Understanding upholstery - choose the best for you!
If you redecorating your home, you may find the need to look at your furniture too but, times are changing. People are no longer rushing down to the local high street or mega-store but instead are choosing to upcycle - in other words, reupholster or re-cover items of furniture.
Not a complicated process, especially if you ask a specialist upholstery firm to complete the project but there are a few basics that the upholstery Bishopbriggs customer needs to bear in mind…
There are two categories of fabric - natural and synthetic (why not take a look at our article 'Your upholstery options - at a glance!). Knowing how these fabrics will react, will help potential upholstery Bishopbriggs customers make the right choice for them and their budget.
- Natural fibres- are any fabric that is made from plant fibre or animal products. Many upholstery Bishopbriggs customers prefer to use natural fibres in their homes as they feel this is the best solution. They can be strong and durable, with many people opting for cotton, silk, linen and wool. As a by-product from the meat industry, leather is also a natural fabric and is, like wool, a popular choice.
- Synthetic fibres- are those which are made by man, and are often referred to as man-made, they include nylon, acrylic and vinyl for example and, as they are manufactured, tend to be more robust and durable than those from the natural fibre category. Occasionally, these fibres are mixed with natural ones to create a stronger fabric, without losing it natural appeal.
All upholstery Bishopbriggs customers want their chosen fabrics to last and be as durable as popular, and able to withstand a high amount of use in some cases. Selecting the right fabric in terms of durability rests with the double rub rating; the higher the number, the more durable that fabric is.
It is important to select the right fabric in these terms as within a few months, a light fabric not intended for use in the living room can be worn into a hole. Two factors to bear in mind include…
- Thread weave -a piece of fabric is created when threads are weaved together and, as a general rule of thumb, the tighter the weave, the stronger the fabric. Inexpensive fabrics tend to have a looser weave, also known as a plain weave and when pulled tightly, you may be able to see daylight through it. But plain weave fabrics can also be more tightly woven, meaning the fabric keeps its shape much better but if this is the case, the price tag will increase too.
- Thread count- this is linked to the weave of the fabric and is reference to the number of threads in a given area of the material. It measures the tightness of the weave; the higher the thread count, the stronger the fabric.
Are you ready to make your choice?