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.


Faux Leather

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. 

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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. 



Durable, soft, lightweight, wrinkle-resistant

Good to Know: Microfiber is a less expensive alternative to suede. Although it is stain-resistant, the fabric does tend to pick up watermarks.



Benefits: Durable, indoor/outdoor, easy to maintain, fade resistant

Good to Know: For outdoor use, Sunbrella fabrics block 98% of UV rays from passing through. Sunbrella is made to prevent fabrics from mildew, mold, and rot. 

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Benefits: Durable, plush

Good to Know: Chenille is commonly made out of cotton or cotton blends. It's considered a family-favorite option because it stands the test of time and is super comfy. 


(Cotton) Twill

Benefits: Durable, water- and wrinkle- resistant, lightweight, breathable

Good to Know: Twill is considered a fabric that is woven into diagonal parallel ribs; the ribs are what strengthen the fabric. 

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Benefits: Plush and soft 

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.



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. 

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