Is Velvet a Good Upholstery Fabric?
Here at Upholstery Scotland, we are frequently asked about the best type of fabric to use when reupholstering sofas, chairs, footstools etc.
We believe that, apart from personal choice, it comes down to the interior decor that you need your sofa or chair to 'work' with as well as the constraints of your budget.
One fabric we are frequently asked about is velvet and whether as an upholstery fabric, it is a good choice for our Dundee customers.
As with all fabrics, there are pros and cons of using velvet...
On the plus side, velvet is one the most luxurious feeling and sumptuous fabrics there is for any Dundee upholstery project. Its texture is certainly the reason why many people opt for the fabric. It is true to say, that velvet upholstery is also welcoming - just watch how people must touch it! The colour range of velvet is also quite wide and so many upholstery Dundee customers find that there is a shade and hue that suits their interior decor.
But, there are couple of disadvantages that you need to bear in mind when using velvet on sofas and chairs...
- Unfortunately, the plush pile of velvet cannot withstand the rigours of heavy use; what tends to happen is that the pile of the velvet tends to be flattened by heavy use meaning that over time the seating area of the sofa or chair can looked quite worn or rubbed compared to the rest of the item. When this happens, holes or tears can also become apparent.
- Cleaning velvet can also be difficult or not as easy as with other fabrics. Velvet needs to dry-cleaned rather than rubbed or washed which, can be a difficult process to complete with a large, bulky item such as a sofa!
- Some people also see velvet as being old-fashioned, a fabric that reminds them of hotel foyers and pubs from the 1970s! In its defence, however, the range of colours and patterns has advanced a great deal since those long ago days.
But, velvet is still a popular fabric for many Dundee looking to upholstery their favourite pieces of furniture. With gentle vacuuming, the pile can be kept in good condition for a long time. Velvet is also favoured as its texture can add warmth to a room too.
Upholstery Scotland suggest that if you are investing in a favourite item of furniture by re-covering it that you choose the fabric wisely; it needs to withstand the rigours of your household, looking good for as long as possible.