Upholstery Scotland provides an upholstery service to the Wishaw area.
Choosing the right upholstery fabric for your Wishaw project
There are literally hundreds, of thousands of different upholstery fabrics that can create the 'look' that you want in your Wishaw home, but how do you choose…?
I have a sofa that I would like repairing and re-upholstering. I have some ideas of the type of pattern I would like, but an unsure about the actual fabric itself. I am limited to what I can choose?
The only limitations when it comes to choices of upholstery fabrics for your Wishaw project is your imagination, budget and, as in this case, the right type of fabric!
Sofas, depending on their location, tend to be the most well used item of furniture within a home; they are used for sitting on, climbing on, lying on, snacking on… the list goes on and on. The upholstery fabric you choose for a sofa must be high quality and hard wearing.
Fabrics are graded in rubs; the higher the rub count, the more robust the fabric will be when it comes to withstanding the use that it will be subject too. Typically, fabrics such as leather and wool are two natural materials that offer unrivalled strength; synthetic alternatives include vinyl 9an imitation of leather) and acrylic fabric (imitation wool).
I am looking to upholstery dining chairs. What fabrics do you suggest?
Again, it depends on the use of the dining chairs. If used every day, then opting for fabrics that are similar to those used on sofas, can withstand the test of time well.
Those dining chairs not used on a daily basis could be covered using a lighter style upholstery fabric. However, there are still factors to consider and one important one in all cases is to do with staining.
Cleaning upholstery fabrics is one way on ensuring that your Wishaw home looks 'the part' and in the case of dining chairs, ensuring that the fabric has a certain level of stain resistance is one way of keeping it looking fresh and meat for longer.
Some upholstery fabrics can be pre-treated with a stain-prevention chemical, and caring for the fabric correctly is also important in prolonging its life. Cotton blend fabrics are often pre-treated, for example and can make a colourful and welcome addition to any Wishaw home.
Some fabrics offer a wipe-clean ability such as leather, to a certain extent, or vinyl.
I really like the look and feel of silk. Is this a good upholstery fabric choice for my Wishaw home?
Silk is a delightful fabric; soft, cool and luxurious to the touch, silk brings a huge amount of tactile appeal to any project BUT, it is not as robust as people think and will only really work well in areas of light use. It also does not handle stains or dirt well. Silk (including imitation 'silk') is great in bedroom areas for this reason.
When choosing upholstery for your Wishaw home, get the right fabric and it will last for years and years…