How to Choose the Right Upholstery Fabric

The Elements of Choosing the Right Fabric: Durability, Style, Color

Reupholstering a piece of furniture is an investment and commitment to whatever style you choose, and it’s not something you’d want to do on a whim. Right before you choose your new upholstery fabric, here’s everything you need to consider in terms of durability, comfort, and style.

Find Fabric with High Durability

Depending on the piece of furniture, the importance of fabric durability can vary. For example, which room will it be used for? Are there children and pets in the house? The selection you make should reflect these issues.

Some fabrics such as those with woven patterns tend to last longer than printed ones, as well as those with higher thread counts and tighter weaves. Because there are more threads per square inch of fabric, it’s much denser and lasts longer. It’s especially good to consider this for sofas or chairs that are used daily.

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Of course, style is a quintessential factor in picking out the fabric you’ll be using for a long time. It’s important to choose a fabric that complements both your furniture and the interior design of your home. Some fabrics have a more casual design, while others are bold and add more accent. It’s best to identify the kind of style you’re going for so everything looks seamless and well-put together.

Avoid mixing styles especially on extreme opposites like modern and traditional.


One of the first things we tend to pour over when it comes to buying decor and furniture is color. It’s often the first choice we make when buying furniture or any piece of decoration, and it holds a considerable impact on the whole vibe of a room. 

When picking out a color for your upholstery fabric, you’ll want to choose one that brings you joy. Showcase your personality through design. Are you a minimalist, traditional, or into bold accent pieces?

Neutrals are typically a great choice because you can either tone it up or down with other accessories like bold or patterned pillows. Consider the color temperature, where warm and cool colors can affect the whole mood of a room. Try not to fall for trendy styles that may be outdated sooner than later.

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Get Expert Help from Fabrics That Go

Keep our guide in mind when you’re about to shop for upholstery fabric, and you’ll be sure to find something that will give your home the right touch of design that it needs. Otherwise, get in touch or visit us in-store and our expert upholsterers will be glad to help you with your choices.

Fabrics That Go has designers that are more than happy to help you with your upholstery projects from start to finish. Contact us or get a FREE quote to get started. We’ll help you choose the right fabric, let you know what materials are needed, and our expert upholsterers will get it done with precision and craftsmanship.

Get in Touch: Free Quote & Consultation

If you have any questions about the materials and accessories you might need for your upholstery project, please contact us by filling out the following form. We can also provide a free quote on how much it would cost for our experts to complete the project from choosing the fabric to materializing your vision in a finished product.

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