What Kind of Fabric is Used for Upholstery?

February 17, 2022  ·  4 min read  ·  Reviewed by Sarah Zubowski

Upholstered furniture is known for its main role; defining the aesthetic of your home. However, more recently, people are not just drawn to upholstered furniture because of its stylistic value but also because of the comfort factor. Not only can you achieve your ultimate dream home look but now you can have the cozy and comfy feel you have always wanted in your home too. All of this is determined by the type of upholstery fabric you use on your furniture.

Before you can determine which upholstery fabric is right for your home, you must first understand the basics.

What kind of fabric is used for upholstery?

Upholstery Fabrics are woven synthetic fiber or natural fibers that are dyed and set into patterns that are sewn, draped, and fixed atop the frame and foam of upholstered furniture.

Common types of upholstery fabric

Olefin is made from plastic and is stain-resistant and water-resistant. Olefin is a wonderful, inexpensive option to achieve maximum durability and easiness to clean while still remaining soft and cozy to the touch.  

Polyester is probably the most popular synthetic fabric that can be mixed with others to create a blend. Polyester is easy to use, affordable to make, extremely durable, and very easy to clean. You can achieve very stylish looks and feels while keeping your upholstered furniture comfortable.

Rayon, wool, and cotton are natural fiber fabrics that are known for their durability and keeping their structure. These would be great options for people with pets or those that intend to use this furniture every day. Other natural blends like velvet or silk are expensive, wrinkle easily, lose form, and are exceptionally hard to clean.

One of the most well-known options for upholstery is leather.

Leather was once believed to be the most durable option for furniture until performance fabrics that are resistant to stains like Crypton fabrics revolutionized the upholstery industry.

What is Crypton?

Crypton is a highly reputable, eco-friendly, stain-resistant performance fabric that makes buying furniture for pets, kids, or rougher usage situations easy! You no longer must worry about light colors around dust, dirt, mud, or even red wine, Crypton has a defensive quality that makes it a perfect match for the messiest of households. Though it is not one of the cheapest options, the investment is well worth it. 

With so many types of fabrics, many people feel overwhelmed when trying to choose what would work best in their household. Many don’t even consider what they’re actually purchasing at the time and then deeply regret their decisions after a short time of using their furniture. That is why it is very important to know what fabric is most durable for a sofa and to choose the right upholstery fabric for your home and lifestyle.

If you are considering creating a custom upholstered sofa, sectional, chair, ottoman, loveseat, bed frame, or a headboard in Houston, Texas, visit our showroom.

Living Designs Furniture provides quality upholstery furniture

At Living Designs Furniture, our furniture experts make choosing the right fabric very easy. As the leading custom furniture builders in Houston, they know exactly what would give you the style and comfort you’re looking for while keeping your lifestyle needs in mind along the way! With thousands of fabric options to browse, our showroom gives you more customization options than any other factory direct manufacturer in Texas and for the best price! On the flip side of this, if you know the fabric you want to use, but need someone to build your custom furniture using that fabric, bring your own fabric and the Living Designs Furniture team will make it to your exact specifications!

What are you waiting for? Visit our showroom and get started on your dream furniture today!

Share on:

Related Articles