Blog 61. What is an upholstery fabric?

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We have talked a lot in many of our previous blogs about upholstery, but do we really know what it is?

Well, today we will talk a little more about this topic.

Upholstery fabric is the textile used for furniture.

Upholstering is the physical act of filling seats and furniture with straps, padding, springs, foam or cushions in frames and covering them with a resistant, innovative and aesthetic fabric like the ones we have at FORMATEX to give the furniture a better appearance, quality and durability. .

Upholstering is an excellent option when it comes to remodeling an object and making it look like new but at a lower cost.

There are local upholsterers who can restore anything from heirloom pieces to your everyday couch or couch, as these professionals have gone through a lot of time and practice learning in upholstery.

Precisely a main market niche here in the company are furniture makers and upholsterers, as we have a wide variety of specialized fabrics to apply in furniture.

Our catalog can range from natural fibers such as linen to synthetic fibers such as polypropylene. The important thing is to choose for this type of use fabrics that are resistant to abrasion, wear, pilling, stretching and, above all, have extra support called backing on the back.

Next I will tell you the fibers most used in upholstery.


A natural fiber preferred for its respiratory capacity and economic reputation.

Cotton is ideal for those who want a soft feel, but is susceptible to fading and easy stains.



It has a great texture and feel, this natural fiber is ideal for maintaining its shape in furniture. It is less stain resistant, so it is most often treated with a stain treatment.



Like other natural fibers, it is less resistant to stains. It is a great option for printing designs and heirloom pieces.


A synthetic fiber known to be a little easier to clean than natural fibers. Additionally, they were some of the first synthetics used to weave jacquard-type fabrics.



Added softness when added to other natural and synthetic fibers, but not very durable in the long term.



A synthetic fiber that is very durable, with color and lightfastness ratings higher than natural fibers, and can be cleaned very easily. It is also ideal for intensive use and was first used for outdoor upholstery fabrics.


Synthetic fiber known for its greater resistance to abrasion. Can be used in upholstery for everyday use.



​​Extremely durable, synthetic fiber, colorfast, used in heavy daily use upholstery and does not have to be treated to be stain resistant.


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Author | Jimena Chavez

"This information is for reference only, to obtain precise details about the use, qualities and care of our products, it is necessary to consult directly with your seller before making a purchase or receiving recommendations."


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