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Fabric upholstery for upholstered furniture: types, operational properties, rules of choice (21 photos)


The choice of high-quality durable and at the same time aesthetically attractive upholstery for upholstered furniture is not an easy and responsible task. The right fabric upholstery can transform any, even the battered sofa in the bedroom, living room or reanimate the "lived" computer chair.



Many buyers make a typical mistake: they choose upholstery for furniture, focusing only on its external characteristics. This approach is fundamentally wrong - the fabric must be durable, easy to clean and last at least 5-10 years.

Upholstery types

All fabrics for upholstery are divided into conditional categories. The classification is based on the following main criteria:

  • operational properties;
  • strength;
  • price;
  • aesthetics and lightness.



Characteristics of popular fabrics

Let us consider in more detail what upholstery materials for upholstered furniture exist.


Silky fabric, the manufacture of which uses both natural and synthetic fibers. Velor can be a variety of shades. The main advantages of the material are non-toxicity (safety), hairiness, softness.

It is better to use velor for upholstery of sofas in living rooms and beds in bedrooms. It is inappropriate in kitchens, living rooms, hallways and children’s rooms, as it gets dirty quickly and is difficult to clean, it is quite capricious of care.



Scotchgard (furniture cotton)

Durable, lightweight, pleasant to the touch material. Scotchgard upholstered sofas fit well in both living rooms, bedrooms and children's rooms. Furniture cotton is easy to clean, not afraid of moisture, looks great and does not fade.

In addition to personal taste preferences and original design finds, when choosing a fabric for the waist of a sofa, chair, chair or bed, other factors should be taken into account.

So, materials that quickly wear out, but are made from natural, safe, hypoallergenic fibers, have bacteriostatic properties, and are best suited for bedrooms.

Fabrics with a print (printed pattern) are suitable for continuous use. If we are talking about the restoration of "lived" furniture, it is recommended to give preference to monotonous durable easy-care fabrics without texture (for example, artificial leather).