We generally think that when an armchair or sofa is many years old it is necessary to change it for a new one, when in reality it can be modified with a new fabric to upholster and add more filling. This way you save more and reuse old furniture giving a new look to a space.
Before starting to upholster, you need to take into account the type of fiber you are going to want, the type of fabric, finish, style, how many meters you will need and, above all, the width of a fabric, since it can vary between 1.40 m and 2.80 m.
It is important to mention that upholstery fabrics must be quite rigid, they are a little heavier than others, durable, because they wear out more with friction, and preferably have a flat weave.
We know that sometimes it is difficult to decide the type of fabric desired or you don't even know what fabric works for upholstery. That is why below we will mention a list of options that may work for you.
Cotton. It is an excellent fiber for upholstering furniture, not only because it is a natural fiber, but also because it is comfortable, flexible, durable, resistant to tearing and does not generate static electricity. However, it fades more easily than other materials, which can appear to wear prematurely and can sometimes cause pilling.
Canvas. This type of fabric falls into the cotton category, since it is mostly made up of cotton.
It is characterized by its resistance, strength, thickness and rigidity, because despite the passage of time, ironing and washing, it remains quite durable and resistant.
It's a great option if you're looking for something durable, organic, or more rustic.
Illustration 1: Canvas.
Linen. Another very popular natural fiber these days. Excellent choice if freshness and softness is required in the home, especially for people who live in hot and humid places. In addition, it is a quite versatile fabric, since various colors are impregnated into it and it accepts many prints.
Illustration 2: Linen
Fur. A traditional material that cannot be missing on any occasion when upholstering a sofa or armchair. Above all, because it is distinguished by its resistance, durability, ease of washing stains, breathable and pleasant to the touch.
We understand that natural leather is a sometimes expensive fabric, so you can choose to purchase a synthetic one, which unlike the other, scratches and marks do not remain on the fabric. But it deteriorates much faster than the natural one. If you are looking for an elegant, classic and modern place, leather is ideal for you.
Illustration 3: Skin.
Chenille. Soft fabric, with a pleasant, rustic, natural appearance, as its composition varies between rayon, polyester, cotton or a mixture of these.
It is highly valued for its resistance to friction and durability. Likewise, it is a cheaper fabric in terms of quality and price.
It is ideal for creating a comfortable and warm space, especially if you are a person who enjoys having visitors or company at home.
Illustration 4: Chenille.
Velvet. Very trendy these days because it provides a luxurious, sophisticated, elegant, comfortable, pleasant and warm look.
This type of fabric is soft to the touch, hairy, dense, resistant to friction and wear, shiny, has a lot of quality, different finishes can be applied to it and it is versatile, since it works for various objects such as chairs, cushions, sofas, headboards, curtains and armchairs. Likewise, it is made of different materials such as cotton, polyester or a mixture of both.
Illustration 5: Velvet.
Now that you know all of these options, you can use second-hand furniture or that family heirloom. Which one do we choose to upholster your furniture?
Author | Jimena Chavez
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