How to Choose Upholstery Fabric

When you’re deciding on upholstery furniture, one of the biggest decisions to make is what kind of fabric you want to get. There are a lot of things to consider, from the type of color to the durability, and these decisions can have a huge impact on the kind of upholstery furniture you get in the end.


The color of the fabric should go with the room that you’re deciding to place your upholstery furniture in. The colors don’t have to match exactly, but they should complement each other. If your room is a bit of a blank slate, then think about the kind of style you’re aiming for. Bold colors are great in a room that’s lacking color, while neutral colors will go with more.


Speaking of style, the specific design of the fabric should also be considered. For example, do you want a plain color? Stripes? Geometric designs? Again, it should go with the overall style of the room, as well as the size of the room. Typically, large, bold patterns work best in large rooms, while small patterns work best in small rooms.


As much as style matters, practicality matters too. The durability of the fabric goes a long way in making sure that your upholstery furniture lasts. What you need to consider, then, is how much and what kind of use your sofa gets. For example, are people sitting in it every day? If they are, what kinds of people? Kids? Animals? All of this should be taken into account as it’ll determine what kind of fabric you’ll need to stand up to every day life in your home. As a rule of thumb, woven fabric lasts longer than prints, and fabrics with tighter weaves are more durable than those with looser weaves.

Even with the most durable fabric, though, time can take its toll. If you find that your upholstery furniture is need a touch-up, then contact Design Craft Upholstery. Our upholstery restoration services can make your upholstery piece look like new again. Give us a call at 425-775-7620 to learn more.

Pet Owner’s Guide to Choosing Upholstery Fabric

Reupholstering your furniture allows you to recapture your furniture’s original beauty and integrity.

While you have a large deal of choices when it comes to upholstery fabric, as a pet owner, you must consider a few factors.

We love our pets and so often treat them like family, allowing them to lounge about on the furniture with us. However, this means we must take caution in which fabrics we choose for our sofas and which we should avoid.

Upholstery fabrics to choose

With pets, the best fabrics to choose are those that offer durability and are easy to maintain.

With its durable nature, leather is one of the best fabrics to choose for pet owners. Pet hair does not stick to leather and you can easily clean the fabric with a damp cloth without damaging the surface.

Because natural leather looks weathered as it ages, cat and dog scratches will go practically unnoticed and in some instances can help enhance the vintage look.

Another great option for pet owners is synthetic fabrics that are not prone to tears and scratches and which you can clean easily.

Fabrics like microfiber are resistant to stains and bacteria.

Fabrics to avoid

Fluffy pet fur, muddy paws, kibble residue: our furniture easily becomes a magnet for our pet’s messes depending on the type of fabric each piece has.

When it comes to reupholstering your furniture, avoid fabrics like tweed, which attracts pet hair. Pet fur and dirt embeds in rough-textured tweed, making it difficult to remove. Fabrics like suede, while durable, are also difficult to clean when soiled.

Silk and velvet are two other fabrics to avoid, as their delicate and luxurious materials are easy to destroy and tear. Silk also stains easily and is very vulnerable to dog paws and cat claws. Stay away from fabrics containing loose weaves or loops that pets may get stuck in.

Pick the “purrfect” upholstery fabric to suit your pet owner lifestyle from Design Craft Upholstery!

We offer furniture reupholstering and furniture restoration services in Lynnwood, so give us a call at 425-775-7620 to get started!